The April 7 Math+Science+x Seminar features the work of the ʻIlima Chapter of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). “Marae O Kalaeloa: Where Culture and Science Come Together,” is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in E132.
The goal of the ‘Ilima SACNAS Chapter at the University of Hawai‘i is to increase the number of science majors from high school through the attainment of advanced college degrees, to careers and positions of leadership in STEM disciplines. To achieve its goal, the SACNAS UH ʻIlima Chapter has partnered with community experts of Hawaiian ecological knowledge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Kalaeloa Unit, to engage students in ‘aina-based science and conservation biology of endemic plants and the endangered ‘ewa hinahina (Achyranthes splendens); and habitat restoration efforts and stewardship of the unique anchialine pool ecosystem, home of the endemic Hawaiian red shrimp ‘opae ‘ula, (Halocaridina rubra).
Dr. Healani Chang will present on the Kalaeloa Wildlife Refuge and the involvement the SACNAS UH ʻIlima Chapter and UH Mānoa graduate student Narrissa Spies will present her research titled, “Mālama Kanaloa: Integrating culture and science for future marine resource managers.”