Barbara Bruno awarded Presidential award for outstanding service

The UH Board of Regents’ and President’s awards recognize the dedication and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. Congratulations to the seven awardees from SOEST.

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Service honors a UH Mānoa staff member who demonstrates outstanding work performance, service and leadership.

Barbara Bruno is a specialist with the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). She provides extraordinary service so the scientific learning community in SOEST, the university and beyond have enhanced access to STEM research and classroom opportunities. Bruno’s nominators stated “her efforts have changed lives” which advance our students and campus community. Her contributions include numerous publications, cross-campus efforts such as establishing a STEM Summer Bridge program from Kapiʻolani Community College to UH Mānoa, leadership with undergraduate research programs including scholars, and professional development for staff, graduate students and postdocs. She supports herself and other faculty, staff and students through extramural grants, and served as co-PI for EPSCOR and CMORE.

Bruno spearheads the effort to bring place-based educational methods to SOEST and across the system. Her vision, empathy and drive have fostered collaborations, mentored students, improved student success, championed diversity and inclusion, and broadened participation among underrepresented students, particularly women and Native Hawaiians, and continues to inspire and train the next generation of scientists.

Read the full announcement from UH Mānoa.