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UH Manoa Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service

Service Award Winner

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Patricia Macomber

Patricia Macomber, the administrative, professional and technical employee winner, is an academic support specialist for the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Managementon the Big Island. The department advocates environmental and public health issues through education.

Macomber is recognized by her colleagues and community for her study of rainwater catchment systems management. Rainwater catchment is a critical health issue for approximately 60,000 people who depend on the tanks as their primary source of water. Catchment system users risk ingesting pathogens, heavy metals and chemical toxins. Macomber worked with the HAPPPI program, the Department of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a public education program about catchment system risks and solutions. She established a procedure for testing water for bacterial contamination, and assisted with the production of bacteria test kits. Macomber published "Guidelines on Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawai‘i," which has been distributed to the Department of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Macomber continues to advocate the importance of rainwater catchment by sharing information with local residents, mainland interests and overseas. She contributes greatly to the college, department and community, making her a valuable asset to the university.

The University of Hawai‘i 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.