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The CNCS is featured prominently in the latest edition (Summer 2015) of the university-wide HPU Today publication. Faculty members F. David Horgen, Ph.D. Growing Science and Scientists, Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D. Global Opportunities in Environmental Education, and Brenda Jensen, Ph.D. Aloha ‘Aina SEA Education Program are all featured. The Letters to the Editor section even features a CNCS alumna, Tifanie Vansach (Mar Bio ’08). You can find the issue here.

Assistant Professors of Mathematics Tara Davis, Ph.D. and Hung “Tim” Lu, Ph.D. published “Student and Instructor-centered Approaches to Teaching Precalculus” in PRIMUS: Problems,  Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies. The paper describes a two-semester study researching the effects of student-centered instruction on pre-calculus courses at HPU. The results suggest that not only are student-centered approaches more effective than instructor-centered approaches, but a student-centered approach is particularly helpful to students who are struggling with pre-calculus.

HPU’s Marine Mammal Stranding Team, led by Associate Professor of Biology Kristi West, Ph.D., was in the news this week after a pygmy sperm whale was found dead on a Maui beach. The carcass was flown to Oahu where the Stranding Team performed a necropsy to learn more about the death—and life—of these elusive deep-diving animals. For more details, click here (KHON).

Professor of Chemistry Dr. F. David Horgen and HPU alum Justin Reinicke (Mar Bio '08, MSMS '14) were fourth authors on a recently published paper entitled "Effects of diets on the growth performance and shell pigmentation of Pacific abalone". This research can be viewed online at the journal Aquaculture Research.

HPU alum Andrea Kealoha  (MSMS '14), Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. Christopher Winn, and colleagues have just published their research in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry. The paper is titled "Latitudinal Trends and Drivers in the CO2–Carbonic Acid System of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument" and can be read here.

June 22 - Amanda Hallberg Greenwell, HPU Marine Bio alum, has been chosen to head the National Science Foundation's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The OLPA is in charge of communicating the NSF's activities and research to a wide range of audiences including the general public, Congress, and the media. Read more at the NSF.

The Aloha ‘Aina program is underway. Follow the adventures of the students and HPU Faculty both on land and aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans at the program's blog.

The CNCS is thrilled to announce that Associate Professor of Environmental Science and chair of the Masters in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Department, Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem, was named 2015 Teacher of the Year at HPU’s Spring graduation ceremony held May 14th. Nominations for the award are initially submitted by graduating seniors before being reviewed by a committee composed of both students and faculty peers. Congratulations, Dr. Ostergaard-Klem!

HPU Alum Jennifer Brum (B.S. Mar Bio ‘01), now a post-doctoral researcher in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Arizona, was a part of the Tara Oceans Expedition which undertook a multi-year systematic sampling of the world’s oceans from a 110-ft. schooner. The collected data helped to identify ~5,500 distinct viral populations by assembling their genomes, and an interview about the research was featured on NPR’s ScienceFriday, and can be found here.

May 1 - Three CNCS faculty members were recognized at HPU’s annual Golden Apple Awards for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of teaching, scholarship, and service. Congratulations to Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Randolph Goldman who was awarded for his Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching; Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach for Distinguished Graduate Teaching (Full-time); and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Yi Zhu for Excellence in Scholarship!

Associate Professor of Mathematics Tara Davis, Ph.D. recently co-published research entitled "Relative subgroup growth and subgroup distortion" in the journal Groups, Geometry and Dynamics with Alexander Olshanskii, Ph.D., (Vanderbilt). The team studies large scale geometric invariants of embeddings of the algebraic structures called groups. The paper contains new results on the relative growth of finitely generated subgroups in finitely generated groups, and the corresponding distortion function of the embeddings. Journal abstract here.

Congratulations to the winners of HPU's 2015 Capstone Symposium! Computer Science seniors Lindy Higa, John Garo, Nate Marder, & Jose Reque placed 2nd in the Undergraduate Presentation category for A Mobile Platform Utilizing Cloud Integration to Support Small Businesses in Hawaii. More information on this year's and past programs and capstone experiences at HPU can be found here.

Senior Marine Biology major Sabrina Hutchinson set sail on an Atlantic expedition with the Sea Education Association. She is one of 20 undergraduates from top colleges and universities taking part in the 5-week SEA Semester: Marine Biodiversity & Conservation program. The expedition started in San Juan, Puerto Rico and goes through the North Atlantic to New York City. Hutchinson also participated with SEA last summer as part of HPU’s Aloha ‘Aina program. For students interested in HPU’s June program, click here. Read the HPU news story here.

MSMS graduate Shannon Lyday (2013) published her first thesis chapter, entitled " Shearwaters as ecosystem indicators: Towards fishery-independent metrics of fish abundance in the California Current" in a special issue of the Journal of Marine Systems, with co-authors Lisa Ballance (NOAA - Fisheries), David Field (HPU) and David Hyrenbach (HPU). (See paper)

Marine Biology senior Madison Jupitz was one of only 10 students in the nation to win the Alpha Chi national H.Y. Benedict Fellowship. This fall, Jupitz will enroll at East Carolina University in its Master of Science in Biology program, studying estuarine ecology.

Dustin Moss (BS ’97), Ph.D., and Master of Science in Marine Science student Cassandra Turner provide a summary of their research on the aquaculture potential of Hawaiian polychaete worms in the March newsletter of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture(CTSA); CTSA is funding the research. Polychaete worms are an important food item for shrimp broodstock, and Hawai‘i-based shrimp hatcheries import more than $200,000 of frozen worms each year.

OI of HPU supplied approximately 28,000 baby mullets to the non-profit organization Paepae o He‘eia, which is working to restore an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and supplying it with the native fish, mullet, to be used as a possible food source. Director of the Finfish Program Chad Callan, Ph.D., and HPU graduate student Carly Cappelluzzo were interviewed about the raising of mullet. (Subscription required for full story)

Marine Biology student Keena Leon Guerrero of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was one of two recipients of the inaugural scholarship funded by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. This scholarship is awarded to students from the U.S. Pacific Territories to complete the junior or senior year of their undergraduate degree, or a Master's degree, in a fisheries-related program in Hawaii. Part of the program also includes an internship with the Council, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center or other fisheries-related organization and to work at their local territorial fishery agency upon graduation. (See more)

The HPU Marine mammal stranding team was called to assist in the necropsy of a Cuvier beaked whale that was beached in Merizo, Guam. Parts were sent to HPU for analysis to help determine what caused the whale to beach itself and die. HPU is contracted by NOAA to aid with necropsy work. (See more)

Associate Professor Regina Ostergaard-Klem Ph.D. was one of the HPU faculty member recipients of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Faculty Development Seminars grant and will travel this summer to China for the Exploring Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability in China’s Rural and Urban Landscapes seminar.

Computer Science Department Chair, Stewart Crawford, Ph.D. has been appointed to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Computing Accreditation Commission, the recognized accreditor for university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Crawford’s one-year appointment begins at the installation of the 2015-2016 ABET CAC, in the summer. HPU news story posted here.

On March 8th, Dr. David Hyrenbach gave a talk entitled “Why Did the Albatross Cross the Ocean? Tracking Foraging Trips and Migrations” as part of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve’s Sundays at the Bay education program (See more).

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