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September



Looking Like a Victim?

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Transgender youth bulliedAndy Reilly (FDM) has co-authored a new publication, “Dress, Body, and Experiences of Victimization,” published in the journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. It elucidates perceived relationships between aspects of appearance and experiences of any form of victimization from the perspective of survivors. He and his co-author Kim Johnson addressed three research questions: (1) what connection, if any, did survivors draw between their appearance and their experience of victimization? (2) What changes, if any, did survivors make to their appearance after their experience(s)? And (3) what advice on appearance, if any, would survivors give to others as a result of their experience? Five women and three men completed interviews. Participants identified appearance cues as stimuli evoking others’ behaviors towards them, and both general appearance attributes and specific attributes were credited with eliciting negative behaviors. The authors discovered that experiences with victimization often occurred when the individual was attempting to move into a culture that was new to them and that most participants altered or made adjustments to their appearance as a result of their victimization experience.

4-H Is Growing

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

4-H Grows training sessionHawai‘i 4-H launched the 4-H Grows Campaign this past Saturday when leaders from the four major Hawai‘i 4-H affiliate groups came together for an amazing 4-H Grows training session, which should have a significant impact on the future of Hawai‘i 4-H. A big thank-you goes to National 4-H Council staff Jen McIver and Andrea Omer, who came out to O‘ahu to conduct this valuable training. Check out the 4-H Grows Here video here!

A Plethora of Pests

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

WAA meetingAttendees learned about important new landscape pests in Hawai‘i at the Waimanalo Agricultural Association’s bi-monthly meeting, held at the Waimanalo Research Station. Zhiqiang Cheng (PEPS) was invited to present a seminar, at which he discussed several key new and troublesome landscape pests to the Islands, including Ficus stem and leaf gall wasps, lobate lac scale, and coconut rhinoceros beetle. About 20 participants, including landscaping/ornamental nursery owners, farmers, and Hawaii Farm Bureau staff, also got hands-on experience with real pest specimens Zhiqiang brought. The meeting host was Shannon Alivado, a UHM alumna and an associate in the 2013 Windward GoFarm program, in which Zhiqiang had taught a class.

Getting to Know the Garden Isle

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Dean ComerfordDean Comerford, along with Interim AD for Extension Kelvin Sewake, visited Kaua‘i on September 7 to meet with faculty and staff, inspect CTAHR facilities, and become acquainted with stakeholders and clientele. High points included stops at Kauai Coffee Company (the largest coffee farm in the U.S.), the Cooperative Extension office in Lihu‘e, the Ornellas Tropical Fruit Farm, and the Kaua‘i Agricultural Research Station in Wailua. The visit concluded in late afternoon with a traditional pau hana, where the Dean got to meet with members of the Board of the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau, the Kaua‘i Office of Economic Development, the 4-H program, the Master Gardeners’ program, the Taro Growers’ Association, Kauai Invasive Species Committee, and other farmers and CTAHR supporters in the community. Here Dean Comerford speaks with John Gordines, president of Kauai County Farm Bureau, at the pau hana.

Bee at Home

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Yellow-faced beeCTAHR alumna and Star-Advertiser garden columnist Heidi Bornhorst has written a column about the native yellow-faced bee, including things we can do to help protect this endangered and beneficial insect: plant native plants, volunteer to restore coastal ecosystems, and don’t break the branches off coastal trees, which might be harboring bee eggs. She also discusses Jason Graham’s (PEPS) research and outreach concerning the bees, including work he recently did with ‘Iolani students to use 3-D printing to make egg-laying structures for the artificial nest boxes he is creating to protect the solitary bees from invasive ants!

Flying High With Fruit Flies

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Ernest J. HarrisCTAHR’s 2017 Outstanding Alumnus Ernest J. Harris has been inducted into the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Hall of Fame, which recognizes scientists for their innovative and impactful scientific contributions to the nation and the world. Dr. Harris has certainly made those—after receiving his degree in Entomology from CTAHR, he went on to become internationally recognized for his innovative and effective methods for controlling tephritid fruit flies, a major agricultural pest worldwide. The honor is also mentioned in the Star-Advertiser. The award is only the latest for Dr. Harris, who received a Congressional Medal of Honor last year for helping to break the racial barrier as one of the first African-American Marines, and other honors.

Volunteers Extraordinaire

9/20/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Glen Fukumoto teaches compost techniques in MyanmarGlen Fukumoto and Jonathan Deenik (both TPSS) were jointly named the Winrock Volunteers of the Month for their educational and inspiring trip to Myanmar to offer workshops and demonstrations on composting and soil health. Winrock International posted a laudatory article about the positive qualities that make them such influential and requested volunteers (this is the third time they’ve gone to Myanmar!): they have “strong technical expertise, high cultural sensitivity, the ability to adapt to and understand local farmers’ needs, an impressive teaching style, and complimentary qualities to form an effective team.” Great stuff! The humble pair characteristically are quoted as praising their hosts in Myanmar and the Winrock program. Their advice to other would-be volunteers? Be patient, be open minded, and remember to have fun! They also share more details about soil quality and resilience in a blog post here.

Eat Local—but How?

9/13/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Ken Grace on Island InsightsKen Grace appeared on PBS Hawai‘i’s show Island Insights to speak on the question “Can We Double Local Food Production by 2020?” Also on the panel was CTAHR alumna Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, the deputy director of the HDOA, who has a BS in Animal Sciences and farmed for over 30 years. The panelists discussed the need for increasing food production; the many obstacles, such as access to land, water, and labor, that are working against this goal; and ways to address these constraints, including more government support. One panelist in the discussion also brought up the importance of farmer-training programs such as GoFarm in helping to grow local farmers.

Swine in Samoa

9/13/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Halina ZaleskiHalina Zaleski (HNFAS) returned to American Samoa to help the Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources Division (ACNR) of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to conduct a swine disease survey. As she explained, “This project helps us to understand the health concerns and other challenges farmers face, and to increase the experience of students in some of the practices to care for and understand the health of the pigs.” No such swine disease survey had been conducted in American Samoa for 20 years. Halina and a fellow Extension swine specialist colleague from Nebraska, Thomas Petznick, also conducted a swine management workshop which offered helpful health management tips and discussed observations from local pig farms. She had previously visited in 2016 to provide help with an artificial insemination project that was a collaboration between ASCC-ACNR and Samoa’s Department of Agriculture.

He Shows Heart

9/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Eric Tanouye holding CTAHR’s 2017 Ka Lei Hano award winner Eric Tanouye, the president of Green Point Nurseries, was recently featured on KHON’s Living808 program in a segment on Hawai‘i-made and Hawai‘i-grown products participating in HDOA’s seal of quality program. Eric talked about the UH anthurium-breeding program, mentioning that a UH-developed variety, ‘Marian Seefurth’, was one of the first varieties that his father had grown, and he also showed some other UH-developed varieties that Green Point had entered in cut-flower competitions. Eric continues to be a true supporter of CTAHR—like his father before him, previous Ka Lei Hano honoree and Green Point president Harold Tanouye.

All’s Wells That Ends Well!

9/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Wells Internation Program studentsThis past summer, faculty, staff, and graduate students of CTAHR had the pleasure of mentoring high school students from the Wells International Research Bridge Program. Now in its fourth year, the program brought 16 of the best and brightest students from Wells International School in Bangkok to work on summer projects in TPSS, PEPS, MBBE, and HNFAS labs. Throughout this 6-week program, students learned from their mentors how to conduct solid scientific research in biological engineering, plant pathology, animal science, and plant science. Both the students and the mentors had a valuable and meaningful experience. Many thank-yous go to Ray de la Pena (whose father was part of CTAHR on Kaua‘i) and PEPS alumnus Clesson Higashi, now at University of Georgia, for their continued support in coordinating this program between Wells and CTAHR. A big mahalo goes as well to all the CTAHR mentors for their continued support of this program!

Great Garbanzos!

9/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Amjad Ahmad with chickpeas at Poamoho StationAn article in the Maui News about local chickpea-snack company Chic Naturals highlights Amjad Ahmad’s (TPSS) role in researching garbanzos in the Islands. Amjad partnered with Chic Naturals co-owner Shaun Bayless to win a Specialty Crop Block Grant to study which varieties of chickpeas grow best in different parts of five islands. He also helped to broker a deal with Pacific Biodiesel whereby the legumes will be used as a rotational crop with the sunflowers that Pacific Biodiesel is growing, while Chic Naturals will use the company’s sunflower oil on their snacks—a win-win-win situation!

