UH students in Asia-Pacific Youth Science Exchange Forum in Okinawa

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.



EPIC Internship highlights

UHM students, Mercedes Bazzone (Asian studies undergraduate) and Adam Schuetzler (MA student, Japanese literature), partcipated in the Ehime Prefectural International Center (EPIC) this past summer. The main objective of their program was to foster friendship and understanding between Ehime and Hawai’i. Please see below some pictures from their trip:

Mercedes and Adam giving a presentation at the Suisan (Fishing and Aquaculture) High School in Uwajima.

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Congratulations Shane!

Mr. Shane Shibazaki (Japanese major) was selected as a recipient of the prestigious MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology) Japanese Studies Scholarship 2011-2012. He will be studying advanced Japanese and other courses for one year at Waseda University in Tokyo.  He was one of four students to receive the scholarship this year. The photo above is of Shane at the award ceremony. Congrats again!

63rd Japan-America Studies Conference

The Center for Japanese Studies, Japan-America Society of Hawai’i, and First Insurance Co. sponsored two UHM students to participate in the 63rd Japan-America Studies Conference this past summer.  Ms. Michelle Lau (undergraduate student, Management Information Systems major) and Mr. Kiah Gilbert (undergraduate student, Marketing & International Business major) participated in this program and gave their thoughts on the experience.

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