Even with arrival of the coronavirus disruption and the development of a “new normal,” the university had an immensely successful 2019-2020 academic year, filled with accomplishments, accolades, milestones, and celebrations.
Melia Takakusagi, from Eleʻele, Kauaʻi, earned a bachelor of science in cell and molecular biology from UH Hilo. She is now one of the first students welcomed to the UH Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine Class of 2024.
While an undergraduate at UH Hilo, David Phillips was a student assistant at the Center for Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) where he worked directly with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory staff on monitoring and outreach. Phillips continued to be involved with CSAV as an instructor while at UH Mānoa, always returning to teach.
International Women’s Day 2020 is celebrating a number of missions this year to help forge a gender equal world. A main mission is to celebrate women’s achievements and increase their visibility. Here are ten stories of the past year from UH Hilo Stories doing just that for extraordinary women from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.
Research specialist Teddy Pruyne, a 2018 astronomy grad from UH Hilo, and his teammate Kacper Wierzchos discovered a mini-moon Feb. 15. Out of about a million known asteroids, this is just the second asteroid known to orbit Earth.
Malu Dudoit, UH Hilo alumnus, is an outstanding example of an emerging Hawaiian leader through his contributions in advancing leadership development, community engagement, and Hawaiian culture and language.
For her master’s thesis, nine-year ‘Imiloa veteran Emily Peavy conducted research on the efficacy of two different styles of teaching the public in a planetarium setting: interactive with a presenter, and passive with a movie. Participants in the study rated the educational and entertainment value of these two forms of programming.
Assistant Professor Justina Mattos’s passion about educating students—from grade school to university—has brought her recognition from the Chancellor’s Executive Council as a UH Hilo Quintessential University Citizen.