If Cane, Cane

9/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Sugarcane stalks with cane knifeNoa Lincoln and Ted Radovich (both TPSS) are interviewed for the recent UH News story “Sugarcane Is Not Dead, Just Different.” The story describes how Noa is studying the place that cane held in native cropping systems, particularly as an intercrop with ‘ulu, as well as its place in the larger culture and mythology. Ted is quoted as saying that sugarcane “has become a high-value horticultural crop as opposed to a low-value economic or plantation crop”; that is, different, and often native, varieties of cane are being used in products that celebrate and showcase their unique properties. Both are optimistic about the place of sugar in the Islands post-plantation, and they are doing their best to make its future bright.

Quarantine on Guard

9/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Kent Dumalo and Christopher KishimotoTwo CTAHR alumni, now both working in the Plant Quarantine division at the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, attended the recent AG2017 agriculture conference to share the dangers of invasive species to Hawai‘i’s ecosystem. Kent Dumalo (left) graduated from TPSS in 2006; he began as an inspector but now is doing community education and outreach for HDOA. While he loves his work, he doesn’t want to entirely give up growing plants, what originally led him to CTAHR; he still has a thriving collection of succulents and air plants. Christopher Kishimoto, also a TPSS alumnus, works as an entomologist for Plant Quarantine. Some of the strangest insects and other organisms that have been found during inspections include endangered giant clams, huge and deadly scorpions—imported as pets!—and Madagascar hissing cockroaches—ditto! We’re lucky these two are on the job to help make sure these strange creatures don’t start spreading throughout the Islands!

August



Get Your Natural Resources Policy On

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Chennat GopalakrishnanProfessor Emeritus Chennat Gopalakrishnan is continuing as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, though the journal, currently published by Taylor & Francis, has been taken over by the Pennsylvania State University Press. Volume 8, Number 1 will be published in April 2018, and the journal is looking for manuscripts dealing with every aspect of natural resources policy. For details, please see the new call for papers. The publisher of his 2016 hardcover book Classic Papers in Natural Resource Economics has also just announced that a paperback edition will be published in November 2017, and the book has been received very well in academic circles.

Bioresources Bonanza

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Samir Khanal working in labSamir Khanal (MBBE) has been appointed as associate editor for the scientific journal Bioresource Technology starting in January 2018, due to his international reputation as a researcher in environmental biotechnology, bioenergy, and anaerobic digestion. Bioresource Technology is one of the best journals in the field, ranked No 1 among agricultural engineering journals on bioenergy and the environment, and with an impact factor of 5.651. The journal appoints only seven associate editors globally, so this honor helps to put UHM in the global road map of research excellence and recognition in the field!

Highlights of Hydroponics

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Screen capture showing hydroponic peppersEmeritus professor Bernie Kratky has produced an entertaining and educational YouTube video on growing tomatoes and peppers at the Komohana Research and Extension Center using a suspended pot, non-circulating hydroponic method (commonly referred to as the Kratky Method) which provides automatic bottom irrigation and does not require electrical power and pumps. He explains how to construct the tank, formulate and regulate the nutrient solution, and make sure mosquitoes don’t breed in the system, and the fruits he harvests look luscious!

New Ways to Teach

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Kauahi PerezKent Kobayashi and grad student Kauahi Perez (pictured) (both TPSS), members of the American Society for Horticultural Science Teaching Methods Working Group, have published articles on horticulture pedagogy in HortTechnology. Kauahi’s article, “Learning by Doing: Applying the Concept of Pollen Viability in a Horticulture Classroom,” describes a classroom activity that exposed undergrad students in a horticulture course to the concept of pollen viability and its application. As she explains, learning by doing helps students to gain conceptual understanding. Kent’s article, “Using Flipped Classroom and Virtual Field Trips to Engage Students,” describes the use of a “flipped classroom” in an undergraduate tropical production systems course. In it, students read lecture materials outside of class, reviewed materials in class on smart devices, searched for new information on the Internet, and participated in small group discussions. This added to student engagement, as did the virtual field trip assignment, in which each student visited a commercial farm or nursery, interviewed the owner or manager, and gave a presentation to the class about the enterprise’s operation and sustainable pra

Have Nematodes, Will Travel

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Nematology students at Society of Nematologists meetingThis summer, Lilly Fatdal, Josiah Maquez, and Philip Waisen, all PEPS Tropical Plant Pathology graduate students studying nematology, attended the Society of Nematologists meeting in Williamsburg, VA, along with their advisors Brent Sipes and Koon-Hui Wang. The students participated in the Nematology Jeopardy Game (Cobb Bowl), received travel awards to present their papers, and enjoyed an information exchange with nematologists gathered in the colonial town. Philip Waisen, on the right, received a Western Region Sustainable & Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant supporting his PhD research on “Cover Crop 5-in-1 Approach for Nematode Management Using Mustard and Oil Radish.”

Okinawan Sweetpotato in Okinawa

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Surely Wallace at IBCELCSurely Wallace (HNFAS), a Nutritional Science graduate student of Yong Li, recently attended the International Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering and Life Science Conference (IBCELC) in Okinawa, Japan. Her oral presentation “Prebiotic potential of Hawaiian purple ‘Okinawan’ sweetpotato and rice starch with Lactobacillus paracasei” discussed the impacts of sweetpotato flesh and skin on the growth of probiotic bacteria in an in vitro setting. Here she is pictured receiving the certificate of presentation. Surely has been invited to return for the 2018 IBCELC conference in Okinawa as a workshop chair, as well. She was also the winner of 2017 CTAHR Best MS Poster Presentation and Best MS 3MEP Presentation.

Get It Watered, Get It Covered

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Andrea Kawabata teaches irrigation techniquesAndrea Kawabata, Alyssa Cho, Jen Burt, Marc Meisner, and Nick Yamauchi joined with staff from USDA NRCS Kealakekua and Kamuela as well as SiteOne Landscape Supply to host a Hands-On Irrigation and Groundcover Workshop at the Kona Cooperative Extension Office and Research Station. Orchard crop growers learned about how NRCS programs can provide them with financial and technical support for conservation practices. Additionally, NRCS staff presented about on-farm irrigation establishment and conservation groundcovers. During the hands-on activity at the research station, participants set up several variations of irrigation lines, including drip, pigtail, and spray emitters, and learned about the latest tools and supplies available. Here Andrea teaches a participant how to add a spray emitter. Growers were also provided a variety of groundcover starts to test out on their farms. These and other helpful and important hands-on workshops have been funded by CTAHR supplemental funding, for which PIs Andrea and Alyssa extend their gratitude.

No Taste This Year

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Taste of Hawaiian RangeSusan Miyasaka was interviewed by West Hawaii Today about the Taste of the Hawaiian Range, which is taking a hiatus this year because of the loss of some key partners and collaborators. She explains that the college is hoping to continue the wildly popular 21-year event in the future, especially if organizations such as the Hawaii Farm Bureau and the Food Basket are interested in becoming more involved. The Taste of the Hawaiian Range was first organized at the Mealani Research Station as a way to introduce consumers to the possibilities of grass-fed beef, but it has expanded into a celebration of all things eating local.

The Cornucopia of Life

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Claire FallonGoFarm alumna Claire Fallon is featured in a Star-Advertiser article that tells how the go-getter moved from sports and dance through acting and directing to yoga and religion and thence to farming. As the article explains, Claire saw the TEDx talk that Steven Chiang, then director of the highly successful beginning farmer-training program, gave in 2015, and was inspired to enter the program herself. The story has a happy conclusion: “Today she leases a quarter-acre plot in Waimanalo to which she devotes upward of 20 hours per week raising pumpkins, corn, okra and other delectables that she sells to local restaurants.” Claire is quoted as saying that she’s always looking for “new things to explore,” and it sounds like farming has provided that for her.

Soil to Riches

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jonathan Deenik leads soil fertility workshopThis summer, Glen Fukumoto and Jonathan Deenick participated in technical-assistance assignments in Myanmar funded by US AID and coordinated by Winrock International. They engaged some 130 farmers and local government and NGO professionals in a series of workshops, with Glen covering small-scale composting technology for treating poultry waste and Jonathan addressing tropical soils and fertility management. Besides attending presentations on technical aspects of compost production and its environmental and socioeconomic benefits, participants in Glen’s workshops constructed compost bins using local materials. The highlight of Jonathan’s workshops was his traveling soils lab, which tested farmers’ soil samples for pH, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Analysis results showed the farms’ soil fertility status and guided the farmers on nutrient-management practices to improve the crop yield. Both of their topics were of critical importance to participants: implementing small-scale composting operations can help solve a multitude of critical environmental, economic, and social challenges facing rural farmers, while proper soil fertility is the fundamental requirement for a good crop yield and increased food security. US AID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program provides assistance to developing countries to promote sustainable capacity build

Better Living Through A.D.

