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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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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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Importance of coastal water quality to recreational beach users

Coasts around the world are threatened by land-based pollutants, including sewage, which affect water quality, coastal habitats and human experiences. To capture the value people place on the coastal environment, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ecological economist Kirsten L.L. Oleson and student Marcus Peng recently published a study in the journal Ecological Economics. The study, “Beach Recreationalists’ Willingness to Pay …

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UHM faculty win prestigious national award for special education research

Professor Bryan Cook and Associate Professor Lysandra Cook, in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) Department of Special Education, were awarded the Kirk Award by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities (CEC-DLD). Their work, “Research Designs and Special Education Research: Different Designs Address Different Questions,” was selected as the best practitioner article published in Learning Disabilities …

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