Members at Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, Windward CC, and UH-Manoa voted electronically for the candidate(s) who would represent their constituencies on the UHPA Board of Directors.

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Elected to represent their campuses for a three-year term beginning on April 26, 2014 and expire following the Annual Membership meeting in 2017 are:

Allen A. Tateishi, Associate Professor of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, representing Honolulu Community College.

Eric Denton, Professor of Religion, representing Kapiolani Community College.

Lance K. Uyeda, Assistant Professor of English, representing Windward Community College.

Robert E. Paull, Professor/Researcher of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Sarita Rai, Professor/Specialist for Study Abroad Center, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Catherine Sophian, Professor of Psychology, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

George R. Wilkens, Professor of Mathematics, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lynne Wilkens, Professor/Specialist at the Cancer Center, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Elected in the special UH-Manoa Board election for a two-year term beginning on April 26,
2014 and expire following the Annual Membership meeting in 2016 is:

Catherine Bye, Technical Services/Acquisitions Librarian with the School of Law Library, representing the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ideascale: A New Forum That Promotes Open Discussion for UH Faculty

UHPA uses Ideascale, an online program, to allow faculty to post their ideas or suggestions to make UH a better place to teach, research and serve the community. It officially launched in the fall 2012 to coincide with the Faculty Thought Leadership Series, and has been actively used since then. UHPA’s Ideascale site is available and accessible to the public as well.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. A faculty member posts a thought or suggestion on the Ideascale site (uhpa.ideascale.com)
  2. Other faculty members vote on the suggestion by either agreeing or disagreeing. You may also leave a comment as well.
  3. The suggestions with the most “agrees” rise to the top of the list.

Here are some suggestions that currently hover at the top:

  • Take control of our profession! It’s time we take this quote to heart:  “The university is of the faculty, for the students, by the administration” – Al Simone
  • Come up with a way to quantify Administration performance.  While we measure the data related to education, the performance of the campus is measured by money raised.  We need a better way to measure the quality of the university that is in alignment with educational goals.
  • We need a student-centered president…That is familiar with teaching
  • Faculty have to hold the administration accountable.  When administration fails to live up to its promises, faculty needs to hold them accountable.

Be sure to review the Ideascale site on a regular basis to post your comments or vote on yours. Visit http://uhpa.ideascale.com/

Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Scientists is Sheer Genius

Dr. Ania Wieczorek’s love for molecular ecology and biotechnology is clearly evident in the way she serves the community. She may even tell you it’s part her DNA.  She has led the UH Biotechnology Outreach Program since it began in 2002, sharing her expertise in numerous venues across the state, on the Mainland, and in Taiwan.

She saw a need in the community for greater awareness and appreciation for genetics, and filled it. Dr. Wieczorek felt more individuals, both adults and children, could make sound decisions about biotechnology issues if they were informed about scientific facts. That desire led to her launch of a new field trip program for elementary school students seven years ago called “Gene-ius Day.” Dr. Wieczorek’s goal is to use DNA to inspire students.

“Our goal of the popular, year-long series is to make science fun, approachable, and practical,” Dr. Wieczorek said. To date, more than 5,000 young students have participated in hands-on activities on topics such as human and plant genetic traits, forensic science, agriculture and DNA research.  The students can always count on conducting a new experiment in a laboratory, and to learn something new.

“It’s exciting to see so many children eager to learn about biotechnology at such a young age,” Dr. Wieczorek said. “We are providing them with valuable, hands-on experiences that will prepare them for more advanced learning.”

The Gene-ius Day became so popular that Dr. Wieczorek started another program called “Saturday Gene-ius” about two years ago.  Each Saturday Gene-ius class has about 24 students and their parents come to the UH-Manoa campus for two hours of exciting, thought-provoking activities. The classes are also held at Kauai Community College.

Dr. Wieczorek added that in the near future, the Saturday Gene-ius program will be expanded to middle school students, which will greatly expand the reach of this outreach program.

The Saturday Gene-ius classes fill up quickly.  For more information about Dr. Wieczorek’s program or to register, visit: www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/geneius-day/index.html.

Purpose of Palm Drive Perspectives


The notion that those associated with universities live in an ivory tower does not apply to UH faculty. Their contributions to our community may often go unrecognized, but the expertise of our faculty touches the lives of everyone in Hawaii. Their invaluable contributions make Hawaii a better place to live and work.

In each issue of Palm Drive Perspectives, you’ll gain insights into what faculty think on issues that not only impact other faculty, students and our campuses, but also those that affect the broader community.

As the name of this e-newsletter implies, Palm Drive Perspectives focuses on perspectives, commentary, and opinions, while UHPA News will continue to provide UHPA members with timely news and information on upcoming events.

Let us know what you think of Palm Drive Perspectives!


Ideascale: A New Forum That Promotes Open Discussion for UH Faculty

When Peter Kay, UHPA’s Chief Technology Officer, stumbled upon a Columbia University web page using “Ideascale,” he knew right away that it would be the perfect tool for UH faculty, too.

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UHPA Launches Endowment Honoring Botany Researcher

Dr. Ruth Lani Stemmermann was born in Hilo on September 7, 1952.  She spent her childhood years on the Big Island where she graduated from the Hawai‘i School of Girls in 1970. Her undergraduate studies took her to Pitzer College in Claremont, California where in 1974 she earned a B.A. degree in Botany. Upon her acceptance to the University of Hawai‘i for graduate studies in botany, she received a two-year research assistantship with Dr. C. H. Lamoureaux.  In 1976 she continued her graduate work as a teaching assistant in the UH Mānoa Botany Department.  Lani received her M.S. degree in Botanical Sciences for anatomical and taxonomic studies of Hawaiian sandalwood, and subsequently published two papers in Pacific Science as a result of her thesis work.

UH Professional Assembly Executive Director Dr. J. N. Musto said, “Over the years UHPA has made contributions to the UH Foundation in support of students and faculty, often in response to matching contributions made by faculty members to scholarships.” Musto continued, “This contribution reflects the wishes of David Duffy who has foregone a part-time paid leave of absence as UHPA President and requested that the funds be used to establish the Lani Stemmermann Endowment.  This truly represents an extraordinarily generous act by David, and an expression of collaboration between the Botany Department, the Dean, and the union.”

Status of UHPA Heartbleed Safety


So we are safe at two levels: First, we are not using the OpenSSL software which contains the heartbleed bug, and second (and more important) we do not store any sensitive or financial data, reducing the likelihood that we would be a target of attacks.

If you go to the heartbleed test website, enter in www.uhpa.org and
check the “advanced” checkbox you will see that uhpa.org is not
affected.   See the graphic of a screen shot.


The Corporatization of Education – Talk by Gordon Lafer

Does it matter if you’re taught by a person or an app?  Does it matter if schools are controlled by democratically-elected boards or by private corporations?  Do poor kids deserve the same quality education as rich?  University of Oregon professor and Economic Policy Institute researcher Gordon Lafer will talk about recent trends toward privatization, digitization and segregation of education — both in K-12 and higher education.
Wednesday, April 16th at 4:00 pm in Saunders 624. Light refreshments and pupus provided.