ATSC 570 - Seminar
2023 Fall Syllabus, Section 01, CRN 7642
You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read carefully. Any changes will be announced in a Blackboard Announcement. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.
This syllabus describes the requirements and procedures for Graduate Seminar Series (ATSC-570). You are responsible for knowing this material, so please read it carefully. Any changes will be announced via email. You will be responsible for any changes. Your continued enrollment in this course is your implicit agreement to abide by the requirements of this class.
Times and Location
About the Professor
Name: Prof. Matt Gilmore
Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Office Location: Clifford Hall Room 460
Student Hours: See “Faculty” section in Blackboard.
After successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
- gain familiarity with current research in the Atmospheric Sciences
- think critically about and evaluate scientific presentations
- know how to ask questions in front of a large audience
Optional: Review the webpages of the guest speakers, and their associated journal articles.
Whether you’re taking courses in the classroom or online, it’s important to have the right technology and equipment. Visit the UND Technical Requirements webpage for more information. Students are expected to use their official UND email in the course. For technical assistance, please contact UND Technical Support at 701.777.2222. Visit the University Information Technologies (UIT) website for their hours, help documents and other resources.
Minimum Technical Skills Needed
To succeed in this course, you should be able to:
- Navigate in and use Blackboard.
- Send, receive, and manage email.
- Use Zoom.
Visit the Knowledge Base for additional supports and information about general tech requirements for students including information about devices, operating systems, software, internet connection, and major-specific tech requirements.
Access and Log in Information
This course was developed and will be facilitated utilizing Blackboard. To get started with the course, please go to: http://blackboard.UND.edu and log in with your NDUS.Identifier, Username and Password. If you do not know your NDUS Identifier or have forgotten your password, please visit Your NDUS Account page on the UIT website.
Each week, we will have a seminar presented by a guest speaker, UND faculty member, or UND student. The seminar list is traditionally organized by the Dept. Chair a few months in advance (mid summer) so students wanting to present at the regular seminar time should notify the chair no later than 1 July. A few days before each speaker arrives, you will receive an email with a short abstract for their seminar, along with an optional sign-up sheet for an individual meetings with the visitor. The seminars are approximately 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions. Students will listen attentively, take notes, think of questions, & then write and submit one of the following: 1) a 250-word summary/reflection about the presentation in their own words or 2) ask at least one question and write up that question along with a paraphrase of the speaker's response.
What Should Students Do First?
Peruse the speaker schedule and familiarize yourself with the speaker bio's on their websites.
How Students Should Proceed Each Week for Class Activities
Be seated approximately 5 minutes before each seminar begins. Bring your notebook and a pencil or pen. Bring an electronic device if you will be asking questions using Zoom.
Many services are available to UND students such as writing assistance from the UND Writing Center, free online tutoring from Smarthinking, and more. Visit the Student Resources page for more information. Students also have access to the UND Student Resource Site via Blackboard. It is recommended that you become familiar with the tools and tutorials within the site to better equip you in navigating the course.
- The student will review the syllabus and course schedule posted in Blackboard.
- The student will attend all seminars, but may miss up to two with no penalty.
- The student will participate fully by paying attention, taking notes, and thinking of questions to ask.
- The student will do one of the following for each seminar: 1) write and submit a 250-word summary/reflection about the seminar, in their own words or 2) ask at least one question to the speaker during the Q&A and submit that question, along with a paraphrase of the speaker's response to Blackboard. The submissions are due by midnight on the day of the seminar.
Students will receive email announcements about the format of the seminar for that week (whether in person or online) as well as the short abstract of the speaker. Students who need to be absent more than twice should contact the instructor in advance.
- Be respectful. Understand that the speaker may have conducted the research in a different way than you would have, but that doesn't mean the research is necessarily flawed or "wrong". Respect diversity and opinions that differ from their own. Be tactful when you communicate.
- Be professional. Everyone should strive to give their best impression. Truthfulness and accuracy are appropriate expectations for university students. Writing in a legible font and limiting the use of emoticons is considered professional behavior. Profanity and participation in hostile interactions are unprofessional as well as disruptive.
- Be polite. Students should be addressing professors and instructors by the appropriate title or requested name. Students should interact online politely, just as they would be expected to do in a physical environment. Sarcasm, rudeness, and writing in all capital letters should be avoided.
For more information, read the Top 12 Be-Attitudes of Netiquette for Academicians.
Technology and Video Conferencing
In this class we will have a technology policy that is designed to support your attention to one another and to the lecturer/seminar speaker. Technology should be used for educational purposes only during scheduled class times. In this class, you might need technology when taking notes or when submitting a question to a remote speaker.
