FPS Research Page

Websites to Explore

Please email me with other links as we explore our future scene.

Remember in FPS we need to think flexibly to cover as many categories as possible. Here is a list of the categories that we cover.

Recovering from Natural Disaster (Qualifying Problem)

Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters are big news when they occur. Front page news and internet feeds bring us the details of staggering statistics and images of loss of life and property. Recovery work such as rebuilding homes, infrastructure, and businesses go on even when the news moves on to the next big story. The human factor such as recovery from emotional, mental, and physical stress is a painful and difficult journey for survivors of natural disasters, often taking many years after the disaster strikes. A disaster recovery plan (DRP) often proves inadequate especially since it is often developed only after a disaster. Government agencies, insurance companies, charitable organisations, celebrities, and individual volunteers respond with immediate help, but long-term support can be difficult to sustain. How can relief efforts be best utilised, coordinated, and sustained to assist survivors? How can the people, communities, and countries that are affected by a disaster begin to recover from their losses and cope with their changed lives? How will the impact on psychological and physical health be managed?

Sites to look at 

Disappearing Languages (Problem 2)

Language is the soul of a culture. The survival of a culture may depend on the language used for rituals and to describe cultural ideas, beliefs, and understandings. What is the impact on culture when its language disappears? By some estimates, of the six thousand languages left on Earth, 90% are expected to disappear or be endangered before the end of this century. In New Zealand, government and community initiatives are trying to revive the language of indigenous people, but even so it is in a precarious state. Many indigenous peoples around the globe don’t have support to prevent their language from disappearing. Will anyone be able to read the rich literature embodied in the disappearing languages in the years to come? What oral traditions will be lost? What responsibilities, if any, do governments, institutions, and communities have towards preserving endangered languages?


   Why we need to save languages, this is a great reading to start with.

   This a parents perspective of the challenges involved in raising a child to speak Maori in NZ. 

   The Language Barrier is about the fall - an article about technology that might transcend              language.

   The need to know English in order to do well in a job and business - an article

   How Travel Opens Your Mind and Your Language Defines Who You Are

   The birth of a new language in Australia

Smart apps being used to save languages

Technology to the rescue

Economic success and language extinction

Why we should save languages

25 Most Endangered Languages

School Polices that help protect languages

Physicists create tool

What we can learn from others efforts

Reindeer herders, an app and a fight to save a language

Rosetta Stone Information

Ted Talk - Don't Kill Your Language

Ted Talk - How Language Transformed Humanity

Ted Talk - How texting is killing language

   More websites to come, watch this space.

Treatment of Animals (Problem 1)

Farmers, pet and animal owners, and scientific researchers have many different ways of treating animals in their care. Fewer than 30% of countries have animal welfare laws, and existing laws are not always enforced. Researchers assert that it is important to be able to use animals in research to test drugs and new medical procedures that can help both people and animals. Sometimes endangered animals are kept in captivity at a high cost in order to protect their limited populations. Animal shelters are often filled with feral animals or those that have been abandoned by their owners. Wild animals in many parts of the world come into conflict with human activity.
In the future, how might research impact human understanding and treatment of animals? Are zoos useful educational tools or unethical exhibitions? Are certain animals entitled to more rights than others based on cultural or intelligence differences? How can humans be better stewards in the treatment of animals? Who decides the appropriate treatment of animals and their role in society?

Animal Experimentation - should this be allowed? 
Treatment of Animals in Zoos - who should decide on the death of an animal?
Seaworld and other 'Zoos' - what do you think?

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