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Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 5

Another Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 4 of our trip. More coming soon!

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A roundtable discussion focuses on building resilience through education. Participants discussed ways to develop place-based education and coordination systems to reach diverse communities.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan facilitates a panel discussion by donor representatives at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses the development of educational programs that build resilience concepts.

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Cheryl Anderson of UH Manoa’s Social Science Research Institute speaks at the APDR3 Symposium.

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UH Manoa Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Roger Babcock, addresses the APDR3 Symposium.

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APDR3 Symposium planners and roundtable group facilitators.

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APDR3 Symposium leaders at the closing ceremony. Pictured from left to right: APDR3 Executive Director Jainey Bavishi, UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, Islamic University of Indonesia Dean Mochamad Tegu and Gadjah University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati.

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APDR3 Symposium participants at the closing ceremony. The two-day conference focused on best practices in achieving resilience. The symposium forged new partnerships aimed at addressing complex contemporary issues throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Breakout roundtable discussions.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 4

Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency (APDR3) conference day in Indonesia. See photos from day 1, day 2 and day 3 of our trip. More coming soon!

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Participants register for the APDR3 conference. 140 people participated in Day 1 of the APDR3 Symposium. Represented groups include academic institutions, NGOs, private sector, government and others from the Asia Pacific region. A strong representation of local Indonesians contributed to a rich discussion on resilience, particularly early warning systems and urban resilience.

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Here I am addressing participants of the APDR3 Symposium. I spoke about the impressive initiatives underway locally and encouraged participants to think about ways to further the new field of resilience.

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At the opening ceremony of the APDR3 Symposium. Joining myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Denise Konan are (left to right): Gadjah Mada University Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati, APDR3 Vice Chairman Alfonzo Martinez-Fonts, Islamic University of Indonesia Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Executive Director of Damandiri Foundation Haryono Suyono.

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APDR3 Symposium participants receive an update on efforts to build urban resilience throughout Indonesia.

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Discussing national level initiatives with the head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif. Also joining the discussion (left to right) UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetor-Ng and volcanologist Dr. Surono (far right).

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Myself, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Indonesia’s head volcanologist Dr. Surono talk to the media about the burgeoning field of resilience and efforts to introduce a network approach to maximize the efforts.

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Speaking to Indonesia media about recent partnerships between the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Indonesian universities, as well as plans to increase future educational relationships.

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The head of Indonesia’s Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Syamsul Ma’arif addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium and encourages science based approaches that connect with communities.

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APDR3 participants discuss urban resilience and opportunities for private sector involvement in community resilience initiatives.

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Volcanologist Dr. Surono discusses Indonesia’s early warning systems associated with past activity from Mount Merapi. He highlighted the challenges of implementation, evacuation and recovery efforts.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan addresses participants of the APDR3 Symposium. She highlighted the exciting initiatives that are underway with APDR3, as well as key educational partnerships going forward.

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Panelists volcanologist Dr. Surano (left) and UH Alumni and business leader Rezal Kusumaatmadja field questions by symposium participants in a session moderated by UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan. The discussion highlighted integrated methods that cross various sectors and involve important stakeholders in natural resource management, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

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Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 3

The Indonesian outreach visit continues; photos from our third day there.

See more pictures here: day 1 and day 2.

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The APDR3 delegation visit the Sultan of Yogyakarta’s Keraton Palace. The palace became a refuge after the 2010 Mount Merapi eruption. We learned about community resilience and cultural preservation measures.

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The APDR3 delegation studies laharic (mud and debris) flows from the Mount Merapi eruptions. Gadjah Mada University representatives describe a multidisciplinary program developed in conjunction with the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Disaster Center, to support early warning systems that combine the latest technologies with community practices. Such partnerships and concepts have been the central focus of discussion of this week’s APDR3 Symposium in Indonesia.

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President Greenwood rides a traditional becak, or rickshaw, during her visit to Indonesia, where she and the APDR3 delegation are learning about urban resilience practices.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and the APDR3 delegation visit major infrastructure interventions by Indonesia’s Central Government. The project reduces the risk of landslides from laharic (mud and debris) flows from Mount Merapi. The local government has also worked with the community to develop early warning and monitoring systems.

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The APDR3 delegation poses at a lahar flow site. This visit highlighted partnerships between the government and the communities.

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Communities welcome the APDR3 delegation to the upper slopes of Mount Merapi. The community has developed sophisticated early warning systems and evacuation plans that coordinate with scientists from Gadjah Mada University. We sampled snakefruit, guava, oranges and other local treats from a recent harvest.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks to a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi, where she commends the community on the impressive efforts it has made to create disaster risk reduction plans.

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UH Manoa Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng talks to the local media at a small village on the slopes of Mount Merapi. She discusses the sophistication of community resilience efforts that have stretched across various disciplines to reduce disaster risk.

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Standing in the ruins of an old palace that was devastated by the 1867 earthquake. Indonesia experiences about a third of all high casualty earthquakes in the world. The site visit was the centerpiece for a discussion on coping mechanisms, natural hazards and building resilience.

