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Doctor’s Orders

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Nobuhisa MorimotoMS alumnus Nobuhisa Morimoto recently checked in after passing his medical boards at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University and advancing to become a resident. Nobu plans to become an internist, specializing in nephrology and/or endocrinology. He’s also interested in conducting research in these fields. He favors a holistic approach, explaining, “Besides treating my patients, I would like to help them adopt healthful dietary and exercise habits to prevent the onset of various chronic diseases.” He’s having a hard time deciding whether he’ll practice in Hawai‘i or Japan, but we hope he comes back! Nobu keeps in touch with CTAHR professors and friends and is working on research projects with Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal (both HNFAS). His advice to those interested in pursuing a medical career is that it’s important to be passionate about being a health professional and to enjoy learning about how the body functions. There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge that one needs to digest during and after med school, he points out, which is much easier if you can enjoy the subject matter. He says, “Many individuals in CTAHR made a difference in my life, and I would like become someone who can make a difference in other people’s lives. I would like to do my best at each task so that as many people as possible in the world will become healthier and happier.” What a great prescription!

Nutrition Never Gets Old

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Maria Stewart at Kupuna presentationOn Friday, April 22 Maria Stewart presented nutrition workshops at the Kupuna Health and Safety Fair in Ewa. Over 100 senior citizens from the community attended the event, at which Maria presented practical approaches to maximizing health through diet in two workshops entitled “Eat Well, Stay Healthy: Nutrition for Healthy Aging.” The third annual event was sponsored by Ewa Weed and Seed, the Office of the US Attorney, and the Honolulu Police Department. This was the first time CTAHR was represented at the event, but the nutrition workshops were extremely popular, so it probably won’t be the last!

Coffee and Cream

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jen Burt and Andrea Kawabata at Cream of the CropThe Kona Coffee Council recently held their annual Cream of the Crop event at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. This event brings in a large group of visitors, local residents, and coffee farmers—last year there were over 800 attendees. Jen Burt and Andrea Kawabata (both TPSS), with Rob Curtiss of the HDOA (l to r), had a booth at the event to share information about coffee quality, methods of coffee berry borer control, and invasive insect prevention.

Love the Land

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Sweetie Kuehu and CTAHR students at Aloha Sweetie Kuehu (HNFAS), Lehua Wall (HNFAS), Emily Cadiz (NREM), and Jessie Kai (HNFAS) (l to r), who are members of the group KaPA‘A (Ka Po‘e Aloha ‘Aina), participated in the Aloha Aina Fair for high school students at the Halau o Haumea Center for Hawaiian Studies and Ka Papa Lo?i o Kanewai. The fair, which included speakers, informational booths, and organizations focused on land-based practices, was part of the week-long teach-in and educational event Our Theory of Change (OTC) sponsored by Native Hawaiian Student Services. OTC also featured presentations and roundtable discussions on subjects ranging from la‘au lapa‘au and the meaning of kuleana to juvenile justice and socioeconomic inequality. Find out more about the event here.

Outstanding Contributions

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kent KobayashiKent Kobayashi (TPSS) was selected as a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). He was recognized for his research on the use of microcomputers in horticulture, lights and plant growth, and Extension information systems, and for his significant role in ASHS committees. Six previous CTAHR faculty have also been selected as fellows, including, most recently, Richard Criley in 1992 and Bob Paull in 2014. Being elected as a Fellow is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to the science, profession, or industry of horticulture and to the Society. Kent and other newly elected Fellows will be honored at the Awards Ceremony at the 113th ASHS Annual Conference in August in Atlanta, Georgia.

Green Day!

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kristen Jamieson getting Green AwardNREM student Kristen Jamieson, who is the UH System student sustainability coordinator, was one of the students recognized by Governor Ige in his chambers for their work in producing the 4th Annual Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit. The Summit itself was recognized at the 2016 Hawaii Green Business Program (HGBP) awards ceremony with a Hawai?i Green Business Program Award for being a zero-waste event, including compostable plates, reusable utensils, no paper handouts or plastic bottles, carpooling and room-sharing, sustainable and locally sourced vegetarian fare, a service learning project, and Hawaiian cultural learning. Not only that, but all food waste from the event was collected for composting by SOFT members. The event brought together more than 150 faculty, staff, students, and administrators from all of the UH System campuses to work on strategic energy management, sustainability curriculum development, formalizing the Statewide Student Sustainability Coalition, and campus sustainability planning.

Educator Extraordinaire

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Charly KinoshitaAssociate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Charly Kinoshita has received the Distinguished Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), the premier organization in the U.S. with a mission of advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences. The award, including a ceremonial plaque and life membership in NACTA, recognizes meritorious service to higher education and to NACTA through teaching, educational research, and/or administration. Charly wil be honored at the 2016 NACTA conference, which will be held in Hawai‘i on June 21 through 24 at UH.

A Walk in the Trees

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Richard CrileyRichard Criley (Emeritus, TPSS) will be leading a plant walk celebrating the Manoa campus’s recent designation as an arboretum on Friday, May 6, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This tour is part of the annual Jane’s Walk, an international festival of free citizen-led walking tours encouraging people to explore their cities and connect with their communities and neighbors, on foot. The UHM campus has more than 500 different species of plants, and Rich Criley can tell you all about them! Other experts will talk about the campus’s cultural landscape, including historical buildings and associated artwork, on the walk.

International Influence

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Rachel NovotnyThis week is the last chance to register for the Awards Banquet, which will be held on Friday, May 6, at the Ala Moana Hotel—you’ll need to get your form in by Friday, April 29, if you want to secure your spot. At the Banquet you’ll be able to cheer such CTAHR stars as Rachel Novotny, winner of the inaugural award for Excellence in International Programs. Rachel has devoted her career to improving the health of children and adults through nutritional training and research, focusing on underserved populations in Latin America and throughout the Pacific. She’s established research and academic relationships with international agencies and Pacific/Asian countries and collaborated with such entities as the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, and the World Food Program. She’s PI for CHL, an innovative community-based program aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the Pacific region. CHL has created a much-needed infrastructure for child health monitoring and surveillance and provided scholarship training to graduate and undergraduate students from across the Pacific. Come celebrate Rachel and the other illustrious awardees at the Banquet! Here’s another thought: if you can’t make the date but still want to support the Centennial Scholarship Fund and CTAHR students, consider sponsoring a student to attend!

All Things Fashion

4/27/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Von Kaanaana, Moses Gouveia, Kari BegayThe time is now to secure your spot at the upcoming 50th UHM Fashion Show, Roots! The glam extravaganza will take place on Friday, May 1 in Kennedy Theatre. Tickets will be sold at the Campus Center on Thursday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is your chance to support and witness the 50 years of UHM Fashion tradition, showcasing senior designers, junior designers, and, for the first time, UHM alumni designers! If you can’t get to the Campus Center, just contact Kira Krog at kirakrog@hawaii.edu for tickets. She can also answer your questions about VIP seats or about donating to the silent auction that will accompany the event. To hear more about the Fashion Show, check out this KITV interview with show director and junior designer Von Kaanaana and senior designers Kari Begay and Moses Gouveia, along with sneak peeks of their collections. This year’s CTAHR Awards Banquet will also pay tribute to the Silver Jubilee of UHM fashion, with stage decorations consisting of costumes from the show dating back to the ’60s. Come spark the lime-green cut-out maillot with matching floral wrap and sunhat from 1967!

Island Beetles

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Eva Brill presenting posterResearch support Eva Brill participated in the 100th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America earlier this month in Honolulu, at which 345 insect enthusiasts convened. Eva authored and presented the poster “Reproduction, feeding, and ecology of predatory flat bark beetles in a scolytine-infested agricultural landscape,” which provided current research on Leptophloeus sp., square-neck grain beetles (Cathartus quadricollis), and coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) in Hawai‘i. Co-authors were USDA-ARS research entomologist Peter Follett and assistant Extension agent Andrea Kawabata. Eva also competed in the conference’s Texting Competition, a fun but challenging test of participants’ entomological knowledge and texting skills. With her acute knowledge and smokin’ fingers, Eva earned the highest number of points and won first place! She was recognized during the awards luncheon and received a beautifully mounted butterfly for her win. The Flat Bark Beetle (FBB) Project would like to acknowledge and thank their collaborators from Hawaii's coffee community, USDA, CTAHR and especially the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, for their funding and support of FBB research and outreach.

Extensive Accomplishments

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Lynn Nakamura-TenganAnother highly valued CTAHRite who will be honored at the Awards Banquet is Lynn Nakamura-Tengan (HNFAS), who’s been awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Extension. Having grown up on a family farm in Kula, Maui, Lynn has done training on topics as varied as candling eggs for small producers, rat lungworm disease, and emergency preparedness. She’s a leader and critical member of nutrition and food safety Extension education across the state and nationally whose projects include Nutrition Education for Wellness, Good Agricultural Practices, and Germ City: Clean Hands–Healthy People. She’s developed a food safety program to educate consumers and food producers that’s a model of both distance and hands-on teaching; she is a champion at using technology to enhance and distribute Extension information to audiences across the state and globally. She has been crucial to the Extension and outreach preparation required for FSMA implementation in Hawai‘i, leveraging State funding and developing a statewide contingent of educators. A member of the inaugural class of the Western Extension Leadership Development program for Cooperative Extension professionals, she’s also a faculty representative for the University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly. Come cheer Lynn and other awardees at the Banquet on May 6!

Who’s the Best?