8/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Graphic showing how household digesters provide several productsAnaerobic digestion technology is improving the quality of life of Cambodian farmers, and Samir Khanal (MBBE) is helping to make that happen. A few years ago he conducted a 4-day workshop on anaerobic digestion technology for field staff from Southeast Asian nations, at which he learned about the popularity of household digesters in Cambodia. Subsequently he was invited by the National Biodigester Program (NBP) of Cambodia to discuss and train NBP staff in the use of AD technology and digestate utilization, and this year he returned to visit three farmers who have adopted A.D. technology. Cambodia is one of the least developed countries in Southeast Asia, depending primarily on agriculture. Household digesters are becoming increasingly popular among farmers in its rural regions, with some 30,000 digesters in use in various provinces of Cambodia. Most are fed with cow/buffalo dung; after digesting it creates biogas, which can be used for cooking, and nutrient-rich digestate, which can be used as a biofertilizer, composted, or used for aquaculture applications to grow algae for fish feed. The quality of life of rural farmers has been positively impacted by biodigester technology, which contributes to increased income, reduced deforestation, the curtailing of greenhouse gas emission, improved health and hygiene, and time saved for other productive activities.

The Weed Warrior

8/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Daniel OwensDaniel Owens (MBBE) recently received the Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award from the Phytochemical Society of North America, which included presenting a paper at a symposium at the PSNA’s annual meeting. The title of his award presentation was “Identification and Mode of Action of Herbicidal Natural Products.” As he explained, weeds are considered to be of the greatest concern to farmers of all agronomic pests worldwide, causing more than $40 billion in annual agricultural losses. This is particularly problematic in Hawai‘i, where they don’t die off during the winter. Developing herbicidal products with novel modes of action as part of an overall integrated pest management strategy to combat weed and invasive plant infestations as well as continued problems with evolving herbicide resistance is a critical challenge, and plant natural products are a valuable source for the discovery of new herbicidal compounds. Daniel’s lab is investigating the herbicidal potential of natural products from allelopathic tropical and subtropical plants, for activity against broadleaf and grassy weeds. Congratulations!

Honoring an Innovator

8/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Qing X. LiQing X. Li (MBBE) is in Washington, D.C., to receive the AGRO innovation award at this year’s American Chemical Society AGRO division conference, which runs August 20–24. This division of the American Chemical Society brings together a worldwide community of scientists and stakeholders to advance knowledge and promote innovative solutions for the protection of agricultural productivity, public health, and environment. This prestigious award recognizes his outstanding and innovative work over the years in pesticide chemistry, work which has significantly enhanced agricultural management and productivity. Qing’s research focuses as well on agricultural chemistry and the fate of agrochemicals, functional foods, and food safety. Great work!

Welina CTAHR

8/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

ASAO staff in "Grow With Us" framCTAHR advising staff Maile Sing, Irene Morrow, and Kalai Castro are featured, along with student services specialist Lisa Kitagawa-Akagi, on the mahalo card sent out by the Vice Chancellor for Students in acknowledgement of university groups’ participation in Welina Manoa: And the Adventure Begins 2017, an event that welcomed students to the Manoa campus and the Fall semester. CTAHR alumna Tracyn Nagata in another photo on the card, so the college is well represented!

Whooo’s Seen a Pueo?

8/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

The Pueo Project, headed by Melissa Price and Javier Cotin (both NREM) and fueled by citizen scientists, is the subject of an enthusiastic article in MidWeek Magazine. The article mentions that already more than thirty sightings of the native owl have been confirmed across O‘ahu, from Nanakuli to Kailua to Kahala. Members of the community are invited to check out the project website to find out more about the pueo and to report any sightings of the little-known bird; there are also opportunities for dedicated bird-watchers to contribute more time in field surveys.

Horsin’ Around With 4-H on the Big Island

8/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

4-H participants on horsebackWith the help of a community, this year the Na Lima A Me Na Pu‘uwai O Kohala 4-H Club completed a very big, and very special goal: a horse facility for the keiki of North Kohala! Big Island 4-H families and the community celebrated by having their new riding pen blessed and then holding their year-end horse show in it. Many helping hands came together to make this project, and this event, major successes, from working to build the pen to monetary and material support from almost 70 business and individual sponsors and donors! Families and community enjoyed the new facility, laughing and having fun, while 4-H members competed in Western and English riding classes, trail riding, dummy roping, barrel racing, and team penning. Other festivities of the day included a steak barbecue, pony rides, animal display, and carriage rides! Photos from the happy day can be viewed on the East Hawaii 4-H Facebook page.

Getting Certified

8/17/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

LICT students at Waimanalo StationThe Waimanalo Research Station hosted a practice exam for the 2017 Oahu Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) Program this past Saturday. The LICT certification is a national testing program administered by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, currently offered in 28 states and in Canadian provinces. The Exterior Certification consists of four modules: Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance, Irrigation, and Softscape Installation. In Hawai‘i, the LICT program is administered by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii and the Hawaii Landscape and Irrigation Contractors Association (HLICA). Approximately 50 landscapers took this exam. Representing CTAHR, Zhiqiang Cheng (PEPS) assisted with exam setup and was one of the exam judges.

Circle of Life

8/17/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Varney Circle planting projectIn collaboration with the Buildings and Grounds Management Office, and aided by a grant from the Women’s Campus Club, Orville Baldos’s (TPSS) lab has established a research and demonstration site at Varney Circle for underutilized native plants. To the pohinahina that’s already planted there they have added ‘aweoweo, ‘ilima, and kawelu for a mixture of texture, height, and color contrasts. Orville (far right) is pictured here (left to right) with volunteers Aleta Corpuz, Nolan Johnson, Rachelle Carson, and Alex Lindsey at the planting event on Monday.

Rat Lungworm Online

8/17/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Rat lungworm@import url(/Site/css/cute_editor.css); Cooperative Extension, HDOA, and HDOH will be hosting an online presentation on Rat Lungworm Prevention: Management Strategies for Rats, Snails and Slugs on August 25 at 3:00 p.m. Dave Moore of Neudorff North America will present on snails and slugs as agronomic pests and vectors of human and plant pathogens in Hawai‘i, including host sites and vectors/vehicles, snail biology/ecology and reproduction, and slug and snail management strategies. Christopher Jacobsen of HDOH will present on rats and environmental and crop pests and as carriers and transmitters of human and plant pathogens in Hawai‘i, including management strategies: traps, baits, rodenticides, and other technologies. Presentation locations are Hilo DOH Conference Room and UH MC Community Service Building. Those on O‘ahu who are interested in the presentation can register on Eventbrite to participate via Zoom (online video conferencing). Those with an HDOA Pesticide License will earn 2.0 HDOA Agricultural Pesticide Applicator CEUs for attending the entire presentation. The event is free, but you do need to register. For more information, you can contact Lynn Nakamura-Tengan at 808-244-3242, ext. 233 or lynnnaka@hawaii.edu.

A Brand-New Look

8/17/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Screen capture of new CTAHR websiteGreat news: the new CTAHR/undergraduate academic programs website is up and running—check it out! All of the pages relating to the undergraduate academic programs (prospective students and current students) are new and re-done. Many thanks go to those who worked with Interim Associate Dean Wieczorek on this project to get it completed, especially to Kellie Taguchi, Elsie Kawahara, the department chairs, the Academic and Student Affairs office, and all the faculty who put in so much time and effort into this endeavor over the summer!

Greenhouses for Green Production

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Les FuchigamiCTAHR alumnus Les Fuchigami is mentioned in the Star-Advertiser’s front-page story about Lana‘i’s plans for high-tech agriculture. Les, who grew up on Lana‘i, earned a degree in Horticulture with a minor in Plant Pathology from UH and also served as Department Head of Horticulture and Interim Associate Dean of Extension. He is partnering with Larry Ellison, the owner of most of Lana‘i, who plans to create giant sustainable greenhouses to grow cheap, fresh local produce.

Pick Up the Pine!

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Brent Sipes in Bangladesh with Winrock InternationalBrent Sipes (PEPS), professor of Tropical Plant Protection, recently offered a 2-week training course on environmentally sound and safe pineapple cultivation for a group of ethnic-minority Garo people in rural Bangladesh. The Garo’s current pineapple production utilizes pineapple grown as an intercrop in combination with banana, ginger, and under-forest trees, and the fruit is generally sold into the fresh market. The assignment was sponsored by Winrock International.

