School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

SOEST Bulletin

Vol. 26, No. 15, April 16, 2015 (updated 4/17/15)

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 20

No events.

Tuesday, April 21

International Pacific Research Center discussion: Chunxi Zhang, Regional Atmospheric Modeling Specialist, UHM IPRC, Dynamical Downscaling of the Climate for the Hawaiian Islands--Present-day and Future Change, POST 414, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Dept. of Microbiology dissertation defense: Rebecca Prescott, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Microbiology, Water Quality Influences on Declining Coral Settlement from the Great Barrier Reef Region: Biofilms as Key Players, Crawford 115, 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Dept. of Ocean and Resources Engineering MS Plan B presentation and defense: Derek Linsley, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Ocean and Resources Engineering, Critical Design Review of the Iroquois Point Beach Stabilization Project, Holmes 400, 1:00 p.m. For more information please visit the department website.

Dept. of Ocean and Resources Engineering MS Plan B presentation and defense: Alexander Morgan Stephenson, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Ocean and Resources Engineering, Implementation of CMS for Fringing Reef Environments, Holmes 400, 3:00 p.m. For more information please visit the department website.

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences seminar: The department is featuring two speakers from their graduate program this week.

The seminars will be held in MSB 100 at 3:30 p.m. Please join us for coffee, tea, and cookies, 3:00-3:30 p.m., MSB lanai.

Thursday, April 23

Dept. of Oceanography (OCEAN 780) seminar: Sara Ferron-Smith, Postdoctoral Researcher, UHM Dept. of Oceanography, Metabolic Balance in the Upper Oligotrophic Ocean from in Situ O2/Ar Measurements, MSB 100, 3:00 p.m.

Water Resources Research Center seminar: Md. Rashed Chowdhury, Sr. Research Scientist, Pacific ENSO Applications Climate Center, UHM Joint Inst. for Marine and Atmospheric Research, The Importance of ENSO Information in Water Resources Management: Experience from the Pacific Islands and Bangladesh, POST 126, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24

No events.

Sunday, April 26

Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series: Craig Musburger, Founder of HD UnderH2O, Marine Biologist and Emmy Award Winning Underwater Cameraman, TBA, Hanauma Bay Education Center, 3:00 p.m. Public parking is $1.00/vehicle. Admittance to the lecture presentation will begin at 2:45 p.m. outside the entrance to the Education Center by the benches. Those who are attending the lecture presentation only and are admitted at this time by the Education staff will bypass the admission window. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m. Patrons attending ONLY the Educational Lecture will be given a special red "Hawaii Sea Grant" hand stamp that will allow access into the education alcove for the lecture but no access to the beach itself. The lecture will begin promptly at 3 p.m. Please note: anyone who wishes to go to the beach before the lecture, will be processed through the regular admission line and shall pay the admission fee of $7.50 (if you are not a Hawaii resident). These education programs are supported and funded by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information on UH Sea Grant Hanauma Bay Education Program events and activities, go to the online Calendar of Events.


3rd Annual Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students: UHM is holding its 3rd Annual Conference of Biological Oceanography Graduate Students (CBOGS) on Thursday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at C-MORE Hale Moore Conference Center.

This one-day, student-led conference will showcase current SOEST research in biological oceanography via 15-minute presentations by our grad students. It's a great opportunity to learn about work ongoing in our division, and one that we hope will promote communication, camaraderie and collaboration within the department, SOEST, UHM and beyond. More details including a schedule will be announced soon. We hope you can join us!

Spring 2015 UHM Faculty Lecture Series: Sharing Our Work and Knowledge: Makena Coffman, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will be the featured speaker for this lecture series. The title of her talk is Energy and Greenhouse Gas Policy in Hawaii. Dr. Coffman will give her talk on Tuesday, April 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hamilton Library 301. She will discuss the federal and state policies motivating renewable energy adoption in Hawaii as well as alternative scenarios to achieve higher levels of renewable energy, including economic and greenhouse gas impacts. This talk is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and UHM Library, Manoa Campus and is free and open to the public. For more information contact Sara Lee at 956-6130 or

Earth Day Festival: Come celebrate Earth Day at UHM! This free event will feature fifty community vendors/booths, giveaways, live music, sustainable food, vegan sample workshops, yoga, and ecstatic dance. Please join us on Wednesday, April 22, at the Legacy Path and Campus Center Courtyard, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. There will also be a live concert from 6:00-11:00 p.m. at the Campus Center featuring Mike Love, Sam Ites and Paula Fuga Trio, Paul Izak, ButterSideDown and the Luminaries with Jerome James. For more information please contact Kelsey Barrow at 265-6630 or

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop: The Fullbright U.S. Student Program will be sponsoring a workshop on Thursday, April 23, 12:00-1:15 p.m., Kuykendall 106. Learn about fully funded grants for study, research or English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries. All undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the Fulbright Program are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please register online at For more information contact the UHM Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Graduate Education at 956-6978,, or visit their website.

Behind the Scenes: Join the Waikiki Aquarium on Thursday, April 23, 3:00-4:15 p.m., as they host a behind the scenes look at what makes them run, from fish food to quarantine, and many stops in between. Climb-up and peer into the backs of the tanks and see how exhibits are created. Visit the coral farm and the Jelly Hale, where sea jellies are raised. Minimum age 8 years and youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. Accessibility is limited. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $16/adult $12/child ($10/$8 for members). For more information contact Karen Izumi at 440-9011 or

8th Annual Mentoring Conference Call for Proposals: The Mentoring Institute at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is now seeking proposals for the 2015 mentoring conference: New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation. The 8th annual conference will be held on Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October 23 at the Student Union Building (SUB) situated on UNM's main campus in Albuquerque, NM.

We invite faculty, staff and students of higher education, researchers, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to join us in a rich mix of conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

We are particularly keen to receive proposals that are informative and relevant to the field of developmental relationships, those which are supported by theory and research, and which demonstrate ideas that are applicable to the conference theme. The term "developmental relationship" includes, but is not limited to: mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship.

We are interested in presentations based in the following fields: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Arts & Humanities, Business & Government, Health Sciences, and Education. With this in mind, we seek proposals that accomplish any of the following.

Interested participants can submit an abstract and view presenter requirements online. Deadline for abstract proposals is Friday, May 15, 2015. Notifications for submission acceptances will be send out by May 29, 2015.

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