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Miller Time 7 June 2021

Miller Time

The Home Garden Network creates a lounge area

No, you can’t crack open a cold one here. But if you’re in Miller Hall or nearby, and need a place to just hang out, then check out “The Korner.” Created by student interns of the Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Human Development and Family Studies program, The Korner is a free, open space area where students, faculty, and staff can meet new people and create networks, explains Sothy Eng. It’s available for anyone to study, have lunch, or sit and carry fun conversations with friends. “We also designed The Korner to spread the word about HDFS’ Home Garden Network (HGN), a meaningful community program, and all that it does with gardening and healthy lifestyles,” he says.

To build awareness of the lounge, students also made a brief but entertaining WELCOME VIDEO, and invite students to stop by.

“Our favorite part is all the plants that surround the lounge area,” say Emma Castro and Jamie Fujii. “It feels very welcoming and there is even a spray bottle to help water and take care of the plants, too. We hope it will help welcome students back to the UH Mānoa campus in the Fall.”

Fundraiser! 7 June 2021

Fundraiser!

T-shirt sales will benefit CTAHR student programs

If you’re a recent grad, not-so-recent grad, or just want to get involved, I’ll let you in on a little secret: The CTAHR Alumni Association and Friends. The recently re-formed group will support CTAHR student programs through fundraisers, volunteer opportunities, and connecting students to careers – and first up is a T-shirt!

The super-soft shirts are made in the USA, using an organic eco-friendly 50/50 material partly made from recycled plastic bottles. Order tees for the whole family HERE. All proceeds from the sales will go toward supporting CTAHR students and CTAHR student programming!

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).

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