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UH and Tohoku University collaborate for disaster sciences

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A partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Tohoku University, one of Japan’s top research universities is redefining disaster science. The collaboration began shortly after the March 2011 disaster events that struck Japan, including the powerful earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami. The UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences and the School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology’s Hawaiʻi Sea Grant program have been working with Tohoku ever …

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UH Mānoa now the official hub for statewide health data

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s TASI-Pacific Health Informatics and Data Center (PHIDC) is now the official hub for storing statewide health data that will ensure that all U.S. health records are upheld. Formerly known as Telecommunications and Social Informatics, the name change acknowledges the center’s new role within the Science Research Institute in the College of Social Science. TASI-PHIDC will serve as a health data …

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Education research project expands School-to-College outreach

Moloka‘i High School Student Sabrina Curtis

The College of Education Center on Disability Studies’ (CDS) Project Ho‘oku‘i now serves five of Hawai‘i’s islands. The project, which began in 2014, provides an opportunity for qualified juniors and seniors to begin their postsecondary education while still in high school through the Running Start and Early Admission college programs. These are part of a statewide partnership between the Hawai‘i …

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New book focuses on challenges faced by youth dealing with lasting legacies of colonialism

From left, Karen Umemoto and Katherine Irwin

Serving as a catalyst for thought-provoking discussions, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professors Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto’s new book offers a critical analysis of Hawaiʻi’s urban and rural youth who face poverty, racism, sexism and political neglect in the context of 200 years of American colonial control in the Pacific. Titled Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent …

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Margaret Perkinson will lead UH Center on Aging

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The University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work has announced the appointment of Margaret Perkinson as director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on Aging. She will start in this position on January 1, 2017. Perkinson is a medical anthropologist and social gerontologist, specializing in global aging, dementia care research and cultural dimensions of aging. She comes …

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Science meets art in ArtSci 2016 exhibit

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Ten scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa partnered with ten members of the Honolulu Printmakers in the ArtSci 2016 Where Art and Science Meet exhibition, September 7–30 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. The scientists and artists shared processes and insights into their respective practices to create the pieces for the exhibition. With a variety of printmaking techniques …

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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University …

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Amber Makaiau wins national award for social studies curriculum design

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Dr. Amber Makaiau, director of Curriculum and Research at the UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education and associate specialist at the College of Education Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) Secondary Program won the “C3 Teachers’s Inquiry Challenge” for social studies curriculum design. The purpose of the challenge is to support and reward social studies educators using the …

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Education faculty and alumnus receive best presentation award for place-based teaching

Place-based education in American Sāmoa. Photo courtesy of UHM College of Education

In June 2016, six UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) faculty members and one doctoral graduate were awarded the Best Presentation Award for their paper by Clute Institute at the 2016 International Education Conference in Venice, Italy. Drs Deborah K Zuercher, Jon Yoshioka, Joseph Zilliox, Paul Deering, Lori Fulton, Stephanie Furuta, and Paul Tauiliili collaboratively wrote their paper, Education New …

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Infant mortality in post-earthquake Haiti

Feb. 27, 2010: An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), shows the devastation of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. Approximately 230,000 Haitians are reported to have died as a result of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Victoria Fan, Associate Professor Timothy Halliday and Bradley Chen (National Yang-Ming University) investigated infant and child mortality after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their study “The impact of internal displacement on child mortality in post-earthquake Haiti: a difference-in-differences analysis” was published in the International Journal for Equity in Health. The study found that births …

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