Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, April 6, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Bonnie Irwin, Carol Matayoshi, Jill Gelviro, Pi‘ilani Ka‘awaloa, Md Afjalus Siraj, Jamie Abe, Jared Yazzie, Su-Mi Lee, Alice Martin, Kendall Kott, Ka‘awaloa Kaua‘ula, 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.

Above, Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin’s State of the University Address, March 31, 2021.


12 UH Hilo pharmacy students accept post-graduate residencies.


Read Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin’s April column on the State of the University.

Faculty and staff are invited to the upcoming University Forum. Topic: Q&A about the State of the University. Thursday, April 8, noon – 1 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 953 2651 7010; Passcode: 002256


UH Hilo alumna Carol Matayoshi appointed to Hawai‘i Paroling Authority Board.

UH Hilo pharmacy alumna Jill Gelviro serves remote villages in Alaska.

Community Outreach

Next up in ongoing podcast series visiting traditional districts of Hawai‘i Island: Episode 7 is 3rd podcast about moku of Puna, featuring guest Pi‘ilani Ka‘awaloa sharing mo’olelo of Makani Halulu or Halulu, the man-eating bird, area, & heiau of same name. Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast, use the StoryMap as you listen. Subscribe through Apple Podcasts and Spotify, and follow on Facebook and Instagram for additional content.

Covid Updates

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpageUH Hilo Quarantine FAQ page, and Employee FAQ for up-to-date information and advisories. Information can also be found on the UH System COVID-19 page.


“Altersolanol B, isolated from an endophytic fungus of Hawaiian Morinda citrifolia (noni), inhibits the proliferation of estrogen receptor (ER) expressing human breast cancer cells by dual modulation of AKT‐FOXO1 and p38‐ERK MAPK cellular signaling along with post‐translational downregulation of ERα expression” by Md Afjalus Siraj, candidate for doctor of philosophy in pharmaceutical sciences, Tuesday, April 6, 9 a.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 945 5411 0457; Passcode: PhD

“Management of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Exacerbations Using the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Guidelines” by Jamie Abe, doctor of nursing practice inquiry project defense, Wednesday, April 7, 8 a.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 859 5855 2270; Passcode: 821239

Jared Yazzie, artist and designer in virtual residency, in conjunction with experimental topic art 298: Visualizing Dissent, Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m., via Google Meet.

For more info on events, see UH Hilo Calendar of Events.


Su-Mi Lee, associate professor of political science, translated into Korean How Enemies Become Friends by Charles A. Kupchan (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012). She also co-authored “Cooperation in Outer Space: Need vs. Willingness” published by Korean Journal of Security Affairs 25-2 (December 2020), pp. 26-44.

Human Resources

The Hawai’i Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) and Premium Conversion Plan (PCP) Open Enrollment period continues through April 30, 2021 for coverage effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. During 0pen enrollment, eligible employees have the opportunity to make changes to health coverage and PCP (PCP is a voluntary program that allows employees to deduct health plan premiums on a pre-tax basis). For more information, view the OHR Announcement banner “2021 Open Enrollment – Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Medical Benefits.”


The UH Hilo Bookstore is open Tuesday & Wednesday, April 6 & 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., closed Thursday & Friday, April 8 & 9.  Beginning Monday, April 12, hours are Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., closed Friday.


Geology/Math student Alice Martin receives prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship.

Vulcan Athletics

PacWest honor goes to Kendall Kott

Hua Maka

Above, join Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Ka‘awaloa Kaua‘ula for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “Mo‘okini.” Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by the UH Hilo Office of University Relations.