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Community Forum in Chemistry, Spring 2017


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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 Dr. Burke HalesUnraveling Ocean Acidification’s Impacts on Shell-makers in Dynamic Coastal Systems

by Dr. Burke Hales

1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

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The oceans absorb a significant amount of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released to the atmosphere from human industrial and agricultural activities. The resulting changes in seawater chemistry, including pH, are referred to as ocean acidification (OA). Dr. Hales will present an overview of OA, its relationship to the ocean’s carbon cycle, and its consequences for marine biota and ecosystems. He will present results from a long-term monitoring program in Willapa Bay, WA and statistical modeling of the changing favorability for oyster production under modern conditions.

Dr. Hales received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Oceanography, all from the University of Washington. He was selected as a Department of Energy Distinguished Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellow, working in Taro Takahashi’s laboratory group at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. He joined the faculty of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University in 1998 and is currently a tenured full professor. He developed systems for measuring CO2 chemistry, in particular the favorability for shell formation, and now produces these instruments in his company ‘Dakunalytics’, founded in 2015. His current research focuses on coastal ocean carbon cycling, ocean acidification monitoring and experimentation, and developing sensors and systems for making robust, high-speed measurements of ocean chemistry.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.

Picture of Randal T. BartlettHawaii’s Interagency Biosecurity Plan (HIBP)

by Randal T. Bartlett

1:00-2:00 pm, Monday, February 13, 2017
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

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Hawaii’s Interagency Biosecurity Plan is a coordinated effort to increase support for local agriculture, protection for our environment, and safeguards for the health and lifestyle of Hawaii’s people. The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), composed of several agencies throughout the State, is committed to protecting the natural and cultural resources that sustain our industries, local water and food sources. As a community, we must protect these resources from the harmful effects of invasive species. This presentation will focus on the threats to biosecurity and how the Hawaii’s Interagency Biosecurity Plan (HIBP) is being implemented.

Randy Bartlett graduated from the Univ. of Hawai`i with a BA in Geography. His professional career has focused on the conservation of Hawai`i’s natural resources and biodiversity; managing the largest, private nature preserve (Pu`u Kukui Watershed – 8,304 acres) in Hawai`i for Maui Land & Pineapple Company for 22 years, and the 119,000 acre East Maui Watershed Partnership for 4 years, before moving back to `O`ahu in 2014 to take his current position as the Interagency Coordinator for the Hawai`i Invasive Species Council (HISC). Randy was also instrumental in founding the Melastome Action Committee on Maui in 1991, which eventually became the first Invasive Species Committee (ISC) in Hawai`i.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.


What 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.

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Co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society
- Hawaii Section