Giving Back to the Soil

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Participants in Big Island composting workshopCooperative Extension’s Andrea Kawabata, Jari Sugano, Alyssa Cho, and Ted Radovich (all TPSS) organized a Hands-On Composting Workshop and Mini Ag-Pro event at Organic Matters Hawaii (OMH), a commercial composting facility in Kona. Participants, including 24 orchard crop farmers and 13 CTAHR faculty and staff, learned how to properly use mulch and make quality compost from their farm’s green and brown waste. Presentations from CTAHR, OMH, and USDA NRCS included not only an overview on composting basics, feedstock calculations, biochar, and mortality composting (composting animals or animal parts), but also information on the Department of Health’s compost regulations, NRCS’ soil conservation, and cost-share programs. In addition, participants had the opportunity to tour the facility, observe the turning of compost on a commercial scale, and then get their hands dirty by making their own compost piles. This event, which was funded by OMH, SOAP, and CTAHR, provided farmers and Cooperative Extension the opportunity to connect, network, educate, and learn.

Follow That Fish!

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Reef fishingShanna Grafeld and Kirsten Oleson (both NREM) are co-authors of the study “Follow that fish: Uncovering the hidden blue economy in coral reef fisheries,” just published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, which examines the monetary, social, and cultural importance of Hawaiian near-shore fisheries. The researchers conducted a multi-year study tracking the commercial and noncommercial value chains for reef fish. They explain that it is necessary to fully appreciate the many and varied benefits that the near-shore fishery provides to society in order to move towards sustainable management. For instance, did you know that small-scale fisheries support the well-being of millions of people around the world? Important benefits include monetary value, the potential to provide millions of meals a year, and cultural benefits such as the perpetuation of culture, community cohesion, and sharing knowledge with the next generation.

Essay Excellence

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Aimee UyeharaAimee Uyehara, a grad student in TPSS, has been chosen as Regional Prize Winner for the essay she submitted to the Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship program. She was awarded $1,000, and her essay now advances to the national round of judging to compete for the National Prize award of $6,000. Aimee is studying leaf growth of corn with Michael Muszynski, and also won the Gamma Sigma Delta MS Student Oral Presentation award at the 2017 SRS.

Hope for Alzheimer’s Studies

8/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Qing Li and Zhibin LiangZhibin Liang (MBBE), a PhD student of Qing Li, has been named a Young Investigator Scholar for 2017 by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation! This prestigious scholarship recognizes early achievements and encourages the career development of the next generation of Alzheimer’s research scientists. Zhibin will present a poster entitled “Selective GSK3β inhibitors reduce tau and amyloid burdens: Promising drug candidates help fight Alzheimer’s” at the 18th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery in New Jersey. This isn’t Zhibin’s first honor—he recently won the Lynn Brady Student Travel Award for Natural Products Chemistry from the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) and presented a talk at the 58th Annual Meeting of ASP in Oregon in July. He was also the winner of 2017 CTAHR Best PhD Poster Presentation and Best PhD 3MEP Presentation. Qing and Zhibin believe that disseminating their research findings at professional forums is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas and seek collaborations with worldwide scientists.

Funding Celebration

8/3/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Turmeric rootsCongratulations to all CTAHR faculty who were successful in the recent Maui County FY18 grant competition! A total of 16 proposals were submitted, and support was provided for the top-ranked 8 proposals. These successful projects, and their project managers, are as follows: “Field Demonstration on the Effectiveness of Using Oleander, Nerium oleander, as an Axis Deer Hedgerow-Fence to Protect Interior Farm Cash Crops,” Alton Arakaki; “Management of Frit Fly, a Challenging Turfgrass/Golf Pest, on Maui,” Zhiqiang Cheng and Norman Nagata; “Maui County Coffee Grower Training on Integrated Pest Management of Coffee Berry Borer,” Andrea Kawabata, Kylie Wong, Robin Shimabuku, and Alton Arakaki; “Grower and Community Evaluation of New Taro Varieties on the Islands of Maui and Molokai,” Susan Miyasaka, Robin Shimabuku, Alton Arakaki, and Sharon Motomura-Wages; “FSMA Water Requirement Compliance Research and Outreach,” Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, Jensen Uyeda, and Kylie Wong; “Youth Bee-Keeping Workshop Series,” Cynthia Nazario-Leary and Nancy Ooki; “GET Local Maui Nui,” Nancy Ooki, Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, and Kylie Wong; and “Expanding Turmeric (Curcuma spp.) Production in Maui County,” Kylie Wong, Ted Radovich, and Sharon Motomura-Wages.

AgDiscovery and the Alumni

8/3/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CTAHRAA and AgDiscovery participantsFor the seventh year in a row, the college’s alumni association contributed to the Hawai‘i AgDiscovery program for local teens. CTAHRAA participated in the opening and closing ceremonies, the Ala Moana beach barbecue, and song and hula lessons. TPSS grad student and former CTAHRAA president Kauahi Perez taught a hula to the 10 AgDiscovery participants, which they performed dressed in sarongs at the closing ceremony. The hula was simple and upbeat, and the performance was excellent—they even sang while dancing! The beach barbecue is a popular event, at which the high school students get to meet various CTAHR alumni. Much appreciation goes to board members Steve Sato, Linda Ogata, and Susan Yasuda for their donation of food, desserts, and supplies, and for setting up and cleaning up. A big mahalo to the CTAHR alumni for making Hawai‘i’s AgDiscovery Program one of the best in the nation, year after year!

A Waimanalo Welcome

8/3/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CTAHR faculty and David Lassner at WaimanaloThe Waimanalo Research Station hosted UH President/UH Manoa Chancellor David Lassner on July 28. He was greeted with chants by Malama Honua Charter School students, who use the site, and with a welcome from from Interim Dean Rachel Novotny and Malama Honua Executive Director Herb Lee. The tour included stops at GoFarm plots, demonstration screenhouses, the Station’s extensive taro collection, the corn-breeding project that is the source of so much delightful sweet corn (as well as much useful research), and aquaponics activities. The visit ended with a pau hana dinner under the tent and, certainly, gave Dr. Lassner lots of food for thought!

July



Movin’ on Up…

7/13/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Promotion and tenure graphicCongratulations to those who triumphed in the recent promotion and tenure review! Jinan Banna and Rajesh Jha (both HNFAS) and Ju-Young Kang (FCS) are now associate professors, while Creighton Litton (NREM) and Lori Yancura (FCS) have been named full professors. The university is lucky to have them! Congratulations also to Soojin Jun (HNFAS), who was promoted to professor, and Kirsten Oleson (NREM), who gained tenure and was promoted to associate professor, and many apologies that these names were not in the original story!

Getting Funded…by the NSF

7/12/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

NSF speakers at CTAHROn June 29th, NSF program directors Dr. Charles Cunninghan, Dr. Mamta Rawat, Dr. C. Eduardo Vallejos, and Dr. Tom Okita visited the university and talked about funding opportunities in various NSF programs. The visiting directors strongly encouraged faculty and students to take advantage of NSF funding opportunities and provided tips about how to position projects to be funded. They also met with graduate students and post-docs for lunch where they shared advice and stories from their careers. Pictured here are Kauahi Perez (TPSS), Kevin Schneider (MBBE), Charles Cunningham (NSF), Dan Laspisa (MBBE), Ray Zhang (MBBE), Elizabeth Feldeverd (MBBE), Sumin Guo (PEPS), Aimee Uyehara (TPSS), Alyssa MacDonald (MBBE), Tom Okita (NSF), Mamta Rawat (NSF), and Joey Ooka (MBBE). Mahalo to CTAHR for providing lunch, Mike Muszynski (TPSS) for moderating, and the TPSS faculty ‘ohana for their guidance and donations.

June



Aloha, Henke

6/28/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Louis HenkeDoug Vincent (HNFAS) penned a touching tribute to Henke Hall, once the home of CTAHR’s Animal Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Agricultural Biochemistry Departments before their move to the Ag Sci building, and now slated for demolition to make way for the new Life Sciences building. It’s named after Louis Albert Henke, an animal scientist who pioneered the use of agricultural wastes from sugar cane and pineapple as low-cost animal feed. Read more and see pictures of the building in the UH News story here.

Heights of Fashion

6/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CTAHR Fashion Show 2016The annual rankings are out from Fashion-Schools.org, and FDM is rising! In fashion design, it’s now in the top 25% (#32, up from #42) of schools nationally), in the top 25% (#16) nationally among public schools and colleges, and #6 among schools on the West Coast. In fashion merchandising, it’s #33 nationally and #25 among public schools and colleges, in the top 30% of schools considered in both categories, and it’s #6 on the West Coast.

