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Professor Denise Konan Elected a SENCER Leadership Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Denise Knonan, who has been elected a SENCER Leadership Fellow!

SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities is a faculty development and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education reform project funded by the National Science Foundation to promote greater engagement of undergraduates with the sciences in institutions of higher education in the US and selected other countries.

As a SENCER leadership fellow, Professor Konan will work to promote undergraduate research and education by developing curriculum that links scientific inquiry to economic reasoning and engaging students in consequential scientific issues facing our communities. She will develop a vibrant undergraduate student internship program that provides financial support for students to conduct research under the direction of University of Hawaii faculty in science and economics. Beginning with undergraduate and graduate education, she will plan outreach activities that would strengthen Hawaii's K-12 curriculum and awareness in local business and the public sector. The SENCER affiliation will also support efforts to build a network of University of Hawaii faculty from Economics, Oceanography, Geology, Philosophy, and Engineering that will support student engagement in scientific inquiry around societal problems. Programs at the University of Hawaii will inform public decision making over the economics and environmental consequences of Hawaii energy policy, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and other relevant legislative initiatives.

For additional information, please see the press release on the SENCER website.

posted on December 23, 2009

Article by Professors Halliday and Kwak Featured by Elsevier

Professor Tim Halliday and Professor Sally Kwak's paper, "Weight gain in adolescents and their peers" was recently listed in Elsevier's Featured Articles. Earlier this year, their paper was featured on the University of Hawaii website's home page. Congratulations to both of them!

posted on October 15, 2009

Scholarship Opportunities for Economics Students

Economic times are tough. Hawaii has a high cost of living, and paying thousands of dollars in tuition does not make life easier for our students. This is where scholarships come in! The Office of Community and Alumni Relations is offering a number of scholarships that both our undergraduates and graduates may apply for. We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities!

All scholarships have an application deadline of 4PM on October 29, 2009. Please read through the individual applications for more details on eligibility and application procedures. Good luck!

  • The Colleges of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association Annual Scholarship: Open to undergraduate students. Download application.
  • The John Young Scholarship in the Arts: Open to both undergraduate students and graduate students. Download application.
  • The K.S. Cheng Memorial Scholarship: Open to both undergraduate students and graduate students. Download application.
  • The Kenjiro & Yakue Natsuyama Scholarship: Open to undergraduate students. Download application.
  • The Colleges of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association Rodney P. Santos Scholarship: Open to undergraduate students. Download application.
  • Jhamandas Watumull Arts & Sciences Scholarship: Open to undergraduate students. Download application.

posted on September 8, 2009

Econ Contributes to 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood

Presenting at the Hawaii 
	   Statehood Conference
Marcia Sakai (Dean of Business and Economics at UH-Hilo and an alumna of this department) speaks at the Hawaii Statehood Conference, as Professor Byron Gangnes and Pearl Imada-Iboshi (State Economist from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, and an alumna of this department) look on.

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the union. Fifty years later on August 21, 2009, members of the economics department, UHERO, and the Hawaii Economic Association helped the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission organize a one-day conference to commemorate 50 years of Hawaii statehood.

The conference reflected on Hawaii's past and examined major trends and challenges for the future. A large econ contingent of 18 faculty members and former graduates of the department participated in the conference by giving presentations or chairing sessions. The conference was a big success as a standing room crowd of over 2,100 attendees listened to Governor Linda Lingle, political historian and writer Tom Coffman, Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay, East West Center President Charles Morrison, and our own Andy Mason, who gave an eye-opening presentation on the daunting implications of population aging on Hawaii's economic future. In late-morning breakout sessions, members of the econ contingent gave talks on the future of high technology development in Hawaii, interaction between the environment and the economy, vulnerability of Hawaii to future natural disasters, tax reform, reform of Hawaii's public schools, and prospects for economic recovery from the current economic recession.

For more photos from the event, see the photo gallery from our Centennial Website.

UH Professors and alumni at the Hawaii 
	   Statehood Conference
Top row (left to right): Marcia Sakai (Dean of Business and Economics at UH-Hilo and UH graduate), Majah Leah Ravago (UH econ graduate student), Professor Sally Kwak, Pearl Imada-Iboshi (State Economist and UH graduate), Yangseon Kim (Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism), and Paul Brewbaker (UH econ graduate). Bottom row (left to right): Professor Ilan Noy, Professor James Mak, Kimberly Burnett (UH econ graduate), Professor Carl Bonham, Professor James Roumasset, Professor Byron Gangnes, and Professor Sang-Hyop Lee. Missing from the photo are Professor Andrew Mason, Professor Sumner La Croix, Professor Makena Coffman, Professor Jerry Russo, and UH alumnus Andrew Kato.

