UH gets $23 million for science education - Hawaii News

There are 5 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 27, 2009, titled UH gets $23 million for science education - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The National Science Foundation is awarding $23 million to the University of Hawaii to help build research and science education here, the university said in a news release.

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#1 Sep 27, 2009
There have been students at UH bumped out of housing and out of classes.

Hopefully some of the money will go towards actually HELPING students.
Grant

Kailua, HI

#2 Sep 27, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
Hopefully some of the money will go towards actually HELPING students.
Did you read the part about STEM education and diversifying the economy?
If there were more programs like this maybe students will be able to find jobs that pay enough to live in Hawaii or better yet, build new companies that not only pay well, but make Hawaii greener too.

Your idea of helping students with dorm space is shortsighted. Its so here and now...

I'm glad some people at UH have a vision of a future where our keiki get good jobs here, raise their families and prosper.
Realist

Waianae, HI

#3 Sep 27, 2009
Grant wrote:
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Did you read the part about STEM education and diversifying the economy?
If there were more programs like this maybe students will be able to find jobs that pay enough to live in Hawaii or better yet, build new companies that not only pay well, but make Hawaii greener too.
Your idea of helping students with dorm space is shortsighted. Its so here and now...
I'm glad some people at UH have a vision of a future where our keiki get good jobs here, raise their families and prosper.
It's a vision Grant...I'll say that much. Obviously it is not a major concern in Hawaii for all they play it up like that.
a quick reply

Honolulu, HI

#4 Sep 28, 2009
To give them credit, the actual UH press release (which you can see at their website) was straightforward, informative, and not at all misleading. The S-B staff edited out much of the content relevant to STEM education, then added the misleading headline all on their own.

If any other industry in town announced they were pulling $23 million in outside money into the State, they'd get a nice story on the front page or the business section. The UH, which does this kind of thing all the time, has to write the story themselves then watch it get hacked up.
mikechun808

Honolulu, HI

#5 Oct 21, 2012
Memorandum
Date: 7/30/2012
To: Representative Corinne Ching, Nuuanu
From: Mike G. H. Chun, U-2
Subject: Resilient systems v. Brittle systems
As a young Political Science undergraduate major at UH Manoa, there was a brief unit in one of my classes on resilient systems v. brittle systems.
Resilient systems can bounce back to its original shape when it is attacked or impacted by a systems failure. This is analogous to the plastic exterior of a punching bag.
Brittle systems (opposite of resilient systems) crumble upon little impact, or routine application. This is analogous to the way a soda cracker crumbles when you apply little physical pressure with your two fingers.
For example, consider the emergency supplies kit which I provided with you at the last two “I love Liliha” Festivals. These useful supplies inventory is based on a field deployment for a community activity. It also has multiple deployment uses for a power failure or civil defense emergencies (i.e. hurricane, major storm, civil disturbance riot, terrorism incident, tsunami, war). It also is also useful for unexpected emergency contingencies of a political nature (i.e. harassment breakdown caused by opponent interests factions; e.g. subtle, designed, political disruption efforts to attack you at a critical moment which is totally unexpected; e.g. coordinated effort to induce a vehicle crash near-miss to generate general anxiety & fear).
As a young undergraduate Occupational Safety & Health/OSH major (since transformed to the current Occupational & Environmental Safety Management/OESM) at Honolulu Community College, there was a brief unit on critical parts analysis. Dr. Julius Morris’(now deceased; he was the founding chair of the OSH program when the academic major was launched in Fall 1975 semester) example was a hot water heater system. He identified potential hazards exposures using systems safety analysis, outlining the various ways critical parts in a hot water heater can breakdown (i.e. you can have a severe level breakdown, in the event of explosion, from a runaway hot water heating system).
Consider deploying critical parts analysis on a brittle system (the opposite of a resilient system) to identify the system failure hazards exposures potential.
As a young political activist, I experimented with community events, civil defense preparedness, family household emergencies, living alone in my own household in Seattle (where there was little redundant backup as my family lived in Boston & Honolulu), political harassment as a result of years of effective reputation as a political activist, etc. Systems failures were quite common, and I deployment my post-systems failure, accident analysis methods [from the Honolulu CC OSH program] to transform a brittle system into a resilient system.
Procurement decisions by most consumers are often based on fashion & popularity marketing wants. But there are alternative approaches to purchasing decisions’ choice selection by an organizational unit (i.e. individual, household, political candidate, community association, firm, political party, interest group, news outlet, retail store, hotel, real estate development business, etc.) which is based on functional utility.
You can select your purchasing decisions’ choices based on a functional utility laundry list on how to upgrade a brittle system into a resilient system.
A resilient system has the following features:
**multiple redundancy (emergency backup)
**flexible for a number of options (useful for emergency backup plan A, plan B, & plan C)
**proactive (you close the barn door before the horse escapes)
**fail-safe (idiot proof the system with well-placed deep reserves & redundancy options for all major contingencies)
**durable (goods will not breakdown after mild, routine use)
**cost-effective (goods have lasting value in terms of cost-benefit analysis & prioritized decision making)
**mikechun

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