PEPS Meets Pasefika

6/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Pasefika groupFaculty, staff, and graduate students from Sustainable Pest Management in PEPS, including Koon-Hui Wang (left of center), spent an afternoon on June 13 with a group of 9th- to 12th-grade students from the Pasefika summer program, sharing the fun and rewards of agricultural research. The Pasefika Passion Pipeline (3P), which is operated by the UHM Office of Multicultural Students Services, promotes the importance of a college education for non-Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander students.

Bee Resilient

6/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Scott NikaidoScott Nikaido of the UH Honeybee Project has been in the news lately; he’s interviewed on both KITV and KHON concerning the recent pollinator-awareness event at the Urban Garden Center. He explains that the bee populations in Hawai‘i are actually doing better than they have been for a number of years; in fact, Hawai‘i is one of the largest producers of honey per hive in the country! And this is in large part due to the research and outreach of the Honeybee Project, which has given beekeepers the knowledge and tools they need to control the pests that were lowering their numbers.

How the Kids Are Doing

6/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Image from cover of 2017 Kids Count Data BookThe Annie E. Casey Foundation, for which the Center on the Family is the state’s designated project grantee, recently released the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book for Hawai‘i, which uses 16 indicators to rank the state across four domains that represent what children need most to thrive. The data show that economic conditions may finally be improving for Hawai‘i’s children, and families continue to offer them a strong foundation. The Data Book, which examines trends in child well-being, found that Hawai‘i now ranks 23rd in child economic well-being and 17th for child well-being overall. However, despite some improvements on individual indicators, Hawai‘i is lagging in the area of education, 36th overall. There have been some improvements in reading and math proficiency, but Hawai‘i’s children are still below national proficiency rates, and more than half of 3- and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool programs. The Star-Advertiser also published an article on the Data Book’s findings.

Corn Knowledge

6/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Corn chormosomes with centromere region highlightedProfessor Gernot Presting and two postdoctoral scholars in his lab, Kevin Schneider and Thomas Wolfgruber, are contributors to an historic release of a new, high-quality corn reference genome sequence that shows reasons why corn can be adapted to such a wide variety of growing conditions. Their findings were published in the journal Nature. Genome analysis has become an indispensable tool for plant improvement by breeding. The newly released sequence fills in ~100,000 gaps left in the initial genome sequence released in 2009. This additional information leads to a much fuller understanding of the genetic structure of this culturally and economically important crop. Most significantly, the findings show that the corn genome is very “flexible,” or adaptable. This flexibility will have potential benefits in the advent of climate change. This genome assembly includes high-quality sequence of many corn centromeres, which have been very difficult to sequence because they are composed of highly repetitive DNA.

The Bee’s Knees

6/7/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Bee Hui working on hivesScott Nikaido (PEPS) is featured in a UH News story about the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and the things people in the community can do to support pollinator health. It’s best to use fewer insecticides, Scott explains, and to plant more pollinator-friendly plants. It’s also helpful for beekeepers when people buy their locally produced honey. In fact, honey production in Hawai’i is the highest in the nation, according to the USDA, so let’s keep it that way! The story also highlights the Bee Hui, a volunteer group trained by the UH Honeybee Project and based at the Urban Garden Center—check out some pictures of their work here! For more pollinator-themed activities, remember to check out the Second Saturday event hosted by the Bee Hui at the UGC this Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

May



Full of Options for a Fulbright

5/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Fulbright map graphicApplications are being accepted for about 800 lecturer/research awards in over 125 countries through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators, artists, journalists, scientists, independent scholars, and many others. Fulbright awards are normally granted for periods ranging from three to twelve months, but Flex Awards allow grantees to complete a grant in two or three shorter segments. Fulbright also offers opportunities for multi-country grants through enhanced global and regional awards, including the Fulbright Global Scholar Award. The Fulbright Core Scholars Award is a prestigious recognition of faculty accomplishment and potential for international impact. The application deadline for most awards is August 1. The financial support provided varies, so awardees should work closely with their department chair and dean to develop a plan that fits their particular situations. Call (202) 686-7877 or email apprequest@cies.iie.org for more information.

Pacific Islands Environmentalists

5/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Tuvalu islandsThe U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs is accepting applications from organizations for a series of small environmental awards to support local and regional small-scale environmental projects in eligible Pacific Island countries, at up to $24,999 per award, via the Regional Environmental Office in Suva. Projects should address one or more of the following environmental areas of focus: food security; sustainable economic development; adaptation to changing environmental conditions; waste management, including marine litter; air quality; maintaining biodiversity and healthy ecosystems; creation and/or management of marine protected areas; environment- or health-related education; capacity building for scientific research on environmental issues; and use of new technology for application to environmental issues. Projects may propose activities targeted in the following countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, or Vanuatu. Proposals for $25,000 or over will not be considered. Please contact Aloysius Peckham at 679-331-4466 or PeckhamAT@state.gov with any questions.

Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship

5/31/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Farmer in GuatemalaThe USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has announced the availability of funding through cost-reimbursable agreements for the Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP). The objective of SCRP is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, Extension, or education projects that address challenges faced by small farmers in emerging economies. For the purposes of this announcement, small farmers are those who own or lease less than 124 acres of land. This land must be used to support subsistence or cash-crop farming. The selected countries are Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, and countries that are part of the East African Community Region and the Central America Region. The deadline is June 4, so hurry!

Getting Them Prepared

5/17/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

4-H MyPI trainingThree 4-H agents were among the eight adult instructors who completed a comprehensive certification and training workshop for the Hawaii Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI Hawaii program last month on Maui. Hawai‘i is the second state to undergo training under the national project pilot, developed at Mississippi State University. 4-H agent Nancy Ooki will be the MyPI Hawaii State Program Coordinator. Over the next two years, MyPI Hawaii will be offering an innovative youth-preparedness program to approximately 125 teens across the state in which trained adults instruct teenagers to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency-certified Teen CERT training, including CPR and AED usage. They will also learn to use ham radio, NOAA weather radio, and smart phone apps and social media for emergency preparedness. The teens then undertake a family and community service project in which each they help to develop emergency supply kits and emergency communication plans for their family, as well as for additional families or households. Nancy says, “The applied knowledge, community service, and leadership components make it an excellent connection to the 4-H program. I am excited to share this with Maui County youth and across the state of Hawaii.” 4-H agents Becky Settlage and Laura Kawamura will also offer the training on the Big Island and Kaua‘i.

CBB on the Web

5/11/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Andrea Kawabata giving coffee reportCongratulations to Extension agent Andrea Kawabata, who has been selected by the Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents (HACAA) as their candidate for the national organization (NACAA)’s Communications Award in the Website category. Andrea serves as a key member of the multiagency team working to halt the spread of CBB across the Hawaiian islands and help farmers deal with this damaging coffee pest. As part of that outreach, she has created a website which serves as a valuable educational resource to growers, researchers, Extension faculty, students, and the general public.

Highlights of Glory

5/11/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

3MEP logoIf you’ve got a fever and the only cure is more 3MEP, you’re in luck, because the highlights video for this inaugural competition—first aired at the recent CTAHR Awards Banquet—has now been posted. Let it inspire you to get involved with the competition next year, whether as a participant, judge, or enthusiastic audience member. Check it out!

Herbavore

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Robert SaitoBS and MS alumnus Robert Saito (TPSS) is founder and CEO of Herbavore, a company that designs and sells horticultural hand tools that can be tailored to the user and are of higher quality than what’s presently on the market. He and his company recently got a boost through the XLR8UH competition, when Herbavore was one of the eight teams selected for the accelerator startup investment program. Congrats, Robert!

CTAHR at the Science Fair

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Sunny Sakai and Kauahi PerezMore than a dozen CTAHR faculty, staff, and grad students volunteered as judges in the 60th Hawaii State Science and Engineering Fair recently held at the Convention Center. The volunteers were wowed by the accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s best and brightest middle- and high-school students. Special thanks are due to those who mentored the next generation of local scientists and engineers! With funding from USDA-NIFA, and on behalf of all campuses in the UH system, CTAHR presented a $500 award to Sunny Sakai, a twelfth-grader at Hilo High School (pictured here with CTAHR Alumni Association president and TPSS grad student Kauahi Perez), for her excellent research project, “The Effect of Mycorrhizae on Hydroponic Lactuca sativa ‘Manoa’.” Sunny’s research showed increased yield in lettuce grown hydroponically when it is treated with mycorrhizae, fungi that are usually associated with root–soil interactions. They weren’t thought to be important in soilless agriculture, but her research clearly showed that even here mycorrhizae play a critical role in the nutrient absorption by roots. Sunny did her research under the mentorship of Hilo High School teacher Nyra Dee and UH Hilo’s Dr. William Sakai, long-time CTAHR colleague and former TPSS graduate faculty—and, coincidentally, Sunny’s grandfather!

