Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace
The Institute for Peace was established in 1986 and renamed, in 1990, to honor former U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga, a leader in the movement to promote peace studies. The institute is a multi-disciplinary academic community of scholars, students, practitioners, and visitors who seek through teaching, research, service and application to: educate and train professionals and future leaders in applied peacemaking and conflict resolution; develop and apply innovations to the peaceful resolution of conflicts, locally, regionally, and globally; and renew the University’s commitment to providing a safe sanctuary for civil and respectful exchange of perspectives and ideas.
The institute offers courses in peace studies and conflict resolution and coordinates three academic programs. Undergraduates can obtain an interdisciplinary BA in peace studies and/or conflict resolution, or an undergraduate Certificate in Peace Studies. Graduate students can obtain the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, which is available to students studying only for the Certificate and also to students who are pursuing another graduate degree and wish to obtain an additional qualification in conflict resolution. A student-run organization, the Manoa Mediation and Peace Club, is also affiliated with the Institute.
The institute also conducts research and organizes forums on topics relevant to peace and conflict studies. Recent forums have included: “What Can Hawaii Bring to Peacemaking?”; “The Treatment of Guantanamo Detainees”; “Iraq Policy Options”; “Non-Proliferation: Iran & North Korea”; and “Promoting Peace at Sea: The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”. The Program on Conflict Resolution, which is part of the Matsunaga Institute, provides facilitation, mediation, deliberative dialogues, and training for clients in the university, the local community, and the Asia Pacific region. The institute also recently co-sponsored an international conference, “The First Global Nonkilling Leadership Forum,” which included Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and other international experts. The institute’s programs are diverse but united by a common goal: to encourage students, faculty, and the community to strengthen their theoretical understanding and practical skills in the fields of peace studies, human rights, mediation, and collaborative problem solving. Building on Hawai‘i’s cultural heritage and values, the institute seeks to promote cross-cultural communication and peacemaking leadership.
Pacific Biosciences Research Center 215
The Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) is an organized research unit that supports interdisciplinary biological and biomedical research and training in basic, clinical and applied areas with particular relevance to Hawai‘i. Current research is focused on cellular, developmental and molecular biology; Hawaiian evolutionary biology and conservation; membrane biology; neuro-behavioral biology; biotechnology; and molecular endocrinology. PBRC maintains core research support facilities in molecular biology (supporting genomics and bioinformatics) and confocal and electron microscopy serving the entire UH Manoa campus and the state. PBRC fosters undergraduate and/or graduate research training through several programs, the MARC U*STAR Program funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and GK-12 Graduate Programs and the Ka‘imi‘ike: Explorations in the Geosciences for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders undergraduate program funded by the National Science Foundation and through individual grants to faculty. PBRC maintains the Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology and the Center for Conservation and Research Training on the Manoa campus and the Kewalo Marine Laboratory off-campus. PBRC has served as an incubator for developing new research initiatives and units, having supported the development of the 2-year medical school in the 1960’s, the Cancer Research Center in the 1980’s and more recently a number of clinical and human-health related programs that have transferred to the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) serves as the sponsored research division of the College of Social Sciences. SSRI facilitates and supports empirical interdisciplinary research that addresses social, behavioral, environmental, and economic issues in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region. This is done through collaboration with faculty and students throughout the UH and with other educational and research institutions, regional and international organizations, the private sector, and federal, state, and county agencies. It is supported largely by contracts and grants from public agencies and private organizations.
SSRI provides practical experience to students at the UH through involvement in research, planning, and training projects. SSRI’s staff assists county, state, and federal agencies and local community groups in Hawai‘i with training and technical assistance. SSRI is also working with instructional units to integrate SSRI’s research efforts into courses offered at UH.
The institute currently focuses on these areas: crime, drug abuse, youth problems, and poverty; resources, sustainable development; telecommunication and information policy; culture, language and social problems; and health services and health policy. SSRI also cooperatively manages the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), the Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services, and the Mental Health Services Research, Evaluation and Training (MHSRET) program.
2840 Kolowalu Street
University of Hawai‘i Press publishes and distributes books and journals of high merit that reflect the regional or special interests and responsibilities of the UH and other scholarly research organizations. All titles carry the imprint “University of Hawai‘i Press.” UH Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses, the Association of American Publishers, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, and the International Association of Scholarly Publishers. UH Press publishes books of regional interest, scholarly monographs, textbooks, and scholarly journals. (UH Press also operates a sales program—East-West Export Books—in Asia and the Pacific on behalf of American scholarly publishers.) Editorial control (final approval of manuscripts) is vested in a board made up of UH faculty members appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Faculty members are encouraged to submit book-length manuscripts to the executive editor. Journal papers should be submitted to the editor-in-chief of the appropriate journal.
Waikîkî Aquarium displays more than 2,500 specimens representing over 400 vertebrate and invertebrate species. The exhibits focus primarily on coral reefs and feature up-close experiences at the “Edge of the Reef” outdoor exhibit, educational talks about the Hawaiian monk seal and other interpretive presentations. An audio tour provides additional information about exhibits. The aquarium also offers a marine education program with classes, workshops and school tours. Research activities include coral propagation, monk seal biology, and various aquaculture and conservation-related projects, such as giant clam and jellyfish husbandry and reproduction of the chambered nautilus. The aquarium is open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily except Christmas.
Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) conducts research on Hawai‘i’s
water resources, assists and promotes instruction in water resources in
several academic departments, provides training opportunities for engineers
and scientists through research, and communicates research results to
users. Interdisciplinary research is broadly based in physical and biological
sciences, technology, ecology, and social sciences. The research encompasses
hydrology and hydraulic engineering, geology, geophysics and geochemistry,
microbiology, chemistry, zoology, oceanography, sanitary engineering and
public health, climatology and soil physics, agricultural engineering
and forestry, and socioeconomic and legal issues. WRRC operates laboratories
and field research facilities. The Environmental Center, whose mission
focuses on ecological relationships, natural resources, and environmental
quality, is administered by WRRC.
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