UH Hilo to host inaugural graduate symposium

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Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

A first-ever graduate student symposium involving the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo graduate programs will be held on Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Vulcan Gym. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme for this student-organized event is “Integrated Community Design: Health, Environment, and Culture.” The symposium will focus on connections between health, environment, and culture in Hilo and their roles in developing practical solutions across vulnerable populations, Hawaiʻi’s youth, and community-based research.

Highlights of the symposium include the keynote address by acclaimed filmmaker Matthew Nagato, who wrote and produced the documentary Ola, which examined the widespread social factors that facilitated Hawaiʻi’s healthcare crisis, and was an official selection in the 2013 Hawaiʻi International Film Festival Spring Showcase. The event will also include panel presentations on the three symposium sub-themes, followed by breakout sessions.

“Our graduate students, faculty, and community members are well-positioned to affect positive change in our community’s health,” said Dr. Jonathan Koch, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biology and Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Graduate Program. “This student-led symposium is an important first step to achieve that goal.”

For more information, contact Māhealani Jones at 932-7926 or email amyj@hawaii.edu.

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