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Honors English graduate recognized by National Collegiate Honors Council

Jonathan Omuro

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa honors graduate Jonathan Omuro has been named a 2016 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Omuro, who graduated with a BA in English in fall 2015 and was advised by Associate Professor Cynthia Franklin, wrote his honors thesis on “Queering the Gay/Christian Intersection: An Exploration of Celibacy, Ex-gay, and the Christian Closet in …

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In Memoriam: Hawaiian language champion Sam Noʻeau Warner


Aloha nō ka lama kū o ka Noʻeau. Ua hala. ʻAʻohe naʻe he wā e pio ai ke kukui. Ua ola iā kākou haumāna. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Sam Noʻeau Warner, renowned researcher and teacher, passed away on July 19, 2016. Warner taught countless students the value of speaking Hawaiian through his innovative approaches to language teaching. …

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Comparative study of drama production in the Pacific honored


The Pacific Islands Monograph—co-published by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawaiʻi Press—has been awarded the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) 2016 Rob Jordan Prize. The award-winning book is Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania, authored by Diana Looser. She is …

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[VIDEO] Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation opens its doors

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“Mahi ʻIke Hawaiʻi: Cultivate Hawaiian Knowledge” is the motto of the new Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The new institute is led by Puakea Nogelmeier, a professor of Hawaiian language, and is an invaluable resource for anyone in the state and beyond to find and utilize historical Hawaiian knowledge. There …

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Asian Studies graduate student receives Fulbright Grant

Jessica Austin in Cambodia

Jessica Austin, graduate student in the Asian Studies Program at UHM, received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program, a program wherein students design their own research project and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Austin describes more about her research and path to this field of study: “I was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho …

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UH professor receives medal from Emperor of Japan

Dennis Ogawa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa American studies Professor Dennis Masaaki Ogawa received a medal from the Emperor of Japan on May 23 at an Imperial Decoration Ceremony at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. Ogawa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from Consul General Yasushi Misawa for his “contribution to the development of Japanese …

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Student projects shine at UH Mānoa Undergraduate Showcase

UH Mānoa Undergraduate Showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on Friday, May 6. This free and open-to-the-public event will feature 130 presentations and posters by 150 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. …

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Malaria researcher wins Manoa’s first Three-Minute Thesis competition

Liang Shi and Samuel Tassi Yunga. (photo by: Shastagraphy)

On Saturday, April 16, 46 graduate students representing 30 different majors and programs from across the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus competed in the inaugural Three-Minute Thesis competition. This event, started in 2008 by The University of Queensland, is now held at nearly 200 universities around the world, 95 of which are in the U.S. Graduate students must explain their master’s …

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English graduate student wins prestigious dissertation fellowship

Kim Compoc

Kim Compoc, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected to receive the prestigious American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship for academic year 2016-17. Founded in 1881, AAUW is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. …

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[VIDEO] Angela Davis challenges students to question status quo

Angela Davis

As part of her month-long term as the spring 2016 Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, renowned American political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis is guest teaching a graduate course on American punishment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. On Friday, April 8, she also gave a keynote presentation to a packed crowd at UH …

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