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July 15-17 - MSMS students presented portions of their thesis research at the Hawaii Conservation Conference. Presenting were Grace Chon on “Native Collector Sea Urchins, not so Hawa‘e after all," Laura Stanley on  “Native Collector Sea Urchins, Friend or Foe,"Nicole Williams (MSMS ’14) on “Evaluating the Status of Scaridae Species in Shallow Coral Reef Habitats on O‘ahu” and Kelly Ratana on “Two Sciences: Towards Developing an Integrated Bioassessment for Hawaiian Stream Mouth Estuaries.”

MSMS student Jessica Lopez and faculty mentor Dr. David Hyrenbach recently published in Endangered Species Research, "Geographic variation of persistent organic pollutants in Hawaiian monk seals Monachus schauinslandi in the main Hawaiian Islands." The  study followed monk seals, testing for geographic variation in the levels of persistent organic pollutants (see paper).

Alumnus Davey Cagle (BS Biology) has been recognized as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2014. He is pursuing an MBA and Masters of Communication at HPU while running his last year of cross country. (see full story)

Dr. David Hyrenbach was one of four scientists who participated in a study of red-footed booby birds in the Ulupa‘u Wildlife Management Area coordinated by theU.S. Geological Survey Western Ecological Research Center to study various types of seabirds on multiple Hawaiian Islands. The week long study provided more information about the birds' daily activities, how renewable energy sources may affect seabirds and how they fit into the local ecosystem. (see full story)

Dr. Mary Smith has been selected to receive this year's Distinguished Achievement in Education Award for her contributions and dedication to AFCEA education at the Hawaii Chapter. The AFCEA Education Foundation Board was particularly impressed with her successful implementation of CEUs during the Asia-Pacific Conference.

Marine Biology undergraduate student Adrien "Kat" Mowle received a summer internship with National Marine Fisheries Service Panama City, FL to study shark life history.

Environmental Studies undergraduate student Cameron Mitchell received a summer internship through the Kupu Gateway program with the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps.

John Johnson (BS Marine Science) co-authored a recent paper in Marine Ornithology, and is doing a MS in marine science at James Cook University in Australia. 

Alumnus Brittany Anderson (MS Marine Science 2010) is now a Junior Officer, Marine Operations Center, NOAA.

Alumnus Lennon Thomas (MS Marine Science 2011) is now a Project Researcher with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California Santa Barbara

Malin Meyer (BA Env Studies) was accepted to the master's program at Earth Institute at Columbia University to begin in Fall 2014.

George Tsiartas (BS Env Science) was accepted to master's programs at University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. 

Oceanography undergraduate student Luke Snedaker has recently been hired by NOAA

Alumnus Caroline Ritson (BS Biology-HHS 2013) has been accepted at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawaii at Manoa

Alumnus Jason Koerner (BS Biology-HHS 2013) has been accepted at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Alumnus Jeffrey Schenck (BS Biology-HHS 2013) has been accepted at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alumnus Kim Leong (BS Biology-HHS 2014) has been accepted to Creighton University College of Pharmacy

Alumnus Jaimie Nevins (BS Marine Biology 2011) recently published "Characterizing Neckton use of the Largest Unfished Oyster Reef in the United States Compared with Adjacent Estuarine Habitats" in the Journal of Shellfish Research. (see paper)

Marine Science undergraduate student Pierre De Wit recently published in Nature.  “Forensic genomics as a novel tool for identifying the causes of mass mortality events.”  Nature Communications DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4652

April 28 - HPU professor of physics, Dr. Steve Dye, presented at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2014 in Yokohama, Japan on an overview of Neutrino Geoscience entitled "Neutrino Geoscience A collaborative journey with geoscience and particle physics." (see abstract)

April 25 - Biology undergraduate students Kelsey Higa, Michelle West, Kim Leong and James Ligeralde presented the poster entitled "Nitrifying Biofilms in High Density Recirculating Aquaculture" at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

April 25 - Biology undgergraduate students Caress Baltimore, Kathryn Demarre, Emily Komarczyk, and Lauren Shinego presented the poster entitled "Community Assessment of Microbial Biofilms in High Density Recirculating Aquaculture: a source of supplemental nutrition to the Pacific White Shrimp, L. vannamei” at the annual meeting of the Hawaii Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

April 24 - Chemistry/biochemistry undergradute students Danae DeRaad and Aaron Thomas won Best Oral Presentation at the April 2014 HPU Capstone Symposium for their presentation entitled "Mutations in the GABAA Receptor Involved in Epilepsy." Dr Yongli Chen served as their capstone instructor.

April 24 - Applied math undergraduate students Cole Parks and Matt Troglia placed second in Best Oral Presentation at the April 2014 HPU Capstone Symposium for their presentation "Are you safe in your apartment building? Modeling the effect of earthquakes on tall buildings."

April 24 - Computer Science/Computer Information Systems undergradute students Kevin Goo, Brent Nagareda, and Revelyn Cabaya placed third in Best Oral Presentation at the April 2014 HPU Capstone Symposium for their presentation "‘Olelo Online Form Redesign."

April 24 - Computer Information Systems and Computer Science undergraduate students Matt Archick, Jabari Brooks, and Estefania Duterte placed third in Best Poster Presentation at the April 2014 HPU Capstone Symposium for their work "Ulu Hoku: Project Management & Android Development."

HPU undergraduate student Akimasa Iijima won the Bonnie Revelle Prize in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the Alpha Chi national honor society convention in St. Louis, MO, March 27-29, 2014, for his presentation "Mechanism of Inhibition of Recombinant GABAA Receptors by Pentylenetetrazole and Alleviation by Anticonvulsants." (see photo) (see press release)

Environmental Studies undergraduate student Emily MacNintch presented a poster at the Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit in March 2014 based on the practicum she is doing with Hui o Ko'olaupoko.

MSMS student Meagan Putts (advised by Dr. Sam Kahng) won the Student Presentation Award at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting for "Recolonization and community succession of deep-water precious corals in response to disturbance." Evaluations were based on the clarity/effectiveness of the presentation, quality of the experimental design, clarity of the conclusions, and its innovation/scientific insight. (see abstract)

HPU graduate student Robert Thompson and faculty mentors Drs. Sam Kahng and Chris Winn recently published in the scientific journal Aquatic Geochemistry. The study assessed the magnitude and extent of the elevated calcium carbonate saturation state observed on previous expeditions to the Hawaiian Archipelago. (see paper)

March 9-13 - Dr. Yi Zhu, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, will present a paper entitled, "Reliability-Constrained Resource Allocation for Optically Interconnected Distributed Clouds," at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC), to be held in San Francisco. Co-authors includes HPU undergraduate Yan Liang (Computer Science) and collaborators from the Fujitsu Laboratories of America.
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Costa Rica

Studying Abroad in Costa Rica

After spending four weeks preparing, the Costa Rica study abroad program is underway. These adventurous students will learn about sustainable development techniques, biodiversity, human impacts on ecosystems, global impacts of tropical ecosystem depletion, organic farming, aquaponics/farming, conservation policies, wildlife management, habitat rehabilitation & low carbon-footprint living practices. Students examine how human values and choices affect tropical ecosystems sustainability and develop their own perspective from hands-on experiences while exploring Costa Rica for two weeks. Read what some alumni of the program have to say here.

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