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 asked to speak at the Scholar Banquet or another ARCS Event.
At right, ARCS Honolulu member Patricia "Patty" Lee, left, congratulated 2019 ARCS Scientist of the Year Dr. Margaret McFall-Ngai, who subsequently became a member of the chapter.
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.
ARCS HONOLULU'S ICELAND CONNECTION
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 his academic office exhibited at the Breiðdalssetur Research and Heritage Center is the engraved koa bowl presented to the late Dr. Walker by the Honolulu Chapter. Among his many international honors, Dr. Walker received Iceland’s Order of the Falcon (the equivalent of a knighthood) for revolutionizing understanding of the island’s geology.
Scientists of the Year
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)