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Ocean scientist from Hawaii earns fellowship | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


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Source: Ocean scientist from Hawaii earns fellowship | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ocean-scientist-hawaii-earns-fellowship).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 20:15 hrs. UTC.

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Hawaii-born oceanographer Anela Choy was among five recipients of the 2016 For Women in Science Fellowship.  The Fellowship awards $60,000 grants “to exemplary female scientists to advance their postdoctoral research.”

Ms. Choy is postdoctoral fellow in biological oceanography and marine ecology at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.

Choy says her grant will further her research “into how food webs within the open ocean work, including how they are impacted by plastic pollution, fisheries and environmental change.”


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Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


If Gov. David Ige wants the Office of Mauna Kea Management to give up more than 10,000 acres, he’s going to have to talk to the agency first.

Source: Ige mum on land transfer; Mauna Kea board expresses frustration over proposal to shift acreage to DLNR | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-mum-on-land-transfer-mauna-kea-board-expresses-frustration-over-proposal-to-shift-acreage-to-dlnr).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Part of Hawaii Governor David Ige’s plan to reduce the number of telescopes on Mauna Kea was the transfer of more than 10,000 acres of land managed by the Office of Mauna Kea Management to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  That proposed transfer isn’t sitting well with the board of directors, who want to meet with the governor before the actual land transfer takes place.  Land management on the Mauna Kea summit has been in limbo since the start of a second contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Critics of the governor’s 10-point plan are questioning whether DLNR can do a better job protecting the cultural and natural resources of the mountain.  Currently, the University of Hawaii leases 11,288 acres of the mountain from the state as part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.

According to reporter Tom Callis, “It remains unclear if the 10-point plan, which also calls for the removal of three telescopes by the time the controversial TMT is built, will still be implemented if construction of the $1.4 billion project ever resumes.”


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Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A proposed biosecurity plan for the state seeks additional funding and increased cooperation between government agencies to stop the spread of invasive species.

Source: Working together will be the key; State’s biosecurity is responsibility of more than just one agency | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/working-together-will-be-key-state-s-biosecurity-responsibility-more-than-just-one-agency).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 12:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Scott Enright, the chairman of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, says his department can’t stop the damage done by invasive species by itself. That goal can only be attained if state agencies work together and convince shippers, producers, and retailers to thoroughly inspect products before they are shipped to Hawaii.

Enright says a new Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan address more than 150 “action steps” needed to prevent invasive species from reaching Hawaii “in the first place.”

The biosecurity plan would incorporate efforts by the University of Hawaii, the state Department of Health, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources into a single, unified approach to stopping invasive species before they arrive in Hawaii.


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HI-SEAS: One year later | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Six scientists will become the first to complete a yearlong Mars simulation in the United States when they exit a small dome Aug. 28 on Mauna Loa.

Source: HI-SEAS: One year later | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hi-seas-one-year-later).

Accessed on 21 August 2016, 15:59 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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The six scientist participating in the NASA Mars simulation project have spent nearly a year in the experimental habitat at the 8,200-foot elevation on Mauna Loa. When scientists venture outside the small dome to work on experiments, they wear full spacesuits to work in the Mars-simulated environment.

Communications with the outside world is delayed approximately 20 minutes to mimic the time lag between Earth and Mars.

Kim Binsted, the principal investigator for HI-SEAS says the mission of the experiment “is more focused on what the crew will do once they get there.” Binsted added that HI-SEAS will sponsor two more eight-moth simulations, with the next project beginning in January 2017.

Applications for the project can be found at http://www.hawaii.edu.


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UH regents OK tuition hike | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Students at Hawaii Community College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo will see modest tuition hikes in coming years.

Source: UH regents OK tuition hike | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/uh-regents-ok-tuition-hike).

Accessed on 22 July 2016, 15:16 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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On Thursday, 21 July 2016, the UH Board of Regents approved a three-year plan to raise tuition at UH-Hilo and Hawaii Community College and “caps increases at 2 percent systemwide.”

According to University of Hawaii spokesman Dan Meisenzahl, “students at every campus will see no increase in the first year.” During the second and third year, “HCC resident students will pay 2 percent more each year…UH-Hilo resident students will see 1 percent annual increases in the second and third years, equating to $72 more each year.”

While the tuition increase is most unwelcome to students and their families, Meisenzahl says UH officials are “doing everything to keep the costs down.”  Meisenzahl adds that “compared to the rest of the nation, our community colleges are a great deal…”

You can find a detail breakdown of tuition costs at http://www.tinyurl.com/UHTuition.


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Hard work, program propel woman to UH medical school | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Carrie Ip has a simple piece of advice for Big Island teens and children — work hard.

Source: Hard work, program propel woman to UH medical school | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hard-work-program-propel-woman-uh-medical-school).

Accessed on 27 June 2016, 16:38 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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Waiakea High School graduate Carrie Ip has some timely advice for students–work hard, persevere, and don’t lose sight of your goals.

Ms. Ip, whose single-mindedness to excel in school and to follow her immigrant parents’ dreams of finding a better life, has scored a rare opportunity to join the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s  John A. Burns School of Medicine, class of 2020.

Getting accepted into medical school is difficult, even if your academic record is excellent.  According to medical school representative Tina Shelton, “only 20 percent of roughly 300 Hawaii applicants each year are accepted.”

Ms. Ip also had help from the ‘Imi Ho’ola program, which offers conditional medical school admission upon successful completion of a baccalaureate program.  According to Shelton, “The program targets students from underserved backgrounds–either socially, economically or educationally–and encourages them to return to their home community to practice.”

Ip says she wants to pursue a career in pediatrics, “which is among the most in-demand specialties on the island.”  Ip wants prospective medical school students “to work hard and believe in themselves…push yourself and work hard…it is possbile.”


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ALARMING TREND: Survey shows nearly half of island’s high-schoolers have tried vaping


Source: ALARMING TREND: Survey shows nearly half of island’s high-schoolers have tried vaping (m.nvs.com/news/us/ALARMING-TREND-Survey-shows-nearly-half-of-islands-high-schoolers-have-tried-vaping-6391376.html).

Accessed on 10 June 2016, 15:41 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).

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A survey sponsored by the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Education shows almost half of the high school students on Hawaii Island have tried vaping/electronic cigarettes.

Data from the 2015 Hawaii State Youth Risk Behavior Study indicate that  45.1 percent of high-schoolers statewide and 48.7 percent in Hawaii County have tried electronic cigarettes, “a practice known as vaping.”

Hawaii Department of Health epidemiologist Ranjani Starr says, “I think, in general, this is an alarmingly high number…that’s half of all your high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and 29.5 percent, nearly a third of your high school students, are currently using electronic vapor products.”

Other topics surveyed in the annual report included “unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases; unhealthy dietary behaviors and physical inactivity…”


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