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2015


March



California Dream Jobs

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Emily AdamsSince graduating from CTAHR in 2013, NREM alumna Emily Adams has been working diligently at two exciting jobs. The first stems from her required NREM internship, which she did with the Pacific Southwest Research Station, the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service, in Shaver Lake, California. Upon graduation, she took a full-time position as a biological technician gathering data on the Kings River Experimental Watershed. She was also offered a job as the Southern Sierra Nevada Region Assistant Facilitator for the Center for Collaborative Policy at the California State University of Sacramento. There she supports the Center’s professional mediators and facilitators with their collaborative public policy work in the Southern Sierra Nevada Region, including project planning, dispute resolution, strategic planning, joint fact-finding, public dialogues, and outreach. Her two biggest projects are the Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project and the Southern Sierra Integrated Regional Water Management. Emily writes, “When I was in school, I was inspired by the CTAHR family that brought me in and showed me my true potential. I didn’t know anyone going in, but I quickly found that the small town I had grown up in wasn’t as far away as I had thought…. Being an Ambassador provided me with a sense of direction and gave me the self-confidence I needed to strive in the workforce.”

CTAHR Helps Feed the Islands

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


GoFarm class at the farmThe GoFarm Hawai‘i program was the Star-Advertiser’s front-page story on Monday, and an enthusiastically laudatory story it was. It points out that 70 percent of AgPro graduates are farming commercially, a huge improvement over the 10 percent that comparable Mainland programs show. The article also profiles several of the program’s successful alumni, including Leonard Hall, La‘amea Lunn, Ikaika Rogerson, and Rob Barreca. Rob and GoFarm’s coach Jay Bost, and their fledgling company Counter Culture, have been chosen as finalists in Kame­ha­meha Schools’ “Mahi‘ai MatchUp,” for which they will receive 5 acres on the North Shore for 5 years, rent free. There’s another CTAHR connection—not only Counter Culture but also last year’s Mahi‘ai MatchUp winner, Holoholo Farm, were both clients of the Ag Incubator!

Mindfulness in Hawai‘i and Vietnam

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Thao LeThao Le (FCS) and her co-authors have recently published two articles on mindfulness-related service and research. One is on incarcerated youth in Hawai‘i, “Feasibility of Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Mixed-Ethnic Asian/Pacific Islander Incarcerated Youth,” in the Asian American Journal of Psychology. The other focuses on youth in Vietnam: “Translating and Implementing a Mindfulness-Based Positive Youth Development Program in Vietnam,” published in Health Promotion International. Thao was also recently invited to join the editorial board of the Asian American Journal of Psychology and the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Power From Microbes

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Satoshi OkabeDr. Satoshi Okabe of the Division of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University will speak on “Microbial Cooperative Power Generation in Microbial Fuel Cells” on March 13, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Ag Sci 202. Dr. Okabe explains that microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that can convert chemical energy of organic matter into electrical energy directly by using microbes as catalysis. This presentation will focus on the anodic microbial interactions in acetate-fed MFCs. Dr. Okabe’s research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches in the study of environmental biotechnology and microbial ecology that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the importance of environment and human health. Be there or lack energy!

Garden in the City

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jayme GrzebikThe latest installment in TPSS’s Seminar Series will be offered on Friday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. in St. John 106. Assistant Extension agent Jayme Grzebik will discuss “Urban Horticulture,” focusing on the demand for gardening information and the college’s responsibility to the local public, the UH Master Gardener program and its activities on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands, and the Urban Garden Center’s plans for increasing its outreach.

Mapping Coastal Use

3/4/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Benny RonThe NREM ‘Imi ‘Ike Seminar Series will continue on Wednesday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. in Sherman 103. CTAHR’s own Tetsuzan “Benny" Ron (HNFAS) will give a presentation on “Building Community-Based CMSP Program with GIS Maps of Local and Regional Coastal Usage Patterns." Benny discusses the new paradigm of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, which is a bottom-up, community-based model. He suggests that the data needed for planning can best be presented to stakeholders through local workshops and the use of GIS mapping. Please arrive early; presentation will begin promptly. Food and drinks will be provided.

February



GM Trials

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Corn and corn sproutThe new issue of Biotech in Focus, “Seed Production and Developing GM Crops in Hawaii, Part 2,” is available now. This issue introduces the Information Systems for Biotechnology database, which allows users to search past, present, and future field trials of regulated GM crops—more than 19,000 completed, active, or pending permits and notifications! Not all are currently being used, however. This issue, and past issues, are available at the Biotech in Focus website.