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mandy Chen winning SEOTYThe best student employee, that is. That would be CTAHR student—and CTAHR employee—Mandy Chen (center)! She won the coveted Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) award for UHM and then went on to win SEOTY for the state, as well! Mandy, who’s majoring in ANSC, coordinates a number of student activities for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. She’s been instrumental in keeping the college’s educational and outreach events for students well organized and smoothly running—everything from the one-day Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day held at the Waimanalo Research Station for local fifth-graders to the two-week AgDiscovery program on the UHM campus for high-schoolers from around the country. She also coordinated much of the programming for the recent CTAHR/COE Student Research Symposium. Congrats, Mandy—and thanks! What’s amazing is that two other CTAHR students were also nominated for SEOTY—Heather Kalehuawehe (left) in FAMR, who works as a Theatre and Dance box office assistant, and Justeena Veltre (right) in FSHN, who’s a student supervisor for Financial Aid Services. Who’s the best? CTAHR students!

Fruitful Science

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Maria Stewart at Expanding Your Horizons 2016Two FSHN students—Flora Wang, center, and Shalynn McKee, right) assisted Maria Stewart (HNFAS, left) with a workshop entitled “Food Detectives” at the 2016 Expand Your Horizons event, an annual event that encourage girls in grades 6–8 to get involved with science, technology, engineering, and math. Maria, Flora, and Shalynn taught 28 girls, over the course of 3 interactive workshops, how to measure sugar in fruit using the Brix scale. Then the participants enjoyed the “fruits of their labors” at the end of each workshop by making a fruit smoothie. Check out the event website.

CTAHR Blooms at the Garden Fair

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


CTAHR presenters at Kauai Garden FairKaua‘i Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Kauai County Farm Bureau, hosted the 21st Annual Kaua‘i Garden Fair on the grounds of Kaua‘i Community College on Saturday, April 16th. Laura Kawamura (FCS), Ted Radovich (TPSS), and junior Extension agents Kathryn Fiedler and Joshua Silva presented educational talks centered on the theme of “Let Food Be Your Medicine.” Richard Ebesu (PEPS) and Matt Stevenson (HNFAS) had display booths, the 4-H club had a petting zoo, and the Master Gardeners answered questions and gave away 500 pepper seed packets (10,000 seeds!) to stimulate interest in the Vegetable Show and Contest coming up in this summer’s Kauai Farm Fair. Almost 300 youths signed in to participate in keiki activities; attendance at the educational talks was among the highest ever recorded; and fairgoers took away 150 copies of CTAHR publications and handouts. Afterwards, the Farm Bureau congratulated CTAHR on its leadership and “the kind of public-private partnership Kauai is known for.”

Pass On, No Pass Back

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Dietetics students with Food Recovery groupDietetics students Victoria Duplechain, Joy Nagahiro-Twu, Heather Fucini, and Mariah Martin (left to right) provided leadership in launching the UH Manoa Chapter of the Food Recovery Network, which offers prepared but unused food to those who are less fortunate in the community, while at the same time reducing the negative environmental effects of food waste. The students have partnered with CTAHR alumna Donna Ojiri, Sodexo’s UH Manoa general manager, to give meals every Friday to the Institute for Human Services, which then distributes the food to homeless shelters on O‘ahu. They’ve already given over half a ton of food since the program started less than six months ago! As Donna explains, food that has already been served and discarded also gets repurposed—it’s distributed to Island pig farms. Win-win! Read more in the Star-Advertiser. You can check out the UH News video story too!

Multiplying Our Impact

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Cover of Q1 2016 Impact ReportThe first quarter’s Impact Report is out, and slated to be the start of a great new tradition—celebrating the many and various contributions of CTAHR’s volunteers! Volunteer Recognition Day is April 21, and the stories in this report help to thank and honor the many volunteers who help to make the college and their communities great. In 2014, almost 5000 volunteers—nearly ten times the number of faculty and staff in the college—contributed a total of 186,922 hours to helping the college help others. Henceforth, the first quarter’s Impact Report every year will be devoted to their achievements. Read about four different individuals and groups and the many ways they give back—one story for Maui, Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, and the Big Island—and be inspired!

Fashion at Fifty

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


UHM 2016 fashion show Roots logoDid you know that this year marks the CTAHR Senior Fashion Show’s 50h anniversary? The show’s theme, Roots, is appropriate to this important anniversary, reflecting on what has come before—in the department and in the history of fashion—which provides the roots for the glorious blossoming of fashion today. The show, on May 1 in Kennedy Theatre, will feature not only junior and senior student designers but also the work of alumni now established in the industry. Tickets are on sale now—contact Kira Krog at kirakrog@hawaii.edu. They’re $25 (or $45 for VIPs)—cash or checks only, please! The show’s director (and one of the designers!), FDM student Von Kaanaana, was recently featured on ‘Olelo’s Hawaii Fashion Now, hosted by Andy Reilly (FCS) to discuss the show and his part in bringing it all together. Need more updates? Follow the Fashion Show on Facebook and Instagram!

Seeding Sustainable Gardens

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Seeds from Glenn TevesDedicated gardeners are often seed collectors and seed savers. Recently, in Honokaa, they also got to be seed sharers, thanks to a seed exchange event for which CTAHR was a sponsor. Researchers and Extension agents from the college gave presentations and brought seeds, like these pictured from Moloka‘i agent Glenn Teves, and many other growers and backyard gardeners also shared their own seeds, cuttings, and roots. As an article about the event in the Hawaii Tribune Herald explains, seed exchanges are not only a fun and free way to replenish seed stocks: they also allow gardeners to keep alive genetic diversity that may be lost when small seed companies are bought up by large conglomerates, and to share and receive seeds that are particularly well suited for the individual microclimates and soil types of specific areas.

Honoring Dr. T

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Minoru Tamashiro being honoredEmeritus professor and noted termite researcher Minoru Tamashiro and his wife Polly were the center of attention at a special symposium held at the 100th conference of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Organized by Associate Dean Ken Grace and CTAHR alumni Nan-Yao Su and Faith Oi, “Honoring Prof. Minoru Tamashiro’s Contributions to Entomology – His Legacy and Academic Genes” brought together CTAHR alumni, colleagues, and one academic “grandson” of Dr. T’s, from Hawai‘i, the Mainland, Korea, and Taiwan. Speakers included former CTAHR associate dean for Extension and current Agricultural Liaison for the Honolulu Mayor’s Office Po-Yung Lai, and long-time UH Hilo Dean Jack Fujii, both pioneering termite researchers in their PhD work with Dr. Tamashiro. The speakers shared the impact of the their mentor’s work, advice, and life lessons on their own lives and professional careers, including memorable pau hana brain-storming sessions and the characteristic phrase “Miller Light, bucket ice!”

Symposium Stupendous

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Student Research Symposium 2016For the sixth year, CTAHR teamed with the College of Engineering (COE) to host the 28th annual Student Research Symposium. Roughly 300 students, faculty, staff, and guests gathered for a lively scholarly exchange in the Agricultural Science building on April 8 and 9 to marvel at the outstanding and innovative research that the students have accomplished. The Symposium gives students the chance to present their work in a friendly yet academic setting, while travel grant awards enable top students to share their research at national and international conferences. A large number of poster and oral presentations, 134, were given by undergraduate and graduate students in all six departments in CTAHR and three in COE. The topics spanned all stages of the process of research and development, and all forms of student learning: discovery; advanced diagnostics and lab testing; design, validation and field testing; adoption of new methods and technologies. The caliber of the students’ work was impressive! Here are CTAHR's illustrious winners. Thanks go to the student participants and faculty advisor/mentors, the judges and moderators, staff and student volunteers, and members of the Symposium Coordinating Committee. Thanks also go to USDA-NIFA for helping to f

Milky Way

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Marissa MadeiraWhat’s in your glass? In last week’s “Health Options” column, Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs (both HNFAS) mention the research of their student, Marissa Madeira, who presented her findings at the Student Research Symposium last week. As they explain, Marissa searched out fourteen general types of plant-based “milk” made from nuts, seeds, grains, and soybeans and looked at their nutritional information, comparing it to cow’s milk. She concluded that many of these “milks” lack the full nutritional benefits of dairy, though some are fortified so as to make them comparable, and many of them also contain added sugars. Bottom line: read your labels and choose what’s right for you!

A Wide Range of Talents

4/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Donna MeyerAnother well-beloved and much-admired CTAHRite who will be honored at this year’s Awards Banquet is alumna Donna Meyer, winner of the 2016 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service by an APT Employee. Donna has worked in the college for 36 years, since her undergraduate days. An integral part of many projects, including On-Farm Food Safety and Sustainable Pest Management, she has a broad range of skills and talents that makes her invaluable to each, from small-scale construction to the ability to present scientific and technical information in a form easily understandable by the general public. Her commitment to each project is exemplary; she travels to other islands and works outside of normal work hours and on weekends to complete tasks. She coordinates farm site visits, assists with workshops and field days, and helped to design and make a portable hot water spray tank for arthropod pest management. She not only performs laboratory work skillfully and conscientiously; she also assists in training students and other lab workers. As one recommender writes, “The college has gained stature and respect in the community because of Ms. Meyer’s work.” Come cheer Donna and other CTAHR awardees at the Banquet on May 6!

Soft Skills for the Hard Sciences—and Beyond

4/20/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Soft Skills imageMichael Cheang and Lynn Yamashita (both FCS) will be offering a new FamR class for the summer, FamR 491 - Life Skills for Success in the Workplace. Here are the stats: it’s 3 credits, CRN 97187, held June 13–July 1, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Employers are increasingly asking that students be work ready, which includes being versed in “soft skills” as well as technical knowledge. This class can help. It should be very helpful for students to take before going out into the community for internships or jobs. It will focus on skills, especially “soft” skills, deemed essential by employers and supervisors; understanding the work culture and unwritten codes of conduct; important yet intangible concepts such as likeability, emotional intelligence, honesty, and ethics; and internship preparation and the job search process. It will real-life actual case studies to illustrate some of the common oversights made by students in internship and work settings.

