UH Manoa Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service
Service Award Winner
Sonia Campbell, the administrative, professional and technical (APT) award winner, has been a research associate in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering(MBBE), College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources since 1998. Her expertise, commitment and diligence to servicing the community are credits to the university.
As a research associate, Campbell is responsible for the operation and maintenance of sophisticated research instruments. This requires a significant amount of technical skill and knowledge of chemical structures.
Campbell is also the primary chemist working on contractual project between the university and the state Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office (HEER). The objective of the project is to determine and report on the toxicity of suspected samples submitted by HEER. She also assists them in developing methods for safely identify hazardous materials in the field.
"Campbell has consistently provided exceptional support for our office,"wrote Curtis Martin, the emergency response coordinator from the state Department of Health. "Her many contributions to conducting sample analysis under emergency and time demands have been a key factor in meeting emergency response requirements. It is comforting to know that someone of Campbell"s dedication and ability is prepared to support our mission of protecting public health and environment."
Even while making herself available to HEER 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Campbell remains focused on her work at the university. As manager of a laboratory, Campbell is responsible for daily operations such as waste disposal, laboratory safety and supply inventory. As an instructor, Campbell has been instrumental in the success of MBBE’s biotechnology workshops.
Campbell has co-authored technical reports, published several other reports on new analytical methods and made presentations at national international conferences. Her contributions have resulted in more than $460,000 of research grants.
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service honors Manoa staff members who demonstrate outstanding work performance, service and leadership. Criteria include record of competence and efficiency, exceptional contribution in the attainment of program objectives, creative solutions to difficult problems, integrity and dedication to the mission of a program.