Success, Mindfully

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Thao Le and students doing mindfulness trainingThao Le (FCS) has received a contract from the Office of Youth Services to provide mindfulness training to nonprofit and state agencies serving at-risk youth and families in Hawai‘i. She is also providing a Professional Development Course (PDE3) on mindfulness to Hawai‘i counselors and teachers, and was recently invited to present at the 2015 School Counselor Conference, Hawaii School Counselor Association, and the 28th Peer Mediation Conference this month. She is pictured here doing mindfulness training with nonprofit and state agency staff.

Tradition…Tradition!

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Red choli materialThe UH Manoa Historic Costume Collection is presenting a special group exhibition called “It’s Traditional,” curated by students in the FDM 460 Costume Museum Management class and Shu-Hwa Lin (FCS). The exhibition will be on display Monday through Sunday, March 2–8, in Miller Hall, Room 112—on Sunday the 8th, it’s in Room 101. The theme, as one might expect, is Tradition. In a continuous effort to research and understand various textiles used by diverse cultures, the students collectively voted on the theme, and then each student was allowed to select a garment or outfit in the museum that reflected the theme of tradition to them. Such a process grants the students an opportunity to make personal connections with the items, to learn more about the culture behind the garments, and to correctly display the items that they have chosen. The photograph, by Jennifer Bright, shows the detail of a woman’s upper-body choli, donated by Patricia Leong.

Taking a Walk in the Country

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Sen. Maizie Hirono and GoFarm participantsSenator Mazie Hirono and her staff visited Waimanalo Station to meet students in the GoFarm Hawai‘i program and take a look at their plantings: pictured here are student Paulo Peterson on the left, next to Jay Bost, the GoFarm farm coach, and on the right students Ikaika Rogerson, Leonard Hall, Rob Barreca, and La‘amea Lunn. Also pictured in the middle with Senator Hirono are Ag Incubator director Steven Chiang, Associate Dean Charles Kinoshita, and Ted Radovich (TPSS). The impetus for the visit was the recent federal grant awarded to help support the program, and Senator Hirono’s reaction was positive and impressed: “Mahalo for a great experience today! Senator Hirono thoroughly enjoyed her time talking with the GoFarm Hawaii students and continues to be impressed with the good work of CTAHR.” While she was in Waimanalo, the senator also stopped for fresh produce at the Waimanalo Market Co-Op, a new farmer development program started by the Ag Incubator Program.

Green Day

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


SOFT members and CTAHR scholarship recipientsAbout 50 CTAHR scholarship recipients had a great opportunity to come together and give back to a worthy cause within the college. They partnered with SOFT for a community workday at the farm at Magoon: composting; tidying up the banana patch; weeding; planting sunn hemp, carrots, lettuce, and potatoes; cleaning up around the bases of the trees in the orchard; and clearing out an overgrown area of the farm to be converted into another organic plant bed. Much mahalo is due to the scholarship recipients for volunteering their Saturday morning at the farm, as well as to Nate Nicholson, Kathryn Metzker, and other members of SOFT for welcoming the volunteers and sharing their farm!

Avo Advocates

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


John Yonemoto and avocado farmersThe ninth annual Avocado Festival was expanded to a two-day event this year, thanks to involvement from several CTAHR faculty. On Friday, February 20, Andrea Kawabata (CTAHR Extension) facilitated a guest pruning demonstration by Dr. Yoshimi “John” Yonemoto of the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences at the Kona Cooperative Extension Service office in Kainaliu. Seventy-nine fruit farmers from Hawai‘i and Japan attended the demonstration. Dr. Yonemoto is well known for his pruning techniques that allow fruit trees to remain small in stature while producing high fruit yields. The Avocado Festival continued on Saturday, February 21, at the Sheraton Kona Resort, where its seminar series featured several CTAHR speakers: Ty McDonald (CTAHR Extension) discussed “Clonal Root Stocks,” while Maria Stewart (HNFAS) expounded on the “Nutritional Value of Hawaii-Grown Avocados.” The seminars also included an extensive avocado display and tasting assembled by Ken Love of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association, which allowed participants to partake of some of that high nutritional value (and great taste).

