By all indications, Assistant Professor of Horticulture Sharad Marahatta’s hybrid teaching strategies are extremely successful at keeping students engaged and learning despite all the challenges caused by the pandemic.
The knowledge gained by students in the new UH Hilo program is particularly valuable during the pandemic. Micronesians and Samoans have been the largest ethnic cluster of infections in the state.
A social media campaign was launched this morning on Hawai‘i Island to help normalize wearing masks. Using the hash tag #ourkuleana (responsibility), the campaign encourages people to post a black and white selfie wearing a face mask.
The new open-air café project was done by work crews from UH Hilo Auxiliary Services. Gene Harada, a carpentry instructor at Hawai‘i Community College, collaborated with the auxiliary team to transform the area.
It is the first genome assembly of taro that has been associated with genes that underpin resistance to taro leaf blight, information that may enhance taro breeding programs.
Under the tutelage of artificial intelligence expert Travis Mandel, assistant professor of computer science, the interdisciplinary “Human-in-the-Loop Research Experience” was supported by the National Science Foundation.
With the challenge of a global pandemic, the student conference originally scheduled to take place in Hilo was transitioned into a virtual, curated event. Student presentations are now available for viewing online.
The local fellowship program cultivates Hawai‘i leaders with the skills to collectively affect societal change.