UH launches research magazine
The 52,000-circulation quarterly will feature faculty discoveries
The University of Hawaii is planning to spend $187,000 to put out a new magazine to promote the research taking place at state's public university system.
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The inaugural issue of "Kaunana," which means "to discover" in Hawaiian, was distributed to UH arts and sciences alumni and graduates of the UH medical and law schools. Copies were also be sent to news media, state lawmakers and other community leaders, said Kristen Bonilla, a UH spokeswoman.
The university plans to publish the magazine four times a year, according to Richard Cox, the director of the UH Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development. About 52,000 copies will be printed per issue. The funds will come from both the system and UH-Manoa research offices, Cox said.
"We sometimes forget that in addition to teaching, our faculty are also charged with the creation of new knowledge or research. As such, they are responsible to a community much larger than their students in the classroom," said UH Manoa Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Gary Ostrander in the news release.
"It will enhance the university's image, hopefully, in the minds of those who receive the magazine," Cox said, noting that other universities publish similar magazines.
The first issue features stories about UH researchers unlocking the secrets of the human brain, killer venom used to fight auto-immune disorders, and testing the hearing capabilities of mammals, according to a UH news release.
"The discoveries our faculty make and the solutions they come up with often have a worldwide impact," Cox said in the news release. "Geographically, we may be isolated, but as this issue of Kaunana illustrates, and as future issues will as well, UH is making contributions that are felt and appreciated around the world."
The magazine is written and edited by Honolulu freelance writer Alex Salkever and designed by Sam Kim.