Probiotics Pros

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Rob BarrecaCTAHR loves fermentation! An article in the Star-Advertiser is focused on the local pickle and kimchee company Counter Culture and its co-founder Rob Barreca (pictured), triumphantly successful graduate of the college’s GoFarm and Ag Incubator programs. The article also quotes HNFAS MS student Surely Wallace about the care and feeding of probiotic cultures and the important role they play in gut health. Surely is the winner of this year’s CTAHR Student Research Symposium Best MS Student Poster Presentation and CTAHR’s inaugural Three-Minute Elevator Pitch MS Student Presentation.

Are You Secure?

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Food insecurity survey pictureThe Animal Science/Nutritional Sciences graduate course in Food Systems (ANSC/FSHN 601) chose food insecurity on campus as their class project. Understanding that fixing food insecurity is not easy and would require University support, they decided to reach out to other students to help get adequate information so the administration could develop the right plan. They collected more that 800 student signatures on a petition that suggested creating a survey and also made a video for President Lassner regarding the #FeedtheDegree campaign. This project was a follow-up to a 2006 food-insecurity study conducted by Pia Chaparro for her MS project, for which Joannie Dobbs (HNFAS) was on the committee. Based on USDA’s criteria, at that time 24% of students were found to be marginally food secure and 21% to be food insecure (15% had low food security and 6% very low food security). However, there were only 408 responses to this study, too few to develop a plan. Other universities and colleges nationwide are now determining the food-security needs of their campuses, and four senators, including Elizabeth Warren, have requested a study of food insecurity at American colleges and universities.

Prevent the Parasite

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jari Sugano discusses rat lungwormIn the wake of new cases of rat lungworm that have been discovered in the Islands, Extension agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease. Control the rats that carry the parasite with traps and baits; control slugs and snails using beer, salt, or commercial molluscicides; don’t eat produce that looks like it’s been eaten by snails; and carefully rinse the produce you do eat. The Waimanalo Research Station also offered a field day for backyard gardeners this past Saturday on things they can do to stop the spread of the disease, and the Manoa Minute radio spots will provide common-sense tips for the garden and the kitchen.

April Showers

5/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

GoFarm students with wonbokThe beginning farmer-training program GoFarm Hawai‘i has been showered with financial support this month, receiving grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools. The funding totals $377,680 in all—wow! And you know this highly successful and effective program will make good use of the grants to keep creating new farmers for Hawai‘i!

Giving Good Advice

5/3/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CTAHR advisers at college fairCTAHR’s academic advisors engaged prospective students across the state during college fairs organized by Hawaii Association for College Admission Counseling. They made new connections with students at Kealakehe High School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus, and Maui High School. High school outreach concluded at the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s National College Fair at the Hawaii Convention Center. Advisor Irene Morrow, peer advisor Hailey Pederson, and student ambassador Kimber Troumbley greeted 5,000 prospective students at the CTAHR information booth. They were also busy with transfer student recruitment efforts at UH Maui College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College. CTAHR ASAO looks forward to seeing a new crop of bright and talented students in the years to come!

Engineering a Great Program

5/3/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Biological Engineering team-building exerciseTwenty biological engineering (BE) students and six faculty and staff from the BE program, along with CTAHR’s ASAO, braved foreboding weather at the BE Undergraduate Team-Building Event on Saturday, April 29. The group toured Kualoa Ranch in a rustic WWII-model bus, learning the rich history and heritage of the Ranch. The group also took part in challenging activities that honed teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills, followed by lunch and a facilitated evaluation of the BE academic program. The students offered very insightful feedback on what they liked about the program as well as possible ways to improve it. The Kualoa activity was successful and fun in every respect, demonstrating that BE students are, indeed, among the best problem solvers at the university and shattering the stereotype of engineers as reclusive and sedentary! Mahalos go to the ASAO and USDA-NIFA for supporting the team-building event and to Ryan Kurasaki for planning it, and to the BE students for their great energy and engagement! Check out the pix’n’videos here.

April



Telling the Sophomores How It Is

4/26/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Brent Sipes and Jenee OdaniExtension veterinarian Jenee Odani (HNFAS) and Brent Sipes, professor in PEPS, shared their undergraduate and faculty experiences with students during “Fraps with Faculty,” an event sponsored by the Manoa Sophomore Experience (MSE). MSE helps transitioning freshmen and sophomores navigate academic requirements and campus life so they become engaged with our campus community and invested in their college experience.

“Paint Your Pet”

4/26/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Paint Your Pet portraitsLast Friday, 30 current and potential ANSC undergraduates and faculty participated in a focus group session to discuss possible means of effective recruitment and retention in the Animal Sciences program. The planning committee included Extension veterinarian Jenee Odani, Pre-Vet Club adviser Douglas Vincent, and ANSC undergraduates Megan Williams and Tally Nakamura. An art instructor from Honolulu’s Wine & Design led a painting class with the participants, which resulted in these amazing portraits of a wide variety of animals! This event was sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Can-Do at Purdue!

4/26/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Jordan OshiroDietetics alumnus Jordan Oshiro, who’s now earning a PhD in food science at Purdue University, has been honored with a graduate student award at the Experimental Biology meetings. He received a Neolife/GNLD Phenolic Student Research Award from the Plant Phenolics and Human Health Research Interest Group, for his work on the “Impact of Piceatannol and Resveratrol on the Proteomic Profile of Caenorhabditis elegans.” Congratulations, Jordan!

Jeepers Peepers!

4/19/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

World Peeps dioramaPEPS’ annual Peeps Diorama Competition drew eight creative entries, using marshmallow characters to illustrate events and pop-cultural concepts from “Pokemon Peeps” and “Wild Peepachu” to the viral visions of a HNFAS cat lady. Winner of the juried competition was an OCS/ASAO team effort, “Hokuleia Visits Easter Island.” Second place was awarded to a Korean Peninsula nuclear meltdown titled “I Have One, You Have One, Let’s Play Together,” while Honorable Mention went to the evolutionary “Peep Queen Hypothesis.” The online audience-choice voting weighed in with hopeful views of the future: the run-away lead (we won’t ask about voter fraud) went to the PEPS department office’s entry, “World Peeps,” with “Peeps March on Washington” coming in second. View the entries here, and start planning your 2018 entry!

Science for All

4/6/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

March for Science Hawaii logoUH Manoa’s faculty, students, and staff will be participating in the International March for Science on Earth Day, April 22. This event is a celebration of the tremendous impact that science has had and continues to have in terms of enriching and preserving life, sustaining our communities, and protecting our environment. As one of the nation’s premier public research universities, and as a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant, and sun-grant university, the University of Hawai’i at Manoa is uniquely positioned to lead, and anyone who wishes to participate in the events of the day is invited to do so.

March



Diving for Success

3/29/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Ken Grace at Deep Dive eventAssociate Dean Ken Grace had a “Deep Dive Conversation” onstage with Meli James, XLR8UH program director, at the InnovateUH Showcase at the UH Cancer Center last week, at which he talked about big needs and hot trends in agriculture, food systems, and natural resource management, and the amazing work of CTAHR's faculty. At the Showcase, UH inventors and entrepreneurs had an opportunity to pitch their latest discoveries to an appreciative crowd of investors and fellow scientists at the event. The XLR8UH program is open to UH faculty, staff, students, and alumni with an interest in commercializing their innovative ideas—get more information and apply here!

Fight the Itch

3/29/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Taro leafAlan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs (both HNFAS) gave a shout-out to colleague Bob Paull (TPSS) in their Health Options column in the Sunday Star-Advertiser. The article, “Varied Diet Offsets Harm From Natural Toxins,” corrects a longstanding misapprehension about why taro can’t be eaten raw, explaining, “Anyone who has tried it will describe the dreaded ‘taro itch’ that feels like something is really wrong in the back of your mouth and throat. For a long time people thought this was caused by microscopic spiky-looking calcium oxalate crystals in the plant. However, cooking does not change these much, and based on research by Dr. Robert Paull and colleagues at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the ‘itch’ is caused by an offending protein that, unlike the oxalate crystals, is altered in cooking.” Good to know!

