Manifest our 90th anniversary
Born in 1907 with a faculty of 13, the University of Hawai'i has grown into a world-class research university. Along the way, we recruited Nobel laureate Georg von Békésy from Harvard and became the first institution with back-to-back winners of the coveted International Prize in Biology-reproductive biologist Ryuzo Yanagimachi for developing techniques that made in vitro fertilization possible and cellular biologist Ian Gibbons for explaining how cellular motors work. Here is a sampling of highly acclaimed academics now on our faculty.
The King of Sweden presented his country's International Inventors Award to James Brewbaker for horticulture advances implemented throughout the tropics. Anthropologist and Polynesian voyaging specialist Ben Finney has received medals from Russia's Tsiolkovsky Space Museum, Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation and the French University of the Pacific. Physicist Klaus Sattler has received awards from Germany's Physical Society and National Science Foundation. Singapore awarded the Public Service Star to Stephen Yeh, who consults on housing and urban development policy.
Chrysler Corporation named Leeward Community College Associate Professor Eric Pang top service technician for North America. Windward Community College aerospace lab founder Joseph Ciotti was named National Aerospace Educator of the Year. Hilo mushroom and mollusk expert Don Hemmes received Mycological Society of America, Smithsonian Institution and Conchologist of America awards. Marshall Johnson's contributions to integrated pest management were recognized by the Entomological Society of America. Chemist Robert Liu received National Science Foundation Creativity and National Institute of Health MERIT Awards.
Emeritus Professor Paul Scheuer is the acknowledged pioneer in identifying potential medicinal substances from marine sources. Oceanographer David Karl was among the first to discover unusual new microbes living at deep-sea hot springs. Electrical engineer Shu Lin developed coding techniques used in the Pioneer 9 solar orbit space mission. Journal of World History editor Jerry Bentley helped establish world history as a new field. Hilo geographer Thomas Paradise has expanded understanding of sandstone weathering in the Middle East. John Mahoney is helping explain the origin and nature of the suboceanic mantle. Emeritus Professor Haruyuki Kamemoto was inducted into the Floriculture Hall of Fame for developing the two dozen varieties that form the backbone of the orchid industry in Hawai'i and Asia.
Cynthia Ning's three-volume set of first-year materials for teaching Mandarin is used in more than a hundred schools and universities in the United States, Europe and Asia. The first textbook on the subject of animal cognition was Herbert Roitblat's Introduction to Comparative Cognition. Sociologist Hagen Koo's State and Society in Contemporary Korea is widely used in college courses on East Asia. James Gaines developed the study guide that accompanies a major textbook on introductory physics.
Emeritus Plant Physiologist Ernest Akamine's 1951 paper on tropical seed storage is still a standard reference. Emeritus Professor Klaus Wyrtki's 1975 paper on the El Niño atmosphere phenomenon is the most widely cited paper ever published in the Journal of Physical Oceanography. An article by astronomer Antoinette Songaila-Cowie was the fourth most cited space paper published during 1994.
East-West Philosophers' Conference former director Eliot Deutsch presided over the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy. Nina Etkin is president of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology and editor in chief of Reviews in Anthropology. Jaw-Kai Wang, founder and past president of the Aquaculture Engineering Society, is a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, Rockefeller Foundation and World Bank. Anthropologist Leslie Sponsel chairs the American Anthropological Association's Commission for Human Rights.
Roger Ames is executive editor of China Review International. Robert Blanchard edited the Academic Press series Advances in the Study of Aggression. Anthony Marsella is senior editor of two encyclopedias of psychology. Randall Roth is editor in chief of Encyclopedia of Financial and Estate Planning. Robert Kiste founded Contemporary Pacific: A Journal of Island Affairs. Among those serving on editorial boards are Tom Brislin, Journal of Mass Media Ethics; Michael Shapiro, Public Culture, Body and Society and Theory & Event; Charles Weems, Prostaglandins and three other journals; and Chung Lee, several journals and a Stanford UniversityEast-West Center series on contemporary issues in Asia and the Pacific.
The Joint Oceanographic Institutions named Brian Taylor one of four distinguished lecturers for 199394. Rodey Batiza was a charter member of the RIDGE Steering Committee overseeing mid-ocean ridge research explorations. David Callies participated in Sum and Substance, taped lectures by law professors considered the best in their fields.
Entomologist Lee Goff manages the National Chigger Collection. Urban planner Karl Kim maintains the national vehicle crash data base. Engineer David Yun compiles and analyzes all U.S. research on electric vehicles.
