News Archives

Spring 2011

PhD student Cedar Louis winsJagdish Sharma Memorial Scholarship and RCUH Dissertation Completion Grant

Geography department PhD student Cedar Louis was awarded the first Jagdish Sharma Memorial Scholarship ($3000) for the study of South Asia. The award is named in honor of longtime UH professor Jagdish Sharma who recently passed away. Cedar also received a Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Dissertation Completion Grant ($10,000), which will allow her to focus exclusively on writing her dissertation.

PhD student Keith Bettinger awarded FLAS and Arts & Sciences Research Grant

Geography Department PhD student Keith Bettinger was recently awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to further his study of Bahasa Indonesian. He also recieved a University of Hawai'i Arts and Sciences Research Grant to help fund his dissertation research entitled Desentralisasi vs. Konservasi: An examination of the impacts of decentralization reforms on the effectiveness of large national parks in Indonesia.

MA student Laura Chen Allen Best Overall Oralist at International Environmental Law Moot Court

Geography department MA student Laura Chen Allen won the best overall oralist award in the final round of the International Environmental Law Moot Court competition held in Maryland over the break. Her team from the UH law school was the first runner-up in the competition, losing only in the final round to Law Society of Ireland. The case was a hypothetical lawsuit brought to the World Court by a developing country dependent upon coastal tourism and fishing against a developed country for compensation for marine environmental damages from an oil platform blowout in a transboundary gulf.

MA student Olivia Schubert wins Best Poster award

Geography department MA student Olivia Schubert won the Best Poster Presentation award at the recent Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium hosted by Zoology.

MA student Maggie Hirshen wins Arts & Sciences Research Grant

Geography Department MA student Maggie Hirshen just received an Arts & Sciences Research Grant to help her with her travel and laboratory research costs.

Donovan Preza Wins Norman Meller Research Award

Donovan Preza, currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography, won the 2011 Norman Meller Research Award. The award is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawai‘i in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. The award, which includes a $250 prize, is made possible by a bequest from Dr Norman Meller, a political scientist and founding director of the Pacific Islands Studies Program, who passed away in 2000. Donovan's thesis title was "The Empirical Writes Back: Re-examining Hawaiian Dispossession Resulting form the Mahele of 1848." The thesis argues that the Mahele of 1848, representing the establishment of fee-simple private property, was a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the dispossession of Hawaiians from land. It hypothesizes that the overthrow of 1893 was the sufficient condition for dispossession. Congratulations Donovan!

Professor Mary McDonald interviewed in the Wall Street Journal

Geography Department Associate Professor Mary McDonald was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the geography of the devastation following the Tsunami and earthquake in Japan. Professor McDonald is an expert on the social and economic geography of Japan. Watch the report here

Geography Department Affiliate Faculty Jim Maragos wins Career Award

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented its Rachel Carson award for scientific excellence to Jim Maragos, who is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Geography. Congratulations Jim! . More info..

In the Footsteps of Isabella Bird: Adventures in Twin Time Travel Exhibit Dates: February 1 to April 2, 2011. Admission free. Hawaii State Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu

The UH Geography Department hosts a photo show by Kyoto University geographer Kiyonori Kanasaka retracing the travels and writings of Englishwoman Isabella Bird. The exhibit will be at the Hawaii State Library, February 1 to April 2, 2011. Professor Kanasaka’s photographs and maps follow Isabella’s travels across many continents in the late 19th Century. Isabella Bird met great success with her 1875 book, The Hawaiian Archipelago: Six Months in the Sandwich Islands. King Kalakaua’s award to Isabella Bird and samples of her original letters from Hawaii are in this exhibit. Isabella Bird wrote about Colorado, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, China, Persia, and Ladakh, and was the first woman member of Britain’s Royal Geographical Society. Talk by Kiyonori Kanasaka, Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 11 am, reception following. “The Study of Isabella Bird and Twin Time Travel” Library hours: Mon, Wed 10 to 5, Tues, Fri, Sat 9 to 5, Thurs 9 to 8. Local Sponsors: Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Hawaii State Library, UH Geography Department, UH College of Social Sciences, UH Center for Japanese Studies. Images courtesy of National Library of Scotland and Hawaii State Archives.

Fall 2010

Geography Professor Ross Sutherland named Associate Dean

Congratulations to Ross Sutherland who was named Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences in August 2010.

PhD Student Jack Kittinger wins paper award at Coastal Society Conference

Congratulations are due to Jack Kittinger, who just received the Thomas E. Bigford Best Student Paper Award, from the Coastal Society's 22nd International Conference, 15 June 2010, Wilmington, NC. The title of the presentation was "Historical Reconstruction Reveals Recovery in Hawaiian Coral Reefs" This is probably the last student paper award Jack receives, as he is officially a PhD graduate, with all his paperwork signed. Great job, Jack! Congratulations! More info...

Geography Majors Helder DeCosta and Rhonda Suka awarded Fall 2010 Achievement Scholarships

The fall 2010 co-recipients of the Geography Achievement Scholarship are undergraduate majors Rhonda Suka and Helder Da Costa . These annual awards of approximately $1500 are given to outstanding department majors based on their GPA and academic achievement.