2018 Forum — Cybersecurity: Protect, Detect, Respond

Cybersecurity: Protect, Detect, Respond - Friday, April 6, 2018

As our reliance on technology grows, so does our risk of attacks, unauthorized access, fraud, and theft.

Join us at RCUH’s 2018 forum “Cybersecurity: Protect, Detect, Respond” for a current look at threats to the University of Hawai‘i and our statewide and nationwide communities. Panelists will share information on cyber threats and discuss steps you can take to safeguard your information and systems.

This forum is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating at the UH Manoa IT Center, RCUH will be live-streaming the broadcast so that participants can view the forum from their desktop, tablet, or mobile device. Click here to register for the live forum or to request the link to the live stream. 



Senior Director of Security, Microsoft Corporation

 Brian has 29 years of experience in law enforcement and the private security sector. In 2017, he was named one of the Most Influential People in Security and currently sits on the Microsoft Worldwide Public Safety and Justice Advisory Council. With over 17 years serving as Microsoft’s Senior Director of Security, Brian has led global security teams in physical security operations, investigations, background screening, and much more. He is currently spearheading the Digital Transformation technology development of Microsoft Global Security’s Virtual Security Operations Center.

Supervisory Special Agent – Cyber, FBI Honolulu

 With a background in Computer Information Systems, Will quickly advanced within the FBI. As a Special Agent in 2008, he was assigned to the Los Angeles field office, where he worked on criminal cyber investigations and intellectual property rights crimes. Will was deployed to work with South Korea in 2014-15, and addressed cases such as the Sony Pictures hack and the attack on the U.S. Ambassador in Seoul. Following his stint in Korea, Will was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Major Cyber Crimes Unit, Cyber Division, where he led the FBI’s effort against ransomware. Today, he supervises FBI’s Honolulu Cyber squad.

VP for Information Technology/CIO, UH System

Garret is a Honolulu native with more than 35 years of experience in information technology. He’s responsible for IT systems and services for the statewide UH system, which includes academic technologies and information security. Prior to joining UH in 2015, Garret served as VP and Chief Operating Officer for eWorld Enterprise Solutions. He also served as CIO for the Hawai‘i Judiciary and DTRIC Insurance, and senior technology executive for the East-West Center. Garret is currently working on UH’s strategic plan “Looking Forward to 2020 and Beyond,” which focuses on increasing connectivity across all UH campuses.

Hawaii State Ethics Commission: 2018 Training Schedule

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission will offer ethics training classes in 2018 for state employees on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands. These classes provide an overview of the state ethics laws that apply to all state employees. Topics include: Conflicts of Interests, Gifts and the Reporting of Gifts, Confidential Information, Misuse of Official Position, and Post-Employment Restrictions.

Classes are open to all state employees and there is no fee to attend. Online registration for each class will begin approximately one month before the training date. Employees who would like to register for a class are encouraged to check the Commission’s website to see when online registration for the class begins.



  • May 14, 2018 – UH Hilo, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • June 8, 2018 – Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.


  • May 25, 2018 – Kauai Community College, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


  • May 22, 2018 – UH Maui College, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (video conference via Molokai Ed Center, Lanai Ed Center)

RCUH Financial Portal — PDF Versions

PDF versions for all online transactions approved on July 1, 2012 to the present date are now available in the RCUH Financial Portal.  PDF versions for online transactions approved June 30, 2012 and prior are available upon request by contacting Ricky Fujioka.

A PDF version of the online transaction is a snapshot of the document at the time of approval and is kept for archival purposes.  As RCUH continues to improve our system and make necessary modifications to our forms, the PDF version ensures that we have an exact copy of the document when it was approved. The PDF version will reflect the form in its state at the time of approval.  However, the online version will reflect the form in the current layout.

If you have any questions, please contact Ricky Fujioka at [email protected] or (808) 988-8346.

Notary Service Available

RCUH is pleased to announce that notary service is now available at our Manoa Innovation Center office (2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96822).

There are two (2) notaries who will notarize documents at no charge for RCUH PIs and employees:

Please contact Taui or Gayle to schedule an in-person appointment when notary services are required.  We ask that you provide them with adequate lead time to work you into their schedules.   As required by law, a current identification card or document issued by the United States or any of its states or a national government that contains the bearer’s photograph and signature (e.g., driver’s license, state ID, military ID, or passport) is required at the time of your visit.   Documents requiring notarization cannot be pre-signed.

We hope this service will be helpful to you.

Forum Report Now Available

Mahalo to all who participated in RCUH’s inaugural forum, “The Federal Landscape: What’s Ahead for Research & Training?” last month. Here are links to the forum report and presenters’ PowerPoints. To view photos from the forum, please visit our RCUH facebook page.

We hope you find the resources to be beneficial. If you have any questions regarding the material, please email [email protected]. Stay tuned for RCUH’s next forum in Spring 2018!

Congratulations to the 2017 RCUH Outstanding Employees!

On October 30, 2017 nearly 200 principal investigators, project staff, and supporters gathered at Waialae Country Club to recognize 23 outstanding RCUH employees who made demonstrable, significant, and exemplary contributions to their projects during the past fiscal year or years (click on name for video).

