A team of UH Hilo faculty & undergraduate students investigated whether or not computer vision tools can detect disease on coral reefs as well as the human eye. The findings? Machines can complement human evaluation.
The course is part of a workforce education program to provide inmates with vocational development and reentry skills training. Associate Professor Chris Lauer says philosophy courses develop essential, transferable skills vital to the workforce.
The researchers did the study on Kaua‘i because it is in crisis mode: bird populations are crashing due to disease and habitat loss, and with that, the species are losing their songs.
Ten Marshallese students were trained over the summer in scientific methods of collecting data on water quality, algae cover, and reef composition. The students did the research themselves, in the Marshall Islands, and the knowledge and skills they gained will be of great benefit to their communities and the environment of their homeland.
Walk through the Library Lanai and enter Mookini Library this semester and find new seating areas with furniture made from local woods, tables shaped like rivers, fabrics adorned with images of ʻōhiʻa blossoms, and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
UH Hilo senior Nicolas Vanderzyl, majoring in marine science, is collecting and analyzing data about the effectiveness of a new machine designed to remove microplastics from the sediments of beach sand. The research is being conducted at Kamilo Point on Hawai‘i Island.
The students spoke with scientists, conservationists, and representatives from local environmental organizations at dozens of booths lining UH Hilo’s Campus Center Plaza and Library Lanai.
The theme, “Emerging techniques for research and conservation in a changing planet,” was reflected in many of the presentations, notably harnessing cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of ecosystems under stress from climate change and other anthropogenic threats. Keynotes: Paula Ayotte and John Burns.
The group attended the 2019 Southern Graphics Council International printmaking conference in Dallas. Professor of Art Jon Goebel says attending professional conferences is an excellent way for his students to network and hone their craft.
Through abstracts, videos, and infographics, UH Hilo students taking a course on rhetoric are applying their skills of persuasion to the modern goal of advocating Hawai‘i’s transition to 100 percent renewable energy.