For our course interactions we will be in person except when stated otherwise. Some of our speakers will be on Zoom, but we will try to attend in person, whenever possible, for watching the speaker on the big screen (for camaraderie). When interacting with peers online or through video conferencing, it is important to consider your environment and interact professionally. Students should follow the Code of Student Life while interacting virtually or in person.
Many of the seminars will be shown live on Zoom. Although we will generally not record these presentations, if you choose to make your own recording, do not share this with people outside the course. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.
Announcements will be posted on Blackboard regularly and automatically sent to your email. Be sure to check the class announcements regularly as they will contain important information about class assignments and other class matters. You will also receive email announcements about seminar speakers, such as their short abstract, from the administrative assistants in atmospheric sciences outside of the Blackboard environment. Those outside announcements won't always be repeated within Blackboard.
If you need to contact me directly, check the “Faculty” tab in Blackboard or the syllabus for my contact information. I will respond to you within 48 hours during the week. You might need to contact me if you expect to be absent.
In this course your learning will be assessed in the following ways:
- Attendance, asking questions, and writing a summary/reflection.
Grading Scale Pass/Fail
For more information on grading review UND Grading Policies.
Near the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online course evaluation form (SELFI). Your feedback on the course is extremely valuable to me. I read my students’ comments carefully and use them to improve the course the next time I teach it.
- When the time comes, please let me know which aspects of the course helped you learn—and which aspects might be modified to help future students learn more effectively.
- Please note that the course evaluations are anonymous and that I won’t see the results until after the grades for the course are submitted, allowing you to provide honest and constructive feedback.
- Throughout the semester if you have concerns or feedback, please reach out to schedule a time to discuss
Attending the seminars. May miss 2 with no penalty.
For each seminar, submission to Blackboard of 1) a 250-word summary/reflection, in your own words, - OR - 2) your question and paraphrase of the speaker's answer.
At least four of your submissions during the semester should be category #1 summary/reflection.
Participation and presence in class are paramount for students to learn and be successful. Students are required to login regularly to the online class Blackboard site. Students are also required to participate in all class activities.
Due dates for each assignment or activity will be posted in Blackboard.
Blackboard submissions are due before midnight on the day of the seminar. You are more likely to remember the material and do a good job with this deadline. That said, you may be up to 24 hours late, with no penalty.
Students are required to login regularly to the online class site. Except for two excused absences, students are required to attend the seminars (50% of grade).
It is expected that students will complete all requirements for a course during the time frame of the course. For reasons beyond a student’s control, and upon request by the student or on behalf of the student, an incomplete grade may be assigned by the instructor when there is reasonable certainty the student will successfully complete the course without retaking it. The mark “I,” Incomplete, will be assigned only to the student who has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work up to a time within four weeks of the close of the semester, including the examination period, and whose work is incomplete for reasons satisfactory to his or her instructor. More information regarding UND’s Incomplete policy can be found on The Grading System webpage.
Resolution of Problems
Should a problem occur, you should speak to your instructor first. If the problem is not resolved, meet with . If the problem continues to be unresolved, go to the college dean. Should the problem persist, you have the right to go to the provost next, and then to the president.
University of North Dakota Policies & Resources
Academic integrity is a serious matter, and any deviations from appropriate behavior will be dealt with strongly. At the discretion of the professor, situations of concern may be dealt with as a scholastic matter or a disciplinary matter.
As a scholastic matter, the professor has the discretion to determine appropriate penalties for the student’s workload or grade, but the situation may be resolved without involving many individuals. An alternative is to treat the situation as a disciplinary matter, which can result in suspension from the University, or have lesser penalties. Be aware that I view this as a very serious matter and will have little tolerance and/or sympathy for questionable practices. A student who attempts to obtain credit for work that is not their own (whether that be on a paper, quiz, homework assignment, exam, etc.) will likely receive a failing grade for that item of work, and at the professor’s discretion, may also receive a failing grade in the course. For more information read the Code of Student Life.
Access and Opportunity, Disability Support, & Medical Services
The University of North Dakota is committed to providing equal access to students with documented disabilities. To ensure access to this class and your program, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS) to engage in a confidential discussion about accommodations for the classroom and clinical settings. Accommodations are not provided retroactively. Students are encouraged to register with DSS at the start of their program. More information can be obtained by email UND.dss@UND.edu or by phone at 701.777.2664.
UND is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment while providing quality learning experiences for our students. COVID-19’s continued presence within our UND community may necessitate changes in classroom management as the academic year progresses. As such, UND asks students and instructors to be flexible when necessary to promote a safe environment for learning. Please do not attend an in-person class or lab if you are feeling ill, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been directed by health professionals to quarantine or isolate. If you are not able to attend class or lab, please notify your instructor as soon as possible and discuss options for making up any missed work in order to ensure your ability to succeed in the course. If you will have an extended absence due to serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances, you may request an absence notification through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Similarly, if your instructor is ill they may need to cancel class or temporarily move your course to online delivery to ensure that you are able to complete the course successfully. Instructors may require students to wear masks in the classroom or in the laboratory as a preventative measure designed to facilitate uninterrupted classroom engagement and to facilitate health and safety in the classroom. If your instructor does require masks in class or in a laboratory, you are expected to comply with that request.