GMOs: Both Sides of the Debate

4/13/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Hector ValenzuelaHector Valenzuela will be one of the speakers on a panel on GMOs hosted by the William S. Richardson School of Law’s Food Law & Policy Society. “Weighing the PROs & CONs of GMOs in Hawaii: A Civic Engagement Panel” will take place on Monday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Law School Building room CR2. Other speakers will be Joni Kamiya of Kamiya Papaya Farms, Gary Hooser of the Kauai County Council, and John Purcell, the VP for Business & Technology for Monsanto Hawaii.

Get Leafy

4/13/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Plants at Lyon ArboretumLyon Arboretum will be holding its annual plant sale on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be colorful ti varieties, native ferns, fruit trees, new anthurium varieties, orchids, heliconias, gingers, cactus, succulents, tillandsias and other bromeliads, roses, vegetable plants, herbs, and many other plants. Arboretum volunteers will sell jams and jellies made from local fruits, as well as oshibana crafts, spring wreaths, hand-painted ceramic pots, and leaf angels. Hawaiian honey will also be for sale. There’s a free shuttle service that picks up and drops off at the Po'elua Street and Manoa Road intersection and the Nipo Street and Manoa Road intersection.

Stars of HNFAS

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Doug Vincent and Rebekah MoralesTwo of the illustrious awardees who will be celebrated at this year’s Awards Banquet are Doug Vincent, Ka Pouhana (Mentor) winner, and Rebekah Morales, Ka Hana Po‘okela honoree. They are both in HNFAS, but that’s not their only connection: Rebekah is president of the Pre-Veterinary Club for which Doug is faculty advisor, and they both share a strong commitment to furthering the work of the college. Doug not only has previously received the Ka Pouhana award; he also has been honored with the CTAHR Excellence in Teaching award and the UH Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, all indications of his generous commitment to helping students learn and succeed. Rebekah, a junior majoring in Animal Sciences, was previously treasurer and vice-president of the Pre-Vet Club, and whatever her position has worked hard to make the club a vibrant and positive organization offering important educational, networking, and mentoring opportunities as well as positive social interaction amongst the members. Come to the Banquet on May 6 to applaud Doug and Rebekah and the rest of CTAHR’s best and brightest!

In Bangkok

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Andy ReillyAndy Reilly (FCS) recently presented his research at the Rural Development Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Andy is part of a multi-state organizing committee, comprised of eleven people from seven institutions, that is charged with developing a proposal and seeking funding to address LGBT people living in rural communities. Andy made a presentation on an outcome of their first meeting, “Development of a theoretical model to study LGBT people living in rural areas in the United States of America.” He was sponsored in part by the Research Office and FCS.

No Horsin’ Around With This Group!

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Na Lima 4-H groupRecently the newest 4-H Club on the Big Island, Na Lima A Me Na Pu’uwai O Kohala, held its 1st Annual Horse Show. Hawai‘i County 4-H Livestock agent Becky Settlage conveys the club’s appreciation for the support they have received from their families and community. Everyone worked hard over the past several months turning an overgrown pasture into corrals and an open arena area in which the members could ride. During this same time, members were learning about horses and horsemanship. It all culminated in the day-long event, which allowed these 4-H club members to show off all that they had been working on and to compete in the following classes: Western Horsemanship, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Dummy Roping, Trail Course, and Calf Penning. Besides the getting to watch the competition, attendees at the Horse Show enjoyed a petting zoo, pony rides, silent auction, and great food! At the end of the day, recognition and awards were given out. Photos from the event are at the East Hawaii 4-H & Hawaii County 4-H Livestock Facebook page.

Healthy Ways for Hectic Days

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jason McMurrayWe all could use some help eating and living well on the go. Senior dietetics student Jason McMurray is interning with Emily Boll, owner of the fitness company Boot Camp Hawaii. He’s learning how she runs her business, joining in on appointments with clients that she individually coaches and assisting and observing Emily as she runs a 6-week wellness program for the faculty and staff of Kamehameha Schools (KS). He recently made a video with her as a project so they could get some experience making online video content. In it he demonstrates ways he’s learned to incorporate a concern for wellness as a busy college student. It is a look at his daily routine, which incorporates tricks and technique’s he’s developed for eating and living healthily. The title is “Healthy Living for the Hectic Lifestyle.” And don’t we all have a hectic lifestyle? Check it out!

On His Turf

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Curtis KonoCTAHR alumnus Curtis Kono, grounds superintendent at Oahu Country Club, was recently featured in the Star-Advertiser. Curtis, who holds a BS in Horticulture, was selected as the Golf Course Superintendent of the Year by the Hawaii Golf Course Superintendents Association (HGCSA) for 2011. He’s also an accomplished golfer, the Hawaii State Junior Match Play champion in 1968 and Manoa Cup champion in 1987 and multiple winner of the HGCSA Annual Tournament. He’s also been a volunteer crew member at the Masters, Augusta National, Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, and U.S. Open at Shinnecock, the article reports. There’s more on Curtis here!

Defeating Deforestation

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kimberly CarlsonKimberly Carlson (NREM) was one of six guest speakers with UH ties who addressed the UH Foundation’s Heritage Society last week at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel. She described her research on whether commodity certification can reduce the growing deforestation of Indonesian forests for rapidly expanding industrial-scale palm oil plantations. About 180 people attended the symposium, which also featured coastal geologist Chip Fletcher, geneticist Steven Ward, historian Colette Higgins, Coach Laura Beeman, and alumnus native plant grower Rick Barboza as examples of the range of UH expertise. The Heritage Society includes alumni, faculty, and friends of the university who have made a will, trust, beneficiary designation, or life-income gift to UH Foundation to benefit UH. Addressing the group over lunch, President David Lassner stressed the importance of private giving in augmenting state and tuition funding. In the audience were several CTAHR retirees and alumni who already have taken that message to heart!

Teaching Them to Fish in Indonesia

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Steven Chiang in IndonesiaSteven Chiang has just returned from the Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference in Bandung, Indonesia, which had the theme of “Strengthening Public–Private Sector Partnerships for Sustainable, Competitive Agribusiness.” Participants came to the conference from 15 countries, and they surely left edified by Steven’s two presentations, which included the keynote speech, “Entrepreneurial Government: Opportunity-Based Public–Private Partnerships.” His other presentation was “Teach Them to Fish or Buy Them the Pole: Successful Facilitative Models.” The conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration of the Republic of Indonesia and coordinated by the Asian Productivity Organization.

Avos on the Move

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


avocados from HawaiiHawai‘i has just sent its first shipment of avocados to the mainland in 25 years, and CTAHR helped to make it happen! The Sharwil avocado has been cleared for export, but a lot of planning has gone into making that a reality. Alyssa Cho and Andrea Kawabata (both TPSS) have been working with a group of agencies and organizations including the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development, APHIS, the Hawaii Food Basket (a APHIS-approved facility), and a group of growers to set up a pilot program for the November–March export season. The first shipment was sent out, and samples were sent to other potential markets. As Alyssa explains, “Exporting Sharwil avocados could provide a high-value market for our avocado growers, helping them to remain profitable.” Read about it in this article in West Hawaii Today!

All in the CTAHR Family

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kacie KajiharaFourteen faculty, staff, and grad students from CTAHR volunteered as judges in the 59th Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair and got to marvel at the accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s best and brightest middle- and high-school students. Thanks to those who generously mentored the next generation of scientists and engineers at this year’s Fair. With funding from USDA-NIFA, on behalf of all campuses in the UH system, CTAHR presented a $500 award to Kacie Kajihara, an eleventh grader at Kalani High School, who performed research under the mentorship of Janice Uchida (PEPS) and grad student and APT research support Peter Toves (TPSS), as well as her teacher at Kalani, Kenneth Okawa., Kacie’s project, “Tissue Culture of the Hawaiian Papaya,” shows promise for increasing the efficiency and reducing the cost of growing papaya in Hawai‘i through clonal propagation. Kacie was also judged best in the senior Plant Sciences categoryand received a $100 award from the CTAHR Alumni Association; she’s pictured here with CTAHR Alumni Association president and TPSS grad student Kauahi Perez. Kacie will represent Hawai‘i in next month’s International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s got other CTAHR connections: not only is her sister Lexie an undergraduate student in Biological Engineering, but her grandfather got his degree in ag education here and still at 93 has a passion for ag!

Lots of Energy for Research

4/7/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Samir KhanalAnother illustrious CTAHRite who will be celebrated at this year’s Awards Banquet is Samir Khanal (MBBE), winner of the award for Excellence in Research. Samir is an internationally recognized researcher in biofuel and environmental biotechnology fields who has played a critically important role in establishing research that promotes sustainability through the interface of bioenergy and bio-based products with the environment, focusing on the needs of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. He has generated more than $3 million in research grants and an impressive array of publications, including two best-selling books on bioenergy and biotechnology. Some of Samir’s more recent activities and honors include being selected to serve as an International Advisor for Korea University’s Environmental Engineering Program, being selected to deliver the keynote speech at the International Waste Working Group-Asian Regional Branch symposium in Seoul, Korea, and being invited by Illan University in Taiwan to explore and discuss emerging research areas in energy and the environment. Come cheer Samir and other CTAHR awardees at the Banquet on May 6! Information about the other awardees and links to online or department registration are available at the website.

March



Amongst the Elites

3/30/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Shilva ShresthaMBBE alumna Shilva Shrestha, who completed her MS in Fall 2015 under the guidance of Samir Khanal, has been accepted into the Environmental Engineering Program at University of Michigan Ann Arbor to begin in Fall 2016. Admission to this program is highly competitive; it ranks in the top 5 in the nation. Congratulations and best wishes, Shilva!

