POSTED: Wednesday, February 04, 2009

UH hosts global warming session

The University of Hawaii-Manoa will participate in a national teach-in on global warming at 6 p.m. today in the Art Auditorium.

More than 700 organizations are joining in the nationwide movement, which will feature a webcast of a video, “;Solutions for the First 100 Days.”;

Experts will discuss climate change challenges President Obama should address during his first 100 days in office. A question and answer session will follow the webcast with a local panel moderated by UH professors Denise Antolini and Maxine Burkett.


UH law professor earns award

University of Hawaii law professor Randall Roth has received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award from Morehouse College in Georgia.

The award, honoring Roth's pursuit of social justice through nonviolent means, emphasized his writings that call for transparency and accountability in government and charities. Roth was one of the authors of the “;Broken Trust”; essay that led to reforms at the Bishop Estate. He also co-authored and edited a best-selling series of books called “;The Price of Paradise.”;

Lawrence Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse, presented the award to Roth at an event at Punahou School.


$17M released for airport project

Gov. Linda Lingle has released $17 million in construction funds to complete site preparations for a new interisland maintenance facility at Honolulu Airport.

The site work, already under way, should be complete by April 2010, and the new hangar will be built after that. The land is west of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Station No. 1.

The project is part of $1.87 billion in public infrastructure work planned to stimulate the economy. Progress on the 1,521 projects in the plan can be tracked at http://www.hawaii.gov/cip.


Forum to discuss chemical weapons

“;Chemical Weapons in History”; will be discussed at a free public forum from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Science Complex at Windward Community College.

Nelson Rebert, a Windward chemistry professor who served 20 years in the Army, will discuss the modern period of development and use of chemical warfare agents and what can be done about their future use by terrorists.

Rebert was stationed in Japan for three years as a liaison with the Japanese Self-Defense Force. He has taught the history and detection of biological warfare and worked on anthrax letters analysis.

The forum is co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section and INBRE, a biomedical research organization.