Science Fair Fanfare

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Roshani Jha in labAmjad Ahmad (TPSS), a junior researcher in the Sustainable and Organic Farming Program, has been mentoring a Roosevelt High School student on a science fair project with Ted Radovich (TPSS). Roshani Jha (pictured), the daughter of Rajesh Jha (HNFAS), competed at the Honolulu district science fair, placing second overall (her brother won the first place!) and winning a free trip to participate at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). She will participate in the state competition on March 23. Bebi Davis, a teacher from the DOE who had been helping the students to find mentors from UH, posted her thanks on her Facebook page to “the wonderful University of Hawaii at Manoa mentors [including] Dr. Amjad Ahmad!! Your hard work with the students and dedication to science research are much appreciated!!!”

Beetle Power

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Flat bark beetleWest Hawaii Today recently reported on a new biocontrol for CBB that CTAHR researchers and Extension agents are encouraging coffee farmers to try out. Flat bark beetles, including square-necked grain beetles (Cathartus quadricollis) prey on other beetles’ larvae, pupae, and even adults—and now that they’ve been discovered to eat CBB as well, CTAHR is giving out kits containing the predators to farmers with instructions on how to raise and deploy them. Since flat bark beetles are already found in the Islands, they don’t have to go through the extensive testing necessary for imported biocontrol agents. Extension agent Andrea Kawabata explains that the beetles alone won’t stop the problem, and growers shouldn’t stop following other IPM recommendations, including spraying with Beauveria bassiana, but that one more weapon in the fight is always helpful. Mark Wright (PEPS) was recently quoted in a KHON segment expressing guarded optimism about the future of coffee growing in Hawai‘i but warning that continued intensive management is necessary.

‘Ohia Death

2/25/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Dying Extension forester J.B. Friday (NREM) and Brian Bushe (PEPS), along with Lisa Keith of PBARC, were instrumental in discovering what has been killing native ‘ohia trees since 2010. Dying trees show brown crowns and black discolorations of trunk cross-sections. Rapid ‘Ohia Death is caused by a fungal pathogen called Ceratocystis, which also infects Okinawan sweet potato and taro, but it had not been seen in ‘ohia until recently. An article in West Hawaii Today quotes J.B.: “The effects of the fungus are nothing short of devastating.” J.B. brought an ‘ohia trunk sample to Brian, who analyzed the fungi found in it, and Lisa Keith identified the Ceratocystis in it as worthy of further study. Even with the disease identified, many other questions remain, such as where the fungus came from and what spreads it, and why some trees seem to be more susceptible than others. J.B. is quoted as saying, “I think we’re going to be working on this project for the next 20 years.” He can’t say yet what kind of an impact Rapid ‘Ohia Death could eventually have on the forests, but it’s a worrisome concern. The public is asked to help by keeping scientists informed as to where the disease is being found and how quickly it’s spreading.

Go(a)t Ag Awareness?

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Goat at Ag Awareness dayThe recent Ag and Environmental Awareness Day—the tenth annual event, and the largest yet—was a huge success, as these happy pictures demonstrate. Goats, coqui frogs, CTAHR staff and faculty, and almost 700 students and teachers gathered to enjoy themselves, learn, and teach at the Urban Garden Center. Hawaii News Now’s article about the event quotes one excited student who has been inspired to become a scientist after taking part in the hands-on activities and demonstrations, and we’re betting he’s not the only one.

Go On, GoFarm!

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


GoFarm Hawaii logoCTAHR alumna and former head of landscaping at UH Manoa Heidi Bornhorst has an extensive article in the Star-Advertiser promoting the popular and successful GoFarm Hawai‘i program, which inaugurates its next cohort with the AgCurious meeting at Leeward Community College on March 26. Check out the article—and then check out the introductory meeting, and find out whether you have what it takes to be a farmer!

Cat v. Bird

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Image from feral cat PSAHave you ever thought of feral cats as an invasive species? They are, says the Hawai‘i Feral Cat PSA, which was shown during the Grammy’s and will continue to play on TV throughout the state. The announcement, which cites a study done by doctoral student Cheryl Lohr (NREM) and her advisor Chris Lepczyk, says that cats eat native birds and may also pollute the beaches and water supply. The sponsoring agency of the PSA, the American Bird Conservancy, also has posted a new webpage discussing feral cats in Hawai‘i.

Bridal Dreams

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Daisy MertoA former APDM student, Daisy Merto, is featured in a laudatory article in MidWeek magazine. Daisy recently opened a new store, WhiteHot, in Kaimuki. She focuses on bridal, prom, and pageant dresses, but with a fun, local, sexy edge, she explains. Her philosophy is captured by her tagline, “Bridal Doesn’t Have to Be Boring!” Daisy’s collection of shimmering, glittering beaded gowns is certainly anything but!