A Fertile Topic

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Tia SilvasyTia Silvasy (MS student, TPSS) gave a well-received presentation at the East-West International Graduate Student Conference on the Asia-Pacific Region. She was the first presenter of the day, in the session “Green is the New Black: Innovative Approaches in Land-based Resource Management,” which also included presenters from Canada and Nepal. Tia had good attendance in her session, entitled “Utilization of Tankage, an Organic Local Fertilizer, for Crop Production in Hawai‘i”; the attendees were engaged and had lots of questions for her. Clearly an idea whose time has come! Tia also works as an agricultural instructor at Windward Community College.

What a Waste!

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Food wasteMatthew Loke and PingSun Leung (both NREM) are referenced and quoted in the article “Wasted” in Hawaii Business Magazine, which discusses the amount of food that is wasted in the Islands, the implications of this waste, and what to do about it. The article builds off a paper that Matt and PingSun recently published in the Journal of Waste Management and Research. Matt points out that while people in Hawai‘i waste less food than do people in other states—which he attributes to its higher cost here—we still waste about a quarter of all food used here! Most commonly thrown-away foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and rice. An important site of waste is hotel buffets—which is why many places are shifting to cooked-to-order items, instead. Some ways to help curb waste include donating unused food from restaurants or supermarkets to food harvest organizations that feed the homeless, and diverting unused food to more productive areas than the landfill, including composting and energy-generation. Read it—it’s an eye-opener!

Welina Manoa!

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Welina Manoa tour of Insect MuseumA group of community supporters stopped by Gilmore Hall recently for a Welina Manoa tour. The visit was coordinated by CTAHR partners at UH Foundation and Manoa Alumni Engagement. Lots of insects were on hand to enhance the welcome: the guests got a close-up look at the popular Honeybee Project, Insect Museum, and Kamehameha Butterfly Project.

The Poison Is the Cure

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


tarantulaJon-Paul Bingham (MBBE) was quoted in a recent article about the use of tarantula venom to create pain-relief drugs. Though he’s not involved in this study, which is still at an earlier stage, he’s familiar with the concept, having used it in his pioneering research into the use of cone-snail venom for similar purposes. He points out that the goal is to be able to replicate the necessary chemicals in the lab once they have been isolated from the original venom: nature, he suggests, should in this case be used as a template.

Knowledge Grows on Trees

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Tiele Doudt and Beau ShishidoAt the recent 10th Annual Avocado Festival in Kona, two groups from CTAHR presented some tender and delectable educational material. Students from Ted Radovich’s (TPSS) SOFT program, Tiele Doudt and Beau Shishido (pictured) offered information on avocado production, while Maria Stewart and Jessie Kai (HNFAS) presented nutrition information on the fat-rich but still-healthy fruit. In addition to the educational displays, Maria participated in a Q&A session about nutrition, and all of the CTAHR representatives assisted with the avocado tasting, when festival attendees had the opportunity to taste over a dozen types of avocados from the Big Island.

Heroes in the Fight

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


JB Friday and James LearyThe Hawai‘i Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) awards have been announced for 2016, and CTAHR is well represented! Extension forester JB Friday (NREM) is one of three scientists (along with Lisa Keith and Chip Hughes) recognized with the Greatest Hit award for their roles in investigating and combatting Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, which is killing the iconic native ‘ohi‘a forests of the Big Island. James Leary (NREM) was awarded the MVP award for Maui County for his innovative creation and deployment of Herbicide Ballistic Technology. The herbicide-containing “ammo” shot from a modified paintball gun, either on the ground or from a helicopter—has allowed HBT operators to kill off over 3000 invasive miconia in hard-to-reach locations in East Maui. Watch out, invasives—CTAHR’s on the job!

The Next Crop of Gene-iuses

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Student at Gene-ius Day with test tubeThere’s a new video on the Gene-ius Day program available on the UH System website. Gene-ius Day, started in 2006 by Ania Wieczorek (TPSS), has by now reached more than 5000 elementary and middle-school students, showing them the excitement of science and the important place that STEM concepts and agriculture have in their lives. Gene-ius Day educators come to students’ classrooms with hands-on activities involving DNA, microscope work, and more, inspiring them to want to become scientists.

Fascination With Dragons

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Bobbie Yee and Shu Hwa LinShu Hwa Lin (FCS, center) recently spoke in the Hamilton Library on the influence of Chinese traditional dragon robes and Ming vases on modern fashion. She showed examples, including gowns and jackets by designers Gucci, Dior, Furstenberg, and Jason Wu, who is a favorite of Michelle Obama. Her own interest was sparked by the need to do research to provide answers when people asked her questions about imperial clothing. For instance, did you know that a single robe can take a team two years to produce? In one case, a wedding gown took ten years! Each robe is rich in symbolism that tells a story, such as the sun and moon in circlets on the shoulders that signal the robe is for an emperor. Excited to discover that the UH Costume Collection contains ten Qing Dynasty robs, Shu Hwa embarked on a hobby research project that resulted in her 2013 book Qing Imperial Costume Design: Yin-Yang Philosophical Influences.

Aloha NU!

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


NU students with Peter Toves at MagoonEnvironmental Science students from Nagasaki University recently toured the Magoon Research and Instructional Facility. The students were hosted by Kapi‘olani Community College’s International Program. Tomoaki Miura (NREM) and Joe DeFrank (TPSS), along with PhD students Peter Toves (pictured, right) and Sumeth Wongkiew and station manager Craig Okazaki, were on hand to greet the guests from Japan. The students experienced a wide variety of projects, including non-chemical weed control, aquaponics, flower breeding, turf management, remote sensing of vegetation dynamics, and even a competitive round of “Hawaiian-Style Bocce Ball”!

Awareness Is Good

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Students at 2016 Ag and Environmental Awareness DayThe Waimanalo Research Station held its Ag and Environmental Awareness Day and open house on Friday and Saturday. Exhibits included taro, cacao, and native sugarcane, or ko. The UH Honeybee Project showed how honey is extracted from the comb, and MBBE students demonstrated ways of creating bioenergy. Station tours were conducted, and guests got to see the new learning pavilion Hale o Pu‘u o Kona. Funding support was provided by USDA through CTAHR’s Agribusiness Education, Training, and Incubation Program. Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs Charly Kinoshita gave a warm welcome in the middle of the morning. Thank yous go to the Waimanalo Research Station staff and volunteers, ASAO staff, and Urban Garden Center staff for planning and setting up the event. Also, a big mahalo is due to the CTAHR faculty and staff, government agencies, community members, and company representatives who volunteered their time and knowledge for the presentations and exhibits at the Friday and Saturday events. Check out the video!

Tree People

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Andy KaufmanThe UH Manoa campus has recently been designated as an accredited arboretum by the Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet, which is the world’s only arboretum accreditation program. Richard Criley (TPSS), who used to take classes of students around the campus to identify trees, is quoted in the UH News Story about the honor, pointing out that few universities share this designation. He and Andy Kaufman (TPSS, pictured) are also quoted in a story in the Star-Advertiser; Andy mentions that lots of tourists contact him to ask about viewing the trees on the campus. The designation as an arboretum is inspiring those who want to add to the more than 500 species that already grow on the grounds.

The Plants They Carried

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Maui Master Gardeners at Ag in the ClassroomOn March 3 and 4 Maui Master Gardeners represented CTAHR at the annual Ag in the Classroom event sponsored by the Maui Farm Bureau and hosted at Haleakala Ranch. The Master Gardeners taught the kids about canoe plants—including ‘ulu, ko, kalo, milo, and others—and why the Polynesians brought them. Ag in the Classroom teaches kids about where food comes from and why agriculture is important to everyone. This year the Maui event drew about 700 2nd-graders from nine schools. They also learned about farming, ranching with the help of herding dogs, the dangers of invasive species, and the importance of a healthy watershed.

Growing Green

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


HGG at recognitionInterim Associate Dean for Extension Kelvin Sewake recently attended a recognition of the Hawaii Green Growth group, for which he is the CTAHR member, hosted by Hawaii State Senator Mike Gabbard at the State Capitol. CTAHR, along with UH System, is part of this initiative’s working group, which brings Hawai‘i’s energy, food, and environmental leaders together to achieve sustainability in the Islands and to be a model for integrated green growth.

New Faces: Marisol Quintanilla-Tornel

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Marisol Quintanilla-TornelMarisol Quintanilla-Tornel has been hired as a junior Extension agent at the Komohana Agriculture Research & Extension Center with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming. Marisol earned her Ph.D. in Entomology and Nematology at Michigan State University, studying nematode community structure. She earned her M.S. in Entomology, studying the effect of rotation crops on nitrogen mineralization and nematodes. Marisol comes to CTAHR with a broad range of experience, from serving as the Plant Protection Program leader, entomologist, and nematologist for Northern Marianas College, administering a grape farm in Chile, and working as a junior researcher at CTAHR under Mark Wright and Koon-Hui Wang. Please welcome her!

One More Benefit of Education

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jenjira YahirunCOF assistant researcher Jenjira Yahirun and co-authors have published a study of “Adult Children’s Education and Parents’ Functional Limitations in Mexico” in the highly regarded journal Research on Aging. This study from the Mexican Health and Aging Study looked at how adult children’s education level influences their aging parents’ physical health, with the assumption that in Mexico, especially, older adults rely on kin, primarily children, as supports where access to institutional resources might be lacking. Aging parents whose children had completed high school were less likely to report any functional limitations, compared to those with no children who had completed high school. The association remained when accounting for parental income, including adult children’s financial transfers to parents. The authors concluded that there are “upstream” influences of adult children’s education on their parents’ health and that children’s higher education may protect parents from deteriorating health conditions in later life.