At Lunch
Professors Sang-Hyop Lee, Gerard Russo, Andrew Mason, and James Mak at the conference luncheon

posted on August 17, 2009

Econ Alumnus Shankar Sharma Appointed Nepalese Ambassador to the United States

Dr. Sharma (middle) in a United Nations ESCAP 
	   intergovernmental functions in 2004
Dr. Sharma (middle) in a United Nations ESCAP intergovernmental functions in 2004.
Source: United Nations ESCAP

Congratulations to Dr. Shankar P. Sharma on being appointed as Nepalese Ambassador to the United States by the Government of Nepal on August 3, 2009.

Dr. Sharma received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawai‘i in Fall 1984. Prior to his appointment as Nepalese Ambassador, he was the Vice Chairman of Nepal's National Planning Commission in 1998-2009.

posted on August 17, 2009

Economics Professors Co-Author Adolescent Obesity Study

Two of our department's professors were featured on our institution's home page recently! Professor Timothy Halliday and Professor Sally Kwak, both professors at the Department of Economics, were acknowledged on the UH home page for having recently published a paper in Economics and Human Biology titled, "Weight Gain in Adolescents and Their Peers." The article examines trends in adolescent body mass index (BMI) in a nationally representative dataset.

To view a copy of the abstract, visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2009.05.002

posted on July 17, 2009

Congratulations to our Spring 2009 Department Award Winners!

The Department of Economics would like to extend a big mahalo to everyone who came out to the Spring 2008 semester-end party! One dozen undergraduate and graduate students were honored with various awards. To see a list of award winners, please see our spring 2009 awards page!

Professor Russo with Si Chen  Katie Tangtipongkul with the Campbell family

To view photos from the end of semester party, see our Centennial Website's photo gallery.

posted on July 17, 2009

Six Economics Undergraduates Win Awards at Spring Symposium

As noted earlier, nine students majoring in economics participated in this year's Spring Symposium earlier this month. Of these students, six won awards for their work.

Megan Chock's presentation, "An Economic Assessment of Biological Control for Hawaii's Top Priority Noxious Weed, Miconia Calvescens was a runner-up in the "posters" category. In addition, a group of students consisting of Nicole Warren, Nicola Xella, James Small, Kristi Yamura, and Shannon Toriki were the top presentors in the social sciences oral presentation category.

Congratulations to these students and to all the students who presented at the Spring Symposium!

posted on May 21, 2009

Nine Economics Students to Participate in the Spring Symposium

The Department of Economics is proud to have seven outstanding undergraduates to represent the department at this year's Spring Symposium! This annual event celebrates undergraduate research and creative work by undergraduates at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

The Spring Symposium will be held this Saturday starting at 8 AM at the East West Center's Keoni Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. A list of Economics students presenting and the titles of their presentations can be seen below:

Student Presentation Title Time
Kelly Morikone Aging in South Korea: How demographics, Public Support Systems, and Policy Impact One Another 11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Christopher Sheehey Norwegian Cruise Lines in Hawaii: A Case Study on the True Price of "Pride" 12:15 PM to 12:30 PM
Nicole Warren, Nicola Xella* Saving the Last "American" Cruise Ship 12:30 PM to 12:45 PM
Megan Chock An Economic Assessment of Biological Control for Hawaii's Top Priority Noxious Weed, Miconia Calvescens 11:45 AM to 11:55 AM
Darryl Tay Building a Soccer Scouting Application Using Data Envelopment Analysis 12:05 PM to 12:15 PM
Darryl Tay Building a Soccer Scouting Application Using Data Envelopment Analysis 12:05 PM to 12:15 PM
Note: Nicole Warren and Nicola Xella are presenting a paper co-authored by Shannon Toriki, Kristi Yamura, Chris Sheehey, and James Small.

If you would like to read the abstracts for any of these presentations, a program can be found on the Honors Program's website.

Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported there were seven economics majors participating.

posted on April 30, 2009

Graduate Student Hazel Parcon Receives IT&FA Best Paper Award

Economics graduate student Hazel Parcon's paper "Disaggregating PTAs and the Role of International Division of Labor on PTA Formation" was chosen as the Best Student Paper for the 19th International Trade and Finance Association Conference! The conference will be held on May 28-29 in in Beijing China. Congratulations to Hazel on this great achievement!

posted on April 27, 2009

"Hawaii mafia" participates in WEAI Kyoto conference

UH faculty, alumni, and students, known as "the Hawaii mafia" participated at the recently concluded Western Economics Association International 8th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference in Kyoto, Japan on March 24-27, 2009. James Roumasset organized the session on "Sustainability Science: Commons, Coral, Confusion, and (re)Cycling." He was joined by UH Economics alumni Arsenio Balisacan, Abe Shigeyuki, Manabu Fujimura, Kimberly Burnett, Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, and graduate student Majah-Leah Ravago. Majah organized the session, "Poverty, Environment, and Agriculture," which combined the Hawaii mafia and "Philippines Yakuza" -- Japanese scholars who study the Philippines.