Green Connections

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


David LingenfelserPosters by master’s student Bishnu Bandhari (PEPS) and alumnus David Lingenfelser (TPSS, pictured) are featured in this month’s Hawaii Landscape, the industry magazine of the Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i. Bishnu’s poster describes his project under advisor Zhiqiang Cheng of injecting insecticides in trunks of infested trees to control stem and leaf gall wasps, a technique that has led to a significant reduction in galls. David, an undergraduate and Master’s alumnus, presented his work with advisor Ken Leonhardt on breeding improved varieties of ornamental plants. As a student, David had a 3-month internship at Monsanto and was also the recipient of the Hawaii Florist and Shippers Association Scholarship and the Monsanto Scholarship. He’s now employed at HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch, where part of his job involved presenting at the Urban Garden Center’s recent Ag and Environmental Awareness Day. In yet another CTAHR-associated twist, the article is co-authored by one more CTAHR alumnus, Orville Baldos. It’s a small, green world!

State of the Live Stream

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


State of the College graphicRemember that CTAHR’s first State of the College address will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the C-MORE Gordon and Betty Moore Conference Center! And if you can’t get there in person but want to view the address via live stream, click here on the day of the event and enjoy getting your update on the college from the comfort of your office!

On the Road for Nutrition Success

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mei Ying with Jinan BannaJinan Banna (HNFAS) (right) and FSHN undergraduate student Mei Ying Zhang (left) have received a travel grant from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/Maximizing Access to Research Careers Program. This grant will provide funding for Mei’s attendance at the annual Experimental Biology meeting, a multidisciplinary scientific meeting open to those interested in research in the life sciences. Among the participating societies is the American Society for Nutrition, which will offer sessions hosted by various research interest sections. At the meeting, Mei will have ample opportunity to network and identify career opportunities. Mei plans to pursue a career in public health, into which she is interested in incorporating research. Attending Experimental Biology will assist her in further clarifying her research interests as she takes the next steps along her career path.

Agricultural Honors

2/17/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Richard Ha and Diane RagoneDr. Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua‘i, has been chosen as CTAHR’s 2015 Outstanding Alumna and will be honored at this year’s Awards Banquet on May 8. She and her work researching and promoting breadfruit are lauded in an article in Kaua‘i’s Garden Island newspaper, which quotes her description of CTAHR as “an incredible institution and one of the greatest things going for UH.” Also mentioned in the article and to be honored at the Banquet is this year’s winner of the Ka Lei Hano award, Big Island grower Richard Ha, an amazing success as a farmer who has generously shared his success with the community.

A Fruitful Harvest

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Village Harvest volunteers with fruitKaua‘i’s Garden Island newspaper has a glowing article about Village Harvest, a program created by CTAHR’s Kaua‘i Master Gardeners in partnership with the sustainability-focused nonprofit organization Malama Kaua‘i to provide fresh produce for schools, after-school programs, and the Food Bank. Volunteers began by harvesting the fruit grown at CTAHR’s Kaua‘i Agricultural Research Center, but now other growers are donating their extra crops, and the program is searching for more. Amazingly, almost 3,000 pounds of food have been donated through the program in the two and a half months it has been in existence! Interim Kaua‘i County Administrator Russell Messing is quoted in the article as saying that contributing to the community is part of the college’s mission, and he is proud that this program is helping to fulfill that mission.

Flipping the Tassel

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Corn tasselsFifty years of studying corn tassels? There’s a lot to study. The most recent issue of Crop Science, a journal founded by Jim Brewbaker (TPSS) in 1955 that now publishes over 3,000 pages of science and research a year, features a study of corn tassel diversity and genetics by Dr. B himself. He reports that he and his students have grown essentially all major types of corn—about 220 races—at the Waimanalo Research Station since the early 1960’s, and that “all seemed at home.” This was a major reason for the explosive growth of what has become Hawai‘i’s biggest agricultural industry: corn seeds. These male flowers of corn are immensely diverse—Dr. B suggests thinking of them like orchids or roses. The varying examples in the photo differ from each other by only one single gene, and over 30 genes that solely affect numbers of tassel branches have been isolated! Dr. B and his team have also answered such questions as “Does a big tassel burn too many calories and therefore reduce corn yield?” Answer: “In Iowa, yes, but in Hawai‘i, no.” One more reason corn is king in Hawai‘i!