Why It Works

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


GM papayaThe latest issue of Biotech in Focus is now available. It discusses the mechanism behind the disease resistance of the ‘Rainbow’ and SunUp’ papayas genetically altered to resist Papaya Ringspot Virus—when they were first created, researchers didn’t fully understand how the resistance was caused; they just knew it worked. Now the process is better understood: it has to do with RNA interference, or RNAi. Find out more here, and check out back issues of Biotech in Focus as well.

Mineral Rights

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mark ThorneMark Thorne (HNFAS) was recently awarded a Research and Education Grant in the amount of $332,601 for the “Development of Individual Free-Choice Mineral Supplementation Program for Sustainable Grazing Management of Hawaii's Rangelands.” Mineral supplementation is an important livestock management strategy to maintain and improve animal performance, necessary in many regions to correct for one or more mineral nutrient deficiencies in livestock forages. According to Mark, many commercial products used by livestock producers are designed through generalizations of animal requirements, without considering factors that determine the mineral composition of forages grazed by livestock in different geographical locations. Hawai‘i livestock producers have struggled for over three decades with mineral supplementation issues, since commercial pre-mixed mineral products are inadequate at meeting the different mineral needs of Hawaii’s ranches. He will investigate the feasibility of individual free-choice mineral supplementation in Hawaii and develop a decision support tool to assist livestock producers in developing a mineral supplementation program specific to their operation. Congratulations!

Nutritionally Sound

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Maria StewartCongratulations to Maria Stewart (HNFAS) for being given the Excellence in Teaching Award! It’s well deserved. Maria creates an intellectually safe community of learners in her classroom, allowing students to share alternate points of view, admit what they don’t understand, and think critically about the material. Her students praise her professionalism, accessibility, and strong command of the subject matter of nutrition; those who joined her on her study-abroad classes in Japan rave about the culturally and intellectually educational experience she provided for them. Come congratulate Maria and the other CTAHR stars at the 28th Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, May 6!

CTAHR Alumnae in Action

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jordie Ocenar and Bonnie DietrichTwo CTAHR alumnae were working at the recent Ag Day at the Capitol, Jordie Ocenar (left) and Bonnie Dietrich. Jordie got her bachelor’s degree in PEPS, and both she and Bonnie received their MS in Entomology. Jordie is a pest control technician for plant pathologists at HDOA’s biological control section, and Bonnie is a USDA Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey entomologist at HDOA. CTAHR was well represented by current students, faculty, and staff as well: presenters included, from TPSS, Andy Kaufman on landscape issues, Ted Radovich's grad student Tia Silvasy with sustainable and organic farming displays, and Alyssa Cho with macadamias, and from PEPS, Zhiqiang Cheng on invasive species, Mark Wright on food crop pests, and three of Koon Hui Wang’s graduate students on sustainable soils, plus a Rapid 'Ohi'a Death display from JB Friday (NREM). Also presenting were the GoFarm farmer training program and, on farm food safety, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan and Shauna Sibonga (HNFAS), joined by junior Extension agents Kathryn Fiedler, Sharon Motomura, and Kiersten Akahoshi.

The Land’s Not for Burning

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Clay TrauernichtClay Trauernicht was interviewed for a Hawaii News Now story about the recent wildfire in Nanakuli, which burned about 2,500 acres. The state has already used up its fire response budget, but the start of the new fiscal year is more than four months away. This increase in wildland fires is due in part to El Niño, but there’s more to the story: Clay says that the area burned per year statewide has increased 400 percent within the past couple of decades. He explains that much of the problem is the decrease in plantation agriculture and ranching, which has left much more land unmanaged and more susceptible to burning. He also points out that although fewer acres burn in Hawai‘i than on the Mainland, the percentage of area is just as high, sometimes higher, than in the western states.

Keep the CBB Info Coming!

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jen Burt at Koa coffee expoCTAHR was busy in the coffee world last week! Ray Carruthers (PEPS) and Andrea Kawabata (TPSS) co-hosted two daylong events, the Coffee Berry Borer Summit and Coffee Berry Borer Conference. The Summit, held at the Komohana Research and Extension Center in Hilo, brought together 29 scientists, economists, educators, and stakeholders for presentations, Q&A sessions, and networking. Participants learned about local and national area-wide programs and current CBB research projects and Extension efforts. The Conference, held in Kailua-Kona, drew 171 people, including researchers, Cooperative Extension, farmers, and stakeholders, for presentations and panel discussions by growers, processors, scientists, and educators. Last but not least, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association (KCFA) held their annual Coffee Expo, at which Andrea and Jen Burt (Kona Extension) shared a booth with HDOA to talk with farmers and visitors about coffee quality, CBB, current research, and invasive insects. They also had kits available for farmers, one for rearing the local CBB predator the flat bark beetle and the other for checking for little fire ants. Andrea also promoted her coffee website, which provides information on CBB integrated pest management, coffee research and outreach, and ag-related events and announcements. Pictured are Jen and HDOA’s Stacey Chun talking to growers at the Expo.

The Mite, the Virus, the Crumpled Wing

3/24/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Scott Nikaido and Ethel VillalobosEthel Villalobos (PEPS) was given a signal honor by Science magazine, being asked to write a Perspectives article to accompany a phylo-geographic study on DWV (deformed wing virus) and its vector the Varroa mite. Infected insects develop with crumpled, shrunken wings and are unable to fly, and therefore cannot find food for themselves or pollinate crops. Her article, titled “The mite that jumped, the bee that traveled, and the disease that followed,” provides context to the study by examining, in lay terms, the historical movement of managed European honeybee colonies out of their native range. It shows how human transport of managed hives had unforeseen repercussions with respect to bee health. The European bee was exposed to new environments and was placed in contact with the Asian honeybee and its parasites. One parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, “jumped” host species to the European bee and became a vector of previously mild viral diseases, in particular the DWV, which is now amplified in virulence due to mite transmission.

Groooovy, Man

3/16/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Shu Hwa Lin with 70s womenPolyester? Check. Orange and purple? Check. Psychedelic patterns? Check! Shu Hwa Lin (FCS) has curated an exhibit of 1970s women’s wear selected from the UH Costume Collection that’s now showing in Miller 112. It will run until March 17 and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., so come on by and get your groove on!

February



Super CTAHRites Meet SuperPro!

2/25/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Students using SuperProNine CTAHR students and five faculty participated in a SuperPro Designer training workshop in Gilmore Hall on February 18-19. SuperPro, the wildly popular comprehensive process simulator being used at roughly 500 industrial sites and 500 universities worldwide, facilitates modeling and optimization of batch and continuous processes, cost of goods analysis, cycle time reduction, environmental impact assessment, and other operations. The training workshop, sponsored in part by the college, began with theoretical analyses of basic industrial processes, and followed with hands-on training on SuperProDesigner and SchedulePro. Student and faculty trainees learned how to model, optimize and perform economic analyses of various industrial processes, including biotech, chemical, food, environmental, and consumer product industries.

Growing College Spirit

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Spring Event 2016About 150 happy fair-goers turned out for the Spring Event last week, enjoying hot dogs, popcorn, and shave ice; mugging for the caricature artist (Charly Kinoshita as Superman? It fits!); and competing in games to win prizes (plants, of course—it’s CTAHR!) and plunge unsuspecting faculty in the dunking booth. They also generously donated almost $170 to the college’s chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in Family and Consumer Sciences. The group raises money for scholarships for its members, does services projects for the community, and encourages personal and academic excellence and the advancement of family and consumer sciences. Check out pix of the fun time here!

Fight ROD!

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Rapid Ohia DeathJB Friday (NREM) is working to increase funding and awareness to address Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, which is estimated to have killed 100,000 trees on 34,000 acres on the Big Island already. He’s quoted in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s recent article about House Bill 1597, which “directs the state Department of Agriculture to research and report on the causes and possible control measures” for ROD and which was passed on the first day of the session. He also lends his expert knowledge to Lyon Arboretum’s crowdfunding campaign, which is raising money to collect and bank varieties of ‘ohi]a seeds, which can be endemic to a single island, until the disease is addressed and reforestation efforts can begin. The very persuasive campaign is seeking $35,000 for collecting trips, collaboration with other agencies, and long-term storage, and it has raised almost half of that goal in just five days. Check it out and give some #ohialove!

Paradox Unraveled

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kevin and ThomasResearcher Gernot Presting (MBBE) and three postdoctoral scholars in his lab, Kevin Schneider and Thomas Wolfgruber (both pictured) and Zidian Xie, have solved a question that has long puzzled genomics researchers: why the centromere evolves so quickly. In a detailed study of dozens of pure-breeding strains of corn, they determined that intense selection for centromere-linked genes encoding key genes was responsible for the frequent turnover of centromere repeats in the corn centromere, though not in its wild, inedible ancestor teosinte. They discovered that retrotransposons, genes that “jump” from one part of the chromosome to another, also play a major role in this turnover. Read their article in PNAS!

His Research on Silverswords Is Golden

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Paul Krushelnycky with silverswordsPaul Krushelnycky (PEPS) and co-authors published a paper in Climate Change Responses that shows how shifting atmospheric circulation patterns that may be caused by climate change are threatening populations of the iconic silversword on Haleakala. The native plant is found nowhere else in the world. The team researched the effects of changes in temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation on populations of silverswords, using 80 years of data records and discovered that the Haleakala silversword numbers have declined about 60 percent since 1990, a decline coinciding with lower rainfall in the area.

On the Catwalk, With Dragons

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Dress fashioned after a dragon robeWant to see some fashion fit for an empress? Come to Shu Hwa Lin’s (FCS) talk “Fashion Styles in the Runways With Dragons” on March 1, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Hamilton Library Rm. 301. Shu Hwa will show the UH Costume Collection’s ten imperial dragon robes and will discuss a variety of modern fashion designs that draw inspiration from magnificent royal robes like these. While you’re in the library, you’ll also get a chance to check out—or revisit—the costume exhibit “In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of UHM Costume Collection,” on display in Hamilton Library’s first-floor Bridge Gallery until March 11. And make sure you come back to Hamilton for the UHM Costume Museum Exhibition presented by FDM460 Costume Museum Management students, which will be up March 9–16.

