skip to main content

Community Forum in Chemistry, Fall 2010


Header for Community Forum in Chemistry
Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kane'ohe, Hawai‘i 96744

This project is coordinated by Leticia U. Colmenares Ph.D. Associate Professor in Chemistry - 236-9120. The forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.


Picture of Kyle HanleyUnderstanding Radiation

by Kyle J Hanley is the Radiation Health Officer of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii

1:30-2:30 pm, Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

No matter your major or background, this discussion of radiation as it pertains to everyone, has something for you!  The forum will cover a brief history of radiation, nuclear power and explosives, but concentrate mostly on what radiation is and how it affects YOU for better or worse.  Bring your questions, fears and enthusiasm because this presentation will be interactive.

Kyle J Hanley is the Radiation Health Officer of Naval Health Clinic Hawaii.  He is responsible for administering the radiation health program across several military commands throughout Hawaii.  He teaches radiological controls, decontamination, emergency management, industrial safety and radiation physics to personnel working in and around the health physics field.  He served on the USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716) and the USS Emory S Land (AS 39) as a reactor & steam plant chemist, engine room supervisor, radiological controls technician and instructor.  Mr. Hanley obtained a masters degree in Radiation Health Physics from Oregon State University, and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in Education at Capella University.

Picture of Vinod VeeduCone shell Chemical Biology: The search for drugs from killer slugs

by Jon Paul Bingham, PhD

1:30-2:30 pm, Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

Cone shell snails are known as carnivorous human killers. However, their venom contains chemicals (peptides) that have been found to possess analgesic and other therapeutic properties. Researches on the chemical potential of these deadly marine snails, including peptide bioengineering and synthesis, proteomics, drug and pesticide development, will be highlighted in this presentation.

Jon Paul Bingham obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He worked at Griffith University (Aust.), University of Queensland (Aust.), USCF (CA), Yale Medical School (CT) and Clarkson University (NY) before coming to Hawaii. His main research interest is in the discovery of snail peptide toxins as tools for vital research, drug and pesticide use.

CPicture of Chip Fletcherlimate Update

by Charles 'Chip' Fletcher, Ph.D.

1:30-2:30 pm, Friday, October 8, 2010
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

The Hawai‘i climate is changing. The air is getting warmer; the ocean is rising, warming, and acidifying; rainfall intensity has increased, and stream discharge has decreased. These and other changes in local climate are consistent with the influence of rising global temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide content. If these trends continue, scientists anticipate growing impacts to Hawaii’s water resources and forests, coastal communities, and marine ecology. As a result, there is a need for enhanced climate monitoring and assessment; and a role for community discussions of how to adapt to these changes.

Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawaii at Manoa. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Physical Geology, Paleoclimate, and Coastal Geology, and conducts research in global change, natural history of reefs, beach processes, and coastal hazards. Chip has recently published two books: Living on the Shores of Hawaii: Natural Hazards, the Environment, and Our Communities, and Physical Geology: The Science of Earth.

Picture of Vinod VeeduPhotovoltaics in Hawaii

by Engr. Derek Fujikami

1:30-2:30 pm, Thursday, September 24, 2010
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

This presentation will discuss the various methods of conserving energy, focusing on the different types of photovoltaics, how photovoltaics work, their applications and incentives (current tax rebates) for local use. 

Derek H. Fujikami, P.E., serves as Solar Specialist for the Strategic Industries Division of the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.  He is responsible for supporting photovoltaics, solar water heating, and utility size energy storage.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and MBA from Hawaii Pacific University.   He is a licensed electrical engineer with more than 25 years in the electrical industry.

Picture of Vinod VeeduNanotechnology in Hawaii

by Vinod Veedu, Ph.D.

1:30-2:30 pm, Thursday, September 2, 2010
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

In this forum, Dr. Veedu will discuss a successful innovation process in nanotechnology. He will use NANITE, a nanotechnology based sensing concrete developed at Oceanit, as an example to describe the process. NANITE is an advanced materials innovation that has the potential to revolutionize the construction materials industry. The unique multifunctional benefits of NANITE include enhanced physical properties without additional weight, built-in structural health monitoring and lower environmental impact. Moreover, the new material is cost-effective and scalable.

Dr. Vinod Veedu received his MS degree from Florida Atlantic University and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2006. He is Senior Nanotechnology Engineer at Oceanit where he developed a nanobrush device, listed in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest nanotube brush device. This captured the attention of more than 30 news media outlets around the world including BBC, MSNBC and Fox News. In 2008, Dr. Veedu’s invention of a smart concrete, nanoconcrete, received the Nano 50 award from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has authored more than 15 publications in nanotechnology and has 11 nanotechnology related patents, either approved or pending. Dr. Veedu also hosts a science show called ‘Weird Science with Dr. V,’ on the Sunrise morning news program on HawaiiNewsNow.



Picture of people doing chemistryWhat is the Community Forum in Chemistry?  

• Its goal is to increase learning in chemistry for all students (and community members).

• A practicing professional discusses a chemistry related topic that is relevant to everyday lives.

• During the forum audience participate by asking questions, sharing views and comments.

• Serves as a bridge between classroom and real-world applications.


ACS LogoCo-sponsored by the American Chemical Society
- Hawaii Section