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UH researchers recognized by Board of Regents for scholarly contributions to students and the community

University of Hawaiʻi
Arlene Abiang, (808) 956-5637
Mia Noguchi, (808) 956-9095
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Aug 17, 2005

HONOLULU — The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents have selected UH researchers Bruce Chorpita, Sohn Ho-min and Paul Lucey as the recipients of the 2005 Regents‘ Medal for Excellence in Research. The award recognizes their scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

Bruce Chorpita is an associate professor of psychology at UH Mānoa. Chorpita is a recognized national leader of research, policy and practice related to the implementation of current clinical practice technologies for children. His work focuses on understanding the nature of anxiety disorders in youth as well as developing innovative ways to analyze existing research to benefit professional practice and policy. These efforts have resulted in the development of new service delivery platforms for scientifically tested intervention strategies.

Ho-min Sohn is a professor with the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at UH Mānoa. Sohn is a world renowned scholar on the Korean language. His book, The Korean Language, is hailed as the best and most accessible book on Korean ever translated into English. He also established Korean language M.A. and Ph.D. programs at Mānoa, the first in the world outside Korea, which made it possible to train a new generation of scholars.

Paul Lucey is a researcher at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at UH Mānoa. Lucey‘s work bridges many disciplines, from the engineering task of developing new instruments, to the scientific world of data analysis. Lucey is one of the major players in the realm of building imaging spectrometers to fly on aircraft, spacecraft and the International Space Station. One of his recent notable successes is the development of a highly innovative camera that will fly on the International Space Station to map the global distribution of coral reefs.

Recipients of the 2005 Regents‘ Medal for Excellence in Research will be recognized for their contributions to the university along with other UH award winners at a system-wide ceremony in September.

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