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Maya Soetoro-Ng receives activist award for global peace and social justice

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, has received the Activist Award for Global Peace and Social Justice from the Sisters Empowering Hawaiʻi organization. Soetoro-Ng, an assistant specialist with the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will be honored at the Women Making History ...

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UH Mānoa graduate Alexandra McDougle selected as Luce Scholar

Alexandra McDougle, center front, during the 2014 archaeological field season.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa alumna Alexandra McDougle, a 2015 graduate from the anthropology department in the College of Social Sciences, has been named one of the 2016 Luce Scholars. Selected from a field of approximately 175 nominees nationwide, McDougle is the first Luce Scholar nominated by UH Mānoa and is the first selectee in the program’s history with a physical anthropology background. The Luce Scholars ...

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Professor Emeritus Dick Pratt receives honorary doctorate from Khon Kaen University

Dick Pratt (3rd from right) honored in a ceremony held at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

Dick Pratt, professor emeritus of Public Administration and senior advisor to the dean on international and community programs for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences, was awarded an honorary doctorate of public affairs and public management in a ceremony held at Khon Kaen University in Thailand. “This award recognizes Dick’s on-going work in developing a long-term, productive relationship between the University ...

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UH Mānoa information policy expert presents at World Internet Conference

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Richard Taylor, an internationally renowned telecommunications and information policy expert at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences, recently presented at the 2nd World Internet Conference. Held in December of 2015 in the town of Wuzhen in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, the conference focused on global internet governance system reform. Themed “An Interconnected World Shared and Governed ...

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College of Education doctorate graduate wins international award

Dr. Makalapua Alencastre

Makalapua Alencastre, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education at UH Hilo and UHM College of Education alumni, is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award. Her dissertation, E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers, was selected for its high quality research and potential ...

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New aquatic science curriculum now online

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Science teachers throughout the state and nation now have a website, based on the award-winning Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum, where they can investigate, discover, evaluate, communicate and learn about marine science. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum, which examines coastal and ocean sciences by studying the influence of water on the planet, was developed to be useful to ...

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Anthropology doctoral student awarded national fellowship

Rachel Hoerman

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 American Fellowship to Rachel Hoerman. She is a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, ...

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Study finds 24/7 Dad curriculum helps fathers gain skills and happiness

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Just in time for Father’s Day, family researcher Selva Lewin-Bizan has released the preliminary results of an evaluation of a fatherhood program conducted in Hawaiʻi, showing that men who attend the program are likely to improve their parenting skills, knowledge, attitudes and family relationships. Lewin-Bizan is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center on the Family in the UH Mānoa College of ...

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Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change

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A key potential “benefit” of global warming — namely, that plants at northern latitudes will thrive in a warmer world — is challenged by a new study released by University of Hawai’i scientists. The prevailing assumption ignores the fact that plants in the North will remain limited by solar radiation, curbing positive effects of warming and additional CO2 availability. In ...

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