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Issue 46   |   September 21, 2011

News & Events

Ice Cream Eaters, Unite

Costume contestants at CTAHR Welcome Back Ice Cream BashRepresentatives from CTAHR’s departments and Administration competed for best costume design and fastest ice cream-eating at the 23rd Annual Welcome Back Ice Cream Bash on Sept. 12 in the Sherman Courtyard. CTAHR students, faculty, and staff assembled to enjoy a variety of frozen treats—graciously provided, once again, by Meadow Gold Dairies of Hawai‘i. Debuting this year there was also a delicious sorbet created by Corilee Watters (HNFAS) and Alvin Huang (HNFAS), along with students Karl Sloss, Scott Iwamura, and David St. Jules, made from a variety of locally grown mangoes—38 pounds of them—generously provided by Makaha farmer Mark Suiso. Competing in this year’s contests were A’rel Boies (FCS), Nate Black (HNFAS), Edward Drielak (MBBE), Philip Potter (NREM), Jordie Ocenar (PEPS), and Adrian Lee (Admin.). Congratulations to winners A’rel Boies (costume contest) and Nate Black (ice cream-eating contest). Monetary donations were collected to benefit Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which works to foster a sense of appreciation for the environment in young children so that they become lifelong stewards of the land. A big mahalo to Meadow Gold Dairies of Hawai‘i for their continuous support of CTAHR, Ryan Kurasaki and Charlie Nelson, the HNFAS and NREM departments, Ray Uchida of the O‘ahu Extension Office, Lito Cacho and Richard Fisher of Pearl City Urban Garden Center, and the ice cream scoopers, who scooped a whopping 34 gallons of ice cream and sorbet. Thank you also to everyone who made the Welcome Back Ice Cream Bash a resounding success!

Improved Accessibility

Clyde Tamaru, Bradley Fox, and Maria StewartThis past semester, with partial funding from CTAHR’s Efficiency and Capacity Improvement Solicitation, UHM’s College of Education's Distance Course Design and Consulting Group (DCDC) worked with CTAHR faculty to develop three new online courses, including The Science of Human Nutrition (FSHN 185), led by Maria Stewart (right), and Introduction to Aquaponics, led by Clyde Tamaru and Bradly Fox (left and middle). Paul McKimmy and Ariana Eichelberger of DCDC held a show-and-tell on the new Human Nutrition and Aquaponics online courses on September 1, showing the course sites, instructors’ guides, and instructors’ support sites that form the backbone of the online courses. They also demonstrated the courses on mobile devices (Android tablet, iPad, and smart phones). CTAHR subject matter experts were on hand to answer questions about the process, the courses, and the DCDC collaboration, while the CTAHR faculty who provided the technical content for the courses and who will teach the courses were on hand to answer questions about the development process and the courses.

4-H Report

The 4-H Review Team will be presenting its report on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Gilmore 212 on the UHM campus and via polycom to all neighbor islands. All faculty and staff, as well as 4-H members and affiliated groups, are welcome to attend the presentation. Please share this announcement with individuals who may be interested in the report.

Grants & Awards

Grants Galore

Grant specialist Sharee Pepper’s latest grant opportunities newsletter is now available, and here are just a few of the highlights of this bountiful basket of possibilities: Applications are being accepted year round for Sustainable Agriculture Tour Grants—think agritourism—and any agriculture/natural resource professional in the Western region is eligible to apply. Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events is offering grants for researching “the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery”; deadlines are October 1, 2011, & Feb. 15, 2012. There are several grants relating to the prevention of obesity, especially in children, an issue of particular concern in the Pacific region. RCUH is now accepting proposals for Diversity and Equity Initiatives, which support “projects that provide a more inclusive environment for students, faculty and administrators.” Deadline is Friday, October 7. Lundberg Family Farms is offering grants to beginning farmers, including college students, to be applied to seed money for equipment, etc.; education; or mentorship; deadline is October 31. There are many more grants just waiting to be applied for—and as usual, Sharee is available to assist anyone who would like to apply for them.

