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.
Now a research specialist at the Catalina Sky Survey in AZ, UH Hilo alumnus Theodore Pruyne discovered the second closest object on record to graze by Earth and not impact, a close approach that happened only about seven hours after discovery.
“Exhibiting is one of the important aspects of being a student artist and the Honolulu printmakers exhibition is a great opportunity for our students to show their work alongside professional artists,” says UH Hilo master printer Assoc. Prof. Jon Goebel.
The Hawaiian Nutcracker is set in the 1800s at Hale Ali‘i, the royal palace named by Kamehameha III, with lead characters of a young David Kalākaua and Lydia Kamaka‘eha, both future monarchs of Hawai‘i. Dozens of dancers from UH Hilo, Hawai‘i Community College, and the Hawai‘i Island community will perform this adaptation of the holiday classic.