Nina L. Etkin, Professor and Graduate Chair, died of cancer on January 27, 2009. She was a close friend, colleague and superb mentor to many in the department for nearly two decades. A Memorial gathering was held on campus February 9 and a tree planting was held on May 7, 2009.
In honor of her memory, the department has established the Nina L. Etkin Memorial Fund for the support of graduate students, particularly those working in biocultural and medical anthropology. The Fund will continue a legacy of support and mentoring embodied by Prof. Etkin and her unwavering commitment to generations of students at the University of Hawai'i.
Contributions may be given online at the University of Hawai‘i Foundation website or by check made out to "UH Foundation" with "Nina Etkin Memorial" in the memo section mailed to UH Foundation, P.O. Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828-0270.
Nina Etkin obtained her degree in zoology from Indiana University in 1970 and her MA and PhD in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1972 and 1975. Prior to joining the UHM faculty in 1990, she taught at the University of Minnesota for eleven years. She was a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a past president and honorary board member of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology. She was named a recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Economic Botanist Award by the Society for Economic Botany (SEB), the Society’s highest honor. The April 2009 issue of the International Society for Ethnopharmacology Newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Etkin.