I recently spent about a month on Magoodhoo, a small island on the southern rim of Faafu atoll, which is one of 26 atolls that make up the Maldives archipelago. This was my first season of fieldwork for my PhD research. I am a graduate student in marine biology, and I am interested in understanding how climate change-related warming events are changing the structure and functioning of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean. Specifically, I study how disturbances alter the community composition of corals (by selecting for certain species), and how these alterations will be linked to changes in reef fish diversity and function. Will the “reefs of the future”, that will have to persist in warmer and more stressed waters, be biased towards certain functions and relationships? How will this impact patterns of reef fishing and human use? These questions are particularly pressing in low-lying small island states like the Maldives, where the effects of the 2017 El Niño are already beginning to play out on its reefs and shorelines. Continue reading
East-West Center Association
Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly reports
4th Quarter Chapter Reports (October-December 2017)
Thank you to the sixteen Chapters who submitted their fourth-quarter reports for 2017. Your submissions help us and others to know how active the Chapters are, and to show your continued patronage for EWCA/EWC outreach. The following Chapters and representatives responded this quarter: 1) ASDP (Dona M. Cady); 2) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs); 3) Bangladesh (Ekramul Ahsan); 4) Beijing (Hongxia Zhang); 5) Hawaii (Carl Hefner); 6) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto); 7) Tokyo (Kazuhiko Takemoto); 8) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim); 9) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith); 10) Malaysia (Gan Siowck Lee); 10) Nepal (Nirendra Maske); 11) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi); 12) Philippines (Pearl Erguiza Pacada; 14) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon); 15) Southern California (Claire Langham); 16) Taiwan (Frank L. Hung).
Manoa Memory Monday – President’s Day!
December 7, 1975 – President Gerald Ford was the second U.S. President to visit the East-West Center. These photos were taken at an informal reception where he met with Center staff and participants.
Whether you arrived to the Center together, met for the first time in class, or fell in love as an alumni, we wish all our EWC couples a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Feel free to share your photos with us. We will be happy to add them to the slideshow.
EWCA Mumbai Chapter Leader Sarosh Bana, who is Executive Editor of Business India, writes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent state visit to India, and his growing rapport with Indian PM Narendra Modi, demonstrated the closeness that now characterizes the two countries’ bilateral relationship. Click the images for larger version.
EWCA Mumbai Chapter Leader Sarosh Bana, who is Executive Editor of Business India, writes on the state of India’s submarine fleet as it turns 50. Click the images for larger version.
Once a month we will share a past photo from the East-West Center. Stay tuned to see what other treasures we dig up.
Check out this photo from the 1960s. Here, the late Governor of Hawaii and one of East-West Center’s founders, John A. Burns holds an informal discussion with participants. Can anyone recognize where these photos were taken?