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About the Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series

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.

Metamorphosis of the Electric Grid in Hawai'i: Merging Intelligence, Data, and Energy to Reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2045

Speaker: Reza Ghorbani
Description: 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. Dr. Ghorbani discusses research covering all the aspects of renewable energy: meeting the load through generation and storage, the use of demand response, effects of the energy market, and linkage of energy and data.

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Musical Re-creation and Recreation in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel

Speaker: Kate McQuiston
Description: In director Wes Anderson’s two most recent films, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, existing musical works fill the soundtrack in new and remarkable ways. Rather than appearing as isolated quotations, old pieces of music inspire novel responses.Dr. McQuiston traces the treatment of music in Anderson’s films to show how this close correspondence between the old and new has emerged, and considers the implications of such an approach for the role of existing music in contemporary film.

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Hōkūleʻa Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom and Global Connections in Ethnomathematics

Speaker: Linda Furuto
Description: 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.

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Energy and Greenhouse Gas Policy in Hawaii

Speaker: Makena Coffman
Description: 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 discussed 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.

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Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation

Speaker: Kim Binsted
Description: HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is a habitat on an isolated Mars-like site on Mauna Loa. Here, crews of six people live and work through long-duration simulations of Mars exploration missions (four, eight and twelve month long). Dr. Binsted discussed research aiming to answer 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? The goal is to help NASA remove barriers to the human exploration of Mars.

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Mobile Magic: Demystifying Ubiquitous Computing by Deconstructing Mobile Affordances Through the Lens of Technology

Speaker: Brett Oppegaard
Dr. Oppegaard illuminated significant changes in the media ecosystem created by networked mobile devices and examine technological advances that have led to these changes. In turn, he described how 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.

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Los Angeles, Philippines: Towards a Transpacific Politics and Poetics in Bambu’s Musical Autobiography

Speaker: Dr. Roderick Labrador
Description: Dr. Labrador examined 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 counterstory that challenges majoritarian stories while simultaneously reinforcing and critiquing the operations of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and empire in U.S. society.

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The Wonderful World Of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis

Speaker: Dr. Ruth Gates (Gates laboratory website)
Description: 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' lecture unveiled the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in response. She discussed how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.

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Hawai'i’s “Ceded Lands”: The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawai'i

Speaker: Professor Williamson B.C. Chang
Description: While Hawaiians may disagree about many issues, they do agree and unite around their responsibility and kuleana for the aina. The loss of the “ceded lands” as a result of United States intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of Alii lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance. Professor Chang spoke about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both the “ceded lands” and Alii lands.

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Sara Lee
Hamilton Library
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822