Leeward has been selected as one of only 38 two-year institutions nationwide to participate in a new program, supported by a $2.3 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focusing on redesigning remedial/developmental math courses.
Professor Eric Matsuoka and Instructor Jennifer Watada were instrumental in writing the grant. Eric received his MA in the UHM Math Dept in 1994.
The University of Hawaii Foundation is forming an endowment fund that will honor the late Stanley Ann Dunham, a UH-Manoa Mathematics alumna and President Barack Obama’s mother. Fundraising is just beginning for the endowment, a partnership between the UH Foundation and the East-West Center. University officials say the fund will support an endowed chair in the anthropology department and scholarships for students focused on that field and other social sciences. Dunham received a BA in Mathematics from UH-Manoa in 1967, then went on to earn an MA (1983) and PhD (1992) in Anthropology from UH. The fund is in the name of Ann Dunham Soetoro, the name Obama’s mother adopted after marrying her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. She also used the name during years of anthropology studies.
UHM Math Dept graduate Wayne Lewis (Ph.D, ’92) is now the Lead Instructor on networking at Honolulu Community College. He has recently published his textbook LAN Switching and Wireless, CCNA Exploration Companion Guide. This is the official supplemental textbook for the LAN Switching and Wireless course in the Cisco Networking Academy.