Prompt: You serve on a committee for a charitable foundation that will vote and decide how to fund grant requests for research on specific diseases. This research could lead to better understanding of disease mechanisms or new therapies/interventions. The applications for the grants have been narrowed down to 3 choices.
Out of these choices, you may only choose one to vote for:
Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Amylotropic lateral sclerosis
Which option will you choose and try to convince others to vote for? There is no perfect choice available and all three choices have strong grant applications.
Through this 2-part discussion with your classmates, you will state your choice, explain the disease, and why you chose to vote this way using appropriate and sufficient evidence. Your explanation should include the cause of the disease, impact on the anatomy and physiology of the body, demographics, symptoms, currently available research/treatments, and prognosis.
You will respond to your classmates’ posts to convince them why they should vote the same way as you. You may also be convinced by a classmate to switch your initial vote. In other words, you need to know why your choice is the best choice and why the other choices would not be.
Remember, no answer is one hundred percent correct so you are not saying that others are wrong, but instead why your choice is optimal based on evidence.
Initial Post (Worth up to 70 points)
Length: 250-500 words
All sources (3 required) must be properly cited (see APA source citation below)
State and explain your choice. When stating the evidence, consider the challenges that others may have to your evidence and how you could counter those respectful challenges.
APA Source Citation
You must use at least 3 reputable scientific references to support your post (not including your textbook- if you use your textbook, you must also cite it). Reputable
sources= peer reviewed scientific journal articles, accredited websites, or books. Google, Wikipedia, etc. are not acceptable sources.
Your information must be credible, accurate, and well supported by evidence. The best sources of information are the research journals and the books as well as webpages maintained by professional societies and organizations. Search for articles and academic material should start with the electronic databases of libraries such as FTCC’s Paul H. Thompson Library (opens new window), PubMed (opens new window) or other such resources. When in doubt about material, use CARS checklist (opens new window) to see if it can be used in discussions and writings.
You must cite all sources, both as and work cited and in-text. Citation format must be APA (See examples below). If you need more information, visit the Purdue Owl Writing Lab (opens new window) for instructions on proper formatting.
Works Cited References
Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL
Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01
Scientific Journal Articles
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy
Print Journal Example
Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5–13.
Electronic Journal Example
Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6(1), 11–16. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284316979
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name.
Malory, T. (2017). Le morte darthur (P. J. C. Field, Ed.). D. S. Brewer. (Original work published 1469-70)