EWCA Alumni Scholarship Recipient Shreya Yadav Conducts Fieldwork in the Maldives

20180419-YadavShreya-archipelagoI 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

2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presentation at the Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics at Columbia University

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Mel Lorenzo Accad

Graduate Degree Fellow


I would like to express my big thanks again for funding my conference presentation last June 23-25 at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE) at Columbia University in New York City. Directly after the conference, I flew to the Philippines for my research fieldwork and then back to Honolulu on August 17, 2017. The entire trip, including the conference attendance in New York City and field work in the Philippines was very productive.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Two-week intensive course on accelerator physics

Summer  Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Kathleen Tatem

Student Affiliate


During my intensive two-week graduate course on accelerator physics, I completed eight homework assignments, wrote two exams, and experimented with simulation software used to design and operate particle accelerators. An accelerator physicist from Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory taught the course, with a guest lecturer from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The course provided an advanced overview of how different particle accelerators operate, how to describe beam focusing magnets using the mathematics of geometrical optics, causes of beam instabilities, and beam dynamics. University of Hawaii professor John Madey, who passed away last July, was mentioned on the first day of class for his invention of the free electron laser, an influential contribution to accelerator physics. The director of the US Particle Accelerator School introduced me via email to leading experts in the field who might be able to act as my physics mentor for my dissertation, since University of Hawaii will not be hiring a replacement for John Madey.

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New Advanced Degree Programs at UH Law School Open to Foreign and U.S. Attorneys

The University of Hawai‘i Law School has established two new programs in advanced legal studies aimed at foreign-trained attorneys as well as U.S. attorneys hoping to spend time in further legal study, especially those who want to teach law outside the U.S.

UH Law Dean Avi Soifer noted that the advanced degree programs could be particularly attractive to East-West Center alumni and grantees interested in broadening their career paths.

The AJD – Advanced or Accelerated Juris Doctor – program offers advanced standing to foreign-trained applicants, and allows them to earn the JD degree in as little as two years of study rather than three, with the option of taking a U.S. bar exam after graduating and being admitted to practice in the United States.

The SJD – Doctor of Juridical Science – program is primarily intended for those who have completed a JD or an LLM program and who already teach, or are preparing to teach, law outside the United States. It is also designed for those involved in policy work in research institutes and government organizations.

These two new advanced law programs complement  Richardson Law School’s existing LLM program, launched in 2003, which has already attracted 143 attorneys from 52 countries, and was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation in three categories by The International Jurist magazine.

“The diversity of our Law School offers a nurturing atmosphere for students and scholars coming to the East-West Center,” Soifer said, adding: “We were pleased to be very highly ranked recently in terms of our career support as well as for our academics. These new programs offer attractive options for those who thrive while working in a diverse academic community.”

Applications are currently being accepted. Click here for more information.

AJD program in a nutshell:

  • Provides an option for foreign-trained attorneys who want to be grounded in American law, and then have the option of practicing law in the United States.
  • Foreign-trained attorneys may receive up to a year’s credit toward a JD for their foreign training.
  • The degree enables foreign attorneys to take a U.S. bar exam and practice anywhere in the U.S.

SJD program in a nutshell:

  • Students who have completed either a JD or LLM may apply for this advanced degree.
  • Offers an important credential for those who hope to teach law outside the U.S. for both foreign-trained attorneys and American citizens.
  • Requires just a year in residence at Richardson, with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed in three years.
  • Offers time for advanced legal research or research on policy issues.


Pre-authorized Debit Program for Your Donation

Would you like to see more students come to the East-West Center to take advantage of opportunities such as those you had?

Here is a simple, painless way to make that happen.  You can now have your donations to the East-West Center Foundation automatically debited or deducted from your checking or savings accounts each quarter.  This option is only available for U.S. bank accounts.

If you decide to have $90 taken from your bank account (savings or checking) every quarter (that’s $1 a day), you will have given $360 in a year, and in less than three years, you will have given $1,000!  Your name will go on a donor plaque at Burns Hall as a $1,000 Donor.  If you must discontinue the program before you reach $1,000, you can just notify the EWC Foundation office.

Sign up by going to the EWC Foundation website www.eastwestcenter.org/support-the-ewc, contacting the EWC Foundation at 808-944-7193 or by email Foundation@EastWestCenter.org

Sounds easy?  It is!  Some of us have already started on the Quarterly Debit Program.  Please join us today.  Thank you for your participation and generosity.

Larry Smith, co-chair

Tsue Ostermann, co-chair

EWCA Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships Committee

Donation of Kitchen Items for Incoming Students

It’s that time of the year again! The new students will be arriving to the East-West Center dorms in August and the Associates Office will be collecting donations of kitchen goods to sell to new participants at a greatly reduced cost. This year’s Annual Bazaar/Kitchen Item Sale for incoming students will be held on August 11.

If you would like to donate gently used kitchen goods, please contact Mamta Panwar at (808) 944-7506 or alumni@eastwestcenter.org before dropping off the items. Donations will be accepted between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm at the Associates Office, 1601 East-West Road, Room 1060, during the week of July 27 – July 31.

Western Economics Association International 8th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference

By Majah-Leah V. Ravago

Manabu Fujimura, Susan Stone, Shigeyuki Abe, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Arsenio Balisacan, James Roumasset, Agnes Rola, Kimberly Burnett, Majah-Leah Ravago, Yasuyuki Sawada

(L to R) Manabu Fujimura, Susan Stone, Shigeyuki Abe, Nobuhiko Fuwa, Arsenio Balisacan, James Roumasset, Agnes Rola, Kimberly Burnett, Majah-Leah Ravago, Yasuyuki Sawada

“It’s a small world after all!” It may sound cliché, but is true as exemplified by my recent experience of meeting several EWC alumni in the Western Economics Association International 8th Biennial Pacific Rim Conference in Kyoto, Japan on March 24-27, 2009. We organized sessions in this conference and I realized that several participants we invited have one thing in common — EWC. Continue reading

East-West Center Students Celebrate Many Cultures, One World

HONOLULU (April 10) – The East-West Center Participants Association is hosting its 2009 cultural celebration, East-West Fest, on Sat. April 18 from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Center’s Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall) on the East-West Center campus.

This year’s fest is themed Many Cultures, One World and will include cultural booths representing 13 countries. Performances for the event include award-winning Hawaiian combo Manoa Voices; the winners of the 2008 Tokelau Easter Festival, Te Lumanaki o Tokelau I Amelika; dances of Bhutan, Bali, Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia; music of Cambodia, Vietnam and Bangladesh; and much more. Continue reading

EWCA Hawaii Chapter Annual Dinner

The Hawaii Chapter will be hosting their Annual Meeting and Fundraiser Dinner on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Luana Hills Country Club. The funds raised from this event will go to EWC student travel scholarships that enable students to attend professional conferences.

The program will feature an excellent buffet dinner, art bazaar, an auction of Southeast Asian art, and cultural performances by EWC students. Continue reading