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College of Education welcomes new director of Curriculum Research & Development Group

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education (COE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Barbara Dougherty as the fourth Director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG). Former Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dougherty was previously the Director of the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Education …

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Meda Chesney-Lind named president-elect of American Society of Criminology

University of Hawaiʻi Professor Meda Chesney-Lind has been named President-Elect of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Chesney-Lind, who is also chair of the women’s studies department in the College of Social Sciences, will serve as the 81st president of ASC. In that capacity, she will work to further expand public awareness of ASC as a significant resource for policy makers seeking new perspectives on crime and justice policy issues faced by …

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Research reveals Rapa Nui people cultivated and managed crops

Research by an international team, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa geology professor Brian Popp, has shed new light on the fate of the ancient people of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). “It’s been proposed that vast forests of giant palm trees were cut down by the people of Rapa Nui leaving them among other things without canoes. With no canoes, they could no longer fish …

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Economics alumnus appointed vice chairman of South Korea’s National Economic Advisory Council

Kwang-doo Kim, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa alumnus, has been appointed vice chair of South Korea’s National Economic Advisory Council by President Jae-in Moon. The council is the country’s presidential panel focused on national policies and strategies relating to economy and social welfare. Kim, who earned his doctorate from the Economics Department in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences, is a professor at the Sogang School of Economics in …

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UH receives human research protection accreditation

The University of Hawaiʻi is now recognized as a top research institution that follows rigorous standards for ethics, quality and protections while conducting human research—and becomes the first research organization in the state to be awarded this highly regarded status. On June 14, UH was informed that it was awarded full accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human …

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Teacher leadership program promotes integration of science with culture and place

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education (COE) Department of Curriculum Studies Professor Pauline Chinn received a four-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Transforming Scientific Practices to Promote Students’ Interest and Motivation in the Life Sciences: A Teacher Leadership Development Intervention. Three courses, underwritten by NSF, integrate science with culture and place to engage students …

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College of Education professor elected to National Research Association Office

Margaret Maaka, a professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education Department of Curriculum Studies, was elected executive committee chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Groups (SIGs). In addition to this office, Maaka will serve as a member of the AERA council for three years. With the College of Education since 1986, Maaka’s …

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Deadly heatwaves could affect 74 percent of the world’s population

Seventy-four percent of the world’s population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by 2100 if carbon gas emissions continue to rise at current rates, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Even if emissions are aggressively reduced, the percent of the world’s human population affected is expected to reach 48 percent. “We are running out of choices for …

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Navigate and sail by the stars aboard a virtual Hōkūleʻa

Adventure awaits! It may soon be possible to sail on the Polynesian Voyaging Society canoe Hōkūleʻa, view the stars and constellations at sea and navigate using traditional wayfinding techniques all from your home, thanks to virtual reality. It’s a project called Kilo Hōkū, which roughly translates to navigating the stars. “You can buy a [virtual reality] headset at a very …

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Economics Professor Emeritus Sumner La Croix awarded the Clio Can

The Cliometrics Society has awarded the “Clio Can” to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa economics Professor Emeritus Sumner La Croix. The annual award recognizes leading scholars in economic history who have provided exceptional service to the field of cliometrics. Cliometrics is the application of economic theory and quantitative analysis to a wide range of historical issues. Cliometricians seek to examine and understand …

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