Hawaii State Government “Transformation Internship Program”

TIP is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain training and experience in state government and assist in organization change management, business process re-engineering and/or information technology systems and solutions. Through TIP, students will gain experience in areas such as strategic planning, human capital management, organizational change management, quantitative and qualitative management, and fiscal planning.

Interns will be supervised by the Deputy CIO of Business Transformation, and work with program teams to evaluate challenges and identify and assist in the implementation of improvements throughout the State’s various departments. The work of the interns will involve interacting with, meeting with and interviewing state employees, summarizing the results of all research, and presenting findings through presentations, reports, white papers, dashboards, and scorecards. Interns must have the ability to work well with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. State employees, outside consultants and private organizations) and communicate effectively at multiple levels within the State.

For more details, see here.

Honolulu, HI takes first place in the 2011 Digital Cities Survey

The city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii received a first place rankings in the 2011 Digital Cities Survey, according to the results announced on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The 11th annual survey spotlights the municipalities that best show how information and communication technology are used to enhance public service. The survey is conducted by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology.

In cities with populations of 250,000 or more, the city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii, took top-billing in the 2011 Digital Cities Survey. One of their most innovative projects that helped them capture first place is Kokua Wireless, a free island-wise municipal Wi-Fi Internet service installed without taxpayer money.

For more information, see the news release.

Gazan gets grant from NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund

Rich Gazan has received a $30K grant from the NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund to investigate the extent to which publications by astrobiology researchers demonstrate actual and potential interdisciplinarity.

The project, entitled Interdisciplinary Research Metrics in Astrobiology (IRMA), will provide summer research funding for two ICS PhD students in 2013 (Co-Investigators Lisa Miller and Mike Gowanlock), to integrate data mining and information clustering techniques with a social science component to assess opportunities for, and barriers to, interdisciplinary research across astrobiology’s diverse constituent fields.

The NASA Astrobiology Institute Director’s Discretionary Fund makes one-year awards for research that advances the science of astrobiology, demonstrates impact to NASA’s space flight programs or its broader science activities, and/or contributes to NASA’s role as a federal R&D agency. More information about the NASA Astrobiology Institute can be found here: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/.

Susanna Still’s research featured in Nature

ICS Professor Susanna Still and her colleagues are featured in a News article in Nature entitled “Proteins remember the past to predict the future”.

The Nature article, authored by Phillip Ball is subtitled “Insight into what makes biological machines efficient could improve scientific models” and discusses the significance and impact of recent work by Prof. Still and her colleagues. See the full article at http://www.nature.com/news/proteins-remember-the-past-to-predict-the-future-1.11544

HICHI in the news

From Honolulu Civil Beat, July 27, 2012: “Candidates are engaging people through these media in a way they wouldn’t have before,” said Scott Robertson. “Especially national candidates at the level of the Senate and House, they’re following a national trend. Almost no national candidates are absent from social media anymore.” Robertson has been conducting studies looking at how people — particularly young adults — respond to the use of social media in national politics.

For more on Scott’s research and its relevance to Hawaii’s political races, see Hawaii Candidates Banking on ‘Like’-ability, Alia Wong, Honolulu Civil Beat, Friday, July 27, 2012.

Casanova wins UH teaching award

Henri Casanova, Associate Professor, won a University of Hawaii Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching in recognition of his efforts at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Henri was honored at a ceremony in May, 2012 and presented with his citation by Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw.  For more details, see this press release.

LIS Makes Top 10… Again

For the fifth consecutive year, the school library media specialization in the Library and Information Science (LIS) Graduate Program has been recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report in its “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011.”
LIS School Library Specialization Places Again Among Top 10
in U.S. News and World Report

For the fifth consecutive year, the school library media specialization in the Library and Information Science (LIS) Graduate Program has been recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report in its “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011.” It was ranked eighth in the top ten. U.S. News and World Report analyzes more than 12,000 different graduate program areas for this special report. Rankings are based on expert opinions regarding program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of the faculty, research, and students.

The LIS Program is a master’s program in the College of Natural Sciences, Department of Information and Computer Sciences. Martha Crosby, ICS Department chair, commented:

The graduates of the LIS Program make up 85% of the Hawaii DOE’s school library workforce. Several of them have received national recognition. In 2007, Kapolei High School Library led by Carolyn Kirio and Sandy Yamamoto was cited as the National School Library Media Program of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). This year, Kailua Elementary Library was selected as one of 35 exemplary programs across the nation by the AASL and librarian Darren Tanaka was commended for his innovative approaches to learning.

In 2009, the LIS Program received a $250,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to design and implement training for teams of high school teachers and librarians working on capstone research projects with their students. This three-year grant enables the Program to support the state’s P-20 initiative.

For more information on the U.S News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, visit www.usnews.com/grad