Vaya a Mexico

3/29/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

University of GuadalajaraThe General Coordination for Cooperation and Internationalization (GCCI) at the University of Guadalajara (UDG) is offering a Summer Spanish-Language Program for both undergraduate and graduate students at schools that are members of the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU), as UH is. The program, which runs June 23–July 28, consists of 5 weeks of Spanish instruction, 20 hours of Mexican History and Culture, 20 hours of a mix of reading and oral expression workshops, and ample 1-on-1 conversation activities with local students. It will take place on two university campuses, the University Campus of Economic and Managerial Science and the University Campus of the Coast at UDG. The program fee is $2,500 USD, covering tuition, room, board, and transportation to and from the airport in Guadalajara, but UDG is offering 50% scholarships to the first 100 students. With this scholarship, the cost would be $1,250. The contact person for the program at the UDG is Alonso Ramírez Ruíz (alonsor@cgci.udg.mx or [52] (33) 3630 9890 ext. 12905).

It’s a Maize, Maize World

3/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Transgenic and non-transgenic maize image from paperMichael Muszynski (TPSS) is a co-author of a paper on maize genetics recently published in Nature Communications. Mike’s lab, including his graduate student Aimee Uyehara, studies the basic molecular mechanisms regulating growth in plants, and they use maize (corn) as the model system as it has many genetic and genomics tools. They collaborate with a maize group led by Dirk Inze and Hilde Nelissen at the VIB in Ghent Belgium, who led the study. Their work has characterized a maize gene that significantly increases plant growth and seed yield in maize. Mike’s lab led the growth and yield studies in the U.S., and they continue to work with this group to understand growth-control mechanisms, identify genes affecting growth and yield, and test these genes to see if they improve agronomic performance. This type of research is important, since crop growth and yield decline under extremes in weather, which are becoming more common due to climate change.

On-Campus Circles of Life

3/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

TPSS 491 classThe TPSS 491 Special Topics in Sustainability students have been awarded $5000 for a project to compost food and green waste on campus to grow veggies for dining halls under President Lassner’s Green Initiative. Brian Turano will be their faculty advisor. Pictured left to right are Mahealani Wilson, Shaina Epstein, Laura Biles, and Madeleine Gumbrecht; not pictured, but part of the team, is Tyler Jewel. The Student Organic Farm Training (SOFT) program has also been awarded a Green Project Implementation Award of $10,000 from the Johnson Controls for their “Sustainable Food Production” project, a sustainable food system on the UHM campus that repurposes food waste for food production. Congratulations—and mahalo—to both groups!

Getting Ready for the Season

3/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

CBB workshop participants calculate spray scheduleFrom January to March, Andrea Kawabata hosted 11 (!!!) CBB Integrated Pest Management workshops on Maui and the Big Island to prepare coffee growers for controlling CBB for the new season. Presentations were given by representatives from CTAHR, HDOA, SHAC, and USDA PBARC. The workshops included updates on CBB research and the CBB IPM recommendations as well as information on current Beauveria subsidy programs that are available to growers. Farmers were also able to practice a little math and make their spray decision skills during the workshop’s sampling exercise (pictured). Each farm was provided a take-home CBB recordkeeping binder to use as a resource towards better understanding CBB activity on their farm throughout this season and into the next.

Engaging Dads

3/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Father with baby textingSelva Lewin-Bizan (FCS), in collaboration with Maui Family Support Services, is inaugurating a new project to deliver parenting ideas and support for low-income fathers via text-messaging. Single, never-married, noncustodial fathers face all sorts of barriers to positive emotional bonding and long-term involvement in their children’s lives, and while there are programs that promote the participation of fathers in the lives of their children, these fathers are unlikely to participate in traditional interventions due to competing demands on their time and resources. Selva has developed a 12-week text-messaging intervention curriculum offering information about child development, tips about ways fathers can become engaged with their children, and encouragement of men in their roles as fathers, as well as pre- and post-program assessments, focus groups, and brief questionnaires. The study is funded by the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network.

Nutrition for the Body and the ‘Aina

3/23/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Participant with tray of vegetable seedlingsCTAHR Master Gardeners and Extension agents are highlighted in a recent article in the Garden Island. March is National Nutrition Month, and CTAHR is helping to make sure it’s a month of fun and education. The MGs set up a booth at the Kauai Community Market this past weekend, offering help to home gardeners with plant-related questions; they will also be hosting a presentation given by Extension agent Laura Kawamura and HDOA’s Rachelle Bachran entitled “What in the World Is That Produce?” on Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai CC. They’ll also be participating in the Garden Fair at KCC on April 8. And junior Extension agent Joshua Silva and Kaua‘i MG Samantha Henriques will give another presentation, “Garden with Soil, Plant-derived Pots,” on April 22, which will show how to make garden pots using soil, compost, and peat moss. This is nutrition the fun way!

Have Maize, Will Travel

3/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Aimee UyeharaGrad student Aimee Uyehara (MS, TPSS), mentored by Michael Muszynski, was awarded a MaGNET (Maize Genetics Network Enhancement via Travel) Award to attend the 59th Maize Genetics Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, from March 9 to 12. This support allowed Aimee to travel to her first professional research conference, where she presented both a poster on her MS thesis research and a short talk summarizing the entire lab’s research progress at a “pre-meeting” for researchers focused on maize developmental genetics. Both her short-talk and poster were well received by the conference researchers, and she made many new professional connections with maize research faculty at top-ranked universities. Not to mention, Aimee experienced a real Midwest snowfall for the first time!

Teaching Sustainability

3/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Brian Turano receiving awardBrian Turano (TPSS) has been given a President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award, which is given to staff and faculty who demonstrate leadership in sustainability-related activities. He is honored for pioneering the development of a sustainability curriculum, one which will extend the ideal of sustainability and the practical tools to bring it to life, to the next generation.

Help Where It’s Needed

3/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Student being counseledFeeling overwhelmed, or just want someone to talk to? The Counseling and Student Development Center (CSDC) at QLC 312 offers mental health and wellness services for all UHM students. They offer personal counseling, couples and group counseling, assessment-based career counseling, peer fellow support services, psychiatric consultation, and emergency/crisis response, helping students meet their emotional, academic, career, and personal goals. They also have therapy groups: Healthy Relationships Group, Multicultural Women’s, Grad/Older than Traditional Age Students Co-ed, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Pride Process (LGBTQI+). They also offer drop-in workshops on Guided Mindfulness, Meditation, and Anxiety/Stress Management. Students are encouraged to call 956-7927 to schedule an appointment or for more information on programs and services, but the CSDC also welcomes walk-ins. You don’t have to do it alone!

Hospitality on the Garden Isle

3/22/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Farm Bureau meeting at KARCRussell Messing, Joshua Silva, and the Kaua‘i Agricultural Research Center hosted the spring general membership meeting of the Kauai County Farm Bureau last weekend. About 50 local farmers gathered to talk story, compare notes, and discuss upcoming events and agriculture-related bills pending at the State Legislature (including funding for CTAHR Extension agents!). Attendees enjoyed grilled beef donated by Makaweli Ranch, java from Moloa'a Bay Coffee, and a variety of Kaua‘i-grown vegetables from local farms. Many people commented on the fine upkeep of the research station. CTAHR continues to play a central role in the tight agricultural community on Kaua‘i!

Professional Grade

3/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

NREM faculty measure a treeNREM’s got options for everyone, and now it’s got the degree titles to prove it! The department is altering the name of one of its master’s degrees to reflect its professional focus: the Plan B Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management—the professional, non-thesis option—will now be a Master of Environmental Management (MEM). In keeping with its professional focus, this degree requires a practicum or internship providing real-world experience. Plan A, the academic option, which requires students to do research and present their findings in a thesis, will remain an MS in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, as will Plan C, which incorporates exceptional incoming students’ previous professional experience. Proponents of the alteration believe that this name change will not only make graduates more competitive in the job market, by providing them with a degree title that clearly describes their preparation as professional in environmental management; it will also attract more students who are looking for precisely that focus.

Connecting the Dots in DC

3/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Rachel Novotny, Mazie Hirono, John MorganDean Novotny and Hawai‘i CARET delegate John Morgan, the president of Kualoa Ranch, visited with Senator Mazie Hirono while attending the 35th Anniversary CARET/AHS meeting. This year's theme was Connecting the Dots by Helping Others Tell Our Food and Ag Story. The meeting was held in early March and brought together CARET/AHS members to Washington, DC, to carry the 2018 budget recommendations of the Board on Agriculture Assembly along with CTAHR's initiatives to the First Session of the 115th Congress. In addition to Senator Hirono's office, they visited Senator Schatz's office and the offices of Representatives Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa.

