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Ethan Caldwell and Richard Rath Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

Name Ethan Caldwell and Richard Rath
Campus, Dept Mānoa, Department of Ethnic Studies
Category Dedication to teaching and their students
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination? Two Ethnic Studies faculty members, Prof. Ethan Caldwell and Prof. Richard Rath, have worked collaboratively with the students in their classes since late March to construct a well-used webpage (http://udigix.net/shaarli/) of resources in rapid response to the needs UH students and the larger community faced as a result of the crises brought on by the pandemic. In the month of April, the resources had 4,795 visitors with 67% spending time on the pages they visited. One user who is involved in UHM’s First Year Program said, “I’m so thankful for the ethnic studies department for making the site.” The resources were driven by what our UHM students, many of whom have lost their jobs and are struggling with housing and health issues, identified as useful for themselves and their communities. Based on the principles of mutual aid, the resources directed those who visited the pages to up-to-date information about a range of topics including how to access food and groceries, mental health resources, unemployment insurance, assistance for restaurant workers, and relief from student debt. The most visited resources cover mental health, food and groceries, work-related issues, safety, and supports for elders.
Any other comments? Both faculty members have also responded as individuals to the many concerns that have been raised and extended their own personal help to students who needed extra assistance beyond access to the resources on the website.

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Dr. Richard Jones Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

 

NameDr. Richard Jones
Campus, DeptUH-West Oahu
CategoryCreate bio-based products to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Dr. Richard Jones, V.E.T.S. program director is collaborating with faculty, staff, students, and community partners to create 3D-printed face shield headbands and face masks in an effort to address a shortage and need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for Oʻahu’s front line medical workers. For the past 6-weeks, Dr. Jones has been busy supporting Queens-West Medical with their PPE needs.

I know Dr. Jones has been spending an average of 6-hours a day (six days a week since March 19, 2020) making sure the 3D-printers in the V.E.T.S. Lab at UHWO are functioning properly and resupplying the filament needed to create each item. So far, he has produced over 400 face shields headbands on the 3D-printers, 100 N95 Facsimile Face masks, and 40 pleated cotton surgical style masks. Dr. Jones has also donated 36 pairs of protective eye covers/safety goggles and loaned out his UV sanitizing cabinet for goggles and safety glasses. He continues to coordinate with Queens-West to make sure supplies are distributed quickly. Dr. Jones is worthy for this award due the endless time he has committed to helping others.

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Malia Nobrega Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

NameMalia Nobrega
Campus, DeptDeanʻs office Hawaiʻinuiākea
CategoryProducing a daily show called Lei Anuenue, organizing speakers and interviewing them on fb live. Creating Hawaiian language and culturally based lessons for eveyone.
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Malia Nobrega Olivera has risen to the position of Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement & Loli Aniau, Makaʻala Aniau (LAMA), because of her 20+ years of experience in Hawaiian language, and cultural practice, and her broad social networks in local Hawaiian and global native communities. Her expertise bridges analog Hawaiian knowledge systems into digital mediums. Her work on Lei ʻĀnuenue is invaluable during this time when Hawaiians above all other communities are particularly vulnerable to the virus. The daily programs have been viewed between 5,000-10,000 times per session.
Any other comments?Mahalo for your work.

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Victoria Fan Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

NameVictoria Fan
Campus, DeptManoa, Public Health
CategoryAssisting the local response focusing on synergizing efforts on PPE
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Victoria Fan has supported the Behavioral Health and Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group (BHHSURG) which has:
Tracking federal guidance and translating to clinical and operational guidance for providers as the COVID-19 situation evolves to ensure continuity of care and coverage while maintaining safety
Coordinating and responding to support and supply requests for BHH providers including for PPE
Developing screening tools for COVID-19 testing aligned to DOH testing guidance and for access to BHH services and more

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Thomas Lee Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

NameThomas Lee
Campus, DeptPublic Health
CategoryAdvising highest level of state government on policies to implement using data and evidence from frontier epidemiologic models
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Dr Thomas Lee is using data and evidence from frontier epidemiologic models and has developed trust and partnership at highest level of state government through the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency ESF8 work group on policies to implement regarding next steps for our state’s COVID-19 response

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Konstantina Rose Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

NameKonstantina Rose
Campus, DeptAllied Health
CategoryPutting themselves in harm’s way
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?She is putting together a testing/screening and educational program for the homeless on Maui in collaboration the HMRC, Salvation Army and UHMC. In addition she has offered her mental health expertise to our nurses and student nurses as they risk their lives and have fallen ill during this crisis.

