Office of University Relations

UH Hilo Speakers’ Bureau 2022-2023

Please call Alyson “Aly” Kakugawa-Leong , Interim Director University Relations, at (808) 932-7339 or email alyson@hawaii.edu with your programming requests.

By Subject

Download the Speakers by Subject (PDF)

Agriculture, Aquaculture

  • Christopher Knudson
    • Stream Restoration After the End of Sugar Production on Maui
    • Coffee Leaf Ruse, with a Focus on Jamaica
  • Peter Matlock
    • Bioeconomy: What It Is, How It Helps Mitigate Climate Change, Hawai‘i's Role

Astronomy

  • R. Pierre Martin
    • SIGNALS: Unveiling Nearby Galaxies
    • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope Project

Athletics

  • Patrick Guillen
    • Vulcan Athletics
    • Building a Team to Benefit the Community
    • Why Do We Need Coaches?

Biology

  • Rebecca Ostertag
    • Restoration Ecology
    • Invasive Species
    • Long-term Forest Dynamics in Relation to Climate
    • Hawaiian Ecology and Natural History
    • Tropical Forest Ecology and Management
    • Hybrid and Novel Ecosystems
  • Ryan Perroy
    • Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

Business, Finance

  • Helen Tien
    • Entrepreneurship in Hawai‘i
    • Scaling Your Business in Hawai‘i

Careers

  • Helen Tien
    • Career Development

Communication

  • Randy Hirokawa
    • Communication and Group Decision-Making Effectiveness?

Community Service, Engagement

  • Patrick Guillen
    • Community Service/Civic Engagement
  • Julie Mowrer
    • Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning

Decision-Making

  • Randy Hirokawa
    • Why Do Smart People Make Bad Decisions in Groups? The Case of the Space Shuttle Challenger

Education

  • Kathy Malone
    • STEM Education
  • Julie Mowrer
    • Teaching English Language Learners

Gender

  • Chris Holland
    • Diversity and Inclusion (LGBTQ+ issues, crucial conversations)

Geology

  • Ryan Perroy
    • Lava Flow Monitoring

Goals & Objectives

  • Chris Holland
    • Strategic Planning and Assessment
  • Karen Pellegrin
    • Evidence-based Strategic Management

Health, Healthcare

  • Kathleen Baumgardner
    • Organizational Health and Strategic Planning
  • LA Gotshalk
    • Type II Diabetes: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It?
    • As Life Gets Easier, It Gets More Stressful: The Analysis of Stress and the Human Body
    • Can Evolutionary Logic Cultivate a Better Future for the Human Body?
  • Eric Heuer
    • Senility, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: They’re Not the Same Thing?
    • Neurocognitive Development: A Developing Brain is Not Just Smaller
    • Cells are Not Alive: Lessons Learned Teaching Evolution to Buddhist Monks
  • Randy Hirokawa
    • What Makes a Health Care Team Effective?
  • Michelle Kim
    • Diabetes Management
  • Karen Pellegrin
    • Rural Health
    • Medication Management/Safety

Human Interest

  • Eric Heuer
    • Homebrewing: Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Beer
  • Kathy Malone
    • Life of an Expat in Kazakhstan
  • Tracey Niimi
    • Thinking About Making Your Hobby More Than a Hobby?

Leadership

  • Chris Holland
    • Leadership (7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team)
  • Karen Pellegrin
    • Evidence-based Leadership

Learning

  • Kathy Malone
    • Use of Dramatic Inquiry in Primary School Classrooms
    • The Use of Scientific Modeling Instruction in Secondary & Undergraduate Classrooms

Literature

  • Christopher Lauer
    • Intimacy: A Dialectical Study

Marketing

  • Helen Tien
    • General Marketing
    • Specific Marketing Topics: Digital Marketing, Understanding Gen Z Consumers

Marine Science

  • John Burns
    • 3D Mapping of Coral Reefs
  • Steven Colbert
    • Nearshore Water Quality/Sewage Pollution
    • Ocean Acidification/Oceans & Climate Change
  • Tracy Wiegner
    • Sewage Pollution in Coastal Waters of Hilo

Motivation

  • Patrick Guillen
    • What is a Winner?
  • Eric Heuer
    • Motivation and Dopamine: What Altruism?

Pharmacy

  • Michelle Kim
    • What is Ambulatory Care Pharmacy?
  • Miriam Mobley Smith
    • Update on the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
    • The Role of the Pharmacist as Your Partner in Achieving and Maintaining Better Health
  • Tracey Niimi
    • Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Information and Admissions
    • Is the Pharmacy Profession Right for Me?

Philosophy

  • Christopher Lauer
    • Why (and how many times) did Philosophy Originate?
    • Why the Idea of “Western” Philosophy is a Racist Myth
    • Critical Race Theory (the real version, not the fever dream)

Photography, Videography

  • Tracey Niimi
    • Digital Photography and Camera Basics
    • Videography: Creative Production with Purpose

Repatriation

  • Tarisi Vunidilo
    • Museums and Repatriation Work (working as a Post Doc researcher to return 1,000 human remains back to the Pacific)

Science

  • John Burns
    • The Importance of Communicating Science
    • Innovation in Scientific Education and Research

Social Causes

  • Kathleen Baumgardner
    • Stories of Hope from a Nonprofit Café (cofounder, FoCo Café, Colorado)
    • Founding a Nonprofit Organization/Social Entrepreneurship

Social Justice

  • Christopher Lauer
    • Social Justice Movements and “Allies”

