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“Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives” — Pacific Asian Studies research conference

Asami Nago

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Pacific and Asian Studies’ (SPAS) 2014 Graduate Student Conference is titled “Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Lens.” The conference was held at UH Mānoa’s Center for Korean Studies from April 2-4. Here are a few highlights from UH Mānoa student research that was presented: ... Read More »

Tsunami forecaster Kwok Fai Cheung featured by National Sea Grant

Tsunami wave

Kwok Fai Cheung, a UH Sea Grant funded researcher and professor of ocean and resources engineering at UH Mānoa, was recently highlighted by the NOAA National Sea Grant Office as part of their Tsunami Preparedness Week spotlight series. With funding from Hawaii Sea Grant, Cheung has developed tsunami forecast methodology and a tsunami inundation model. While he has known he ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Crew cohesion focus of second Mars simulation mission

HI-SEAS Mission 2 Crew

A new space odyssey began tonight as the six crew members of the new Hawai‘i Space Exploration and Analog Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission entered their remote habitat on the first night of a four-month-long journey. Under a dark night sky on Mauna Loa, commander Casey Stedman closed the simulated air lock behind the crew, sealing the habitat and cutting off all ... Read More »

Moth lineage provides a key to species diversification

Hyposmocoma caterpillar casings

To many, moths are just the dull relatives of butterflies that often startle us in the dark. But for UH Mānoa junior researcher William Haines, former junior researcher Patrick Schmitz and professor Daniel Rubinoff, these fascinating creatures provide insights into Hawai‘i’s ancient, vanished ecosystems. The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources entomologists published their findings in an article, “Ancient diversification ... Read More »

Investigating effects of military munitions disposed of off Pearl Harbor

HUMMA project investigator

On March 29, a full array of state-of-the-art technologies including several owned and operated by University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will be used in the latest phase of an Army-funded research effort to further investigate sea-disposed military munitions. This research will take place south of Pearl Harbor at an area designated by ... Read More »

Novel waterproof electronic tablets for reef monitoring

Novel waterproof tablet

UH Mānoa graduate student John Burns has been selected as a finalist for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. From a pool of more than 1,800 applicants from 129 countries around the world, Burns is one of 22 finalists.  The award is targeted to innovators under 30 years of age. The Papaikou resident is one of only three finalists from the United ... Read More »

Foundation honors UH Cancer Center Director’s Mesothelioma research

Michele Carbone accepts award

University of Hawai’i Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, is the recipient of the 2014 Pioneer Award, a national honor bestowed by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The Foundation awarded Dr. Carbone the recognition for his extensive contributions to the field of mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of ... Read More »

Can black defendants receive a fair trial in the federal justice system?

Judges Gavel

New published research raises questions about whether black defendants can receive a fair trial in the federal justice system – making the case that standard jury instructions regarding the “presumption of innocence” actually shift a jury’s attention toward black faces. The study by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i and Rutgers University was published March 18, 2014, in the scientific ... Read More »

Barb Bruno and Rosie Alegado on ThinkTechHawaii

Barb Bruno and Rosie Alegado

Barbara Bruno and Rosie Alegado joined Jay Fidell of ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss the C-MORE Scholars program and the SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge on March 17.  The goal of both programs is to recruit and retain Native Hawaiians and kama’aina students into earth, ocean, and environmental science studies at UH Mānoa. Read More »

IfA Paper wins 2013 Cozzarelli Prize

Erik Petigura and Andrew Howard

A paper co-authored by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Andrew Howard and visiting graduate student Erik Petigura has won the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. This prize recognizes six outstanding papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the major scientific disciplines covered by that journal. Their paper titled “The prevalence of Earth-size ... Read More »

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