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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

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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

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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

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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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Three Mānoa faculty members make World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds list

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Three faculty members at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and Highly Cited Researcher lists in 2015—Stephen L. Vargo, Shidler College Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Shidler College of Business; Loïc Le Marchand, a professor at the UH Cancer Center and Laurence N. Kolonel, emeritus professor in the ...

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Engineering professor recognized with $500,000 national Early Career Award

Jingjing Li

Jingjing Li, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Award. One of NSF’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Li was awarded $500,000 for her project, Surface Interactions in Dissimilar Material Joining. Processes ...

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UH Mānoa welcomes new vice chancellor for research

Michael S. Bruno

Michael S. Bruno has been appointed the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s new vice chancellor for research. He comes to campus from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he held the Feiler Professorship and served as dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science. Vice Chancellor Bruno holds an MSc in civil engineering from the ...

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