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Largest private award ever to UH from the Simons Foundation

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L-R: SOEST Dean Brian Taylor, me, Ed DeLong and David Karl.

We were elated to announce the largest private award ever to the University of Hawaiʻi, at a news conference at Snug Harbor on July 16, 2014. The Simons Foundation awarded UH Mānoa professors Edward DeLong and David Karl, both from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). Again, this is the largest private gift UH has ever received.

SCOPE is among the Simons Foundation’s programs in the division of Life Sciences. It aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea.

Both Ed and David have worked long and hard with the foundation to make this happen. This really demonstrates what is possible when we work together.

This is also an incredible affirmation of the potential of the Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative.

A lot of people have wondered can we really be serious about building a billion dollar research industry in the state. I think this is an example of how we’ll do it. It isn’t just going to the federal government and cranking out more proposals, but it’s captivating the interests of philanthropists and partners around the country and around the world to build this investment in a research and innovation economy for Hawaiʻi that advances the frontiers of human knowledge.

This award is a vote of confidence in Ed and Dave and in the University of Hawaiʻi. It is not a coincidence that UH is leading a consortium with some of the best research institutions in the country. We’re not just tagging along for the ride. So thank you Ed and Dave, thank you to the Simons organization and to all who have been a part of this.

UH News Video: Largest ever private award to UH funds microbial oceanography research

My remarks from the press conference.

Maui visit

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

<p>M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.</p>

KAOI Radio Morning Show

M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaii president, and JoAnn Inamasu, the governor's representative on Maui, were on the KAOI Radio Morning Show on January 30.

<p>University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.</p>

HI2-presentation on Maui

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood presents the Hawaii Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Maui Governor's Advisory Council.

On January 30, I visited the island of Maui where I was on the KAOI Radio morning show with JoAnn Inamasu, the governor’s representative on Maui. We participated in a one hour show that included discussions and audience call-in questions on Maui, the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College and our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2).

Later in the day, I made another HI2 presentation before the Maui Governor’s Advisory Council, a group of community leaders that keeps the state’s executive branch current on Maui issues and concerns. It was a nice and intimate group of about 10, and included representatives from local businesses, organized labor, non-profits and community groups.

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

I visited Kauaʻi on January 29, where I had the opportunity to present our Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2) to the Kauaʻi Economic Development Board at the Kauaʻi Marriott in Līhuʻe. About 60 people attended the presentation.

It was an excellent chance to get to know the garden isle’s business and community leaders who have been through the recent recession and are looking beyond today. They had some really productive ideas for Hawaiʻi’s economic and employment future.

While there, I also squeezed in a campus visit to Kauaʻi Community College where I enjoyed catching up with administrators, faculty, staff and students.

Kauai Economic Development Board presentation

Pacific Century Fellows

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The Pacific Century Fellows

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with this year’s Pacific Century Fellows on September 27. This group is our next generation of leaders and includes State Representative Ty Cullin, and one of our own, University of Hawaiʻi Regent Michael Dahilig.

The Pacific Century Fellows program, based on the White House Fellows Program, was founded by former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. It aims to develop leaders who will bring with them a greater awareness and sensitivity to the people of Hawaiʻi. Each year, the program brings together a diverse group of approximately 32 of Hawaiʻi’s most promising individuals. The fellows come from all professions and all walks of life.

Through the program, they are encouraged to develop long-term relationships with their senior community and community leaders. I had the privilege of meeting them and presenting my University of Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative (HI2), which strives to double our research funding over the next few years.

Pacific Century Fellows