Please read all of the information below carefully before beginning your
assignment. Be sure to refer to the writing tips and submission checklist at the
end of these instructions. If you have any questions about this assignment,
please bring them to office hours.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
• To improve scientific literacy by applying techniques for digesting scientific research
• To improve critical thinking by formulating an informed opinion about the value of
astronomical research
INTRODUCTION: You are an astronomer and have recently made a discovery that was
published in various popular science journals. You would like to conduct more research
pertaining to your discovery and must therefore communicate the significance of your
discovery, and the value of continuing your research, to a government-sponsored
funding organization for scientific research (such as NSERC, the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada). Since your audience is not likely to be a
specialist in your specific area of research, your writing must be in layperson’s terms.
BRIEF Instructions: For this assignment you will choose a news article on a recent
discovery in astronomy. You will put yourself in the role of a member of the research
team, write a summary of your research, and a proposal for additional research funding
to a layperson audience.
DETAILED Instructions:
1. Choose your article: Choose a news article on a recent discovery in astronomy
from one of the sources below. Your article must be published between September
1st, 2020 and the due date of this assignment, and must contain recent research in
Astronomy on a subject beyond Earth (e.g., research from satellite images of planet
Earth is NOT acceptable). Note also that the article you choose must be reporting
results about a scientific discovery. (e.g., ‘Perseverance has landed on Mars’ is not a
scientific discovery). You are welcome to come to office hours to check and see if
the article you have chosen meets these requirements.
Allowable Sources:
• Astronomy Magazine (Astronomy News): www.astronomy.com/news
• NASA Science News: science.nasa.gov/science-news
• Astrobiology Magazine: www.astrobio.net

Choose your article: Choose a news article on a recent discovery in astronomy from one of the sources below. Your article must be published between September 1st, 2020 and the due date of this assignment, and must contain recent research in Astronomy on a subject beyond Earth