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quote from MRC Greenwood

January 2011

Innovation symposium is a success

I’d like to thank everyone who attended and helped put together our E Kamakani Noi‘i innovation symposium held Jan. 13–14. We had a tremendous turnout and we continue to receive very positive feedback from people who attended.

As you know, at the symposium I presented the recommendations of our advisory council on innovation and technology advancement on what the University of Hawai‘i needs to do to create the 21st century capability for innovation and technology transfer.

An implementation plan will be developed based on the symposium discussions and the feedback we receive. I’d like to thank the advisory council for the time and effort they put into this.

As I said at the symposium, we know what we need to do to move forward, and the time is now. I’m very excited by the support expressed by the national experts and local business and government leaders who attended our symposium, and I am sure we will have more exciting developments to share with you in the coming months.

Speaker summaries, video of their presentations and supporting slides are available online.

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UH Hilo News

Katarina Edmonds and Kauanoe Kamana in cap and gown

Hilo awards first doctorates

UH Hilo presented its first two doctorates in Hawaiian and indigenous language and culture revitalization during fall commencement last month. The honors went to Kauanoe Kamana, right, the first student of Native Hawaiian ancestry to receive a PhD from Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, and Katarina Edmonds, a Maori educator from New Zealand.

Edmonds, who specializes in language proficiency assessment, completed the doctoral program in December 2008. She was unable to attend commencement ceremonies at that time, so she was honored along with Kamana at this fall’s commencement.

Read the news release.