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Deep origins to the behavior of our volcanoes

View of eruption plume from Overlook vent in Halema'uma'u crater on the summit of Kilauea volcano on 27 March 2008, 9 days after the start of the ongoing eruption. Credit: Christine Heliker, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey.

Kīlauea volcano, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, typically has effusive eruptions, wherein magma flows to create ropy pāhoehoe lava, for example. However, Kīlauea less frequently erupts more violently, showering scoria and blocks over much of the surface of the island. To explain the variability in Kīlauea’s eruption styles, a team including Bruce Houghton, the Gordon Macdonald Professor of Volcanology ... Read More »

2014 Regents’ Medal for excellence in research

Nicholas Kaiser

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony was held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions ... Read More »

David Rockwood selected as Fulbright specialist

David Rockwood

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture Associate Professor David Rockwood has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist’s project in Vietnam at Danang University of Technology during the summer of 2014. His research will focus on the examination of existing Vietnamese housing stock, and evolution of new techniques for constructing affordable and sustainable housing in the country. “I am most honored to have ... Read More »

[VIDEO] UHM shark research on Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Mysteries

Tagged tiger shark

On April 26, ABC aired an episode of Jeff Corwin’s Ocean Mysteries television show featuring Carl Meyer’s shark research at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.  Meyer showed Corwin how to apply tags — sophisticated instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks that are now helping to reveal novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean ... Read More »

JABSOM Dean discusses role of research in Hawaii’s economy

Jerris Hedges and Mazie Hirono

Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine, met with U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in Washington, DC on March 26, 2014. The Dean and the Senator discussed funding for the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), a network of 18 research institutions which includes the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. The John A. Burns School of Medicine ... Read More »

CTAHR scientists create new app to track papaya virus and GE papaya

rainbow_papaya

Scot Nelson and Richard Manshardt, scientists with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, have created a new citizen science app for iOS and Android users that tracks what they believe to be the declining incidence of papaya ringspot virus (PRSV) in the Honolulu area—as well as a possible increase in the incidence of PRSV-resistant genetically engineered (GE) papayas. ... Read More »

Scientists chart seafloor of one of the largest marine protected areas on Earth

Falkor mapping control room

On April 11, scientists returned from a 36-day mapping expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The Monument is the largest protected area in the United States, encompassing an area greater than all its national parks combined, yet over half its seafloor has never been mapped in detail due to the limited availability of the advanced sonar systems required. ... Read More »

Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium

Biomedical Science Symposium at JABSOM

The Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held at Kaka`ako in early April drew award-winning research from students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), MDs and Fellows in the JABSOM Residency Programs, the JABSOM Graduate Sciences Programs, and entries from the UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye School ... Read More »

Cities support more native biodiversity than previously thought

Honolulu skyline and grass

The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. But Chris Lepczyk, an associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at UH Mānoa, is a contributor to a new study showing that surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments—to the tune ... Read More »

Endangered language researchers awarded national grants

Girls with mats in traditional dance

Two University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa projects to preserve endangered languages were awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two projects were the only awards in the current round of National Endowment for the Humanities funding to be granted in the state of Hawaiʻi. See the National Endowment for the Humanities news release for more information. Making Pacific Languages Discoverable ... Read More »

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