Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Nov. 24, 2020

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bridge Hartman, Abhijit Date, Norbert Furumo, Kekoa Harman, Cheryl Ramos, and more!

In fall and spring, this newsletter is a weekly e-blast of news and information for faculty and staff, produced by University Relations, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  

What does #VulcanPride mean to you?


Two UH Hilo students win awards at national biomedical research conference.

$1M gift expands team-based health education at UH.


UH Hilo is a proud #OurKuleana Pledge Partner, joining other Hawai‘i Island organizations in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a member of the UH Hilo ‘ohana, please continue to adhere to campus social distancing guidelines.

All UH Hilo employees are reminded that they must report off-island travel (personal or work-related) for tracking of possible self-quarantine period reporting and receive clearance prior to returning to campus. Employees should fill out the UH Hilo Travel Disclosure Form.

Save the Date: December 1 is #GivingTuesday! In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for our UH community and its continued support of our students. To learn more about how you can support UH Hilo students on December 1, visit UHFoundation.org/Giving Tuesday.

Covid Updates

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage  and UH Hilo Quarantine FAQ page for up-to-date information and advisories, which now includes the Student Fees Information for 2020 Fall Semester. Information can also be found on the UH System COVID-19 page.


Holiday: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26.

Non-instructional Day, Friday, November 27.

For more news and events, see the UH Hilo Calendar of Events.


Abhijit Date, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has his collaborative research on “Pharmaceutically Acceptable Carboxylic Acid-Terminated Polymers Show Activity and Selectivity against HSV-1 and HSV-2 and Synergy with Antiviral Drugs” featured on the November 2020 cover of ACS Infectious Diseases.

Chemistry Prof. Norbert Furumo finds the formula for online teaching. Associate Professor Furumo acknowledges that online classes can be tough, but that it should not discourage students from continuing to pursue an education. “Students must treat online classes like they would a face-to-face class, stay the track.”

Kekoa Harman, Associate Professor, Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language, is featured in Smithsonian Magazine: The Inspiring Quest to Revive the Hawaiian Language.

With her roots in a Pa‘auilo upbringing, Psychology Prof. Cheryl Ramos teaches with emphasis on community engagement and cultural diversity. Guided by her commitment to “ʻaʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi,” a Hawaiian phrase meaning “one learns from many sources,” which also happens to be a part of UH Hilo’s mission statement, Prof. Ramos carries on a tradition of community-engaged teaching in her online classes this semester.


The UH Hilo Lactation Room is available in the Campus Center for breastfeeding mothers from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M-F. Contact the Campus Center Office at 932-7365 or campusct@hawaii.edu to make a reservation. Mothers are responsible for bringing their own pump and supplies.

Kilohana: The Academic Success Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, and reopen Monday, November 30.

Supporting Student Success

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to watch the new weekly video series by StudentLingo, brought to UH Hilo by the Division of Student Affairs. This week’s topic is “Study Tips and Note Taking Strategies.” To watch, register here for a free account.