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Golf tournament benefiting HPU students: Deadline to register Wednesday, July 30
The American Resort Development Association’s Hawaii Chapter will host its Tenth Annual golf tournament on Friday, Sept. 19, donating the proceeds to the HPU Steve Hirano Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Management students at the university. Deadline to register a team is Wednesday, July 30. Click here for news story and more information.

Graduate Marine Science program expands
HPU is expanding its successful Marine Science program, giving students a new option to prepare for careers in the field. The Master of Science in Marine Science program has added a non-thesis, Applied Track, focusing on technical skill development; candidates are still being considered. Click here for news story and more information.

UB 200 & 201 (1164 Bishop) temporary office locations: Renovations from July 28-Aug. 8
From July 28-Aug. 1, UB 200, which is the suite for the International Student Services Office and Study Abroad & International Exchange Programs will be re-carpeted. UB 200 will be temporarily relocated to UB 209 during that time. From Aug. 4-8, UB 201, which is the suite for the Financial Aid Office will be re-carpeted. Students should go to UB 210E for Financial Aid assistance during that time.

Faculty Information and Training Day: Thursday, Aug. 28
Faculty Scholarship Day will not be held for the Fall 2014 semester and will resume in Spring 2015. Save the Date of Thursday, Aug. 28, 9 a.m.-noon, Hawaii Loa Campus, for Faculty Information and Training Day. More information and details forthcoming in mid-August.  


Chemistry faculty publish research in recently released book
Lei Wang, Ph.D., (corresponding author) and Yongli Chen, Ph.D., wrote chapter seven in the recently published book “Protein Aggregation in Bacteria,” working with colleagues from Harvard University and ETH Zurich. The group’s research helps to understand the mechanism of protein misfolding. This is significant to the treatment of illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

Advances made on potential new feed for shrimp broodstock
The research team of Oceanic Institute of HPU Shrimp Department Director Dustin Moss (BS ’97), Ph.D., and Research Technician Cassandra Turner (BS ’13, MSMS student) and HPU Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Unabia, Ph.D., received recognition in “Shrimp News International” for their work funded by the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture. The group has successfully identified and cultured a local marine worm species, which appears to be a suitable feed for shrimp broodstock. Click here for the news report.    

Professor of Management elected to Hawaii Society of Business Professionals Board
Susan Fox-Wolfgramm, Ph.D., is the Vice President of University Relations for the Board of Hawaii Society of Business Professionals, a professional membership organization. Its members represent a wide spectrum of Hawai‘i businesses, and the organization offers a monthly lunch program, featuring leaders who speak on current issues.    

HPU alumni part of Hawaii Business magazine leadership conference panels
Marko Miljkovic (BSBA International Business ’01, MBA ’02), Servco Pacific Inc. Floor Manager, and Gordon Bruce (MBA ’00), Pacxa CEO, were among the business leaders invited to present at this inaugural conference held on July 15. Miljkovic, who came to HPU on an athletic scholarship to play basketball, participated in the panel, “Sustaining Leadership: Blending Wisdom with New Ideas.” Bruce, who came to Hawaii in the 70s to prepare for the launch of ATM installations at a local bank, spoke on the panel, “Manager vs. Visionary.” Photos posted here.      

In The
This section is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of HPU people and programs nd stories of interest to the university. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique.

Assistant Professor of Public Health interviewed about his recently released research (Science)
Christian Gloria, Ph.D., is the first author of a recently released journal article. The study results of 200 University of Texas Austin postdocs, [79% of whom work in the sciences], suggest that “postdocs who experience high levels of positive emotions are less likely to suffer from stress-associated anxiety or depression than other postdocs. …” More…

Professor of Hospitality/Tourism Management on record Hawaii hotel revenues (KITV)
“May was a record month in terms of [Hawaii] hotel revenue, [according to Hospitality Advisors LLC]. ‘…Hopefully we don’t price ourselves out of the market. … I feel you can get the money today but we do not want to give people the impression that Hawaii is too expensive,’ says Hawaii Pacific University Professor Jerry Agrusa.” More…

Department Chair of Communication joins this discussion on the CD1 race (Civil Beat)
Listen to Professor John Hart, Ph.D., in this podcast, discussing with Chad Blair and Nathan Eagle of Civil Beat the race for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District seat. More…


Thursday, July 31 – ThinkTech Hawaii’s Global Connections:  ‘Let’s Cry for Argentina’
Carlos Juarez, Ph.D., professor of political science and host, is joined by Patrick Bratton, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, to talk about Argentina. Bratton has just returned from presenting a conference paper in Buenos Aires, and Juarez, an expert on Latin America, will help him explore and reflect on the puzzle of Argentina’s social, political and economic development. 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. The show streams live with links at www.thinktechhawaii.com, with a YouTube file saved under Archives.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Master of Science in Marine Science (MSMS) thesis presentation
Kelly Ratana will present “Two Sciences: towards developing an integrated bioassessment for Hawaiian stream mouth estuaries.” 2 p.m.-3 p.m., HLC, AC 102E. Click here for full listing.

HPU ‘Ohana Today publishes Tuesday. Submit your news, milestones and events to ohanatoday@hpu.edu.

HPU Vol 3. Issue 45
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