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$11M in new NIH funding for groundbreaking work in reproductive research

green lamb

The Institute for Biogenesis Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has been awarded $10.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue its groundbreaking work in reproductive and developmental biomedical research. The Institute laid the scientific foundation for human in vitro fertilization under founder Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, whose assisted reproductive methods are still being used around ... Read More »

ARL/UH and HNEI to study electrical grids at three naval bases in Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute’s (HNEI) GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart ... Read More »

Discussion paper: Pesticide regulation amid the influence of industry

Chiricahua leopard frog, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service (credit: Jim Rorabaugh)

For UH Mānoa graduate student Leigh Ann Boswell, an invitation to contribute to a discussion paper on pesticide regulation led to a surprising discovery: Good research gets cut out of government rule-making.  It happens all of the time. Boswell joined lead author Michelle Boone from Miami University of Ohio in exploring these murky waters in a recently published article in ... Read More »

UH Sea Grant seeks proposals

He'eia Fishpond

The University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program is requesting preliminary proposals for funding available beginning February 1, 2016 and ending January 31, 2018. The application deadline is Friday, November 3, 2014. Proposals that integrate the physical, biological, and social sciences toward addressing issues that are relevant to living sustainably along coasts and that engage in graduate student training are ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Introducing Laniakea, our home supercluster of galaxies

Laniakea Supercluster i

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa astronomer R. Brent Tully, who recently shared the 2014 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2014 Victor Ambartsumian International Prize, has led an international team of astronomers in defining the contours of the immense supercluster of galaxies containing our own Milky Way. They have named the supercluster “Laniakea,” meaning “immense heaven” in Hawaiian. The paper explaining this ... Read More »

UHM’s Ryuzo Yanagimachi: “Unlike people, nature never lies”

Ryuzo Yanagimachi

UH Mānoa emeritus professor Ryuzo Yanagimachi recently granted an exclusive interview for the new Fall 2014 issue of The Prism, UH Mānoa’s e-newsletter on international education. Yanagimachi is world renowned for his research in reproductive biology, especially his pioneering work with in vitro fertilization in humans, freeze-dried sperm technology, and the creation of the world’s first cloned mouse.  He is often called the grandfather ... Read More »

UH disaster preparedness expert Karl Kim named chair of national consortium

Waves crashing over roadway

Karl Kim, the executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and a professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences has been named to a three-year term as chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). In this capacity, Kim will lead the consortium in development and delivery of training ... Read More »

Bladder cancer national clinical trial launched by Cancer Center, Queen’s

Dr. Charles Rosser

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, in partnership with The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s) via the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium, is launching a new national clinical drug trial looking at the effectiveness of a promising new drug against non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, the most common type of bladder cancer with very high recurrence rates. Unlike other national drug trials based on ... Read More »

From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus

Malassezia sp.

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to even further global reaches—including Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents. A review in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens considers the diversity, ecology and distribution of the fungi of the genus Malassezia in light of new insights ... Read More »

Three University of Hawai‘i scientists selected for Mars 2020 rover instrument teams

Journey to Mars

NASA announced the selection of seven science instruments to be included on the Mars 2020 rover. Three scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will be members on the instrument teams to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet. The new rover will carry sophisticated ... Read More »

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