Associate Professor Becker examines the ways communication contributes to the transformation of organizational, cultural, or family systems. She was the first in academia to test Cultural Convergence Theory in Japan.
Associate Professor Cooksey is researching the large-scale gaseous structure in the universe. Her area of expertise is the intergalactic medium (IGM), the gas surrounding and between galaxies.
Associate Professor Kimura is the internationally renowned “grandfather” of Hawaiian language revitalization. His decades of work can be traced back to the conception of core foundational educational programs in the 1980s that launched the rebirth of the Hawaiian language.
Professor Simmons is a poet who studies Shakespeare, teaches literature and film. She specializes in modern literature and film with her most recent research being on Shakespearean tragedy in performance.
Professor Morrison researches women’s health and domestic violence in Hilo. Her topics include inquiry into menopause, domestic violence, and breastfeeding practices of young women, all conducted about women in Hilo.
Professor Juarez researches ethnic disparities in medication adherence. Her work also focuses on cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular interventions and health disparities, particularly involving Asian and Pacific Americans.
Professor Mathews is best known for his research on nutrient cycling in tropical pastures and potentially environmentally sensitive release of phosphorus from pasture soils to surface waters.
Associate Professor Feng researches the interplay of Chinese architecture and literature. His research interests include the history of Chinese art and architecture and the transmission of technical knowledge.
Hirokawa’s scholarship has contributed to the development of a theory called the “functional perspective,” identified as one of the three most influential theories of small group communication.
The unifying theme of Professor Møllegaard’s research is the triangulation of people, places, and stories. She explores folkloric and literary aspects of people’s physical environment.