A Matter of Life and Death

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Couple in silhouette, domestic violenceFindings on a paper written by Ann Pobutsky (COF) and co-authors on domestic violence fatalities were recently highlighted on Hawaii News Now. “Results From the Hawai‘i Domestic Violence Fatality Review, 2000–2009,” published in the Journal of Injury and Violence Research, found that Filipinas were overrepresented among fatalities in comparison to their percentage of the population, while Native Hawaiian women were underrepresented. Let’s hope that growing awareness of this important issue makes all those numbers go down!

FSHN for Health

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


FSHN Council at Keiki RunFSHN Council members entertained and distributed healthy breakfast bags to over 2300 children on Saturday in partnership with the 2016 Keiki Great Aloha Run. This year over $35,000 was raised and will be donated to 115 O‘ahu schools in support of their Nutrition Education and PE programs. The 1.5 mile run promotes healthy and active lifestyles among Hawai‘i youth in accordance with the teachings of the Hawaii 5210 initiative: that’s 5 fruits and vegetables, 2 or less hours of screen time, 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary beverages each day. Sounds like a good plan for all of us!

Securing Food Security

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


12@12 Food Security graphicThe next installment of the 12@12 Collaboration Works! event will be taking place on March 14 in Ag Sci 219. Two presentations will be given by HNFAS, continuing the Spring 2016 series theme of Food Security. As always, lunch will be provided for those who are there, and video conferencing will be available for those tuning in remotely—just email Candice at cmil@hawaii.edu for more information. Be there or be insecure!

Fill in the GAPs

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jari SuganoO‘ahu Cooperative Extension agents Jari Sugano (pictured) and Jensen Uyeda will be providing an update on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. They will provide a detailed overview of food safety programs that may affect local ag businesses in Hawai‘i. Before their presentations, Joy Gold of the Hawaii Agricultural Mediation Program (HIAMP) will begin by talking about how HIAMP can help resolve disagreements with complex federal programs over program eligibility and compliance. HIAMP helps farmers grow solutions to challenges that narrow financial margins or uncooperative weather can create with lenders and unsecured creditors, and insurance claims. Here are the dates and times: February 20, noon to 2 p.m., at Kapi‘olani Community College; February 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Waimanalo Research Station; March 1, 5–7 p.m., Kane‘ohe Extension Office; March 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Kahuku Community Center (this one’s still pending); and March 23, 10 a.m. to noon, HARC North Classroom. Reserve a seat for a session by emailing wahiawa@ctahr.hawaii.edu or calling (808) 622-4185. To find out more, email suganoj@ctahr.hawaii.edu or juyeda@hawaii.edu.

Fun at the Farm Fair

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


4-H kids at 2015 Farm FairThis year’s Farm Fair at Kualoa Ranch was the subject of a laudatory article in the December issue of Hana Hou, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines. Much of the article, and its pictures, is devoted the 4-H livestock events. The UH Honeybee Project, and its bee-costumed student representatives, is also mentioned. Of these, and the many other agricultural educational events, the author comments, “Kids are definitely learning plenty all over today’s fair.” And that’s what the fun is all about!

Three Plus Two Equals Success

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Yong Li and Food Science MS studentsAfter two years of hard work, the first 3+2 Masters Program in CTAHR has enrolled international students. Two new students from China’s Hunan Agricultural University (HAU), Junhuang (Peter) Liu and Zhijun Zhan (middle and right), have arrived on campus and are eager to embark on a new academic journey at UH Manoa. These students, selected for their educational background and English proficiency, have completed three years of coursework in Food Science and Engineering at HAU and will spend their fourth and fifth years pursing master’s degrees in the Food Science MS program. Under the 3+2 program, during the next two years, the students will earn bachelor’s degrees from their home institution in China and master’s degrees from UH Manoa upon completion of their degree requirements. Many individuals at HAU and in CTAHR were instrumental in this significant milestone, including Yong Li (left), graduate chair of the Food Science MS program, HNFAS’s Ching Yuan Hu, the Food Science graduate faculty, and HNFAS chair Halina Zaleski, as well as Xiaoxin (Ivy) Mu of UHM’s Office of Graduate Education. This represents a major milestone in CTAHR’s goal to grow its graduate programs and become truly global. Also furthering those ends, the college is recruiting students for 3+2 programs that have been recently established with other international partner institutions.

Bioenergy in Germany

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Surendra KC in labSurendra KC (MBBE), a PhD student under Samir Khanal, has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Research fellowship to conduct research at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, for a period of five months starting January 2016. Surendra will conduct anaerobic digestion studies of energy crops for bioenergy and bio-based products generation. This study aims to add new knowledge to the fundamental understanding of the digestion of energy crops. In addition, this research visit will also strengthen the research collaborations between UHM and the University of Hohenheim, to help UH establish a Tropical Anaerobic Digestion Research Program (TADRP). Surendra was also a recipient of UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), London, UK fellowship in 2013 to attend the UKERC Summer School at University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. Go, Surendra!

Be the Boss of Your Money

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


TCYM money tree logoNeed to gain some financial savvy? Tune in to Take Charge of Your Money4, a special series of financial literacy videos broadcast on local television and embedded at the TCYM website to assist ordinary consumers improve their understanding and develop skills at effectively managing the family resources of their households. The Cooperative Extension Service, FCS, and UH’s Information Technology Services, Academic Technologies have collaborated with many local professionals to organize this sixteen-part series as a community service program. Each particular topic, such as investing or money-management tips for young adults, is covered by 4–6 shows created in one-hour slots for television viewing. You can watch all the shows on local television each semester on channels 354 or 355, watch all the shows on the website 24/7, view the PowerPoint presentations of all the speakers, view additional resources for each topic via website links, and test your knowledge of the content presented by participating on the Self-Test Quiz section of this website. Isn’t it time you took charge?

Who Judges the Livestock?

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


4-H livestock judging teamOne of the top honors a Hawai‘i 4-H livestock member can achieve is to earn a spot on the Hawaii State 4-H Livestock Judging team. This year’s team members were (left to right) Jacob Cabiles, Cullen Andrade, Kanani Kaaekuahiwi, and Terri Connors, who braved the freezing weather in Denver, Colorado, for a chance to learn, show their skills, and have fun. Jacob’s from O‘ahu; the rest are from the Big Island. After competing at the State 4-H livestock judging contest on O‘ahu, these four top contestants won bragging rights to represent Hawai‘i at the National Western Stockshow’s junior livestock judging contest. The contest is a part of the 96th Annual Western National Roundup, the second-longest-running National 4-H event, drawing nearly 1,000 delegates from 31 state and Alberta, Canada. The delegates engaged in educational programs, opportunities in leadership and citizenship skill development, and youth exchange activities and were exposed to a multitude of national contests. In addition to the Roundup event, the team members got to hone their judging skills prior to the contest at the University of Wyoming Laramie Research and Extension Center and at Colorado State University’s B.W. Pickett Equine Center. They also participated in one of the nation’s top quality youth livestock judging contests and enjoyed the livestock

Spreading Like…Wildfire

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Wildland fire in HawaiiThe work Clay Trauernicht and Creighton Litton (both NREM) have been doing to quantify the effects of wildfire in Hawai‘i has received some good coverage in Hawaii News Now, Hawaii Public Radio, and the Star-Advertiser. Clay and Creighton show not only that wildfires are a serious problem in the Islands, burning approximately the same percentage of land area every year as in the western United States, but that unlike on the Mainland, here wildland fires are overwhelmingly caused by human activities. The good news? That means we’ve got more power to reduce their number and severity. The old saying from Smokey the Bear is even more true in Hawai‘i—so get out and prevent some forest (and grassland) fires!

Extending a Helping Hand With Funding

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Kelvin Sewake and donorsInterim Associate Dean for Extension Kelvin Sewake addressed his vision for agriculture as the invited keynote speaker at the 68th HFNA/HFSA Shinnenkai on January 9 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. It was announced at the meeting that he had established a UH Foundation Discretionary Account for Extension, to provide the Associate Dean of Extension with funds for Extension-related activities such as workshops, conferences, supplies, training, fees, equipment, travel, awards, honorarium, etc. This account will be especially useful for expenditures that are not covered by grants and will allow for Extension professional improvement, to conduct educational programs for our industry and communities, and to recognize Extension faculty for their accomplishments. A total of $5,000 was donated by (left to right) Hawaii Tropical Flower Council, represented by Thong Teng Neo; Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association and Greenpoint Nurseries, represented by Eric Tanouye; Kelvin Sewake; Big Island Plant & Foliage, represented by Dalen Kawakami; and Kohala Nursery, represented by Dawn Kitagawa. Kelvin established the account using $1,000 of his personal funds and expressed appreciation to the other donors for the generous help that will go towards enhancing CTAHR’s Extension programs. Anyone interested in donating to the fund can contact Kelvin.

How Much Does Sending Money Home Cost?

2/18/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Person at Western UnionJenjira Yahirun (COF) and her colleague Eliva Ambugo have a new publication in Demographic Research: “Remittances and Risk of Major Depressive Episode and Sadness Among New Legal Immigrants to the United States.” Their research found that new immigrants to the US were at higher risk of a major depressive episode if they sent money back home (“remittances”), versus those who didn’t, perhaps because of the associated financial stress this caused. This was particularly true of those who were refugees/asylum seekers, as opposed to employment-seeking migrants. This analysis of a large national dataset illuminates the intersection of mental health, economic stability, and family ties.

One Stomach or Two?