The conference featured Kenneth Arrow, a Nobel Laureate and a former WEAI President who talked about the "Economics and Obligation in Climate Change." The conference's main purpose is to foster an exchange of ideas between Western and Asia-Pacific economists. By bringing together leading experts as well as junior and senior scholars, the conference covered a broad range of topics in several fields.

The Hawaii mafia with Nobel Laureate Prof. Kenneth Arrow at the conference dinner reception
The Hawaii mafia with Nobel Laureate Prof. Kenneth Arrow at the conference dinner reception
Kimberly Burnett, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Arsenio Balisacan, SEARCA and University of the Philippines, Diliman; James Roumasset, University of Hawaii and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Nobel Laureate Prof. Kenneth Arrow; Majah-Leah Ravago, UH Econ Graduate Student; Agnes Rola, University of the Philippines Los Baņos; Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Chulalongkorn University (backrow).

Session: Sustainability 
	   Science: Commons, Coral, Confusion, and (re)Cycling
Session: Sustainability Science: Commons, Coral, Confusion, and (re)Cycling
Michinori Uwasu, Osaka University; Sittidaj Pongkijvorasin, Chulalongkorn University; Majah-Leah Ravago, UH Econ Graduate Student; Chieko Umetsu, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (also UH alumna); Agnes Rola, University of the Philippines Los Baņos; James Roumasset, University of Hawaii and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Kimberly Burnett, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Arsenio Balisacan, SEARCA and University of the Philippines, Diliman

Session: Poverty, Agriculture, and the Environment
Session: Poverty, Agriculture, and the Environment
Manabu Fujimura, Aoyama Gakuin University; Susan Stone, Asian Development Bank Institute; Abe Shigeyuki, Doshisha University (and UH alumnus); Nobuhiko Fuwa, Chiba University; Arsenio Balisacan, SEARCA and University of the Philippines, Diliman; James Roumasset, University of Hawaii and University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Agnes Rola, University of the Philippines Los Baņos, Kimberly Burnett, University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization; Majah-Leah Ravago, UH Econ Graduate Student; Yasuyuki Sawada, University of Tokyo

posted on April 22, 2009

Four Economics Undergraduates Awarded Merit Scholarships

Each semester, the Department of Economics awards several merit-based tuition fellowships to our top undergraduate economics majors. For the fall 2009 semester, the department has awarded scholarships to Elijah Frost, Kelen Gesteuyala, Darryl Tay, and Sherilyn Wee. Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievement!

posted on March 27, 2009

The UHERO Report on the KITV 4 Island Television News Morning Show

The University of Hawaii Economics Research Organization (UHERO) is pleased to announce a new partnership with KITV, the ABC network affiliate in Honolulu, Hawaii. Every Friday at 6:35 am, the KITV 4 Island Television News Morning Show will feature the UHERO Report, an analysis of the week's local, national, and global economic news. Morning Show hosts Dan Maisenzahl and Mahealani Richardson will interview an economist from UHERO who will analyze how major economic events are likely to affect Hawaii's citizens, businesses, and governments. UH Economics Professor Sumner La Croix, UH Economics Associate Professor and UHERO Director Carl Bonham, and UH Economics Associate Professor Byron Gangnes will join with other UHERO economists to provide analysis.

For more information contact:

posted on March 12, 2009

Economics Undergraduates Invited to Join Phi Beta Kappa

Congratulations to economics majors Megan Chock, Laura Saiki-Chaves, and Christopher Sheehey on being invited to join the University of Hawaii at Manoa's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa! This is quite an honor for of perhaps 2,300 graduating students this academic year, PBK has invited only 85 to membership. The criteria are stiff: a 3.70 cumulative GPA, evidence of intellectual diversity at the upper-division, 60 credits in residence at Manoa, and so on. Notable members of Phi Beta Kappa include: Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and seven of the nine current Supreme Court Justices.

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest, most prestigious academic honor society in the nation founded in 1776. It recognizes undergraduate academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Only 276 of the more than 4,000 American colleges and universities have passed the rigorous scrutiny required to be allowed to charter a Chapter on their campuses.

posted on March 9, 2009

President Obama's connection to UH Economics

Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America Barack Obama, the recently-inaugurated 44th President of the United States, has his own connection to the Economics Department here at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. His father, Barack Obama Sr., majored in Economics here. He received his B.A. in Economics in June 1962, and was even elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, before moving on to graduate school at Harvard University.

posted on February 26, 2009

 

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