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2015 Regents Medals for Excellence in Research

Manoa Awards

Location, location, location. Hawaii makes all the difference for the three scientists recognized with this year’s Regents’ Medals for Excellence in Research. For Assistant Professor Robert Thomson, in the Department of Biology within the College of Natural Sciences, the opportunity to work in one of the world’s most important hot spots of diversity was a huge draw to UH. “Because UH ... Read More »

Comet Wild 2: A window into the birth of the solar system?

Comet Wild 2

Our solar system, and other planetary systems, started as a disk of microscopic dust, gas and ice around the young Sun. The amazing diversity of objects in the solar system today—the planets, moons, asteroids and comets—was made from this primitive dust. NASA’s Stardust mission returned to Earth with samples of comet Wild 2, a comet that originated outside the orbit ... Read More »

UH-led team successfully observes the solar eclipse over the arctic

Solar eclipse

The international Solar Wind Sherpas team, led by Dr. Shadia Habbal of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy, braved Arctic weather to successfully observe the total solar eclipse of March 20 from Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago east of northern Greenland. Their preliminary results were presented at the Triennial Earth-Sun Summit in ... Read More »

UH Mānoa recognized for excellence in cybersecurity research

IT Center

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R). “This designation is demonstrative of the quality and substance of the education the University of Hawaiʻi has to offer, and more importantly underscores justification for additional grant and research capacity ... Read More »

UH Cancer Center Excellence in Research Award

Wei Jia

Wei Jia, a professor and associate director leading the UH Cancer Center’s Shared Resources Program, won the first quarterly Excellence in Research Award in October 2014 for his team’s work on metabolic biomarkers for a particular form of leukemia. The panel of six biomarkers studied by the team has the potential to become a test that could eventually help increase a patient’s chances of survival. Their paper, “A distinct glucose ... Read More »

Robotically discovering Earth’s nearest neighbors

Artist’s impression of a view from the HD 7924 planetary system looking back toward our sun, which would be easily visible to the naked eye. Since HD 7924 is in our northern sky, an observer looking back at the sun would see objects like the Southern Cross and the Magellanic Clouds close to our sun in their sky. Art by Karen Teramura & BJ Fulton, UH IfA.

A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaiʻi, California and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away. All three planets orbit their star at a distance closer than Mercury orbits the sun, completing their orbits in just 5, 15 and 24 days. Astronomers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University ... Read More »

Dive discovers missing aircraft hangar of sunken WW II-era Japanese submarine

Pisces V submersible

The dramatic discovery of a lost World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine by a University of Hawaiʻi and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) team in December 2013 inspired a new search by NHK, the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, to find key missing pieces of the battleship. The recent survey, the first to return to I-400 submarine since its ... Read More »

New study uses meteorites to date moon-forming impact

Meteorite

Not too long after the planets began forming, a Mars-sized object slammed into Earth, creating the debris that would later coalesce into the moon. Some of the debris from this giant impact escaped all the way out to the asteroid belt. Collisions there left shock-heating signatures – a permanent record of the impact event – that can still be detected ... Read More »

David Karl elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Karl

Some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among those elected this year is David Karl, the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Chair in Oceanography and Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) at ... Read More »

New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins

Artist's rendering of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), suspended from the flotation buoy during a free-drifting deployment for plankton sampling (Credit: MBARI, Moss Landing, CA).

Researchers from UH Mānoa and colleagues found that microbial communities in different regions of the Pacific Ocean displayed strikingly similar daily rhythms in their metabolism despite inhabiting extremely different habitats – the nutrient-rich waters off California and the nutrient-poor waters north of Hawai‘i. Furthermore, in each location, the dominant photoautotrophs – light-loving bacteria that need solar energy to help them photosynthesize ... Read More »

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