Weekly Newsletter for Faculty and Staff, Nov. 16, 2021

Featured in this week’s issue of Ha‘ilono o UH Hilo (News of UH Hilo): Lisa Marrack, Kelly Moran, Philippe Binder, Taimane Kekauoha-Chartrand, Crispin Nakoa, Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones, Alyssa Padron, and Kolokea Kaua‘ula.

Pictured is Prof. Binder with his arm around his dog Peppers.
Pictured is physics professor Philippe Binder with his dog Peppers. A three-year grant from the Reid Hoffman Foundation will support Prof. Binder to further develop a science lexicon project to translate physics terms into Indigenous or less-common languages. (Kirsten Aoyagi/UH Hilo Stories)


The UH Board of Regents meets virtually Thursday, Nov. 18, 9:00 a.m. Meetings may be monitored remotely. The UH community and general public can subscribe for email notifications of BOR monthly and committee meetings.

Nominations are being accepted for the following 2022 UH Hilo Annual and Biennial Campus Awards. (Use the Google form for nominations, deadline 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Questions may be directed to Lei Kapono.)

UH Hilo was recognized at PBN’s Business of Pride Awards.

Covid Updates

COVID-19 Booster and Testing On-Campus Clinic:

The COVID-19 booster is available for employees and student employees every Friday, noon to 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127, on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Kalei Rapoza with your request to ensure sufficient supply. Bring valid State ID, medical insurance card, and vaccination card to verify previous doses. Employees seeking their first series of vaccinations may also come to this clinic. This clinic is also for student testing so please plan accordingly. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.

  • Students only: Friday, Nov. 19, noon to 4:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127. PCR testing and vaccinations. Sign-up not necessary; valid picture ID required. Any changes will be sent via email through UH Announce.
  • Employees and students: Clinical Labs statewide. PCR testing. Registration required. Testing by online appointment only; walk-ins not accepted.

Continue to stay informed through the UH Hilo COVID-19 webpage and the UH System COVID-19 webpage for information and advisories, including the updated interim UH COVID-19 Guidelines and updated interim UH Hilo COVID-19 Guidelines.


“Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future,” by Candace Fujikane, Professor of English, UH Mānoa. Thursday, Nov. 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., via Zoom. Registration required. Presented by Eia Hawai`i Lecture Series.

“Assessing the response of groundwater-fed anchialine pool ecosystems to sea level rise on the island of Hawaiʻi,” with Lisa Marrack, Affiliate Researcher, UH Hilo Marine Ecosystem Research Program and Science Chair, Santa Catalina School State University, Thursday, Nov. 18, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., via Zoom. Passcode: anchialine

“Intercultural Student Teams: Learning to Cooperatively Define Problems and Present Solutions,” with Kelly Moran, UH Hilo College of Business and Economics, Thursday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., via Zoom. Meeting ID: 995 0761 0329; Passcode: 452891.

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Friday, Nov. 19, 1-4 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 114. Online registration.

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


A three-year grant from the Reid Hoffman Foundation will support physics professor Philippe Binder to further develop a science lexicon project designed to translate physics terms into Indigenous or less-common languages.


See Sodexo’s Family Dinner menu for this week, including how to order.

Sodexo is also taking orders for a Thanksgiving Family Dinner. Order by 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18.


Study Abroad: Taimane Kekauoha-Chartrand is the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship, both of which provide funding to students in need of financial support. She also is the recipient of a scholarship from Kamehameha Schools. With the support of this funding, she is a senior attending Chung Ang University in South Korea for the 2021-2022 school year.

Local surfer and fisherman Crispin Nakoa is now a graduate student at UH Hilo, working with marine scientists to identify areas impacted by sewage pollution along Hawai‘i Island’s coastline

Supporting Student Success

Vulcan Athletics

Vulcans earn #5 Seed, face Sonoma State.

Vulcan basketball star Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones and soccer standout Alyssa Padron are UH Hilo’s Athletes of the Week.

Word of the Week

Join Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language student Kolokea Kaua‘ula, for a lesson on the Hawaiian word of the week, “ānuenue” or “rainbow.” Hua Maka is a weekly video series produced by the college and edited by the UH Hilo Office of University Relations.

In fall and spring semesters, 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.