Healthy Keiki

Gary HeuselGary Heusel (4-H) has been chosen by the National 4-H Council as one of 15 awardees for the 2011–2012 Walmart Youth Voice: Youth Choice Grant. Youth Voice, Youth Choice “encourages youth to take action around three healthy living priorities—nutrition, physical fitness, and safety” says the national 4-H Web site. Program leaders use these grants, funded by the Walmart Foundation, to institute local programs, including camps, workshops, and other interactive activities, that help kids lead healthier and more active lives. Each program reaches at least 500 youth and their families. Gary’s commitment to strengthening 4-H in Hawai‘i will be supported by the $50,000 grant—and the keiki will be the real winners.

Spotlight on Our Community

Putting the “T” in CTAHR

CTAHR T-shirts modeled by CTAHR student workersCTAHR’s Academic and Student Affairs Office needed a fresh new “uniform” for its Scholarship Recipients and Student Ambassadors and called upon the Office of Communication Services to design it. The new design, which sports the familiar CTAHR petroglyph, was so well received that OCS decided to increase the order and sell the shirts to others who want to show their CTAHR pride. The shirts are $10 and can be purchased from Gilmore 119. Off-campus friends can download an order form here. Purists don't need to worry—the embroidered CTAHR polo shirts are still available as well.

Collaboration in Albania

PingSun LeungThe Albania-Hawaii Higher Education and Economics Development (AHEED) project headed by Catherine Chan-Halbrendt (NREM) has sent 6 professors over the past 3 years from UH to Albania to strengthen the agricultural economics education and outreach program of the Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT). However, the time, effort, and expense of traveling to Albania limits the number of classes that can be taught and the UH faculty who can teach them. In order to enhance its ability to empower AUT’s faculty to conduct policy research with the most current tools available, the AHEED project recently taught its first class via Blackboard Collaborate. The use of this cutting-edge technology allowed PingSun Leung (NREM, pictured) to teach “Topics in Quantitative Methods for Agricultural Economics Research” in a virtual online classroom from his office at UH while students in Albania followed along on an interactive, real-time platform. Eight AUT faculty members and six students participated in the course. Overall, participants found the class and the new techniques it taught to be a highly valuable experience. Attendees will use the methods learned to develop new agricultural economics research in the next year. Some attendees were even able to follow the course online from their homes, and all have expressed their interest in having more courses like this in the future.

Animal Planet, Local-Style

Jeffrey Milisen milking cone snail venomJon-Paul Bingham shares the spotlight with the graduate students working in his laboratory in a recently aired segment on OC16’s ThinkTech discussing his work with venomous cone snails. Clifford Kapono is studying the peptides in snail toxins, while M.S. candidate Zan Halford is researching how to replicate the natural compounds in the laboratory. Jeffrey Milisen (pictured), another of Jon-Paul’s research assistants, is shown in an exciting sequence involving milking the venom from the snails: He teases the snails with a pinioned fish until one shoots out its toxic harpoon, whereupon he catches it in a collecting tube, snipping off the dart and preserving it and its load of poison for further study. He tells the interviewer that no one in Hawai'i has been killed by the cone snail...yet. But it’s still pretty dramatic...as are the potential benefits of Jon-Paul’s study of these fascinating but deadly creatures.

Downright Neighborly

Tessie Amore giving tour of Magoon LabsTessie Amore (pictured) showed off CTAHR’s newly renovated greenhouses and her research at the Magoon Research and Instructional Facility to visitors from the Manoa Acres Residents Association. The close-knit group is comprised of about 100 families living near the CTAHR facility. About 15 “neighbors” attended the tour arranged by Joe DeFrank (TPSS). Joe and Craig Okazaki also introduced the Magoon visitors to Joe’s Hawaiian Rules Bocce Ball. Joe is quickly approaching rock star status with the senior citizens of the neighborhood, having organized a similar tour last year for the Hui O Manoa Seniors organization. As one of the visitors exclaimed, “This tour taught us a great deal about the plants and soils of Hawai‘i and the importance of the research being conducted at your facility.”

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