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$77.6 million raised for UH students, faculty, research and programs

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation in partnership with generous donors and UH partners, raised $77.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1,2016–June, 30, 2017). These funds will directly impact students, faculty, research and programs on all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses. “This year 29,180 gifts were made to support programs people are passionate about,” said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO, UH Foundation. “Every day we have the privilege of hearing from …

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UH accelerator named in top 30

XLR8UH, a public-private partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and Sultan Ventures created to educate, mentor and invest in UH startups and entrepreneurs, has been named a top 30 U.S. accelerator in the 2017 Seed Accelerator Rankings, a part of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP). The XLR8UH program is a four-month startup accelerator that works with UH-affiliated entrepreneurial teams …

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UHERO forecast: Hawaiʻi’s economic growth continues, for now

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on the economic outlook for Hawaiʻi, which remains favorable, despite tremendous uncertainty about future U.S. policy. Hawaiʻi’s economy has started the year in fine form. Moderate job and income growth are continuing, and generally favorable global and national conditions are maintaining impressive tourism numbers. The construction buildup has eased, …

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Papaliʻi Failautusi Avegalio receives Community Resilience Leadership Award

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) 2017 Community Resilience Leadership Award will be presented to Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr., at the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana Conference Awards Luncheon on March 22 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to making communities better able to withstand, respond to and recover from hazards …

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Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences celebrates 50 years of research and innovation

Over 1,100 of the world’s top academics, researchers, and practitioners in computer science and information technology gathered at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island to celebrate the Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences’ (HICSS) 50th anniversary from January 4-7, 2017. Sponsored by the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, HICSS has built a …

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UH Mānoa professor named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Marketing professor Stephen L. Vargo of the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has once again been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2016. This is Vargo’s third consecutive year to be selected as a top cited researcher in the field of marketing. Vargo’s research has nearly 30,000 citations, according to Google Scholar—approximately 8,000, according to the …

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UHERO forecast: Healthy economy faces new administration risks

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on the Hawaiʻi economic forecast with an Asia-Pacific outlook. The Hawaiʻi economy continues to perform well. Visitors are up, unemployment is down and the pace of building remains healthy. But the expansion, now in its seventh year, has yet to fully restore household incomes. And increments to growth will …

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UHERO wins Polzin Prize for Best Paper at AUBER conference

UHERO publication Forecasting in a Mixed Up World: Nowcasting Hawaiʻi Tourism by Ashley Hirashima, James Jones, Carl Bonham and Peter Fuleky was awarded the Polzin Prize for Best Paper at the 2016 AUBER fall conference. Forecasting in a Mixed Up World: Nowcasting Hawaiʻi Tourism evaluated the short term forecasting performance of methods that systematically incorporate high frequency information via covariates. …

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XLR8UH and Maui Food Innovation Center recognized for excellence

The University of Hawaiʻi announced that two of its accelerator programs, XLR8UH and the UH Maui College Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) at UH Maui College, were recipients of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2016 Growth Accelerator Competition awards. This marks the second straight year that both programs received the prestigious award and a $50,000 cash prize. XLR8UH and …

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UH Mānoa ranks well nationally and internationally

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has received global affirmation of its academic and research excellence in recently released national and international rankings. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings rated UH Mānoa 89 in the category Top Public Schools and 169 in National Universities. The rankings surveyed 1,600 colleges among more than 3,000 four-year institutions throughout …

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