Herman Frazier was named the Manoa athletic director at a press conference on
June 21. Frazier, a former Olympic athlete, will be leaving the University of
Alabama Birmingham to head the UH program beginning in August. Read
more about Frazierd.
Funds May Reach Quarter-Billion Mark
UH appears to be headed for another record year in extramural funding. Total
revenues may surpass $250 million. The UH system received $207 million in research
and training grants from national and other sources by May 15a 14 percent
increase over the same period last year. According to unofficial tallies, another
$31 million has come in, and administrators report a lot of activity in the
closing weeks of the fiscal year. Total for 2001 was $216 million.
Among the 1,375 projects funded by May 15a 15 percent increase in number
of awardswere $17 million in new grants at the John A. Burns School of
Medicine and the $10 million contract to operate the Maui Supercomputer for
the U.S. Air Force. The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is
the top grant-winner at $48 million, and UH Hilos growing research enterprise
has reached nearly $6 million.
$150 Million in UH Bonds Sold
On the first day the bonds were available, the University of Hawaii sold
$150 million in Board of Regents University Bonds Series 2002A at a true interest
cost of 5.091 percent. The proceeds from the bond sale will be used to finance
Phase I of the universitys Health and Wellness Center Project.
The demand for these bonds were strong at both the national and state
level, with exceptionally strong demand from Hawaii retail investors as
$50 million of the bonds were purchased directly by Hawaii investors,
said Governor Ben Cayetano.
This sale demonstrates that the university has the solid fiscal foundation
we need for the future. Support from the state and the governor has been terrific,
said President Evan Dobelle. More
Fish Population Increasing
in Protected Areas
involved with the West Hawaii Aquarium Project are reporting a substantial
increase in reef fish populations in protected fish replenishment areas along
the western coastline of the Big Island. The heavily collected yellow tang,
which makes up more than half of all aquarium fish caught in Hawaiian waters,
is no longer decreasing in these areas. However, there continues to be a decline
in open, non-protected areas.
Nine replenishment areas were created in January 2000, prohibiting aquarium
fish collecting along 35 percent of the West Hawaii coastline. Researchers
gathered data on marine animal life found prior to and after the closure of
the replenishment areas. They have been monitoring these areas to investigate
the effectiveness of marine protected areas and to assess the impact on aquarium
fish collecting in West Hawaii.
This is great news because our research shows that if we protect areas
in the ocean, fish populations will rebound, said Michael Hamnett, program
director for the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative Research Program. More