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November 2012

Award money for APDR3 and Washington, D.C. and NYC trips

Award money for APDR3

The Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency Initiative (APDR3) has been awarded half a million dollars from the Ford Foundation, half a million dollars from the Rockefeller Foundation, and is expecting a matching grant from Chevron USA that will be presented at the United Nations on December 10.

The University of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Command (PACOM) aim to leverage our assets and work together in the pacific region to establish an institution which will eventually include research and other elements of a strong and groundbreaking academic program.

The award money would not have been possible without the hard work and assistance of Ford Foundation Chair Irene Hirano Inouye and the commitment of PACOM.

Washington, D.C. and NYC trips

I recently visited the east coast for a series of meetings and formal speaking engagements. In D.C., I attended a meeting on Cyber Security—an issue of rising concern among research universities like ours.

In New York, I attended the Kauffman Fellows Summit at the invitation of Philip Wickham, president and CEO of the Kauffman Fellows Organization, which aims to shape the next generation of leaders in entrepreneurship and venture capital. I was invited to the summit because there is interest in establishing a Kauffman Fellow in Hawai‘i. There are currently 163 Fellows working in the U.S. and across five continents.

I also delivered the Institute of Human Nutrition’s 15th Annual Wu Lecture at Columbia University. The lecture was called From Complex Organisms to Complex Organizations. It was well attended and well received.

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A-P-L-U conference



I attended the Association of Public Land Grant Universities’ 125th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado this month. I served as chair of the Council of Presidents this year and am honored to have been selected chair-elect of A-P-L-U, which represents 218 institutions of higher education with campuses in all 50 states.

A-P-L-U educates 70 percent of all students in the U.S., and its institutions conduct nearly two-thirds of all federally funded, university based research—totaling $34 billion annually.

During the conference, I attended several discussions on meaty issues that impact UH, including financial aid and keeping tuition affordable under state budget restrictions.

I also had the honor of introducing the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Dino Patti Djalal, at one of our conference discussions where he told us that his country aims to double the number of Indonesians studying at U.S. universities.