Student Success, Opportunities

  • Chris Holland
    • Student Development
    • College Culture and Its Impact on Student Experience
  • Julie Mowrer
    • UH Hilo’s GEER Grant: Starting a Bonner Program for Student Success
    • Student Engagement
  • Todd Shumway
    • International Exchange at UH Hilo and its Impact on Students

By Speaker

Download the Speakers List (PDF)

  • Kathleen Baumgardner, Office of the Chancellor
    • Stories of Hope from a Nonprofit Café (cofounder, FoCo Café, Colorado)
    • Founding a Nonprofit Organization/Social Entrepreneurship
    • Organizational Health and Strategic Planning
  • John Burns, Marine Science
    • Innovation in Scientific Education and Research
    • 3D Mapping of Coral Reefs
    • The Importance of Communicating Science
  • Steven Colbert, Marine Science
    • Nearshore Water Quality/Sewage Pollution
    • Ocean Acidification/Oceans & Climate Change
  • L.A. Gotshalk, Kinesiology & Exercise Science
    • Can Evolutionary Logic Cultivate a Better Future for the Human Body?
    • Type II Diabetes: What Is It, and What Can We Do About It?
    • As Life Gets Easier, It Gets More Stressful: The Analysis of Stress and the Human Body
  • Patrick Guillen, Intercollegiate Athletics
    • Community Service/Civic Engagement
    • Vulcan Athletics
    • Building a Team to Benefit the Community
    • What is a Winner?
    • Why Do We Need Coaches?
  • Eric Heuer, Psychology
    • Senility, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: They’re Not the Same Thing?
    • Neurocognitive Development: A Developing Brain is Not Just Smaller
    • Cells are not Alive: Lessons Learned Teaching Evolution to Buddhist Monks
    • Homebrewing: Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Beer
    • Motivation and Dopamine: What Altruism?
  • Randy Hirokawa, Communication
    • Why Do Smart People Make Bad Decisions in Groups? The Case of the Space Shuttle Challenger
    • What Makes a Health Care Team Effective?
    • Communication and Group Decision-Making Effectiveness? Empowerment?
    • War and Homecoming: How the Iliad and Odyssey Resonate Today
    • Did the Ancient Greeks Really Believe their Myths?
  • Chris Holland, Student Affairs
    • Student Development
    • Diversity and Inclusion (LGBTQ+ issues, crucial conversations)
    • Strategic Planning and Assessment
    • College Culture and its Impact on Student Experience
    • Leadership: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Michelle Kim, Pharmacy Practice
    • What is Ambulatory Care Pharmacy?
    • Diabetes Management
  • Christopher Knudson, Geography
    • Stream Restoration After the End of Sugar Production on Maui
    • Coffee Leaf Rust, with a Focus on Jamaica
  • Christopher Lauer, Philosophy
    • Social Justice Movements and “Allies”
    • Why the Idea of “Western” Philosophy is a Racist Myth
    • Why (and how many times) Did Philosophy Originate?
    • Intimacy: A Dialectical Study
    • Critical Race Theory (the real version, not the Fever dream)
  • Kathy Malone, Physics & Astronomy
    • STEM Education
    • Use of Dramatic Inquiry in Primary School Classrooms
    • Life of an Expat in Kazakhstan
    • The Use of Scientific Modeling Instruction in Secondary and Undergraduate Classrooms
  • R. Pierre Martin, Physics & Astronomy
    • SIGNALS: Unveiling Nearby Galaxies
    • The UH Hilo Educational Telescope Project
  • Peter Matlock, College of Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resource Management
    • Bioeconomy: What It Is, How It Helps Mitigate Climate Change, Hawaiʻi’s Role
  • Miriam Mobley Smith, DKICP
    • Update on the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy
    • The Role of the Pharmacist as Your Partner in Achieving and Maintaining Better Health
  • Julie Mowrer, Center for Community Engagement
    • UH Hilo’s GEER Grant: Starting a Bonner Program for Student Success
    • Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
    • Student Engagement
    • Teaching English Language Learners
  • Tracey Niimi, DKICP
    • DKICP Information and Admissions
    • Is the Pharmacy Profession Right for Me?
    • Digital Photography and Camera Basics
    • Videography: Creative Production with Purpose
    • Thing About Making Your Hobby More Than a Hobby?
  • Rebecca Ostertag, Biology
    • Restoration Ecology
    • Invasive Species
    • Long-term Forest Dynamics in Relation to Climate
    • Hawaiian Ecology and Natural History
    • Tropical Forest Ecology and Management
    • Hybrid and Novel Ecosystems
  • Karen Pellegrin, Pharmacy/Rural Health
    • Rural Health
    • Medication Management/Safety
    • Evidence-based Leadership
    • Evidence-based Strategic Management
  • Ryan Perroy, Geography & Environmental Science
    • Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death
    • Lava Flow Monitoring
  • Todd Shumway, Global Exchange
    • International Exchange at UH Hilo and its Impact on Students
  • Helen Tien, CoBE
    • Entrepreneurship in Hawai‘i
    • General Marketing
    • Specific Marketing Topics: Digital Marketing, Understanding Gen Z Consumers
    • Scaling Your Business in Hawai‘i
    • Career Development
  • Tarisi Vunidilo, Anthropology
    • • Museums and Repatriation Work (working as a Post Doc researcher to return 1,000 human remains back to the Pacific)
  • Tracy Wiegner, Marine Science
    • Sewage Pollution in Coastal Waters of Hilo