Outstanding Researcher/Project Manager/Professional

1st Place: Tomoko Acoba, UH Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

2nd Place: Angela Bononi, UH Cancer Center

Outstanding Project Support Staff

1st Place: Robert Goya-Smith, UH Animal and Veterinary Services

2nd Place: Richard Tamae, Subaru Telescope

Outstanding Team

1st Place: Grants Development Office, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine
Lori Chun, Kari Kim, Tammy Ho, Megan Kira, Susan Ordinado

2nd Place: Hawai‘i Coral Reef Initiative, UH Social Science Research Institute
Charissa Minato, Pamela Fujii, Kristine Davidson

Honorable Mentions

Hanalei Abbott – UH Social Science Research Institute

Kaoru Ashimine – UH John A. Burns School of Medicine

Rebecca Beralas – UH Lyon Arboretum

Stanford Fichtman – Kapi‘olani Community College

Katharine Hind – Division of Aquatic Resources, State of Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources

Tara Holitzki – UH Hilo Analytical Laboratory

David Jackson and Max Sender – UH Department of Psychology

Daniel Leung – Kapi‘olani Community College

Jill Sommer – Pacific International Center for High Technology Research

Kimberly Swartz – UH Office of Public Health Studies

Congratulations to all of the 2017 honorees!



“The Federal Landscape: What’s Ahead for Research & Training?”

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i (RCUH) will host its inaugural public forum on Friday, October 6, 2017 titled “The Federal Landscape: What’s Ahead for Research & Training?” The University of Hawai’i and the University of Hawai’i Association of Research Investigators are co-sponsors for this event.

The live forum will be at UH Manoa’s IT Center from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It is open to the public and will be streamed live to UH campuses across the state (excluding Honolulu Community College), as well as the UH Cancer Center and the Institute for Astronomy locations in Hilo, Manoa, and Maui. Seating is limited at each location and reservations may be made online here: http://bit.ly/2vrwkRP. Deadline for RSVPs is September 25, or when seating capacities are reached.

The three featured panelists are:

Anthony DeCrappeo, President, Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)
DeCrappeo has been with COGR since 1995, serving as Director for Research Compliance and Administration, Costing Policies; Vice President; and since 2005, as President. He works closely with senior federal agency officials that fund research on all matters related to policy, regulations, guidance, and audit findings that impact research, including the Directors and Deputy Directors of the NIH and NSF, and staff of the White House Offices of Management and Budget and Science and Technology Policy.

Jennifer Poulakidas, Vice President for Congressional & Governmental Affairs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Poulakidas works to promote public higher education’s positions to Congress and the Executive Branch on science and research, student affordability and access, innovation and competitiveness, among other issues important to major public universities. She previously served as legislative director for science at the University of California’s Washington D.C. office.

Jennifer Sabas, President, Kaimana Hila & Consultant to University of Hawai‘i
Sabas works to enhance UH’s federal research portfolio in oceanography, astronomy, renewable energy, and to seek new research opportunities. She consults with executive branch departments and agencies, congressional members, and committee staff to advance the University’s research, development and training. Sabas previously served as Chief of Staff for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye for 20 years.

Request for Project Photos

RCUH wants to showcase the important work you do in our print and online collateral, but we need your help! We’re expanding our photo file and are asking projects to share any new hi-res photos with RCUH.

Ideal photos should be clear, bright, and tell a story about your project. Action or staged activities are preferred. No headshots please. Minimum size: 600 x 600 pixels. Resolution: 300 dpi.

Please complete the information form below and send your photos to [email protected] by September 15, 2017. Photos may be sent as attachments or via UH File Drop. For examples of photos that are interesting and informative, see pages 13-15 of the 2016 RCUH Annual Report.

Mahalo for sharing your work with us!


Nominees for 2017 Outstanding Employees of the Year Awards


RCUH is pleased to introduce the nominees for the 2017 RCUH Outstanding Employees of the Year Award. These individuals have gone above and beyond their job duties and made significant contributions to their project and our greater research community. They are pictured from left to right:

  • HANALEI ABBOTT, UH Social Science Research Institute, Social Sciences Grant Development Office
  • TOMOKO ACOBA, UH Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • KAORU ASHIMINE, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, Postgraduate Medical Education at Okinawa Chubu Hospital
  • ANGELA BONONI, UH Cancer Center, Thoracic Oncology
  • STANFORD FICHTMAN, Kapi‘olani Community College, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Project
  • TARA HOLITZKI, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Analytical Laboratory
  • DANIEL LEUNG, Kapi‘olani Community College, Culinary Arts Program
  • JILL SOMMER, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, Pacific Archaeology & Heritage Unit
  • REBECCA BERALAS, UH Lyon Arboretum
  • ROBERT GOYA-SMITH, UH Animal and Veterinary Services Program
  • KATHARINE HIND, Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources
  • KIM SWARTZ, UH Public Health Studies, Alcohol Compliance & Enforcement Project
  • RICHARD TAMAE, Subaru Telescope
  • CHARISSA MINATO, PAMELA FUJII, KRISTINE DAVIDSON, UH Social Science Research Institute, Hawai‘i Coral Reef Initiative
  • LORI CHUN, KARI KIM, TAMMY HO, MEGAN KIRA, SUSAN ORDINADO, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, Grants Development Office
  • MAX SENDER, DAVID JACKSON, UH Department of Psychology, Research Evaluation and Training Project

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding employees at the 2017 RCUH Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Wai‘alae Country Club from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Tickets are $35. Click here to fill in and complete the reservation form. Submit the completed form with cash or check payable to RCUH. Mail to: RCUH Corporate Services, 2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI  96822. Deadline to register is Friday, October 13, 2017.