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A local government official and the APDR3 delegation discuss expanding efforts to build resilience at the ruins of past natural disasters.

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UH Manoa Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan and the APDR3 delegation enjoy a Ramayana performance in the courtyard of a 9th century temple.

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Me and the APDR3 delegation conclude their urban resilience tour outside the old entrance to the Taman Sari Palace, one of the key symbols of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.

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Associate Professor of Engineering at UH Manoa, Roger Babcock, tries his hand at batik, a traditional wax print method that has gained widespread popularity in Hawai’i and the world.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 2

Our work in Indonesia continues during a very eventful second day.

View photos from day 1.

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I led a discussion on bilateral cooperation and enhancing collaboration opportunities with the Rector of Gadjah Mada University, one of Indonesia’s largest and most prestigious universities.

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I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gadjah Mada University Rector Pratikno, to enhance cooperation and exchange between the University of Hawai’i and Gadjah Mada University.

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UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan shakes hands with Gadjah Mada University’s Dean of Economics, to mark enhanced cooperation and exchange between the universities.

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Here we are fielding media questions from Indonesian reporters. UH Manoa College of Education professor Maya Soetoro-Ng, UH Manoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Konan, UH Manoa College of Arts and Humanities Dean Peter Arnade, Gadjah Mada University’s Vice Rector Dwikorita Karnawati and I answered questions about bilateral cooperation and APDR3 Symposium events.

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I am joined by Gadjah Mada Rector Pratikno and Maya Soetoro-Ng as we address an auditorium full of students. Maya Soetoro-Ng also gave the crowd a wonderful lecture entitled Education for Peace.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng and I toured the Gadjah Mada University Museum, which was once faculty housing that hosted UH alumna Ann Dunham Soetoro and her children, Maya Soetoro-Ng and U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng looks at a tribute to her brother Barack Obama in a room that he stayed in as a child. The home once belonged to the person who was instrumental in creating the vision for Gadjah Mada University.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng meets with the Governor of Papua province to discuss future collaboration in education.

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I also had the pleasure of meeting with the Governor and First Lady of Papua province to discuss future educational collaboration.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng and I join Gadjah Mada University’s faculty for a photo at the opening of their new museum. The museum was built at a home that Soetoro-Ng and her brother U.S. President Barack Obama often stayed at during their childhood.

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Maya Soetoro-Ng discusses education with the Governor, legislature and regency heads of Papua province.

Outreach visit to Indonesia – Day 1

I’m currently traveling in Indonesia with a UH delegation that includes College of Arts and Sciences Dean Denise Konan and Assistant Professor Maya Soetoro-Ng. Here are some details and pictures of this very productive trip, which has exceeded our expectations in many ways.

More updates coming soon!

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Speaking to more than 500 students at the Islamic University of Indonesia about new initiatives in the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency(APDR3) network and its role in building resilience. I highlighted the growing partnership between the University of Hawai’i and the Islamic University of Indonesia.

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With UH Manoa assistant professor Maya Soetoro-Ng and UH Manoa Dean of the College of Social Sciences Denise Konan, discussing the expanding partnership in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience with Rector Edy Suandi Hamid and Mochamad Teguh, Dean of Civil Engineering and Planning at Islamic University of Indonesia.

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The UH delegation and APDR3 Network team at the Islamic University of Indonesia where Maya Soetoro-Ng addressed more than 500 post-graduate students. As part of the theme Education for Peace, Soetoro-Ng discussed tolerance and place-based education, values that she says she learned during her youth in Yogyakarta.

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Dean Denise Konan speaks to UH Manoa and Islamic University of Indonesia faculty. Participants explored further opportunities to expand educational relationships.

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UH Manoa Professor of Economics Nori Tarui leads a discussion on expanding international educational partnerships with faculty from the Islamic University of Indonesia.

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Our delegation at the Pustakasala Museum within the Islamic University of Indonesia library. The museum holds an ancient Buddhist temple that is more than a thousand years old and discovered beneath 10 feet of earth during the construction of UII’s library in 2009. The temple is adorned with intricate designs that were buried during a volcanic eruption long ago. UII decided to restore the archaeological find and incorporated the feature as a museum within the library.

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Denise Konan and members of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction Resiliency network (APDR3) discuss initiatives with local microfinance institutions to support local farmers. The 2010 Mount Merapi volcanic eruption created the impetus for designing innovative financial systems to develop resilience mechanisms in the event of disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

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Denise Konan talks to a snake fruit farmer from the slopes of Mount Merapi. The APDR3 network team examined the impact of the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

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With Maya Soetoro-Ng, Denise Konan, other UH officials and the APDR3 network delegation at Gadjah Mada University where we enjoyed student performances of Acehnese Saman dance and a scene from the Ramayana. The University of Hawaiʻi and Gadjah Mada University are looking to develop exchange programs and seek opportunities for supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience initiatives under the APDR3 network.

