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by Jessica S. McDunn, University Relations

Dr. Alissa Arp, HPU vice president for research and dean of the College of Natural Sciences, was this summer elected chair of the Women Leaders in Higher Education (WLHE) Hawai‘i Chapter and appointed president-elect of the Hawai‘i Academy of Science (HAS).

As WLHE chair, Arp will bring together women in leadership roles in Hawai‘i higher education to learn from and share with one another under the auspices of the American Council on Education’s Office of Women in Higher Education.

HAS is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Association of Academies of Science, the Academy of Applied Sciences, and Science Service. In her role as HAS president-elect, Arp will help direct the private, nonprofit organization, which promotes scientific research and education in Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region, most notably the Hawai‘i State Science & Engineering Fair, the oldest and largest science education program in the state.

As Vice President and Dean at HPU, Arp is implementing and will oversee an active research program and further the integration of HPU faculty and students with staff at Oceanic Institute. Most recently, she developed HPU’s new Master of Science in Marine Science degree developed increased extramural funding in support of faculty research at Oceanic Institute.

Prior to joining HPU, Arp served as director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University’s estuarine research laboratory. She also worked as a professor of biology at SFSU, where she was program director of National Institute of Health’s Minority Biomedical Research Support institutional award to SFSU.

Arp earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a post-doctoral associate at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A 25-year veteran in the marine sciences, she has explored the ocean floor during eight deep-sea dives in research submersibles to over 1.5 miles deep.




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