Faculty Writing Project

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Faculty Writing Project

Hao Nguyen
Biology

 

My name is Hao Nguyen. I joined the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at UTM in August of 1998. I teach introductory biology, cell biology, and seminar in biological sciences. I also guide students through undergraduate research in the field of molecular and cellular biology.

 

My main objective in both the classroom and laboratory is to teach students how to think. Having students learn something about biology is secondary. Writing is simply an extension of the thinking process. I discourage students from memorizing definitions and concepts. I often tell them not to listen to me, but instead try to formulate their own definition and opinion on a certain topic. Their thoughts should be clear and concise. How often does one think in flowery, long, drawn-out, and disarrayed thoughts? Personally, my thoughts are usually in ordered and simple segments that are clear enough for me to comprehend and follow. These thoughts should, then, be conveyed onto paper in the same manner. I believe that this is the basic principle of scientific writing.

 

The objectives of a scientific paper include:

  1. answer to a certain question or clarifying a problem
  2. report of results or new findings
  3. protocols to experiments that can easily be repeated by anyone

 

I believe that critical thinking involves more than just understand concepts. The formulation of one's idea and, then clearly explain it to others are also included. Some students fear writing assignments and tests that require short answers. To me, fear of writing indicates a fear of thinking.

 

I look forward to exchanging opinions with colleagues from UTM. I am also very excited about getting the chance to expand my horizon.

 

Email: hnguyen@utm.edu

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225 Humanities Building

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7300

Em:

David Carithers, Facilitator