UH Hilo’s 11th annual research symposium April 11-12

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Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The 11th annual research symposium organized by the University of Hawaiʻi at HiloTropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) club will be held Thursday, April 11, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Friday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in Campus Center Room 301. There will also be a silent auction from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on April 11, and from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on April 12, in Campus Center Room 306. The public is invited to attend. There is a $3.00 parking fee per day. Parking stickers may be purchased from the Parking kiosk located at the main campus entrance on Kawili Street.

The symposium highlights graduate and undergraduate research through student lectures and poster presentations. The theme of this year’s conference is “Emerging techniques for research and conservation in a changing planet.” Students will give poster presentations and 5-minute or 15-minute talks from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:10 to 2 p.m. on April 11, and from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. on April 12. Presentations will cover a wide variety of environmental topics spanning marine and terrestrial ecosystems. For a complete and detailed schedule, visit http://tcbes.uhh.hawaii.edu/symposium-program. To read student abstracts, visit http://tcbes.uhh.hawaii.edu/tcbes-research-symposium-abstracts.php.

The conference will also feature two keynote speakers who apply emerging technologies to their scientific disciplines. Paula Ayotte, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will speak on April 11 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m, and John Burns, a coral biologist and assistant professor of marine science and data science at UH Hilo, will speak on April 12 from 9-10 a.m. His talk is on "The Best Advice You Never Asked For." Both talks will be held in Campus Center Room 301.

Silent auction items include UFO Parasail rides, a Volcano Winery tour, and gifts cards from local retailers. All funds raised from the silent auction will fund the annual research symposium and other TCBES student-organized events, such as the Women in STEM Conference organized by the club earlier in 2019. Silent auction winners will be announced from 5 -5:30 p.m. on April 12. For a complete list of auction items, visit http://tcbes.uhh.hawaii.edu/symposium/auction. For questions or to donate an item to the silent auction, email uhhtcbes@hawaii.edu.

For more information, visit http://tcbes.uhh.hawaii.edu/symposium/ or email uhhtcbes@hawaii.edu.

Funding is provided by the UH Hilo Student Activities Council, UH Hilo Student
Association, TCBES Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Researchers Club, Terrilani Chong, KTA Superstores, and Hawaiian Electric.

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