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UH receives major contract for Inouye Solar Telescope instrument

Sun storm

The National Science Foundation and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) have announced the award of a major contract to the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy to build the Cryogenic Near Infrared Spectropolarimeter (CryoNIRSP) for the new solar telescope, which is now under construction on Haleakala. This complex $5 million instrument will allow astronomers to measure the solar ... Read More »

Navy expands investment at first grid-connected wave energy test site in the U.S.

Wave energy testing device

Work at the Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kāneʻohe has received an infusion of $9 million from the U.S. Navy.  The funds, from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), are directed to the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH), working with UH Mānoa’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), to support ... Read More »

Astronomer Dr. R. Brent Tully wins Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize

Galaxies in the local universe

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Dr. R. Brent Tully is a co-winner of the 2014 Viktor Ambartsumian International Prize. Established in 2009 by the president of Armenia in commemoration of the great Armenian astrophysicist, it has been awarded every two years since 2010 to those who have made an important contribution in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences. The Special Astrophysical Observatory ... Read More »

Culture and family influence on smoking in Filipina girls

girl smoking

Smoking rates for youth in the U.S. have been declining, but the trend does not hold true for some Asian American ethnicities.  Recent results from Hawai‘i’s Youth Tobacco Survey indicate that 20.1% of Filipina high school girls smoke, compared to only 5.6% of Japanese and 5.3% of Chinese girls.  In fact, Filipinas in Hawai‘i are picking up their first cigarettes ... Read More »

Uncovering a hidden shark heiau in Pelekane Bay

researcher in boat

Undergraduate researcher Stephen Matadobra helps trace a Big Island cultural heritage site lost below sediment     That whitetip kept coming back every day. The small reef shark circling Pelekane Bay caught Stephen Matadobra’s eye even before the UH Mānoa undergraduate had heard about the legend. Matadobra, a marine biology major, was taking a field archaeology course on the Big ... Read More »

Ocean’s most abundant organisms have clear daily cycles

Planktonic microbes

Imagine the open ocean as a microbial megacity, teeming with life too small to be seen. In every drop of water, hundreds of types of bacteria can be found.  Now scientists have discovered that communities of these ocean microbes have their own daily cycles—not unlike the residents of a bustling city who tend to wake up, commute, work, and eat ... Read More »

New tools forecast potential sea level flooding events

PacIOOS forecast

Seawater overtopping roadways or flooding homes and businesses in low-lying communities can threaten the public health and safety of Pacific Islanders. A team of physical oceanographers working with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’sPacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) has developed new tools to forecast potential inundation events so that affected communities can better prepare and respond to such threats days ... Read More »

Remembering and Re-telling: Local Story

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New book by UH Mānoa professor examines the Massie-Kahahawai case When UH Mānoa assistant professor of history John P. Rosa was growing up on O‘ahu, almost no one talked about the Massie-Kahahawai case.  In 1931 and 1932, the rape trial involving Thalia Massie, a Naval officer’s wife, and the subsequent killing of Joseph Kahahawai, a Native Hawaiian accused as one ... Read More »

New study reveals whales as marine ecosystem engineers

Whale feeding habitats

Baleen and sperm whales, known collectively as the great whales, include the largest animals in the history of life on Earth. Though large in size, whales have long been considered too rare to make much of a difference in the ocean, and the focus of much marine ecological research has been on smaller organisms, such as algae and planktonic animals. ... Read More »

Epigeneticist from Wai’anae discovers science behind native traditions

Alika Maunakea

Epigenetics and epigenomics are big and somewhat unfamiliar words to many, but they are likely terms you will hear about more and more. Department of Native Hawaiian Health researcher and Assistant Professor Dr. Alika Maunakea’s studies are helping to ensure that happens. His research in the field, detailing a link between epigenomics and alternate promoter usage, has been published in ... Read More »

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