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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

For the third consecutive year, Johns Hopkins University has selected HPU as its sole Pacific site to host the Center for Talented Youth program, inviting nearly 200 exceptionally gifted 12-to 16-year-olds with the highest academic ability from Hawai‘i, the mainland, and all over the world to live and learn on the windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.

This year, the CTY program is taking advantage of HPU’s affiliation with the Oceanic Institute by offering two new courses: Oceanography: The Hawaiian Pacific and The Life Cycle of an Island: Hawai‘i.

“ What makes this program unique this summer is that we have been working with CTY since 2005 to develop a new oceanography curriculum that will be unlike any other across the country,” adds Dr. Jeffrey Philpott, HPU vice president of student affairs.

Over the two three-week sessions, five sections of the new oceanography class are being taught. Students will have hands-on experience aboard the HPU research vessel, RV Kaholo, collecting data in Kane‘ohe Bay, as well as at the Oceanic Institute’s research laboratories analyzing NASA satellite observations and field samples.

Dr. Chris Winn, HPU director of marine sciences and associate professor of oceanography, OI Director of communications and education Gary Karr, OI marine science education specialist Monica Traub, and Blade Shepherd-Jones (HPU ’06 B.S. in Marine Sciences and current Master of Education in Secondary Education student) are teaching portions of the course.

The oceanography class, modeled on first-year college oceanography courses, allows the participants to explore the unique marine life and marine ecosystems of Hawai‘i while learning how local residents struggle to balance economic and environmental concerns.

Students are conducting fieldwork at Hanauma Bay and Makapu‘u Point in addition to their visits to the Oceanic Institute.

Through field trip to various locations on O‘ahu, including He‘eia Fishpond, students in the life cycle class are learning about the geological formation of the island chain and the theories for how organisms crossed thousands of miles of ocean to colonize the islands.

For more information visit oceanicinstitute.org.





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