Honolulu Chapter Honors Outstanding University of Hawai‘i Faculty
Since 1983, ARCS Honolulu Chapter annually honors one University of Hawai‘i at Manoa faculty member as its Scientist of the Year.
The award recognizes recipients both for their own remarkable research careers and for their role as outstanding mentors to young scientists, so it is no suprise that many have also been advisors to ARCS Honolulu Scholars. Scientists of the Year are invited to speak at the Scholar Banquet or another ARCS Event (or safely distanced recorded online talks during the pandemic).
At right, ARCS Honolulu member Patricia "Patty" Lee, left, congratulated 2019 ARCS Scientist of the Year Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, who spoke of the important opportunities unrestricted ARCS Scholar funding provides and tendered her support by subsequently becaming a member of the chapter.
BRED IN HAWAI‘I – THE ARCS ANTHURIUM
1990 Scientist of the Year and ground-breaking horticulturalist Haruyuki Kamemoto created a purple anthurium through complex cross-breeding and named it in honor of the ARCS Foundation’s support for students in the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and other programs. The late Dr. Kamemoto and his protege, 2008 Scientist of the Year Adelheid Kuehnle, who introduced molecular breeding techniques, played important roles in Hawai‘i’s transition from plantation economy to diversified agriculture.
The ARCS Foundation name can be found in the oldest building in Breiðdalsvík, Iceland thanks to 1987 Scientist of the Year George P. L. Walker, the acclaimed University of Hawai‘i geologist widely considered to be the father of modern volcanology. Tucked atop a file cabinet In a recreation of Dr. Walker's academic office exhibited at the Breiðdalssetur Research and Heritage Center is the engraved koa bowl presented to him by the Honolulu Chapter. His many international honors include Iceland’s Order of the Falcon (the equivalent of a knighthood) for revolutionizing understanding of the island’s geology.
Scientists of the Year
Rachel Novotny, Food Science and Human Nutrition (2022)
Mark Hixon, Zoology (2021) Loic LeMarchand, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Research Center (2020) Margaret McFall-Ngai, Pacific Biosciences Research Center (2019) Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy (2018) Richard Yanagihara, John A. Burns School of Medicine (2017) Brent Tully, Institute for Astronomy (2016) Ruth Gates, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (2015) deceased Sheila Conant, Zoology (2014) Angel Yanagihara, John A. Burns School of Medicine (2013) Bin Wang, Meteorology (2012) Cecilia Shikuma, John A. Burns School of Medicine (2011) Hope Jahren, Geochemistry (2010) Margo Edwards, Geophysics and Planetology (2009) Adelheid Kuehnle, Tropical Plant and Soil Science (2008) John Learned, Physics (2007) Marla J. Berry, John A. Burns School of Medicine (2006) Laurence Kolonel, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center (2005) John Tonry, Institute for Astronomy (2004) Robert Bidigare, Oceanography (2003) Charles Boyd, John A. Burns School of Medicine (2002) John Madey, Physics (2001) Isabella Abbott, Botany (2000) deceased David Bercovici, Geology and Geophysics (1999) E. Alison Kay, Zoology (1998) deceased Ronald Mau, Environmental Science (1997) David Jewitt, Institute for Astronomy (1996) Fred Mackenzie, Oceanography (1995) Gillian Bryant-Greenwood, John A. Burns School of Medicine (1994) Goro Uehara, Tropical Plant and Soil Science (1993) deceased Anne Alvarez, Plant Pathology (1992) Klaus Wyrtki, Oceanography (1991) deceased Haruyuki Kamemoto, Tropical Plant and Soil Science (1990) deceased Marian Melish, John A. Burns School of Medicine (1989) James Brewbaker, Horticulture (1988) deceased George Walker, Geology and Geophysics (1987) deceased David Karl, Oceanography (1986) Donald Hussong, Geology and Geophysics (1985) Philip Helfrich, Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (1984) Eric Becklin, Institute for Astronomy (1983)
2023 Scientist of the Year Dr. Rachel Novotny on Children's Healthy Living in the Pacific
2021 Scientist of the Year Mark Hixon
2020 Scientist of the Year Loic LeMarchand
Other Talks by Scientists of the Year
2018 Scientist of the Year and NASA missions co-investigator Dr. Karen Meech discusses comet ‘Oumuamua, the first object from another star to traverse our solar system. View the highlights video or watch the full 55-minute interview.
She also discussed possible end-of-earth scenarios as a panel member for a UH College of Natural Sciences Pilina Ao program. Watch the YouTube video.