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New Summer II Class 7 June 2021

New Summer II Class

Sign up for Terrestrial and Marine Mammal Management

It’s not too late to add a course to your Summer II 2021 session load, and what better addition than “Topics in NREM: Terrestrial and Marine Mammal Regulation, Science, and Management” from the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Class #491/691 is appropriate for graduate students and upper-level undergrads studying natural resource and environmental management, biology, marine biology, environmental policy, or related fields.

Students will learn about applied terrestrial and marine mammal conservation and management principles, and the complex framework of regulatory, scientific, and often-conflicting stakeholder interests under which management and conservation actions are developed and implemented. Students will have the opportunity to learn directly from professionals in industry, state, and federal systems who are actively engaged in developing and implementing management plans and conservation programs.

Synchronous internet sessions will include interactive lectures with the professor and with leading industry professionals at state and federal agencies, marine mammal research and conservation organizations, and zoological and aquarium institutions.

Nancy Ebersole Johnson 7 June 2021

Nancy Ebersole Johnson

Nutritionist led the Dept. of Food and Nutrition for a decade

From South Dakota to Iowa to Wisconsin to Hawaiʻi and beyond, Nancy Ebersole Johnson enjoyed meeting colleagues with a focus on international nutritional problems. In May, she passed peacefully at age 95. The past chair of the Dept. of Food and Nutrition from 1986 to 1996, Nancy lived in Hawaii for 30 years, appreciating the beauty of the Islands. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the UH Foundation (Human Nutrition and Food Sciences). Read the full article in the Star Advertiser.

Spot On 27 May 2021

Spot On

An HDFS undergrad produces a truly great documentary

We’ve all seen it grow with each passing year. And we all know that Hawaiʻi’s houseless crisis isn’t going away anytime soon. But if you care to better understand its root causes – how close some of our friends might be to actually living on the street and how we might prevent it – then check out Bridging the Gap, A short documentary about Hawaiʻi's houseless crisis, by Brooke Fisher. “This project helped me understand the importance of Human Development and Family Studies to support our families and children as a form of preventative work,” says the HDFS undergraduate and worker in mental health and addiction services.

Society, Brooke argues, cannot function effectively and efficiently when such a large percentage of the population is either experiencing homelessness or facing multiple risk factors that lead to this status, such as inadequate wages and the high cost of living. Her hope is viewers will gain a better understanding of this problem to pave a path that will lead to more support for this population. 

“The material I learned in the classroom, combined with the hands-on experience working alongside this population, allowed me to recognize the cause and effect that occurs due to a challenging upbringing,” she says.

“I am so proud of Brooke, who worked tirelessly to create an informative and meaningful film to help us understand the potential root causes of Hawaii's houseless crisis,” adds Sothy Eng. “As she points out, if we don't spend more time investing in our families and our children, we will never be able to overcome this crisis.”       

Watch the full 9-minute Bridging the Gap. This project was funded by UHM's Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

Life Skills 27 May 2021

Life Skills

Urban Garden Center gets a helping hand from the Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge Academy

The hardworking faculty, staff, and volunteers of Oʻahu Urban Garden Center know first-hand the continuous commitment it takes to keep the place clean. But lately, the weeds have been mounting a comeback. So the O’ahu 4-H, a CTAHR program, reached out to the Hawaiʻi Youth Challenge Academy. Commandant Saifoloi Filisi graciously agreed to partner on several service projects at UGC – and the manpower they provided has been priceless. During four Saturdays in April and May, about 60 cadets volunteered and completed some of their community service hours. These young men and women, 16-18 years old, weeded plots and around crops, picked up trash, and weed-whacked the overgrown slope along the border of Home Depot and its parking lot. They even cleared overgrown plants surrounding a monkey pod tree that covered the bus drop-off area. The tree had been compromised and arborists were not able to see the base and roots of the tree until the plants were pulled out.

With their own two hands, the work done by these youths compared to the capacity that UGC faculty, staff, and volunteers could do over weeks and months. In fact, the weeded plots gives UGC new opportunities to have field days and to start new projects.

Jari Sugano noted she was most impressed with the cadets’ positive attitude, dedication in doing a good job, and commitment to attending to their school work in their down time. 

Cadets’ Experience

While working, the cadets told us about an aquaponics system at their facility and how they’re looking to build a butterfly house. When Extension agents heard this, they educated the cadets about cover crops, pests, weed management, and pollinators. Josh Silva showed them how a static hydroponics system works. The agents gave the cadets mint, lettuce, and crown flower branch cuttings for their gardens.

The cadets were very respectful and enjoyed being outdoors. Some expressed interest in coming back to volunteer or whether they could work at UGC. What I saw at the end of the day as they left in their bus was a sense of accomplishment, pride, and priceless expressions on their faces – something I cannot put into words. I look forward to one day seeing them back at UGC.

A Sense of Place 27 May 2021

A Sense of Place

FDM partners with Theater and Dance for designs in scenic locations

Using a computer to create clothing designs and then view them on a virtual mannequin? That’s exactly what students do in Fashion Design and Merchandising’s 2D/3D Computer-Aided Design class. But how would their outfits look on the runway, in a business office, or a variety of other settings? To find out, FDM 338 collaborated this past semester with Theater and Dance’s Advanced Scenic Design class on 3D fashion runway design projects. And the result? Watch the video to find out!
“This project was a wonderful endeavor for our students, as well as a fun and fulfilling experience to collaborate with Theater students,” says Ju-Young Kang. “Students loved seeing how their ideas ‘came to life’ by sharing their collections and trying out different runways. We encouraged them to add their own specific ideas, which made the endeavor even more exciting.”

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