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We’re pleased to announce that Brenda Jensen, Ph.D has officially been selected as the new Dean of the College of Natural and Computational Sciences, and will be assuming the position after Dean Jenkins’ retirement in mid-June.

May 19 – Incoming CNCS Dean, Brenda Jensen, Ph.D., and Affiliate Faculty member, Trisha Kehaulani Watson, Ph.D., were featured as guest speakers in a live panel discussion that explored the issues surrounding marine mammals in captivity. The episode is available in its entirety on the PBS Hawaii Insights website.

May 12 - Two members of the CNCS have been awarded HPU’s prestigious Golden Apple Award for their contributions to the University: our Associate Dean, Dr. Brenda Jensen, was recognized in the category of ‘Distinguished Graduate Teaching by a Full Time Faculty Member’ while Biology faculty member Dr. Kristi West received her award for ‘Excellence in Scholarship’.

May 1 - Pam Michael (M.S. Marine Science ’11) has published her second thesis chapter entitled, “Placing Local Aggregations in a Larger-Scale Context: Hierarchical Modeling of Black-Footed Albatross Dispersion with Dr. Jaime Jahncke from Point Blue Conservation Science and CNCS faculty member, Dr. David Hyrenbach, who was her thesis advisor. Ms. Michael’s research was completed under the auspices of NOAA's Nancy Foster Scholarship.

Apr. 30 - CNCS students Ron Li, Rachel Beal, Tran Dihn, Juleeza Crumpler, Malie Britos, and Julie Bommerlund had the opportunity to present two posters based on their results from this semester’s BIOL 4041 - Environmental Microbiology Lab course at the American Society for Microbiology-Hawaii Branch meeting. The class was taught by Dr. Carrie Jones, and the students were also mentored by Dr. Catherine Unabia.

Apr. 26 - Congratulations to graduating senior Erik Henze (B.S. Biochemistry ’16) for receiving a 2016 H.Y. Benedict Fellowship from Alpha Chi National Honor Society! Erik has been participating in undergraduate research at HPU for the past two years with Associate Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Yongli Chen, and had the opportunity to present at several scientific conferences during that time. He will begin his graduate studies at Cornell in the fall.

Apr. 15 - An update is now available with the status and reception of OI’s first batch of captive-bred yellow tangs among the aquarium community!

Apr. 3 - Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach was the featured speaker at Hanauma Bay's educational outreach seminar series, Sundays at the Bay. His talk was entitled "Monitoring and research of an urban shearwater colony at the Freeman Seabird Preserve."

Mar. 8 - The first batch of captive-bred yellow tangs shipped from the Oceanic Institute at Hawaii Pacific University (OI) to two ornamental fish wholesale distributors on the mainland. Director of Finfish Breeding at OI and CNCS Affiliate Faculty member, Dr. Chad Callan, says proceeds from this first sale will directly support further research to refine the technology for application with other surgeonfish. Read the full article.

Mar. 7 - Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. David Hyrenbach and colleagues co-authored the proceedings of a Society for Conservation Biology special session devoted to 'Geospatial approaches to support pelagic conservation planning and adaptive management' held in Oakland, CA, in July 2012. 

Mar. 1 - Congratulations to Associate Professor of Oceanography Dr. Varis Grundmanis whose outstanding photo of an endangered green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) with surgeonfish has been selected for use in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s media for the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress, 1-10 September 2016.

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