Fertile Ground

3/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Tia Silvasy with cornThe Radovich lab, including grad student Tia Silvasy and her corn (pictured), was featured in Western SARE's 2016 annual report. The article notes that the Western SARE conference held in Hawai‘i highlighted the importance of using local inputs to create fertilizers rather than relying on imports, leading Ted Radovich to research them in greater depth. He explains in the story that commercial green-waste composts, rendered animal products, and invasive algae from coral reefs are possibilities. He created a project to test a variety of locally sourced inputs and discovered that they can increase crop yield and quality and also that some former problems that were keeping local fertilizers from being widely used are being solved.

How Not to Get Invaded

3/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Ken Grace at HISC awards ceremonyAssociate Dean Ken Grace represented the college at the governor’s proclamation of Invasive Species Week and the Hawaii Invasive Species Council’s awards ceremony, pictured here with a (not-so-) Little Fire Ant and a Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. As one way of raising awareness of the potentially devastating impact of invasive species, the Council has sponsored a series of videos, Line in the Sand, about particularly damaging pests, to which CTAHR faculty and alumni have also contributed. Mike Melzer (PEPS) lends his expertise to the video on Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, as does HDOA biocontrol expert—and former PEPS Entomology APT and grad student—Darcy Oishi. Extension forester JB Friday (NREM) discusses Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, and CTAHR alumnus Neil Reimer, now retired from HDOA, gives information on the Little Fire Ant. Check them out!

Wearable History

3/9/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Dress worn at Doris Duke partyThe Costume Collection has received a donation of some historical as well as elegant garments: Linda Sanford provided several of her mother’s dresses, including a holoku and a qi pao that she had worn to a party hosted by Doris Duke—plus photos from the event taken by a Time-Life photographer. Sanford characterizes the clothing as examples of extraordinary work by Japanese dressmakers in Honolulu from the 1930s through the 1950s. Also donated were garments worn when she worked in Gov. Ariyoshi’s office between 1974 and 1986. Contact Shu Hwa Lin (FCS) at shulin@hawaii.edu to schedule a visit to the Collection to check them out—along with so many more of Hawai‘i’s sartorial glories!

February



ARCS Loves CTAHR

2/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Carolyn Uehara and Will HainesCTAHR alumnus Will Haines was the featured speaker at the ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter’s annual Heart of Gold Luncheon. Since launching the Pulelehua Project, Will has established the Department of Land and Natural Resources insect-breeding program at Kawainui Marsh to boost populations of rare and endangered endemic arthropods, including the Kamehameha butterfly. In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, his description of the state insects’ life cycle included mating behavior (they get frisky in the evening). He also described efforts to ensure survival of the Orangeblack Hawaiian damselfly, which was designated as an endangered species last year. Will received the Maybelle C. Roth ARCS Scholar Award in Conservation Biology in 2006 while pursuing his PhD in PEPS. In the audience for his talk was Caroline Uehara, pictured here with Will, whose husband, CTAHR soil scientist Goro Uehara, was named an ARCS Scientist of the Year in 1983.

Nature Index Loves UH

2/15/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Dan Rubinoff with pulelehuaUH has been ranked 12th in earth and environmental sciences internationally among universities according to Nature Index, which rates institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and other prestigious journals. Publications by NREM and MBBE researchers in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) contributed to that ranking! The UH video celebrating this achievement also mentions CTAHR as one of the units contributing to this achievement and shows footage of Dan Rubinoff (PEPS) working with Kamehameha butterflies and J.B. Friday (NREM) surveying forests affected by Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death. Check it out!

Hearts of Gold, or Yellow, or Orange and Black…

2/8/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Will Haines with pulelehuaWill Haines (PEPS) will be the featured speaker at ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter's annual Valentine’s Day Hearts of Gold luncheon on Feb. 14. ARCS supports UHM graduate students in STEM fields, and Will was a 2006 ARCS Scholar himself! He manages the captive breeding program for rare and endangered Hawaiian insects for the Department of Land and Natural Resources and continues to work with CTAHR’s Pulelehua Project. He will talk about conservation work to protect the Kamehameha butterfly, the orange-black Hawaiian damselfly, and yellow-faced bees. Check out the ARCS website for more information.

Everyone Loves a Carnival

2/8/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Students at Spring EventCTAHR held its fifth annual carnival-themed Spring Event last Friday, when over 200 students, faculty, and staff came out for free food, fun, and games. This year’s booths featured a Bug Hunt, Fishbowl Toss, Ring Toss, and Rainbow Roulette Trivia, and the dunk booth tradition triumphantly carried on, thanks to intrepid dunkees Lisa Kitagawa-Akagi (ASAO), Jenee Odani (HNFAS), Dan Jenkins (MBBE), Mark Wright (PEPS), and Interim Associate Dean Ania Wieczorek. Donations totaling more than $150 supported CTAHR’s Biological Engineering Student Association! Mahalo to Ryan Kurasaki for assisting with food arrangements, and special thanks to Janice Uchida (TPSS) for donating potted plants for prizes. Mahalo goes to the Spring Event student committee, scholarship recipient and student ambassador volunteers, and ASAO for their time and dedication in making this a smooth and successful event. Lastly, thanks go to everyone who attended and donated to this year’s cause and made this year’s carnival another memorable CTAHR event!

Get the Arsenic Out

2/6/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

NanoNose filter pitcherCTAHR alumnus Liangjie Dong (MS MBBE ‘06), previous winner of PACE’s Business Plan Competition, is in the news for his new invention, the NanoNose Pitcher Filter System. Dong is now CEO of Mesofilter Inc., which has just unveiled the first ceramic filter that reduces arsenic in water to at or below levels recommended by the EPA and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dong first began working on the technology that led to this breakthrough filtration system while at CTAHR. According to the WHO, more than 200 million people globally are at risk of being chronically exposed to arsenic in drinking water, which can lead to chronic arsenic poisoning and some cancers. Way to go!

Sustaining Info

2/6/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Flat head cabbage trialsThe latest issue of Hanai‘Ai, the newsletter of the SOAP program, is out, offering lots of great news you can use about Extension variety trials of flat-head cabbage (pictured), control of cabbage webworm on daikon, DIY screenhouses for insect management, and cover crops and solarization for nematode control. As always, the newsletter also includes a profile on a local grower to provide tips and inspiration, and notice of events of interest to the organic and sustainable growing community. Check it out today!

Real Meal on the Table

2/6/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Healthy mealJinan Banna, along with co-authors Lora Beth Brown and Rickelle Richards from BYU, recently published a paper in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior discussing the concept of a “real meal” and how it can be deployed to help college students to eat more healthily. The paper, “College Students' Perceived Differences Between the Terms Real Meal, Meal, and Snack,” explained the results of a survey that was given to college students: the students considered a “real meal” something that was nutritious and healthy and that met dietary recommendations, while a “meal” was considered anything to eat. Telling students that they should be eating more “real meals,” therefore, may be an easily understandable way of conveying nutrition information and recommendations to them. Ingenious!

January



This Summer, Just CHL

1/25/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Child in CHL programA preview of courses offered through the Children’s Healthy Living (CHL) Summer Institute is now available! Do you want to learn more about nutrition and child health, or perhaps how to measure and evaluate child growth? Have you ever wondered why nutrition needs vary across the lifespan, or how to prevent child obesity? Are you interested in becoming a more culturally grounded health professional or looking to develop your professional and technology tool kit? If so, check out the courses offered in Summer Session 1 and 2! All are available online, providing you the greatest flexibility in completing your coursework, and a majority of the courses also meet UHM general education requirements. They’re open to anyone from within or outside of the UH system. There are $1200 Merit Scholarships available for freshman and sophomores, and over $500,000 in summer 2017 financial aid available for those who qualify. Find complete details and applications for scholarships and financial aid here.

A Great Opportunity in Child Health

1/4/2017  Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR

Little girl in CHAP programThe Child Health Assessment in the Pacific (CHAP) Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program is looking for undergraduate applicants from UHM to participate in a summer training opportunity. Students enrolled in programs such as nutrition, nursing, early childhood education, public health and other degrees are encouraged to apply by February 15. The program will run from mid-May through mid-August. Fellows will receive a $2,100 stipend, plus all travel, meal, and housing expenses for a 7-day training opportunity, plus a scholarship to cover tuition and fees for 4 credits of coursework through the UH Outreach College, and the resources and support to complete a mentored field experience related to diet or anthropometry field assessment techniques for children. Check out this video and then see what previous fellows have done on the CHAP YouTube Channel. For more information, see CHAP’s Facebook page or email chapac@hawaii.edu.