University of Guam graduate students Rudy Villaverde, Katherine Cure, and Robert Yangerluo each received a graduate scholarship during the Charter Day Dinner held in March 2010 to pursue various research projects. Villaverde plans to do research on the connection between ancient Chamorro cave paintings and star constellations. Cure is studying the behavior of lionfish in the Caribbean Sea and in the Pacific Ocean in the waters off Guam and Columbia to determine the reasons behind differing behavior. Yangerluo will pursue research regarding the relationship between Yapese proper and outer islanders as it relates to land conflicts. All three are pursuing their Master of Art in Micronesian Studies. Pictured are Villaverde and Cure.
During the annual MARC Charter Day Dinner held in March 2010, Emily Johnston, Father Francis Hezel, and the late Carlos Taitano were all recognized for their contributions to the University of Guam Richard F. Taitano Micronesian Area Research Center, and for their contributions to the body of knowledge about the region. Pictured below are the family of the late Carlos Taitano, Johnston, and Father Hezel.