Former minister of petroleum and natural resources for Pakistan M. Asad Khan chairs that country's international advisers. Mark Ridgley has been a consultant to the World Bank, European governments and private industry on environmental policy and resource management. Planner Kem Lowry Jr. has worked on coastal management projects in Asia, the Philippines and Hawai'i. Andrew Mason's synthesis of population and economics has influenced thinking about long-term trends in economic growth and wealth. Michael Douglass writes extensively on globalization and urbanization of the Pacific Rim.
Yasumasa Kuroda organized international conferences attended by top political leaders from three continents. International communications expert Majid Tehranian co-directed institutes in Tehran, London and Tokyo. Futurist James Dator directs the Space and Society Department of the International Space University, which is headquartered in France. Food technologist James Moy has helped establish food irradiation procedures in Latin America and Asia. Among the most traveled visiting professors from UH are Philippine politics expert Belinda Aquino (Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand) and physicist Sandip Pakvasa (Japan, Australia, India and the U.S. Mainland).
Civil engineer H. Ronald Riggs receives continual attention for his work in hydroelasticity, structural dynamics and analysis of offshore structures. Harry Yamamoto is cloning the gene for a photosynthesis-regulating enzyme that he discovered and purified. Plant pathologist Wen-Hsiung Ko generated important basic knowledge about soil microbiology and fungal physiology.
Still a young investigator, David Bercovici has already received accolades for describing the dynamics of the Earth's mantle and lithosphere. Meteorite expert Edward Scott heads a continuing effort to explain the origins of carbonates found in a Martian meteorite. Geophysicist Michael Bevis has developed a technique for using geodetic global positioning system (GPS) to study the motion of the Earth's crust. Geographer Nancy Davis Lewis is investigating the relationship between climate change and disease in the Pacific Islands.
Margo Edwards' Hawai'i Mapping Research Group fabricates sonar system mapping equipment for the Navy, private industry and researchers. Engineer Junku Yuh develops underwater robotic technology for exploration and commercial operations in the deep ocean. Chemist Garry Rechnitz has received his second National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award for developing biosensors, highly sensitive measuring devices that incorporate electronics with living cells.
Works by artist Kenneth Bushnell are in permanent collections in several museums and the Library of Congress. Shows mounted by art gallery director Thomas Klobe have received exhibition design awards. Spencer Leineweber is the only architect from Hawai'i to win the National Award of the American Institute of Architects (for the Hawai'i Plantation Village).
Aurora Hodgson received awards from Hawai'i, the Philippines and the United Nations for contributing to safety in food processing and export. The dairy industries of Thailand and the Philippines expanded thanks to research on heat stress in cattle done by Emeritus Veterinarian Robert Nakamura. Professor Emeritus Mildred Sikkema helped improve social work schools in Asia and the Philippines. Libby Ruch's research shed light on social and psychological trauma from treatment related to sex assault.
John Stephan's six books on Russo-Japanese relations have been translated into Russian or Japanese. The latest of eight tomes by Michael Speidel describes the Roman cavalry. Kathy Ferguson has authored five books, the most recent a study of the military in Hawai'i from a feminist perspective. Other respected authors include Alvin So (economic and democratic issues in Asia), Robert Locke (comparison of management models in the U.S., Germany and Japan), Isabella Abbott (marine algae of California and traditional Hawaiian plant uses) and E. Alison Kay (marine mollusks and shells).
News agencies across the nation seek comment from Meda Chesney-Lind, on women and crime, gangs and youth delinquency; Asia expert Dru Gladney, ethnic minorities in China; psychologist Elaine Hatfield, psychology of love and emotions; poet and Hawaiian scholar Haunani-Kay Trask, indigenous people's rights and sovereignty; and psychologist Louis Herman, dolphin cognitive behavior.
Playwright Vilsoni Hereniko has gained exposure for Pacific literature in print, on stage and on film. Terence Knapp's production, Damien, was carried to audiences worldwide. Judy Van Zile penned Japanese Bon Dance in Hawai'i.
Honored for his pro bono work challenging U.S. detention of Japanese Americans during World War II, Eric Yamamoto is co-directing development of law school curriculum on internment, reparations and civil rights. Brian Murton is involved in Treaty of Waitangi claims research in New Zealand.
Mental health expert Albert Robillard's experience with
disability launched scholarly work on living with paralysis and the role of the body in social interaction. Karen Joe Laidler's studies draw an accurate picture of crime, drug use and delinquency in the Asian Pacific American community. Civil rights expert Judy Weightman's award-winning documentary explores racism, heroism, prejudice and loyalty from the view of Hawai'i's Japanese-American soldiers and Holocaust survivors.
Featured faculty in alphabetical order
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