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Mānoa researchers awarded Board of Regents’ medals

The 2017 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research was awarded to Christoph J. Baranec, James Dean Brown and Jeffrey R. Kuhn. The research medal is awarded by the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. Regents’ medal honorees Christoph J. Baranec …

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Christina Gerhardt appointed Harvard and UC Berkeley visiting scholar

Christina Gerhardt, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor of German, will be a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley during the 2017–18 academic year. Both appointments support her new book project 1968 and West German Cinema. Gerhardt is author of Critique of Violence: Screening the Red Army Faction (2018); co-editor of two volumes …

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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects 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 May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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Spoken Hawaiian language digital repository awarded grants

A University of Hawaiʻi project to build a digital online repository of spoken Hawaiian language, or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi received grants from the The National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities. The grants total $448,464 over a three-year period. The project, “Building a Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository,” will create Kaniʻāina, a digital corpus of recordings and transcripts of Native Hawaiian language. Kaniʻāina will feature …

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Michael-Thomas Foumai wins national young composers award

Michael-Thomas Foumai, a lecturer in the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Department of Music, has won a 2017 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation (ASCAP) young composer award that encourages talented young creators of concert music. Foumai’s award-winning 25-minute long composition—featuring a flute, cello and piano—is titled “Manookian Murals.” It was first performed in December 2016 by the Dolce …

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UH Press publishes open-access Hawaiian language journal

The University of Hawaiʻi Press now publishes the new, open-access resource for Hawaiian scholars, Palapala: a journal for Hawaiian language and literature. The entirety of Palapala volume 1, issue 1, which includes contemporary research in both Hawaiian and English, is freely available at the UH Press website. “We are honored to offer, through a collaboration with the UH library and …

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In Memoriam: Esteemed linguist Dick Schmidt

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Emeritus Richard “Dick” Schmidt, the longest serving director of the UH National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), passed away on March 15, 2017. He led NFLRC from 1994 to 2012, when he retired. “Dick Schmidt was a prolific and visionary researcher, teacher and mentor, who has influenced several generations of scholars across the world, …

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MFA candidates present photography, printmaking and painting

Master of fine arts candidates from the Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, present their thesis works at The Art Gallery, March 5—April 7. Each artist’s work is presented in a separate section of the gallery. The Art Gallery will also host an opening reception with long-form, improvised, instrumental music by the Drowning Dreamers Band. Exhibition …

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UH Press presents new open-access content for language scholars

Three open-access journals for language scholars will be made available through University of Hawaiʻi Press. UH Press, publisher of scholarly journals and books since 1947, will assist in making the content of Language Documentation and Conservation (LD&C), the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) and Palapala: a journal for Hawaiian language and literature widely accessible online. Through a …

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Kauʻi Kaina directs Hawaiian language play Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Kauʻi Kaina, who will be the first master of fine arts (MFA) graduate from the Hawaiian theatre and playwriting program, will be directing Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka, March 9–11 at BYU-Hawaiʻi’s McKay Auditorium. Kaina is under the direction of Professor Hailiʻōpua Baker in the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka is Kaina’s MFA …

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