Effects of Attentional Cueing on Novice Problem Solvers
Tanner J. Stevens
Most Tuesdays this summer, Larry Weaver gave an hour-long talk on various topics in physics. Many
of these talks were aimed at the various projects going on in the REU program, while others were on
student-suggested topics. I enjoyed having a wide variety of experience to various fields this way, and
it helped me to understand some of the guiding principles behind other various projects a little more clearly.
Each Wednesday throughout the program, we met to discuss various issues in scientific ethics. Lectures
were given by Dr. Bruce Glymour and Dr. Amy Lara. Various areas such as data collection, gender biases,
grad student-advisor interactions were discussed in a scientific context. The discussions were good, and I
enjoyed pondering about some of these issues.
Dr. Brian Washburn gave a short 3-session class on lab electronics. The information was not particularly as
useful for me as it may have been for other students this summer, but I enjoyed learning how to solder
circuits by hand, which was certainly a bit of a challenge.