Geography student Jesse Tabor is doing bee research with his mentor Jonathan Koch (a UH Hilo alumnus now a post doc at his alma mater). The research—identifying habitats of nonnative and native bees—could prove to be critical to preserving Hawai‘i native bee populations.
The UH Hilo Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program is part of a federal program designed to increase the number of Native Hawaiians and other minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students in the program engage in scientifically rigorous research that is grounded in indigenous or native cultural practices and knowledge.
At the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Tino Wells is working on machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, or AI, that involves the development of computer programs that can access data and use it to learn for themselves. The know-how on researching and creating those computer programs is the skill set the national lab values in Wells.
The “Jan Ken Po” collection also includes work by several students and recent graduates of the UH Hilo art program. In conjunction with the exhibit, jurist Margot Ray’s own artwork is on display at Wailoa’s Fountain Gallery with a collection of her prints and mixed media works on canvas.
The piece, by Laurie Sumiye, depicts Haumea, Hawaiian Earth Mother and Creation Goddess (ancestor to all indigenous Hawaiians) and is modeled after Native Hawaiian scientist and UH Hilo alumna Narrissa Spies.
Five UH Hilo alumni have been selected to be assistant language teachers for the Japan Exchange and Teaching program sponsored by the government of Japan. The teachers will be placed at locations in Japan including Hokkaido, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.
Christofer Churchill is an Ojai-based artist working primarily in painting, collage, and drawing. His works are often filled with vibrant and saturated color with overlaid lines and scrawls that loosely depict landscapes, faces, and other organic forms.
Researchers Maya Munstermann and Matthew Knope hope the results of their innovative research will help conservationists and policy makers develop better strategies for targeting species for protection.