It began last fall when Kai Gaitley took a geography class called Literature and the Environment taught by Kathryn Besio, a professor of geography and environmental sciences. For the final exam, the students in the class were asked to write a climate-themed short story.
Several solar powered recharging stations were built over the summer complete with seating, USB ports, Wi-Fi access and a unique roof and gutter system to keep students dry during Hilo’s rainy weather.
Planner and builders of the new rec area had a lot of motivation to complete this and other summer projects prior to the start of fall semester, knowing that the end result was for the students.
Registrar Chelsea Kay-Wong, Associate Professor of Psychology Sunyoung Kim, and Director of Campus Recreation Tim Moore will be working with 24 other PELP cohort members to tackle challenges facing higher education.
Kirsten Paxton and Patrick Hart have started a study funded by the National Science Foundation to research the effects of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on animal communities in Hawaiʻi.
Led by biologist Jolene Sutton, assistant professor at UH Hilo, the research team created a genome assembly that provides critical insights into inbreeding and disease susceptibility of the ‘alalā.
The students were outstanding representatives of UH Hilo, and brought home four major awards, including best research presentation.
Kara Spaulding has demonstrated leadership in sustainability in various ways: advocating for curriculum in sustainability, participating in Earth Day, inspiring classmates.
All 10 UH Hilo delegates competing at the conference placed in their events, with one team taking first place in their category. In the process, students honed public speaking and interpersonal communication skills, gained knowledge, and networked.
David Arakawa is currently measuring gene sequences across a diverse set of avian species. He’ll be continuing his work as a graduate student this fall in the Tropical Conservation and Environmental Science program at UH Hilo.