Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series
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The Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series serves to connect the ideas, knowledge, and works of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty with fellow colleagues, staff and students on campus and the greater community. Through the collaborative efforts between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Hamilton Library, the Lecture Series provides a venue for faculty to showcase their area of specialty. All presentations are free and open to the public.
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ItemMetamorphosis of the Electric Grid in Hawaii: Merging Intelligence, Data, and Energy to Reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2045( 2015-11-10)Research at the intersection of power systems, intelligent systems, and communication is critical to make innovative solutions that will be required to meet the human needs for sustainable energy, particularly in Hawai‘i, with its goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Renewable Energy Design Lab (REDLab) is poised to develop the tools needed to advance the understanding of renewable energy systems with the goal of stable and reliable power generation. One current project, funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on grid optimization architecture, bridging data science, artificial intelligence, power systems, and economics to tackle ongoing and anticipated issues in the electric network.
ItemHōkūleʻa worldwide voyage: Island wisdom and global connections in ethnomathematics( 2015-10-01)Hōkūle‘a, our Star of Gladness, began as a vision of reviving the legacy of exploration, courage, reverence, and compassion that brought the first Polynesians to the archipelago of Hawai‘i. The mission of the Worldwide Voyage (2013-2017) is to Mālama Honua, care for Island Earth, by bridging ancient and modern wisdom for a more sustainable world. Hōkūle‘a is a vehicle to explore research, theory, and praxis, including equitable, high quality mathematics education that serves to re-empower diverse populations through experiential, real-world applications.
ItemHawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation( 2015-03-19)HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, www.hi-seas.org) is a habitat on an isolated Mars-like site on the Mauna Loa side of the saddle area on the Big Island of Hawai‘i at approximately 8200 feet above sea level. Here, crews of six people live and work through long-duration simulations of Mars exploration missions (four, eight and twelve month long). This research aims to answer several critical questions to prepare for extended space exploration, including: • How should the crew be selected? • What skillsets will they need? • How should they be trained? • How can we best monitor their physical and psychological health? • What should we do if a problem arises? Our goal is to help NASA remove barriers to the human exploration of Mars.
ItemEnergy and Greenhouse Gas Policy in Hawai'i( 2015-04-21)Hawai‘i has adopted aggressive goals for the adoption of renewable energy. Electric utilities must provide a minimum of 40% of electricity sales through renewable sources by the year 2030. There are voluntary commitments to achieve 65% by this time, and legislative proposals to achieve 100% by 2040. Dr. Coffman will discuss the federal and state policies motivating renewable energy adoption in Hawai‘i as well as alternative scenarios to achieve higher levels of renewable energy, including economic and GHG impacts.
ItemMobile Magic: Demystifying Ubiquitous Computing by Deconstructing Mobile Affordances through the Lens of Technology( 2015-02-26)The ubiquitous computing age is upon us, and a mobile device in every hand means unprecedented networked humanity. The ways in which we live are changing, often dramatically, as communication systems, businesses and organizations, and families adjust to the abilities of smartphones, tablet computers, watches, eyeglasses, etc., to track and transmit data. Dr. Oppegaard will illuminate significant changes in the media ecosystem created by networked mobile devices and examine technological advances that have led to these changes. In turn, mobile development can be viewed in many ways as a technological progression, helping us to project the future of communication technologies and plan for how they will shape the next generation of learners, leaders, and lifestyles.
ItemLos Angeles, Philippines: Towards a Transpacific Politics and Poetics in Bambu's Musical Autobiography( 2014-12-03)Dr. Labrador will examine the ways that Bambu, a second-generation Filipino American rapper from Los Angeles, California, constructs his life narrative throughout his mixtape, "Los Angeles, Philippines," as a counter-story that challenges majoritarian stories while simultaneously reinforcing and critiquing the operations of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and empire in U.S. society. Bambu is one of the most well-known, prolific, and respected Asian American MCs in the independent Hip Hop scene and was formerly one-third of the pioneering Filipino American rap group, Native Guns. Bambu collaborated with the legendary DJ Muggs to produce "Los Angeles, Philippines." Muggs is famed for his work as the DJ/Producer of Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins. With its self-conscious, self-referential style similar to Chuck D's "Autobiography of Mistachuck," "Los Angeles, Philippines" works as a musical autobiography that connects individual and collective memory, narrative, and engagement with the everyday world.
ItemThe Wonderful World of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address and Ecological Crisis( 2014-11-05)Coral reefs in Hawai'i and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction, and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but also thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates will unveil the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in response. She will then discuss how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.