MICHAEL SHINTAKU, PLANT PATHOLOGY: At the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management at UH Hilo, we are concerned with food production and sustainability, and we value and promote all effective agricultural systems.
Davis’s peers describe her as someone who cares “professionally and personally” for her students. In turn, her students are filled with passion for the field of nursing.
Shihwu Sung left the comfort of his well-established and funded research program at Iowa State to move to Hilo to explore emerging alternative energy opportunities that he says will benefit the people of Hawai‘i and be sufficiently scalable to have a positive global impact.
With this cohort, UH Hilo is expanding its expertise in priority disciplines such as mapping and geographic information systems, biomass to energy, island cultures, tropical alpine biology, cell mechanics, public health, oceanography and more.
MISAKI TAKABAYASHI, MARINE SCIENCE: To us, who live on Hawaiʻi Island with all its awe-inspiring nature, it is easy to understand that the cause-and-effect relationships between our actions and natural processes are indeed reciprocal.
B. CHRISTOPHER FRUEH, PSYCHOLOGY: Current VA policies encourage misrepresentation and invalidism, rather than recovery and reentry into the workforce.
Kalei Rapoza, Farrah Marie Gomes and Emmeline DePillis are members of this year’s cohort.
UH Hilo entomologist Jesse Eiben is researching the wēkiu bug, an endemic species found only in the high alpine regions of Maunakea on Hawai‘i Island.