Info for Tester Symposium

***NEW! Check out the lunchtime panels for SciComm Ohana (Thursday) and Native Hawaiian science community partnerships (Friday)***

Aloha biology ‘ohana,

We are excited to announce that the 43rd annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium will be hosted on Wednesday , April 25 through Friday, April 27, 2018 . The symposium will be held in the Keoni Auditorium at the East-West Center here on campus and will feature 5 minute blitz talks, 12 minute oral presentations, and a poster session.

This year there will be a special focus on the research in Hawai`i, both at UH and in the community. We will additionally be hosting other events, speakers and panel discussions focusing on issues in science today. The Tester Symposium is an annual symposium hosted by the Department of Biology to showcase life sciences research done at UH.

The organizers of the 43rd annual Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium are excited to announce that Dr. Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ōhi‘a Gon, III has graciously accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker for the symposium. Dr. Gon was our top nominee by an overwhelming majority and we thank everyone for participating in the vote. Dr. Gon was born and raised in Hawai'i and is a UH alum (Bachelor of Zoology). Dr. Gon has 40 years of experience in fields of Hawaiian ecology and currently works as the senior scientist and cultural advisor for the Nature Conservancy Hawai'i. To learn more about Dr. Gon, please visit:

The Testers’ awards banquet will once again be held at the Waikiki Aquarium on the evening of Saturday, April 28, 2018, thanks in part to the generosity of Dr. Andrew Rossiter. The banquet is a great opportunity to celebrate the research achievements of our grad and undergrad students, honor the 2018 awardees, check out the exhibits, relax, and talk story with your colleagues before people depart for Summer field work.

Stay tuned for updates regarding abstract submission, deadlines, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities. The Testers symposium is organized by graduate students, for graduate students, and your involvement is deeply appreciated.

Mahalo nui loa,

2018 Tester Symposium Organizers

Chris Wall
Shayle Matsuda
Tom Iwanicki 

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04/20/2018 at 6:53am