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quote from MRC Greenwood

November 2011

APEC Highlights

At the Board of Regents meeting, President M.R.C. Greenwood highlighted ways the university was showcased during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation week in Honolulu. These included:

Co-hosting partners and prospective partners in the Thirty Meter Telescope project planned for the Mauna Kea Science Reserve with Gov. Abercrombie at Washington Place. Representatives from the governments of several countries in Hawai‘i for APEC had a chance to get to know each other better while exploring the incredible potential of the TMT.

Signing of the joint statement of intent to work on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency throughout the Asia Pacific region by eight agencies—UH, PACOM, USAID, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Japan Council and NOAA. This was especially significant for those who heard Secretary of State Hilary Clinton discuss resiliency in the Pacific region as one key way the U.S. can maintain stability and prosperity during her speech the day before at the East West Center and high-level policy dialogue with APEC leaders that morning. UH has offered to house the beginnings of the program. UH Foundation staff and Executive Director Donna Vuchinich have been helping develop this and it promises to be a substantial feather in our cap as it takes shape and form.

Promotion of UH as part of Hawai‘i’s four pillars of economic excellence. University activities in Health and Life Sciences and Ocean/Earth/Sky were prominently displayed at the convention center, airport, Ala Moana Shopping Center, on Leaders Week TV and in various media supplements.

Activities of students, including 200 student volunteers and 16 APEC interns , some of whoom served as liaisons and interpreters for the Chinese, Russian and South Korean delegations. Olga Bogach, a graduate economics student, was the lead liaison between the Russian and U.S. APEC delegations for Leaders Week. Undergrad econmics student Kelly Park rode in the South Korean presidential motorcade and sat in on a bilateral meeting between Presidents Myung Bak Lee and Barack Obama.

Hosting a China Day lecture November 8 in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Overseas Mainland Chinese Association and the UH Chinese Students and Scholars Association.featuring Zhang Lijun, chair of the China APEC Development Council.

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Technology transfer preview

The president plans to update the Board on Regents on innovation and technology tranfser early in 2012. Some examples of activities already underway follow:

Renewable energy—Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources was awarded $6 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to increase Hawai‘i̵s energy security using locally produced renewable energy. The project will seek to develop high-yielding biofuel feedstocks that are economically viable and sustainable.

Childhood obesity—CTAHR was awarded a $24.8 million grant to develop food, nutrition and physical activity intervention, training, monitoring and evaluation systems, together with local communities, in order to guide sustainable children’s obesity prevention program and policy development in the Pacific region. The five-year competitive grant, the only one of its kind nationwide, was awarded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

High speed networks—The University of Hawai‘i is one of 29 universities and communities across the country that launched Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project. Gig.U seeks to accelerate deployment of ultra high-speed networks in the communities surrounding the nation’s leading research universities to drive economic growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as health care and education, that will in turn drive demand for higher speed networks to residences and businesses.