Nature is much more interesting when one understands how natural processes work. For example, geologist understand why Kauai has more valleys than the Maui, why Diamond Head is so wide, and how the Pali formed. For their expertise, people turn to scientists for help in solving problems.
As geology students, you will know more about how the Hawaiian Islands works than 99% of the people on Earth. When society faces issues, you will be able to make an informed decision and help others do the same. The greater the number of people who understand how Earth works, the sooner we can recognize and mitigate problems.
The optional media topic exercises are designed to encourage students to relate classroom topics to local issues that affect their lives.To this end, students will select articles from the local newspapers, The Honolulu Star Advertiser and The Honolulu Weekly, or any other media, that address issues related to the scientific topics discussed in class.
One media topic can be turned in every two weeks. Check the nearest due date on thepage. The due dates for all eight media topics are listed in the syllabus.
To receive full credit for each Media Topic (1.0 point) students must say what is article is about in one or two sentences and use at least five points (facts or processes) learned in class to illustrate the relationship between a classroom topic and the media article.
A copy of the media article must be handed in with the assignment.
Here is an example of a satisfactory Media Topic assignment.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser
The Honolulu Weekly