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With APDR3 delegates and officials from the Islamic University of Indonesia listening to a presentation about successful resettlement programs dedicated to relocating villagers from communities that were badly impacted by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

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Traveling with Maya Soetoro-Ng to Pagar Jurang village to hear stories about communities that were rebuilt after the volcanic eruptions. These site visits provide context for this week’s Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Symposium in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Visiting resettled villagers affected by the Mount Merapi volcanic eruption.

Iboshi attends White House symposium on student equity

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The University of Hawaiʻi System’s Pearl Iboshi took part in a White House Symposium called iCount: Equity Through Representation, on June 6, 2013.

Iboshi is director of the UH System’s Institutional Research and Analysis Office and was invited to join a dynamic group of data specialists, education policy experts, foundation partners and high-level federal officials at the symposium to identify the barriers, challenges, and obstacles to achieving educational equity. The group also discussed best practices, systems and solutions.

The White House says it is working to achieve educational equity in the face of our nation’s increasingly diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student population, which is a critical civil rights issue of our time. iCount is ensuring that every single student is counted and the diversity of the multi-faceted AAPI student population is identified.

Learn more about this important issue and the work of the participants: Asian groups, White House seek better race data (Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Mahalo, Pearl!

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

Development Academy of the Philippines delegation

We are hosting the presidents of 15 state colleges and universities in the Philippines this week. They are taking an Executive Course in Education Management and Leadership and are learning from the experiences of foreign universities, including the University of Hawaiʻi.

The Development Academy of the Philippines says it selected UH as one of the learning sites because of the strength of our system approach and the key strengths of the university.

The educational leaders are especially interested in our contribution to Hawaiʻi’s economy and research, how we improved education delivery and access across the state and our marine and agriculture programs and community college innovation. They are also interested in the East-West Center and the Philippine Consulate.

The delegation will visit the UH System, UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, Windward Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College and much more over the next week.

Honoring UH regents

We honored our outgoing Board of Regents members Judge Artemio Baxa and Mike Dahilig after our final board meeting of the academic year on Thursday, May 16. Governor Neil Abercrombie, board members, vice presidents, chancellors and others came out to honor Regents Baxa and Dahilig and to thank them for their dedication and years of service.

We also welcomed our new Regents Eugene Bal and Randy Moore at a small reception at Bachman Hall.

<p>Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.</p>

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Governor Abercrombie addresses the crowd at a reception for outgoing regents Mike Dahilig, left, and Judge Artemio Baxa, right, and incoming regents at Bachman Hall Thursday night.

<p>Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Governor Abercrombie and I prepare to thank outgoing Regents Mike Dahilig and Judge Artemio Baxa at a reception at Bachman Hall Thursday evening.

<p>Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Regent Carl Carlson, Associate V.P. for Student Affairs Lui Hokoana and Regent Barry Mizuno outside Bachman Hall.

<p>Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.</p>

UH Regents Reception

Welcoming new Regent Randy Moore.

Tissue Genesis tour

<p>Tissue Genesis co-founder Thomas Cannon, right, joined University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the Tissue Genesis laboratory.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

Tissue Genesis co-founder Thomas Cannon, right, joined University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood in the Tissue Genesis laboratory.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, sees Tissue Genesis laboratory work conducted up close.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, right, sees Tissue Genesis laboratory work conducted up close.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, puts on her laboratory gloves as she gets ready to tour Tissue Genesis with the company's Co-founder and Executive Vice President Thomas Cannon.</p>

UH President Greenwood visits Tissue Genesis

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood, left, puts on her laboratory gloves as she gets ready to tour Tissue Genesis with the company's Co-founder and Executive Vice President Thomas Cannon.

I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Anton Krucky on Thursday, February 14 and tour his innovative cell therapy company—Tissue Genesis. He is the co-founder, president and chief executive of Tissue Genesis, which is located on Ala Moana Boulevard.

He invited me tour his company, which is a respected leader in regenerative medicine and leads the industry in clinical trial development. I enjoyed meeting Tissue Genesis’ employees and scientists and getting a close up look at their important work.

You may recall, Mr. Krucky was a UH commencement speaker recently. He has decades of management experience, including marketing, product development and sales at IBM. Mr. Krucky serves on the boards of several major corporations in Hawaiʻi, as well as several non-profit medical and healthcare boards including the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Letter to UH ohana

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Dear UH ʻOhana,

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to take the time to thank you for your support and patience as we continue to process all the confusion of the past few months.

Despite this difficult period, many positive things have happened. Download the full text of my letter highlighting this year’s accomplishments at http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/op/presidents-letter-2012.pdf.

As we face a new calendar year, let us rededicate ourselves to our strategic and long term goals, let us remember that education is the path to enlightenment and state, national and personal security. Above all let us seize this new year with vigor and enthusiasm.

Mahalo nui loa for your support, understanding and dedication.

M.R.C. Greenwood
President