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Ahupua‘a, and Keep It That Way! 15 March 2019

Ahupua‘a, and Keep It That Way!

If you’re interested in finding out more about and preserving the ahupua‘a system, Hawai‘i’s unique form of land-use from mauka to makai, check out these one-year fellowships in ahupua‘a management for UH students. Beginning in Summer 2019, students will join a diverse team of UH faculty, natural resource professionals, and cultural and community groups engaged in restoring several Hawaiian ahupua‘a.

It’s Magic 6 March 2019

It’s Magic

FDM faculty Minako McCarthy accompanied 10 FDM students to the twice-yearly couture trade show extravaganza MAGIC 2019 in Las Vegas. Students attended  seminars with speakers from Cotton Inc, Tukatech, Volcom, American Apparel, Pantone, WGSN, and many others. This was a great educational trip for them, giving inspiration for their future creations and projects as well as plenty of information about the industry.

Present and Be Present 22 February 2019

Present and Be Present

Whether you want to learn a little about a whole lot of new scientific research or share your in-depth expertise on a particular topic, the place to be is the 31st Annual Student Research Symposium, and registration is now open! This year’s program emphasizes communication to general audiences while serving as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of scholarly information.

How to Talk to a Non-Scientist 22 February 2019

How to Talk to a Non-Scientist

CTAHR graduate students held the 2nd Annual Plant Sciences Symposium on February 8, this year focused on science communication. It examined how scientists communicate with the public and offered tools on how to become better communicators in the morning, and told the story of ‘Rainbow’ papaya in Hawai‘i in the afternoon. Facilitated by M’Randa Sandlin (TPSS), the Symposium featured experts in science communication and on GM foods and technologies from Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, and O‘ahu. 

In the morning session on science communication, panelists stressed the importance of cultivating trust, taking a neutral position, and allowing people to come to their own conclusions once they had been given accurate information. 

The afternoon session explored the specifics of ‘Rainbow’ papaya, its creation and its impact on Hawai‘i farmers and consumers. Panelists for the “Case Study of Genetically Engineered Papaya” included Steve Ferreira (PEPS), Richard Manshardt (TPSS), Ken Kamiya (Kamiya Farms), and Ted Radovich (TPSS), who took time out from his sabbatical leave to participate. Non-GMO papaya are vulnerable to the Papaya Ringspot Virus(PRSV), a disease which was devastating local papaya production and the farmers’ livelihood, so UHM researchers created a genetically modified papaya which is resistant to this virus. Its impact has been significant, reinvigorating local papaya production. Prominent papaya farmer Ken Kamiya enthused, “‘Rainbow’ papaya saved our butts!”

Attendees of the symposium, primarily scientists, reported that thetopics discussed during this symposium would help them to become better science communicators. A recording of the full symposium can be found here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aJlsw-BXa8JsX2WEmY-6DfGtPfxc3HrM/viewCongratulations go to the CTAHR students for putting together a successful and engaging symposium!

Awards…by Students and for Students 14 February 2019

Awards…by Students and for Students

CTAHR is now seeking nominations for two awards: the Ka Pouhana (Mentor) Award, which recognizes a CTAHR faculty member for their outstanding support of student learning and development through co-curricular activities, and the Ka Hana Po‘okela CTAHR Service Award, which recognizes an active member of a student organization who has made outstanding contributions to that organization or to the community.

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