Weed and Seed

2/12/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


james leary, linda cox, and john yanagidaJames Leary, Linda Cox, and John Yanagida (all NREM), and co-authors from the Maui Invasive Species Council and the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit were honored by the Weed Science Society of America with an Outstanding Paper award. The paper, published in Invasive Plant Science and Management, is titled “Reducing Nascent Miconia (Miconia calvescens DC) Patches with an Accelerated Intervention Strategy Utilizing Herbicide Ballistic Technology” and describes how 48 patches of the invasive weed tree were identified, targeted, and eliminated in remote areas of Maui watershed in just over a year using the revolutionary HBT. The authors donated their $1000 award to the KUPU Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, which, as its website explains, empowers youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage pono with ke Akua, self and others. Congratulations to the authors for their great research, writing skills, environmental stewardship, and generosity!

Love in Bloom

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Flowering potted plantsIf you’re the type to wait till the last minute when getting a gift for that special someone, you’re in luck! You’ll be able to pick up some lovely Valentine’s Day flowers at the Horticulture Society’s annual Valentine’s Day Flower and Plant Sale on Friday, February 13. It will be held at St. John Room 10-B, from 10:30 a.m. for as long as supplies last. Select from a wide assortment of flowering potted plants, beautiful cut-flower arrangements, and more. And all plants were purchased from local nurseries in Hawai‘i, so you’ll be showing your love for the ‘aina as well!

The Cap on the Event

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mayor Arakawa and Cindy Reeves
In her recent visit with Maui County Council members and Mayor Arakawa, Maui County Administrator Cindy Reeves took a moment to pose with the mayor, who donned a CTAHR cap to show his support of the college’s mission. After all, CTAHR looks good on everyone!

Sundaes With Mc Millan

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mc Millan ChingMBBE sophomore Mc Millan Ching will be one of the students offering new and continuing students helpful tips and insights at the upcoming Sundaes with Students event. On Wednesday, February 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center 308 and 309, students of all majors and class standings are invited to make a customized sundae at a sundae bar while they listen to a panel of undergraduate and graduate students talk about their experiences as first- and second-year students at UHM. Originally from Manila, Mc Millan plans to become a medical doctor and improve the health care system of the Philippines. But that’s not all—he also wants to earn a PhD and start his own biotech company, which will generate income to support his philanthropic causes. His summers are spent participating in scientific research in agricultural biotechnology, cardiovascular diseases, and stem cell and regenerative medicine, while his school terms are filled with rigorous classes and volunteer work to ready him for his chosen careers. What an inspiration!

The Chemistry of Sustainability

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Steven MontgomeryEntomologist and CTAHR alumnus Steven Lee Montgomery will present “Using Science for Healthy Choices: Getting the Chemistry Right” on Thursday, February 12, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Windward Community College’s Hale ‘Imiloa 111, as part of the Community Forum in Chemistry series. As he explains, all natural resources exist in a delicate balance, and everyone can play a part in conserving the native ecosystem. His talk explains how to foster a healthy local environment by keeping pesticides out of the food chain, promoting bio-controls of weeds and insect pests, and saving farmland and the bees. Montgomery completed both his MS and his PhD in entomology at CTAHR; since then, he has done work on Hawai‘i’s environmental biology, natural history, bio-politics, and honeybee services. He’s also volunteered with the Hawai‘i Natural Area and Land Use Commissions, Sierra Club, and ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi/Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems, and has served as a biological consultant on Hawai‘i and the Pacific to landowners and government agencies. He has numerous publications and has received several awards in environmental community service. For more information on his talk, call Letty Colmenares at 236-9120.

Flit on Over to the Museum

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Student at Insect Museum open houseHeard the buzz? The Insect Museum is holding an open house in celebration of Darwin’s 206th birthday on Thursday, February 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Gilmore Hall Room 607. There will be a series of exciting activities including specimen preparation of tiny moths, the size of a grain of rice; the chance to see live Kamehameha butterflies and learn about the Insect Museum’s research to protect their future; the Insect Sort-a-thon, in which you take raw field specimens and identify them for placement in the collection; and picture-taking with Buzz the museum mascot, the biggest fruit fly you’ve ever seen! You’ll also get to check out a hallway full of insect displays, including the museum’s living menagerie, and find out about the Great Digitization of 2014, an NSF-funded project to digitize every one of nearly 250,000 specimens in the Museum and put their pictures and data online. See the digitizers in action and learn about why this project is important and represents the future of collections! All interested parties are welcome—heavy pupus and insect-based snacks will be available.