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UHPA members of Department of Learning Design & Technology stepping up

Submitted Nomination:

NameDepartment of Learning Design and Technology
Campus, DeptLTEC
CategoryProviding Professional Development Regarding Online Learning Across the State
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?The LTEC department has risen to the occasion by providing training and resources to both the UH System and K-12 Schools across the state. Examples include: Open and live training on Zoom, Laulima, Flipgrid, and other tools staffed by both Department faculty and volunteer LTEC students; Michael Menchaca collaborated with Hanahau’oli and Lili’uokalani Trust to provide live, online professional development training for online teaching to K-12 teachers across the state; Technology and Distance Programs (TDP) unit headed by LTEC’s Paul McKimmy developed an emergency online teaching resources handbook to the University system; Michael Menchaca and Paul McKimmy facilitated a collaboration with Hoonuit, Inc. to make thousands of training videos available for free including best practices in online learning to UHM (recently announced by Michael Bruno); Peter Leong designed and developed a virtual reality based live graduation for LTEC graduates; Adam Tanare collaborated with the College of Education to develop a live-streaming convocation so students can celebrate their graduation with family and friends online; Curtis Ho and Kitty Hino collaborated with the Teaching Colleges & Community (TCC) conference to offer live, online presentations provided for free for 24 hours; and all LTEC faculty have donated time to either volunteer live or participate in planning sessions to help provide our expertise to the state of Hawaii.

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Lawrence Nitz Nominated as Faculty Stepping up to the Challenge of COVID-19

Submitted Nomination:

NameLawrence Nitz
Campus, DeptPolitical Science
Categorycontributing to safe reopening of Hawai’i’s economy
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Dr. Nitz is working on a project to generate guidelines for the safe re-opening of Hawai’i’s restaurants. This project contributes both to food security by calling on local sources and to economic recovery.
Any other comments?Dr. Nitz has a long history of conducting research with practical benefit to local communities. He recently received the College of Social Sciences award for applied research for his years of work toward an end-of-life care program for the state. His research resulted in the recent creation of a pilot program by the state legislature.

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Joy K. L. Andrade nominated for addressing mental health issues

Submitted Nomination:

NameJoy K. L. Andrade
Campus, DeptJohn A. Burns School of Medicine, Psychiatry
Categorythe top 3: dedication to teach; harm’s way; innovations
Why is this faculty member worthy of your nomination?Joy K. L. Andrade, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is currently the Assistant Director of Medical Education and Patient Care (DMEPC) for the psychiatric services in the Emergency Room of the Queen’s Medical Center (QMC). She is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Imi Ho‘ola Post-Baccalaureate Program, and John A. Burns School of Medicine. Dr. Andrade has really stepped up as a leader by rapidly adapting to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 and addressing mental health issues in the QMC Emergency Room. She has convened critically important meetings with the Department of Psychiatry’s partners in the QMC ER, taken the lead during brain-storming meetings, developed new protocols to provide quality patient care, and organized telemedicine across multiple clinical service sites to increase safe social distancing. As an educator, she has also developed new protocols for psychiatry residents to maintain quality clinical learning experiences for our future psychiatrists of Hawai‘i, and to optimize their safety by providing them with personal protective equipment (PPE; e.g., masks, goggles) and implementing ways to maximize social distance. In addition, in the midst of all of this chaos, she remains focused on her scholarship, including leading a quality improvement project of telepsychiatry in the QMC Emergency Room. Finally, Dr. Andrade has done all of this with a positive, practical, can-do attitude, and demanding that she be the “go-to” person to solve problems, despite the day-to-day obstacles.
Any other comments?Dr. Andrade is one of the “unsung” UHPA faculty members who deserve such recognition.

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