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Aloysius Helminck appointed UH Manoa College of Natural Sciences dean


Aloysius Helminck started his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Natural Sciences effective December 1, 2016. Helminck comes to UH Mānoa from North Carolina State University, where he formerly served as head of the Department of Mathematics. Under his leadership the department won prestigious national awards, doubled its federal research funding and improved …

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Milutin Milankovic Medal awarded to climate researcher Axel Timmermann

Axel Timmermann

Axel Timmermann, researcher at the International Pacific Research Centerat the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected by the European Geosciences Union to receive the 2017 Milutin Milanković Medal. The Milanković Medal is conferred on climate scientists who are recognized for “outstanding research in long term climatic changes and modeling.” Timmermann certainly fits the bill, with his research ranging …

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Chien-Wen Tseng first Hawaiʻi appointment to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force


Chien-Wen Tseng, a University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) associate professor and associate research director of family medicine and community health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). “Dr. Tseng is the first USPSTF member appointed from the State of Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner. “Her perspectives, having worked with diverse communities …

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UH Mānoa botanist wins global recognition for plant conservation

Lauren Weisenberger pollinating Hesperomannia arbuscula. (photo courtesy of the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program)

Lauren Weisenberger, with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was honored with the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation for her exceptional contributions to conservation of rare plants in Hawaiʻi. She was presented with the award during the 6th Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) …

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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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Recommendation for UH Mānoa transitional leadership made to Board of Regents


The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents will consider on August 18 a recommendation from President David Lassner for transitional leadership at UH Mānoa effective September 1, 2016. The recommendation calls for President Lassner to assume additional temporary duties as interim chancellor for UH Mānoa, and for current UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Bruno to also serve as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. No salary increase is recommended for …

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Dr. Randall F. Holcombe approved as next UH Cancer Center director

UH Cancer Center building

At a meeting on June 2 on Oʻahu, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved Dr. Randall F. Holcombe as UH Cancer Center director. A formal offer has been made to Holcombe. Holcombe has more than 25 years in academic medicine, serving in progressive leadership roles. He currently serves as the chief medical officer for cancer for the Mount Sinai Health System, deputy …

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UH Mānoa Professor Roger Ames recognized for expertise on Chinese philosophy

Roger Ames

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Philosophy Roger Ames has been honored with the Huilin Culture Award from Beijing Normal University in China. He accepted the award, which includes approximately $50,000, at the Beijing campus on February 27, 2016. The award committee cited Professor Ames’ extensive work in comparative philosophy, research on Chinese philosophy and his publications on Confucianism, including The Chinese Classic of …

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Coral reef society honors UH Mānoa professor

Mark Hixon surveys a patch reef at Hanauma Bay. (photo by Jeff Kuwabara)

Mark Hixon, the Sidney and Erica Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been recognized as a first-cohort fellow of the International Society for Reef Studies for “scientific achievement and service over a significant period of time.” A professor in the Department of Biology, Hixon’s research has been valuable for both conserving and …

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Professor Heinz Gert de Couet appointed National Science Foundation division director

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Heinz Gert de Couet has been appointed division director for the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) of the National Science Foundation. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems supports research aimed at improving understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. As division director, de Couet will oversee the IOSbudget, which funds core programs in …

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