School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

SOEST Bulletin

Vol. 25, No. 48, November 26, 2014

Calendar of Events

Monday, December 1

No events.

Tuesday, December 2

International Pacific Research Center Symposium: Kohei Okuhara, Visiting Scientist, UHM IPRC and Tokyo Metropolitan University, Westerly Wind Bursts and Their Relationship with ENSO, IOD, POST 414, 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 3

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute seminar: Fauziah Sulaiman, Associate Professor, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Oil Palm Wastes: A Sustainable Option for Value Added Products, POST 121, 10:30 a.m.

Hawaii Inst. of Geophysics and Planetology seminar: Jonathan Weiss, Graduate Assistant, UHM Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Geodetic Observations of Megathrust Earthquakes and Backarc Wedge Deformation Across the Central Andes, POST 544, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences seminar: Malte F. Stuecker, Graduate Assistant, UHM Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, A Combination Mode of Annual Cycle and the El Nino-Southern Oscillation: Genesis, Impacts, and Attribution of Air/sea Coupling, MSB 100, 3:30 p.m. Please join us for coffee, tea, and cookies, 3:00-3:30 p.m., MSB lanai.

Thursday, December 4

Dept. of Oceanography thesis defense: Adam Jenkins, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Oceanography, Oblique Internal Tide Generation by Idealized Topography, POST 723, 3:00 p.m.

Dept. of Oceanography seminar: Robert R. Bidigare, UHM Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology, The Great Hawaii Molasses Spill of 2013, MSB 100, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 5

Dept. of Oceanography thesis defense: Kelly Pearson, Graduate Student, UHM Dept. of Oceanography, A Seaglider's View of Hawaiian Water Properties, MSB 114, 1:30 p.m.

Dept. of Geology and Geophysics TGIF seminar: James Foster, Associate Researcher, UH Hawaii Inst. of Geophysics and Planetology, TBA, POST 723, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 6

Hanauma Bay Education Program special event: Keiki Crafts and Activities Day at Hanauma Bay, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Join us for a fun day of making holiday crafts and playing educational activities for the keiki. Admission is free to Hawai'i residents that present a valid photo ID. The non-resident fee is $7.50. Parking for all vehicles is $1.00.

Sunday, December 7

Hanauma Bay Educational Lecture Series: This week's speakers are as follows.

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.


Changes in Federal Grants Policy: The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) reform of federal grants policy takes effect on December 26, 2014. The Office of Research Services (ORS) held an OMB Uniform Guidance (UG) and Implementation session on Nov. 18, 2014 to provide PIs, FAs and Project Staff with information on the major changes of OMB's UG and to answer questions. If you were unable to attend the session, ORS has posted a video recording of the session online. ORS has also posted slides and handouts that were used during the session.

Everyone should take the time to watch this presentation. ORS Compliance created tools that will help understand the changes to the federal regulations that guide us and how they will specifically impact us in the very near future. Please email ORS Compliance Manager Dawn Kim if you have any questions regarding this session.

Why are Some Countries Better at Science and Technology than Others? The State of the Debate: The East-West Center Research Program is sponsoring a talk titled, Why are Some Countries Better at Science and Technology than Others? The State of the Debate, by Mark Zachary Taylor on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00-1:00 p.m., in John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor). Dr. Taylor is currently an Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in the politics and economics of science, technology, and innovation.

This talk will survey the state of the debate over the political-economy of national innovation rates. It begins with a summary of recent research on the role of national institutions and policies in fostering scientific progress and technological change. Country specialists and national systems scholars have shown that a variety of institutions and policies can be effective, but there is no consensus on precisely which ones to prescribe. A second set of researchers has identified certain kinds of international networks that may be just as important as domestic institutions and policies for acquiring national S&T capabilities. A third avenue of recent research suggests that perhaps the most important causal variables are national security concerns, economic crises, and natural resource constraints. The empirical evidence suggests that particular combinations of these three variables appear to motivate elites to pursue (or eschew) competitive national S&T capabilities. This talk will briefly summarize the key findings and points of intersection between these separate lines of research. It will also suggest ways to unite these disparate research programs in a more cohesive and cooperative research agenda.

2014 Manoa Green Days: The Manoa Green Days (MGD) "power down" of campus buildings has been scheduled for the following dates--Winter Break 12/24/14 (Wednesday after 6 p.m.)-1/4/15 (Sunday).

C-MORE Hale, HIG, MSB, and POST are classified as lab buildings so the a/c for these buildings will be on 24 hours during MGD. For the Holmes Hall schedule, please visit the UHM Facilities website.

The SOEST Personnel and Fiscal Office will be closed on 12/26, 29, 30, and 31 due to BU 08 Supplemental Time Off/Professional Development Days. RCF will be closed on 12/26 and will be monitoring e-mail. The Dean's Office will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays except public holidays during the MGD. For individual unit hours of operations, please check with your unit head. Please contact Juanita Andaya, Director of Administrative Services, 956-9110, if you have any administrative questions.

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