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I Ulu I Ke KumuThe Hawaiinuiakea Monograph$
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M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780984566600

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780984566600.001.0001

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Reflection: Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbott

Reflection: Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbott

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(p.80) Reflection: Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbott
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I Ulu I Ke Kumu
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Puakea Nogelmeier

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780984566600.003.0008

This chapter presents the reflections of Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbott on her academic career. Isabella Abbott completed her doctorate in botany at the University of California at Berkeley in 1950, making her the first Kamehameha Schools graduate to earn a doctoral degree, and the first Hawaiian to be awarded one in science. In 1960, Isabella took a lecturer position at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. In 1972, she was promoted directly to full professor at Stanford, earning the distinction of being the first woman to reach that rank in the biological sciences at the university. During her extensive career, Isabella authored more than 150 publications and discovered over 200 new species of marine algae. Here she offers advice to young PhDs who are just starting and emphasizes the importance of being mentored and mentoring others as part of a life education. She says Hawaiʻi needs young Hawaiian scholars and vice versa.

Keywords:   marine algae, Isabella Kauakea Yau Yung Aiona Abbott, Stanford University, mentoring, education, Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian scholars

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