2/17/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Brian Kerr with graphic of human gastric systemWant to know more about pigs’ digestion? You won’t want to miss Brian J. Kerr’s seminar entitled “Research by a Monogastric Nutritionist” on Friday, February 19, at 3:30 p.m. in Ag Sci 220. Before becoming the research leader/lead scientist at the USDA-ARS Swine Research Unit in Ames, Iowa, in 2001, Dr. Kerr worked in several capacities in industry and in the public sector. His research focuses on improving nutrient utilization in non-ruminant animals in an effort to reduce impact on the environment, including gas emissions. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals and was involved in revising the Nutrient Requirements of Swine. He has published widely and is an active speaker in professional and industry meetings, both nationally and internationally. For more information, please contact Rajesh Jha at rjha@hawaii.edu.

Food Futures

2/17/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mark BittmanWant to know what and how you might be eating in the future? Mark Bittman will be presenting a talk, “The Future of Food,” on Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 pm at the Architecture Auditorium. CTAHR is co-sponsoring Mr. Bittman, who is a former food columnist for the New York Times and a Fellow with the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He argues for tactical veganism, more home cooking, and more government intervention into what he sees as a struggling food system but offers a message of hope for Hawai‘i and beyond.

Get the Link, Lose the Rot

2/17/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Cacao pod affected by black pod rotJust as black rot can ruin a harvest, a bad link can ruin a presentation! If you’re looking forward to tuning in to Scot Nelson’s (PEPS) YouTube presentation on black pod rot of cacao at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, make sure you’re clicking on the right link! The one previously posted won’t work. And remember, you’ll be able to ask Scot questions during the presentation at the YouTube site link or via Skype at scot.nelson5 (make sure you send Scot a request to add you as a contact).

Love Is in Bloom

2/10/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Heart made out of rosesThere’s a reason flowers are classic Valentine’s Day gifts: they’re beautiful, they smell lovely, and they’re oh-so-romantic. Participate in a classic tradition by heading over to the Valentine’s Day Plant Sale put on by the Horticulture Society to pick up a delightful flowering plant for your beloved. It’s all happening on Friday, February 12, in St. John 10B; the tireless Hort Club members will be there to hook you up from 9 a.m. to whenever they run out of their wares. If you need another reason, which you probably don’t, all proceeds support the UH Horticulture Society and their annual field trip spent volunteering with horticultural producers throughout the state.

Get Some Sugar for Your Sugar

2/10/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Pre-Vet Club ValentineWhat’s better than a bake sale? A Valentine’s Day-themed bake sale! What’s better than a Valentine’s Day-themed bake sale? A Valentine’s Day-themed bake sale that supports a good cause! You’re in luck, because that’s what will be taking place on Friday, February 12, from 12:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the Campus Center. What’s the good cause, you ask? All proceeds support the Pre-Vet Club. So do it for your sweet tooth—do it for your sweetie—do it for the puppies and kittens—do it for the hardworking students—just head on down to the bake sale!

Love Takes Wing

2/10/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Akohekohe honeycreeper plush toyShow your love s/he’s as unique and special as a rare, endangered honeycreeper! If you haven’t yet gotten your sweetheart a stuffed ‘akohekohe (Maui crested honeycreeper) plush toy, check out the NREM GSO’s flyer about these life-like charmers and prepare to be convinced! Their sale helps benefit the NREM GSO and the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project. They’re only $15 (cash only), so get one before they fly away!

January



Step Right Up—to Fun

1/26/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Spring Event 2016Life’s a carnival…so act like it at CTAHR’s Spring Event, which will be held on Friday, February 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the grassy area next to Gilmore Hall. There will be great refreshments, carnival games with prizes, a caricature artist, and more…all just for the price of your smiling face! Come by and grab some popcorn, and remember—all is Fair!




A Look Into the Future

1/21/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Mark BittmanFormer New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, author of the How to Cook Everything Cookbook series and Vegan before 6, will be speaking on “The Future of Food” at UH Manoa’s Architecture Auditorium on Thursday, February 18, at 6:00 p.m. The event is free. Mr. Bittman recently left the New York Times to establish his own organization, The Purple Carrot, which sells ready-to-cook vegan meals delivered directly to the home. His talk is co-sponsored by CTAHR and should be very enlightening.

Glad to Have Them: January 2016

1/13/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Skip Bittenbender with cacao treesA number of members of the CTAHR ‘ohana are celebrating important milestones in service: Skip Bittenbender (TPSS, pictured), king of kava and cacao, has been working his magic with fruit and beverage crops for 30 years. Four others have reached the all-important decade mark: Soojin Jun (HNFAS), most recently lauded for his supercooling technology that keeps food fresh without freezing; Mark Kubo, an agricultural research technician at the Maui Agricultural Research Station in Kula; Priscilla Roque, office manager of the Kamuela Extension Office on the Big Island, who keeps everything running smoothly; and Sarah Yuan (COF), whose work focusing on Hawai‘i’s homeless and aging populations has brought her acclaim. CTAHR’s all the better for their smarts, talents, and hard work!

What They Eat When They’re on Their Own

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Jinan BannaIn collaboration with a multi-state team of researchers, Jinan Banna (HNFAS) has published a paper entitled “Influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors of early adolescents during independent eating occasions: implications for obesity prevention” in the journal Nutrients. Early adolescents consume foods and beverages during eating occasions that occur with and without parental supervision, it explains. Parents may influence eating behaviors of early adolescents during eating occasions when they are present or during independent eating occasions by engaging in practices that affect availability of foods and beverages, and through perceived normative beliefs and expectations for intake. The article describes the influence of parenting practices on eating behaviors in general and when specifically applied to independent eating occasions of early adolescents. This information may be used to inform parenting interventions targeting obesity prevention among early adolescents focusing on independent eating occasions.

What to Eat and How to Eat It

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Maria StewartMaria Stewart (HNFAS) has been making some important nutrition pronouncements lately. She is quoted in a recent KHON news story on the World Health Organization’s pronouncement that processed meats cause colon cancer. She provides a note of moderation, emphasizing that meat still does offer many health benefits, including vitamins and minerals like zinc, and that it’s fine to cut down on meat without giving it up entirely. Her other recent pronouncement is much weightier: she was invited to co-author the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on the Health Implications of Dietary Fiber. This evidence-based position paper represents the view of the Academy and will be a resource for health professionals and researchers. It’s a big honor to be asked to speak for this august body of nutrition scholars...and Maria is just the right person to do it.

Ears Over the Years

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Corn at Waimanalo StationAn extensive review of 50 years of corn breeding at CTAHR has been published recently. Entitled “Breeding Tropical Vegetable Corns,” it was written by James Brewbaker and Aussie colleague Ian Martin for the journal Plant Breeding Reviews 39:125-198. Dr B writes with admiration of the contributions of many of his 52 PhD and MS graduates working on the genetics and improvement of corn. Best known locally for supersweet “Kahuku-corns,” CTAHR research has focused on creating high tolerance to pests, diseases, and stresses unique to the tropics. A set of 1200 different varieties bred here is stored in CTAHR’s Hawaii Foundation Seeds center and runs the gamut from supersweet to mochi to popcorn to silage. The authors remind readers that the most common vegetable corn in the tropics is still “field corn,” with number 2 being the mochi (waxy) corn common in Asia. But “Hawaiian Supersweets” are rapidly gaining ground, notably in Southeast Asia, where ice cream and supersweet-corn milk are favored products.

Secrets of Pineapple Unlocked!

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Bob Paull and Nancy ChenNancy Chen and Robert Paull (both TPSS) were part of the international team that has sequenced the genes in the pineapple genome. Their role was in the characterization of the genes involved in sugar and cell-wall metabolism, and they were previously involved in the international sequencing efforts for papaya, Asian pear, and sacred lotus. The pineapple team was led by a graduate of TPSS, Dr. Ray Ming, now a professor at the University of Illinois, whose major advisor in TPSS was James Brewbaker. The paper reporting the results of this international sequencing effort appeared in the latest on-line issue of Nature Genetics. Pineapple has unique traits that have made it a subject of much research: it has an alternate photosynthetic pathway that concentrates carbon dioxide during the night when water loss is less, leading to high water-use efficiency. The plant also has a unique flower induction method, which means that plants can be made to flower throughout the year. The species is also of scientific interest as a reference for the evolution of genes in grasses.

To Label or Not to Label?

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Broccoli labeled GMO FreeThe latest Biotech in Focus newsletter discusses the controversy surrounding mandatory and voluntary labeling of foods and other products containing GMOs. It points out that the majority of Americans surveyed are in favor of labeling, but it also argues that such labeling may keep consumers from buying GM foods if they consider them to be less safe, and that for places like Hawai‘i such laws might keep certain manufacturers from shipping to the state. "Questions of whether and how GM foods might be labeled in the United States," concludes the author, "are far from being resolved." Check out this and previous newsletters at the Biotech in Focus website.

UH Mag-nificent

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Dean Gallo in UH MagazineThe latest UH Magazine has CTAHR written all over it. Dean Gallo and Sarah Yuan (COF) are two of the experts consulted for the issue’s “Hawai‘i Wants to Know” article, offering their insights into the possibility of the Islands’ food sustainability and the demographics of the state’s homeless population, respectively. The GoFarm program is represented by an item on one of its alumni, Rob Barreca. And there’s also a CTAHR ad featuring six students or recent alumni!

A Lush Book for Dry Climes

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Rangoon CreeperFormer CTAHR horticulture professor Fred Rauch is co-author, along with Paul Weissich, of a new book on xeriscape landscaping in the tropics from UH Press. The book, Plants for the Tropical Xeriscape: A Gardener’s Guide, is reviewed by fellow former professor and alumna Heidi Bornhorst in the Star-Advertiser. Her enthusiastic review especially commends the wealth of helpful and beautiful pictures in the book and its discussion of rare or under-used plants, like the Rangoon creeper (pictured). The book has also checked all the plants listed for weediness or invasive characteristics. It sounds like a book that belongs on the local gardener’s bookshelf!

