Diving Safety Program (SCUBA and Compressed Gas Diving)
SCUBA and compressed gas diving operations are important tools in the research and educational programs of the students, staff, visiting scientists, and faculty of the University of Hawai'i. The University of Hawai'i Diving Safety Program (UHDSP) supports these activities and ensures they are conducted in a safe manner. UH is an organizational member of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and adheres to the AAUS Guidelines for the Conduct of Scientific Diving Programs. The body governing University diving activities is the University of Hawai'i Diving Control Board. The University Diving Safety Officer is responsible for day-to-day operation of the program.
Regardless of prior recreational SCUBA experience or certification, all UH students, faculty, staff, and visitors must be authorized by UHDSP before participating in University-related diving activities. UH divers serve a Diver-In-Training period and then gain a University Scientific Diver authorization with a specific depth authorization. Temporary or reciprocal authorization for visiting Scientific Divers may be granted in accordance with University and AAUS diving regulations. Divers must receive dive plan approval from UHDSP prior to conducting dives and report diving activity monthly to UHDSP.
UHDSP provides training courses on a periodic basis for University personnel who will utilize compressed gas diving in their research or educational activities. Course topics include diving methods for scientists, computer-assisted diving, enriched air nitrox diving, diver rescue, CPR, first aid, and oxygen administration. A diving equipment inspection program for equipment to be used under University jurisdiction is provided.
UHDSP compiles reports on University Scientific Diver activity and investigates accidents and complaints of unsafe conditions in connection to University-related diving.
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The Environmental Center, a unit of Water Resources Research Center, coordinates the education, research, and service efforts of the University relating to the maintenance, protection, and improvement of the environmental quality in Hawai'i and the adjacent marine environment. It is a conduit for the transfer of interdisciplinary academic and research expertise in environmental matters from the University to the government, with a particular regard for public review processes established within the state's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) laws. Its research program is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on issues of particular importance to improving environmental management decisions in the Pacific. The center works closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as other federal and state agencies in Hawai'i on many of its research contracts. For information on the environmental studies major or certificate program, see the "Colleges of Arts and Sciences" section within this Catalog. For a list of research affiliates, see the "Instructional Support, Research, and Service Units Staff" section in the back of this Catalog.
The Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS) provides general academic support and services in support of faculty and instructional development. OFDAS publishes Teaching and Learning, the Manoa campus faculty development newsletter; provides leadership development workshops, seminars, and focus groups for department chairs; manages the Educational Improvement Fund (curriculum development grants); manages faculty and staff travel and development funds (instructional travel); supports faculty evaluation and development funds (professional development plans); supports departmental instructional and faculty development projects; coordinates faculty convocations, orientations, and honors ceremonies; maintains a faculty development resource and conference room (Kuykendall 106) available to faculty and departments; coordinates a faculty mentoring program; and provides direction and supervision for its subunit centers (Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Instructional Support).
The Industrial Relations Center (IRC) seeks to promote understanding of industrial relations and human resources development problems, techniques, and policies. Organized to facilitate University research and instruction in the disciplines and professions related to industrial relations, the center also serves labor, management, and the community as the link in a continuing dialogue, reporting on changes in the field. The center maintains a library for information services and current publications; provides reference service; conducts conferences, lectures, and group discussions; and assists in the training of students and practitioners in the field. Research studies in industrial relations problems are conducted and published by the center.