The Scientific Method and Innovations: Part 2


Create a pamphlet that communicates the information from the analysis submitted as Assessment 1. Your pamphlet should be appropriate to your audience and informs them of the impacts lifestyle choices have on the risk of cancer.

Scientific results that aren’t reported might as well not exist. They’re like the sound of one hand clapping.

—Robert O. Becker, orthopedic surgeon and Researcher

Cells, the microscopic building blocks of life, were first discovered and named by Robert Hooke in 1655. But it took another 200 years, and a scientist named Rudolph Virchow, to study how diseases actually affect those cells. Today, doctors use Virchow’s work to better diagnose and treat patients. But this is only possible because Virchow persevered in his work, told the scientific community about his discoveries, and made sure that others could confirm his findings (Edwards, 2013; Schultz, 2008).

In this assessment, you’ll continue to grow your innovation, problem-solving, and results-driven skills as you explore how scientists stay resilient in the face of failure, explain their work, and ensure that their conclusions are reliable.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of reading our own instruction book, and that’s what the human genome project is all about.

—Francis Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute

  • 13 years.
  • 2,800 researchers.
  • 20,500 genes.

The Human Genome Project was a massive undertaking with an ambitious goal: to create a map of every human gene and learn how all our traits, including those for certain disorders, are passed down from generation to generation (National Human Genome Research Institute, n.d.).

In this assessment, you will further develop your problem-solving skills as you explore how scientists are using discoveries about the human genome to treat and prevent diseases.

References

Edwards, S. (2013). Rudolph Virchow, the father of cellular pathology. https://www.aaas.org/rudolph-virchow-father-cellular-pathology

National Human Genome Research Institute. (n.d.). What is the Human Genome Project? https://www.genome.gov/human-genome-project/What

Schultz, M. (2008). Rudolph Virchow. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2603088/

Overview

In Assessment 1, you analyzed a data set and then used the scientific method to determine if the data supports your hypothesis on whether lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of cancer. In this assessment, you will demonstrate results-driven skills by translating the study you analyzed in Assessment 1 into a pamphlet that will educate a targeted audience so they can make informed decisions for themselves.

Preparation

Use the following scenario for this assessment:

You work as a research assistant at a primary care center, where your role is to ask patients their lifestyle choices (that is, smoking, exercise, environmental exposures, et cetera). Based on this information, create a pamphlet to inform patients the risks of their choices so that the patients can make informed decisions for themselves.

Create a pamphlet that is appropriate for your targeted audience. You may use tools such as Word, PowerPoint, or Publisher to create your pamphlet. If you feel stuck, you can do a Google search to see examples of pamphlet layouts. 

Instructions

Complete the following:

  • Step 1: Interpret the benefits and risks to the consumer using evidence from the course resources or your own study. Provide opinions and examples to support your interpretation and message to the targeted readers.
  • Step 2: Create a pamphlet appropriate for targeted readers. Use the information from Assessment 1 to fully describe the impacts of lifestyle choices on the risk of cancer. Make sure you include resources for targeted readers who might want to do more reading on the information found in your pamphlet.

When you are satisfied with your pamphlet, submit it to this assessment.

Additional Requirements

Your submission should meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Write in complete sentences free from errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Font and font size: Arial, 12 point.
  • Citations: Include complete citations of your sources. Review Evidence and APA for more information on how to cite your sources.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 1: Apply the scientific method to examine the science behind key innovations.
    • Interpret the benefits and risks to the consumer using evidence from the course resources or own study.
  • Competency 2: Analyze credible information to explain how science is currently solving real-world problems.
    • Create a pamphlet appropriate for targeted readers.
  • Competency 4: Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text, incorporating appropriate evidence and tone in grammatically sound sentences.
    • Write in a well-organized and concise manner that adheres to the rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

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