Bee Sweet

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Honey bear jarKa Mea Kolo Entomology Club will be holding a Valentine’s Day Honey Bear sale on Wednesday, February 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Gilmore. Six-ounce iconic bear jars filled with sweet, golden goodness from the UH Honeybee Project that say “Bee Mine” are the perfect gift for that special someone…but quantities are limited, so come early to get your share!

Protection for the Protectors

2/10/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


coral reefReefs provide protection for coastal areas, food and shelter for sea creatures, and beauty and diversity for recreational users. Find out more about them as NREM’s ‘Imi ‘Ike Series continues with a presentation by Dr. Joshua Cinner on Wednesday, February 11, in Sherman 103. The presentation will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m., so please be early. Dr. Cinner will speak on “People and Reefs: A Social Scientist’s Escapades Confronting the Coral Reef Crisis.” As he explains, millions of people depend on reefs for their livelihood, including many who are so affected by poverty issues that sustainable protection of the reefs isn’t their first priority. For that reason, many conservation measures to protect the reefs haven’t succeeded; future efforts, Dr. Cinner argues, need to take the socio-economic context into account to a far greater extent. He discusses measures that have worked and explains how these successes may be duplicated and expanded in other areas.

January



Take a Bite of Wellness

1/27/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Alan Titchenal and Joannie DobsThe health-tips column “Got Nutrients?” by Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal (both HNFAS), which provides science-based health and diet information in an easily digestible form, is featured in the latest Well & Wise newsletter from the UH Foundation. The newsletter offers health-related items from the various colleges of the UH System, and Joannie and Alan’s daily dose of wellness is just what the doctor ordered—today’s tip explains how mercury toxicity from eating fish may be prevented.

Healthy Soil, Happy Garden

1/27/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Koon-Hui Wang demonstrates how to know soil healthThis year has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Soils. CTAHR is doing its part to raise awareness and offer information with two soil workshops, as well as Koon-Hui Wang’s (PEPS) recent appearance on Hawaii News Now to show ways to assess and boost soil health, particularly with the use of cover crops. Check out her eye-opening and convincing demonstrations!

Hearts of Gold and Chocolate

1/20/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Skip Bittenbender with cacao treeH.C. “Skip” Bittenbender (TPSS), an Extension specialist for coffee, kava, and cacao, will be the featured speaker for the Heart of Gold lunch sponsored by the ARCS Foundation’s Honolulu Chapter on February 9. He will provide an update on chocolate in Hawai‘i, a subject sure to whet the appetites of the attendees. The proceeds of the luncheon benefit 2015 ARCS awards to UH Manoa doctoral students in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and health disciplines. It’s always nice to be able to combine community service, academic support, and chocolate!

The Good Earth

1/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Hands holding soilIn collaboration with their program partners, CTAHR’s Center of Rural Agricultural Training and Entrepreneurship (CRATE) and Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) will host two educational field days focusing on the soil. The first will take place at Waimanalo Research Station on Wednesday, January 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Topics include an introduction to soil health and its indicators, benefits of no-till farming systems and cover-cropping, and development of a cover crop calculator for Hawai‘i. Hands-on demonstrations include a soil-slaking test and assays for water runoff and water percolation properties with simulated rainfall. Participants can bring their own soil for assessment; find out about compost tea-brewing systems; and check out the compost quality booth, the display of different types of cover crops, and tea-fertigation injection systems. The Poamoho Research Station workshop, which takes place on Saturday, February 7, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, includes many of the same presentations and also shows participants potential cost savings with cover crop use; a comparison of single vs. mixed cover crops in long-term no-till farming plots; soil health indicators using nematodes; leguminous cover crops in till vs. no-till farming systems, and screenings of the videos Symphony of the Soil and The Benefits of Vermicomposting. For fun, there will be a Jeopardy!-style game on soil knowledge!

Standing Up to Wilt

1/14/2015  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Banana affected by Fusarium wiltDr. Chunyu Li, a researcher at the Institute of Pomology at the Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, will be offering the seminar “Integrative Approaches for Managing Fusarium Wilt of Banana in Guangdong, China” on Wednesday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. in Gilmore 306. Since Fusarium wilt is also a big problem for banana in Hawai‘i as well, you may want to talk more about the subject. If so, you’ll also have the opportunity of meeting with Dr. Li individually—please call John Hu at 956-7281 if you want to set up a meeting.