Archive for March, 2010

International Symposium on the Evolution of Life on Pacific Islands and Reefs

19 March 2010

This conference should be an exciting event. Partnering institutions include UH Manoa Department of Botany, National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, UC Berkeley, and the University of the South Pacific.

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The International Symposium on the Evolution of Life on Pacific Islands and Reefs  has been re-scheduled for May 26-30, 2011

Please save the date for this five-day symposium to be held at the East-West Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  The conference is designed to bring together a diverse group of international experts and students to examine the biogeography and evolution of terrestrial, near-shore, and freshwater biota from across the tree-of-life, including humans, which are distributed across the Pacific Islands.

There will be a variety of ways to participate in the meeting, including public lectures, invited presentations, contributed papers, poster and discussion sessions, as well as pre- and post-meeting field trips and workshops.  The meeting will be organized around several thematic areas and will focus on both empirical studies and methods for analyzing biogeographical data.

Please visit the conference website at Evolution of Life on Pacific Islands and Reefs for more information on the program and guidelines.  Additional email announcements will be sent out in advance of registration and abstract submission deadlines.  If you would like to join the distribution list please contact Nancy Khan at khanna@si.edu .

Upcoming NREM Seminar

11 March 2010

NREM Seminar Announcement

“AGRICULTURAL  LAND  USE  SINCE  STATEHOOD”

By

Dr. Carol Ferguson

NREM Associate Professor

Date: March 15, 2010

Time: 3 pm

Location: St. John 11

In August 2009, Hawaii commemorated its first 50 years as a state with a conference and other ceremonies http://hawaii.gov/statehood/.  One concurrent session focused on natural resource use and management, including a retrospective look at changes in agricultural land use and related factors.  In 1959, agricultural enterprises accounted for over half of Hawaii’s total land area.  Data were compiled from various sources to document the transformation of Hawaii’s landscape from large-scale plantations and cattle ranches to a mosaic of diversified rural and urban-type land uses.  This transformation has brought both positive and negative impacts on Hawaii’s natural and social environment, and presents new opportunities and challenges for the state’s future.

ScienceDirect outage this weekend

10 March 2010

From our Electronic Resources Librarian:

ScienceDirect, the online platform for Elsevier journals, will be down for scheduled maintenance this Saturday, March 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. Hawaii time. The outage is scheduled to last until 2 a.m. HST Sunday. The University of Hawaii at Manoa currently has access to approximately 2,000 journals via ScienceDirect.

Library Buildings Closed Over Spring Break

4 March 2010

Owing to recent budget cuts, both Hamilton and Sinclair Library buildings will be closed for Spring Break (20 March through 27 March 2010).

During the 2010 spring break, interlibrary loan service requests and patron-placed holds WILL be available. Hawaii Voyager “Get this item” services for Wong Audio-Visual Center, Hawaiian and Pacific Collections, and Special Research Collections will NOT be available.

1. Interlibrary loan requests will be held in the system until the library reopens after spring break.

2. Item holds placed via Hawaii Voyager requests will be processed after the break.

3. For 17-19 March, the hold shelf period will be extended to 20 days from the usual 10 days.

Scheduled Power Outage on 6 March Limits Sinclair Hours

4 March 2010

Notice from Sinclair Library:

Due to scheduled power outages for parts of the UH Manoa Campus on Saturday, March 6, 2010, Sinclair Library building will open at 2:30 pm and close at 7:00 pm.

Wong Audiovisual Center and Circulation Services will be available at 2:30 pm to 6:45 pm.

Sinclair Library CLIC Lab will open at 3:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm.