Two UH students have been invited to participate, expenses paid, in the Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa September 23-26, 2011. The students are Kekaihala`i Avilez, undergraduate double-major in Hawaiian Language and Molecular Cell Biology, and Sean MacDuff, a graduate student in the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) program, working on a doctorate degree in coral reef biology and management. They will join roughly 50 other students and experts from Japan and various Pacific nations to look at problems facing the Pacific in the next 50 years and suggest ways to face these issues. Another UHM alumnus, Dr. Jack Kittinger, also from the the EECB program and now a post-doctorate fellow at Stanford University, will join the group as a panel member.
The forum, co-sponsored by the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) and the University of the Ryukyus. aims to: (1) Strengthen ties between Okinawa and island communities across the Asia-Pacific; (2) Develop Okinawa as a “center of international exchange in science and technology,” and (3) Foster the development of human capital in Okinawa.
UH President M.R.C. Greenwood and Hawaii Governor Abercrombie will be visiting OIST and the University of the Ryukyus next month.