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Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: July 2nd, 2011, 7:43 pm
by Jim_R

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 29th, 2011, 9:04 am
by chia
Would you all like it better if the rules were a little bit more narrow than last year's (however that might be done)? The tests I took last year were all over the place, covering virtually any and every aspect of cell biology and such.

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 29th, 2011, 10:45 am
by amerikestrel
I wish that they'd remove the disease list altogether and focus the event on cell biology and microbiology.

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 29th, 2011, 6:43 pm
by chalker
chia wrote:Would you all like it better if the rules were a little bit more narrow than last year's (however that might be done)? The tests I took last year were all over the place, covering virtually any and every aspect of cell biology and such.
I'm not sure if this will please or disappoint you, but one of the fundamental changes this year is the addition of the following sentence to the rules: "The competition should cover all of the topics and not emphasize just one area such as microbial disease."

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 29th, 2011, 6:51 pm
by amerikestrel
chalker wrote:
chia wrote:Would you all like it better if the rules were a little bit more narrow than last year's (however that might be done)? The tests I took last year were all over the place, covering virtually any and every aspect of cell biology and such.
I'm not sure if this will please or disappoint you, but one of the fundamental changes this year is the addition of the following sentence to the rules: "The competition should cover all of the topics and not emphasize just one area such as microbial disease."
Hm... that doesn't seem like that much of a change. Both of the tests I took last year had a wide diversity of topics, with only a few questions on diseases. I'd like to interpret this as the competition will have a wider focus, including some of the finer details of cell biology.

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 29th, 2011, 7:51 pm
by purplepeopleeater
I've found that with this event, you definitely have to cover all angles. (hey this DID replace BioProcess right? THAT was broad as well..)
I've had test ranging from ONLY diseases, to a BPL like test, to COMPREHENSION, to antarctica... jk, but just about.
would i like it if the rules were narrower?
meh... it may make things easier, but who wants that? this gives the opportunity to learn more ;P that sounds SO nerdy...

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 6:35 am
by Starapollo1
amerikestrel wrote:I wish that they'd remove the disease list altogether and focus the event on cell biology and microbiology.
I feel the disease aspect gives the event a bit more depth. I won't deny though that sometimes feel it would be more beneficial to move the disease list to disease detectives.... just a thought lol

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 7:18 pm
by FullMetalMaple
chalker wrote:I'm not sure if this will please or disappoint you, but one of the fundamental changes this year is the addition of the following sentence to the rules: "The competition should cover all of the topics and not emphasize just one area such as microbial disease."
Hm, I rather like that idea. It does mean more studying for broader tests, but I find it reminds me how different aspects of microbiology are linked together. That will probably be beneficial.
Starapollo1 wrote:
amerikestrel wrote:I wish that they'd remove the disease list altogether and focus the event on cell biology and microbiology.
I feel the disease aspect gives the event a bit more depth. I won't deny though that sometimes feel it would be more beneficial to move the disease list to disease detectives.... just a thought lol
I have to agree with Starapollo here. Diseases really do give an additional angle to this event, an angle I rather enjoy. They kind of go with application questions.

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 31st, 2011, 7:06 pm
by PacificGoldenPlover
I just checked on soinc.org, and they added some diseases, hepatitis, chlamydiasis, giardiasis, scrapie, kuru, rubella, and some others. And they took out mad cow.

Re: Microbe Mission B/C

Posted: August 31st, 2011, 8:40 pm
by hscmom
Of course kuru and scrapie ARE basically mad cow (just different "platforms").

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