Message from the Director :


Welcome to the Fall 2008 issue of SSRI News, an electronic bulletin designed to keep College of Social Sciences faculty and staff members informed about events and issues concerning sponsored research and training activities in the College.


SSRI is committed to promoting and facilitating sponsored research that addresses social, behavioral, economic, and environmental problems affecting Hawaii and the Asia Pacific region. As the sponsored research division of the College, SSRI provides fiscal and administrative support for sponsored projects, advocates for new and improved ways of channeling resources to support faculty's sponsored research, and supports faculty's efforts to compete for extramural funding of their research and training activities.


During the past five years, sponsored research and training activities in the College and SSRI have grown with new initiatives in the areas of healthcare informatics, mental health services, climatology and hydrology, culture modeling, disaster management, economic forecasting, international migration, substance use, and transportation development. The continued expansion of the College's research portfolio is remarkable given tight budgets at funding agencies and we congratulate faculty and administrative staff members for their efforts and achievements.


With increasing budget restrictions at the University and funding agencies, we need to optimize our limited resources to help faculty succeed in their research and training grant efforts. To this end, the College and SSRI will continue to collaborate closely with the University's Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) in the system's efforts to improve support services for sponsored projects and the research administrative system at UH.


We invite you to learn more about the College's research and training activities in this issue of SSRI News.


Velma A. Kameoka

Director and Professor







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