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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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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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STEM teacher recruitment effort reaps $350,000 in funding for UH Mānoa

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has received more than $350,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support the training and recruitment of future science, technology, environment and mathematics (STEM) teachers. Part of the grant funding will establish pathways for undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields to pursue a double major with secondary education, in order to …

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Growing Hawaiʻi’s next generation of astronomers

Hawaiʻi’s leading academic institutions formalized an educational partnership designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s high schoolers into one of the world’s most advanced observatory communities. The Maunakea Scholars program helps aspiring astronomers envision their potential of pursuing a career in STEM-related fields. It is the first program of its kind internationally to allocate observing time at major observatories for the direct educational …

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Education graduate receives Master’s Project Award

Sokunthearith “T” Makara, recent graduate of the College of Education (COE) Department of Learning Design and Technology (LTEC), is the 2017 Burniske Outstanding Master’s Project Award winner.  The award is given annually to an LTEC master’s student whose graduate work best exemplifies what beloved Associate Professor Buddy Burniske valued in his students’ work:  innovation, high quality research and writing, and …

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UH plays role in national award for improvement in education in Hawaiʻi

The state of Hawaiʻi received the 2017 Frank Newman Award for improvements in public education by the Education Commission of the States, a national organization that advocates for education. Hawaiʻi was recognized for numerous initiatives including focusing school accountability on students’ college and career readiness, supporting teachers and education leaders, developing a comprehensive longitudinal data system and investing in data …

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Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge finalists selected

The finalists for the “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge have been selected. The international challenge is to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water. Make the Ala Wai Awesome is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi and includes $10,000 in total prize money. “We are excited about the …

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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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UH Mānoa student Cheyenne Siverly named 2017 Udall Scholar

Cheyenne Siverly, a junior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected as one of 50 students nationwide to be a Udall Scholar. The scholarships support students of Native American and Native Alaskan descent who are studying for careers in environment, native healthcare or tribal public policy. Siverly is the first UH Mānoa student to receive the Udall …

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