Diet for an Island Community

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


2015 class of UH CTAHR dietetic internsCTAHR welcomes its third class of dietetic interns! The UH CTAHR Dietetic Internship provides graduates of a didactic program in Dietetics with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of food and nutrition science and to acquire competencies needed to practice dietetics in a variety of settings including clinical, food service, and community. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, requires 1200 hours of experience, and qualifies graduates to take the Registered Dietitian's Exam. The internship, which focuses on Hawai’i’s unique community, promotes education of students in the multicultural environment, service in a variety of community settings, and participation in various professional organizations. Pictured are lecturer Amy Tousman (left), internship director Ann Ditzler (right), and the 2015 Dietetic Intern Class: Leah Tamura, Isaiah Mar, Kasey Kawamoto, Sandi Kim, and Maile Ishikawa (left to right).

Passion for Fashion in Santa Fe

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Gabrielle Sanehira with two awardsThree garments and a research project produced by four FDM alumnae were presented at the 2015 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference in Santa Fe. ITAA is the biggest international textile and apparel professional association. This year, 123 undergraduate designs from international and national fashion universities were submitted, and just over a quarter were accepted and presented. Gabrielle Sanehira (pictured) had two garments in the ITAA Design Exhibition. She won the ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design for her “Collected, Cut and Recreated Dress,” an eco-friendly dress made out of recycled American Spirit cigarette boxes. She also won second place for the Cotton Incorporated Innovations in Cotton Design Award for her “Ortho-Litho Film” garment, which employed traditional analog photography and chemistry technology with ortho-litho film. Ayaka Hosomi’s garment “Legacy: The Past to the Present and Men to Women” was also presented in the ITAA Design Exhibit, and Su Lun Guth and Caitlen Schmidt’s research project entitled “Omni-Channel Purchase Journey With Multi-Device Paths” was presented in the ITAA Research Presentation session. Congratulations to all for their great achievements, including their professor, Ju-Young Kang! Professor Andrew Reilly also served as the ITAA’s vice president of scholarship.

A Ringing Endorsement of Moringa

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


MoringaCTAHR represented Hawai‘i at the symposium “Moringa oleifera: A Decade of Advances in Research and Development” held in Manila, Philippines, from November 15 to18. This first international symposium on the important multipurpose tree brought together 300 scientists from the international community. Ted Radovich (TPSS), Russell Nagata (O‘ahu county), John McHugh (DuPonte Pioneer), Glenn Teves (TPSS), Amjad Ahmad (TPSS), and Robert Paull (TPSS) gave an invited talk, “Germplasm evaluation and selection of Moringa oleifera in Hawai‘i,” one of over 100 presentations focusing on the horticulture, processing, and use of the tree. And if you don’t have any moringa, or kalamungay, in your own yard, consider planting one of these graceful trees—they’re lovely and very useful!

Much-Deserved Recognition

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Richard Criley with plumeriaIn a recent newsletter, the American Society for Horticultural Science recognized TPSS faculty members who have been dedicated and valued members of ASHS for 25 years or more: Richard Criley (pictured, with plumeria), Robert Paull, Kent Kobayashi, Joe DeFrank, “Skip” Bittenbender, Ken Leonhardt, and Susan Miyasaka. All these faculty members deserve a big mahalo for setting a standard for aspiring horticulturists in TPSS. In the same newsletter, TPSS master’s student Tiare Silvasy was honorably welcomed as a new ASHS member. Way to go, CTAHR and TPSS!

Down With Downy Mildew!

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


CTAHR basil field dayKeeping basil healthy is a continuing problem for growers, but CTAHR’s on the job. O‘ahu CES has been working with Janice Uchida, Mike Kawate, Miaoying Tian, Chris Kadooka, Julie Coughlin, and James Kam (all PEPS), as well as Hawai‘i’s IR-4 Program and agricultural chemical companies on O‘ahu, to develop solutions to manage basil downy mildew (BDM) and a new pathogen that’s believed to be Stemphylium vesicarium. CTAHR conducted replicated field trials that show that a rotation of crop-protection chemicals such as Quadris, Fosphite, Trilogy (O), and Regalia (O) can minimize BDM. Other CTAHR research trials, as well as a review of literature and growers’ testimonials, suggest that control of Stemphylium pre-harvest is extremely difficult with the current list of products registered for use on basil in Hawai‘i and that using irradiation as a post-harvest tool has potential. See the recent Impact story on CTAHR and basil as well!

Illustrious Alums

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


CTAHR alumniCTAHR was recently highlighted at the Inaugural Chancellor’s Alumni Thought Leaders Spotlight hosted at College Hill by the UH Foundation. Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman began the festivities by proclaiming, “Tonight we celebrate the achievements and knowledge of our invited alumni in the food and farming sectors. UH Manoa has a long and proud history of food and farming innovations, partnering with our staff, students and alumni. For over 100 years, the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), has been at the forefront of agriculture.” CTAHR alumni pictured here with Chancellor Bley-Vroman and Dean Gallo include Interim Associate Dean for Extension Kelvin Sewake, Fred Lau of Mari’s Garden, landscaping consultant Heidi Bornhorst, former Associate Dean for Extension Barry Brennan, and Diane Ragone, director of the Breadfruit Institute and 2015 CTAHR Outstanding Alumna.

The Navy vs. the Mosquito

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Liza GerardoPEPS alumna Liza Gerardo, now an officer in the Navy, was recently featured on KHON2 news to discuss the Navy’s role in helping to combat the spread of dengue fever in the Islands. Liza completed an MS in Entomology with Helen Spafford and is using her degree in her position in the Navy Environmental and Preventive Medicine Unit, surveying the mosquito species that are in Hawai‘i by means of light and odor traps. She offers these tips to keep mosquitoes away: drain any standing water from pet bowls or plant pots, throw away trash and other containers that may catch water, make sure screens are present and undamaged, keep grass short and hedges trimmed, and use DEET or other insect repellents when outside.

Celebrating a Milestone

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


CTAHR winter 2015 ConvocationApproximately 200 CTAHR students and their families and friends, along with CTAHR faculty and staff, attended CTAHR’s Fall 2015 Convocation. This celebration, co-emceed by Lisa Kitagawa-Akagi and Irene Morrow, began with congratulatory remarks from Dean Maria Gallo and CTAHR Alumni Association and Friends President Kauahi Perez. The Fall 2015 student marshals, Marie-Guillen Guillermo and Lena Phomsouvanh (both FAMR), selected for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to CTAHR and the university, were then recognized. Afterwards, graduating students active in CTAHR-affiliated student organizations were acknowledged for their participation. The ceremony concluded with the individual recognition of 25 graduates, followed by refreshments and mingling. Congratulations to the graduating students for achieving such a milestone! Good luck in your future endeavors! A big mahalo goes to all who supported the students: to SAPFB for partially funding the event, CTAHR Alumni Association and Friends and UH Alumni Association for support and promotional items given to graduating students, Steven and Karen Sato for donating lei, CTAHR scholarship recipients and student ambassadors for volunteering at the event, and ASAO for providing CTAHR memorabilia for the graduates and organizing this event.

What to Do With Wild Horses

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Wild horsesDan Rubinoff (PEPS) and Christopher Lepczyk (formerly of NREM, now at Auburn University) have published an op-ed in Slate on wild horses that was the third most shared piece. The authors argue that despite the public perception of the “wild”—actually feral—horses of the west as symbols of the beauty of untamed nature, these horses are actually introduced and invasive species that are degrading and destroying the true native species of their habitats and should be controlled. The article is certainly getting readers thinking and talking!

How to Be a Tree

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Person with tree rootsRetired Extension agent Norm Bezona suggests in his most recent column for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that in order to appreciate our deep kinship and interdependence with trees, readers should attempt to “be a tree”: to think like one of these tall growing creatures and thus, hopefully, treat them better. For instance, when preparing to prune a tree, Norm reminds us to think about the last time we got a haircut: “The barber was not supposed to cut off your head, just trim your hair” (!). In other words, don’t prune too drastically. Find out more ways to be a tree here! It’s a great exercise.

Nalo Mele

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Ted Radovich and Ken LeonhardtTed Radovich and Ken Leonhardt, specialists at the Waimanalo Research Station, represented CTAHR’s holiday spirit in fine style at the Waimanalo Christmas Parade, driving in a “certified-organic” tractor loaded with gifts and an antique Ford that reminded onlookers how long CTAHR’s been making life better for the community.

Got a Problem? Engineer a Solution!

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


BE students at presentationDan Jenkins’s (MBBE) class BE 420, Sensors and Instrumentation for Biological Systems, presented some novel solutions to agricultural issues at their end-of-semester showcase. Projects included a water-based self-servicing mosquito trap, an automated coffee cherry sorter, a field-friendly cartridge for concentrating bacteria in samples, and wireless systems for controlling and acquiring data using BE lab equipment. For each project, students researched the problem, assembled prototypes, discussed manufacturing costs, created the instrument, and then finally presented it to an admiring audience. Now we’re just waiting for these handy devices to go into production!

Up in Gilmore

1/5/2016  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR


Andy Hashimoto with Rochelle Hashimoto and Dean Gallo at portrait unveilingFormer Dean Andy Hashimoto was honored at his recent portrait unveiling. His portrait is now hanging proudly on the wall amongst other past deans on the second floor of Gilmore Hall. Andy served as dean from 2000 to 2010 before returning to his position as professor in MBBE and director for the Western Insular Pacific Sun Grant Subcenter, tasked with researching feedstocks for biofuels to reduce the Islands’ dependency on imported fossil fuels.