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UH-Hilo faces cutbacks: students, faculty protest proposal to eliminate courses.


Hawaii News Digest, 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC, Post #15765.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/uh-hilo-faces-cutbacks-students-faculty-protest-proposal-eliminate-courses

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).

Accessed on 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC.

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Comment”

A proposal to cut back and even eliminate some courses from the UH-Hilo curriculum isn’t sitting well with students and faculty.  Those attending an open-air meeting hosted by Hilo State Senator Gil Kahele opposed course reductions, especially the possible shut down of the school’s popular jazz orchestra.

Faculty members expressed their concerns to Kahele “about a lack of transparency by the administration and frustration over the proposal to slash course offerings.”

UH-Hilo interim chancellor, Marcia Sakai, told reporter Kirsten Johnson that state-imposed restrictions are impacting the UH-Hilo campus:

“resources available to UH-Hilo are lower this year” because a decline in tuition revenue and state restrictions on general fund appropriations.

Enrollment campuswide decreased 3.5 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year it’s gone down… (the) campus is facing about a $1.2 million decrease in tuition revenue to Academic Affairs — the unit that administers the budget for instructional departments — and a $350,000 decrease to Academic Affairs as a result of the state restrictions.”

Sakai said less revenue means “difficult decisions are being made across the entire university and are not limited to the Humanities division.”

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Birth control for rats


Hawaii News Digest, 10 October 2017, 1625 UTC, Post #15747.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/despite-gains-limiting-births-race-eradicate-rats-hawaii-far-over

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 10 October 2017, 1625 UTC.

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Comment:

Although University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH-Hilo) researchers have successfully reduced the birth rates of rats with infertility drugs, they say the experimental program “is just a single step in what likely will be a complex and lengthy effort to get rid of the bothersome invasive creatures.”

Researchers captured wild rats and fed them with non-toxic compounds designed to block sperm production in male rats and egg production in female rats.  Rats fed with the infertility drugs produced no offspring.  The  infertility drugs had to be readministered at frequent intervals to insure that no “pups” were born.

UH-Hilo researchers believe their efforts will be key in controlling the damage done by these rodents:

“Because they carry diseases that affect humans, such as rat lungworm disease, which is caused by a parasitic worm that can cause neurological harm. Rats also eat food crops including bananas, lychee, coconuts, coffee, sugar, pineapple and vegetables, according to the DLNR. They also eat or damage 5-10 percent of the Big Island’s macadamia nut crop.”

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Mauna Kea Speakers Series continues


Hawaii News Digest, 24 August 2017, 14:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15474.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/maunakea-speakers-series-continues

Accessed on 24 August 2017, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Anthropology professor Peter Mills will be today’s (Thursday, 24 August 2017) guest speaker at a public information forum to be held at 7 p.m. at UH-Hilo’s Science and Technology Building, Room 108.  The Mauna Kea Speakers Series is supported by The Office of Mauna Kea Management, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Mills will cover the following topics:

“Mills will present an overview of his work with geology professor Steve Lundblad in using nondestructive energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence to study the dispersal of ancient Hawaiian stone tools throughout the islands. Their work has helped define the role of the Maunakea adze quarry and other stone tool quarries in ancient Hawaiian economies, interisland voyaging and trade.”

“The lecture is free and on-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4 p.m.”

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What you need to know about rat lungworm disease


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC, Post #15414.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/ounce-prevention-what-you-need-know-about-rat-lungworm-disease

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Over the past 10 years, Hawaii Island has seen a rapid increase in the number of reported cases of rat lungworm disease.  Although the disease is preventable with a few simple precautions, some health officials feel not enough has been done to inform residents about the parasitic infection.

In an effort to increase public awareness of rat lungworm disease, Dr. Susan Jarvi, a professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Daniel Inouye College of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo, will present two public discussions of the disease at the Lyman Museum on Monday, 14 August 2017, 7-8:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, 3-4:30 p.m.  At these meetings, Dr. Javi

“will provide critical information about the rat lungworm parasite, including life cycle, disease carriers, exposure risk, diagnostic testing and proven prevention measures.”

“Jarvi’s lab focuses on understanding host-parasite relationships using the avian malaria/avian pox disease system as a model. Since 2012, the lab has focused more efforts on rat lungworm disease education and research.”

“She and colleagues founded the Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working group in 2012, and they have made considerable progress in promoting prevention of the disease through education and outreach, and research on infection levels in molluscs and rats, exposure levels in humans, prevention through vaccination, and improvement in human diagnostics.”

For more information on the program, please call 935-5021.

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UH-Hilo Chancellor leaving post


Hawaii News Digest, 13 July 2017, 04:00 hrs, UTC, Post #15314.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/uh-hilo-chancellor-leaving-post-0

Accessed on 13 July 2017, 04:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

It’s official.  UH-Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney will leave UH-Hilo to accept the position of vice president of planning and policy at UH-Manoa.

According to reporter Kirsten Johnson, Straney has done a lot since he took the chancellor’s job back in 2010:

“Straney has served as UH-Hilo chancellor since 2010. The UH says he’s helped improve graduation rates and increase the number of transfer students, Native Hawaiian students and science, technology, engineering and math students from the island’s community colleges.”

“The UH-Hilo has also reported declining enrollment during Straney’s reign. In April, the campus submitted an enrollment management plan that seeks to add about 300 students over the next five years. Most UH campuses have similarly reported enrollment drops in recent years.”

“Straney had said at the time he believed the Hilo campus needed to do a better job of attracting first-time freshman — particularly kamaaina — and retaining current students.”

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UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released $1 million from the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program to fund the fourth year of a climate change research…

Source: UH-Hilo science and technology program receives $1M in funding | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/03/uh-hilo-science-and-technology-program-receives-1m-in-funding).

Accessed on 04 October 2016, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

University of Hawaii at Hilo researchers and graduate students will be kept busy this coming year, thanks to a one-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The money will be used to support “the fourth year of a climate change research project undertaken by the University of Hawaii at Hilo…”  The project involves three research teams led by Patrick Hart, a professor in the Department of Biology.


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UH-Hilo eyes splitting up College of Arts and Sciences | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The University of Hawaii at Hilo might split up its College of Arts and Sciences next year, a move hoped to improve student retention and help combat lagging enrollment campuswide.

Source: UH-Hilo eyes splitting up College of Arts and Sciences | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/uh-hilo-eyes-splitting-up-college-of-arts-and-sciences).

Accessed on 23 September 2016, 16:50 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Comment:

Currently, the College of Arts and Sciences lists 63 degrees and programs that range from natural and health sciences to humanities and social services.

In the interest of improving student enrollment and retention, UH-Hilo officials want the large program divided into two separate programs–The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

UH-Hilo Chancellor Don Straney says the division would eliminate “administrative layers betweens deans and the departments” as well as “managing resources more effectively.”  If all goes as planned, the formal division would take effect in August 2017.


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