UND also strongly encourages all members of the University community, including students, to get vaccinated, seek out testing when needed, and model positive behavior both on- and off-campus to foster a healthy and safe learning environment for all students. Individuals who would like to discuss disability accommodations regarding masks should contact the Disability Services for Students (DSS) office at 701.777.2664 or UND.dss@UND.edu. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask due to a sincerely held religious belief should contact the UND Equal Opportunity and Title IX Office at 701.777.4171 or UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu.
UND offers religious accommodations, which are reasonable changes in the academic environment that enable a student to practice or observe a sincerely held religious belief without undue hardship on the University. Examples include time for prayer or the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday. To request an accommodation, complete the student religious accommodation request form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office.
Students who need assistance with academic adjustments related to pregnancy or childbirth may contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or Academic Affairs to learn about your options. Additional information and services may be found at Pregnancy Resources.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity & Title IX and Title IX/ADA Coordinator, 102 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, UND.EO.TitleIX@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 230 S. Dearborn St., 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604 or any other federal agency.
Reporting of Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
If you or a friend has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, please contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office or UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu; or visit the Title IX webpage. You may also contact the Equal Opportunity & Title IX office if you or a friend has experienced discrimination or harassment based on a protected class, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, marital or parental status, veteran's status, or political belief or affiliation.
Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, or Sexual Misconduct
It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual misconduct or of discrimination or harassment based on a protected class that they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct, you can find information about confidential support services on the Equal Opportunity & Title IX webpage..
UND Cares Program
How to Seek Help When in Distress
We know that while college is a wonderful time for most students, however, some students may struggle or have issues that arise. You may experience students in distress on campus, in your classroom, in your home, and within residence halls. Distressed students may initially seek assistance from faculty, staff members, their parents, and other students. In addition to the support we can provide to each other, there are also professional support services available to students through the Dean of Students and University Counseling Center. Both staffs are available to consult with you about getting help or providing a friend with the help that he or she may need. For more additional information, please visit the UND Cares Program Webpage.
How to Recognize When a Student is in Distress
The term “distressed” can mean any of the following:
- Student has significant changes in eating, sleeping, grooming, spending, or other daily activities.
- Student has cut off or minimized contact with family or friends.
- Student has significant changes in performance or involvement in academics, sports, extracurricular, or social activities.
- Student describes problems (missing class, not remembering, destructive behavior) that result from experiences with drinking or drugs.
- Student is acting withdrawn, volatile, tearful, etc.
- Student is acting out of character or different than usual.
- Student is talking explicitly about hopelessness or suicide.
- Student has difficulty concentrating or difficulty carrying on a normal conversation.
- Student has excessive dependence on others for company or support.
- Student reports feeling out of control of one’s emotions, thoughts, or behaviors.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
Today, the University of North Dakota rests on the ancestral lands of the Pembina and Red Lake Bands of Ojibwe and the Dakota Oyate - presently existing as composite parts of the Red Lake, Turtle Mountain, White Earth Bands, and the Dakota Tribes of Minnesota and North Dakota. We acknowledge the people who resided here for generations and recognize that the spirit of the Ojibwe and Oyate people permeate this land. As a university community, we will continue to build upon our relations with the First Nations of the State of North Dakota - the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
It is my goal to foster an environment of mutual respect in which everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinions, sharing their stories, and learning about potentially heavy or personally relevant material. If, at any point, you feel like the information covered in this class elicits thoughts, feelings, or concerns that you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or the UND Counseling Center (701-777-2127).
Further, if you experience extenuating circumstances, sexual violence, identity-based harm, or any other personal crisis during the semester, don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can provide academic assistance and help you in this course, and put you in contact with the appropriate resources and services (if needed).
- UND Care Team: 701-777-2664 (8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F) or 701-777-3491 (evenings and weekends)
- UND Campus Police: 701-777-3491·UND Student Health: 701-777-4500
- UND Title IX Resources
- Abuse and Rape Crisis Hotline (CVIC): 701-746-8900 (24 hours)
- Grand Forks Police Department: 701-787-8000 (24 hours)
- Emergency Room: 701-780-5280
- UND Student Diversity and Inclusion: 701-777-6985
- Food For Thought Pantry: (Wilkerson Commons Room 169; 701-777-4200)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (1-800-273-8255)