Magazines are considered lay literature because they are written in a way that readers can understand without having to be professionals in order to understand the subject. The articles are often meant to highlight in-depth research by summarizing articles and providing a more simplified style of writing. The following list is of science magazines available through Ivy Tech. Not all magazines may be available online; however, up-to-date print issues are usually available in the library.
***These are the updated instructions as of May 30, 2018. For more current instructions, contact your professor.***
SCIN 100 - Current Event Essays
Students will write 2 essays during the semester. The topic for your essay is a current event in science.
Each Current Event ESSAY is worth 50 points
Minimum Word Length for each Current Event Essay: 750 words
Directions: Read through several recent scientific magazines (suggested publications: Science, National Geographic, Discover, New Scientist, Scientific American, or Nature; paper or online versions of these sources are appropriate; another starting point for student research is https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org).
Pick out articles that relate directly to topics covered within this Earth Science class (published within the last three years).
Essay #1 should relate to Geology. Topics for Essay 1 might include: renewable/nonrenewable resources, energy resources, minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, earthquake prediction/forecasting/mitigation, Earth's interior, volcanoes, volcanic eruption prediction/forecasting/mitigation, intraplate volcanism, deformation, faulting, mountain building, Isostacy, weathering & erosion, soil, soil conservation, landslides, surface water, groundwater, aquifers, flooding, deserts/desertification, glaciers, ice ages, geologic time, age of the Earth, relative age dating, radiometric age dating, or extinction events.
Essay #2 should relate to Oceanography or Meteorology. Topics for Essay 2 include: origin of Earth's atmosphere, origin of Earth's oceans, oceanic ridges, seafloor sediments, continental margins, deep ocean trenches, ocean waves/tides/currents, Earth's seasons, greenhouse effect, ozone hole, albedo, humidity, clouds, precipitation, cloud seeding, fog, air pressure, wind, El Nino/La Nina, monsoons, air masses, weather fronts, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tornado prediction/forecasting/mitigation, hurricanes, hurricane prediction/forecasting/mitigation, sea level rise, ocean acidification, climate, or climate change.
Essays will be submitted online and checked for plagiarism.
Each Current Event Essay must include:
Please use the above 6 numbers/headings to organize your essay.
What is a Critique? A book report only summarizes the article. A critical essay is you explaining what you think of their data. For a 750-word essay, the summary should only be about one or two paragraph long (or about ¼ or so of the document). The rest of the report should be your thoughts about the topic. Analyze the pros and cons of the article. Is the author presenting good science or just opinion? Is the author a recognized expert? How could the article be improved?
What is Good Science? The instructions above ask you to evaluate whether the article is ‘good science’. DO NOT just tell me it is ‘good science’. Explain why. Start by asking yourself these questions: Did they try and use the scientific method (Ch. 1)? Did they support the conclusions with facts? Did they provide the facts or a reference to them? If the answer is no to any of those basic questions, then it’s probably not good quality science, and you probably need to find a supplemental article to add additional support to your essay.
Minimum Word Length for Each Essay: 750 words
Point Value: 50 points for each essay
Please refer to the course syllabus for specific due dates.
No late assignments will be accepted.