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Date: Monday, March 5, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Hapai honorary chair for UH Hilo 2007 National Women’s History Month

University of Hawai‘i Regent Dr. Marlene Hapai has been named honorary chair of the University of Hawaii at Hilo 2007 National Women’s History Month Celebration.

“We are honored to have Dr. Hapai serve in this capacity,” said Dr. Candace Rosovsky, director of the UH Hilo Women’s Center. “Her tireless service to the University and her professional work as a woman leader in the sciences, a non-traditional field for women, serves as an inspiration for us all.”

Hapai will be a panel member for the Brown Bag lunch series “Careers and Kids: Working Mothers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fields” on March 13. She will also welcome NWHM keynote speaker Dr. Gwendolyn Mink, the Charles N. Clark Professor in the Program for the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College, who will speak on “Single Mothers, Married Fathers, and the Gender Politics of Poverty Policy” on March 14 on the UH Hilo campus.

Hapai has served in various capacities at the University of Hawai`i, including as director of the Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center (now `Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i) and associate dean for academic and student affairs at UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. At UH Hilo, she taught biology, chaired the Natural Sciences Division and Natural Sciences program and was the first assistant director of Na Pua No‘eau, the Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children. She previously taught for 12 years at Kohala and Hilo High Schools and the UH Curriculum Research and Development Group’s University Laboratory School.

Hapai has published extensively in science education, been actively involved in teacher training and curriculum development and has earned local and national recognition for her teaching excellence leadership. As owner of Science FUNdamentals, she works with educators and others to bring fun and excitement into the learning of science.

For more information, contact the UH Hilo Women’s Center at 974-7306 or at uhhwomen@hawaii.edu.


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