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Graduate student wins fellowship to research endemic plant on Kaua’i

Cabbage on a stick plant

UH Mānoa graduate student Seana Walsh, a candidate for a Master’s degree in the Department of Botany, has been awarded the Eloise Gerry Fellowship from the Sigma Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program to continue her research on a critically endangered Hawaiian plant endemic to Kaua‘i and historically to Ni‘ihau—the ‘ōlulu, or “cabbage on a stick” plant, Brighamia insignis. ... Read More »

Hawaii may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination

River

A recent audit of Hawai‘i’s Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) drinking water source susceptibility analysis shows that the state’s current approach may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination at local drinking water sources. The research was performed by Alan Mair, a former postdoctoral fellow at UH Mānoa’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), and Aly ... Read More »

Natural dietary supplement demonstrates positive results in the fight against diabetes

Group photograph of alternative medicine dept.

By Kathleen Kihmm Connolly Research conducted by the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) department has demonstrated that a dietary supplement containing 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has the potential to prevent or delay the progression of diabetes in pre-diabetic populations (Rodriguez et al. 2012). In their study researchers demonstrated a statistically significant decrease in two hours ... Read More »

David Karl and Edward DeLong awarded $4.2M to pursue high risk research in marine microbial ecology

L-R: Dr. Karl and Dr. DeLong outside  the Daniel K. Inouye C-MORE Hale laboratory, UH Mānoa.
Photo by Anthony Consillio

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded Dr. David Karl and Dr. Edward DeLong, both UH Mānoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) individual grants totaling $4.2M to support their marine research. These awards are part of the Moore Foundation’s national Marine Microbiology Initiative that awarded 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a ... Read More »

Indonesia partners with Hawaii to strengthen disaster management training

NDPTC logo

A dozen faculty members from Indonesian universities have come to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa this summer to learn about disaster risk management training and how it specifically can be applied to save lives in their country. Indonesia is one of the most natural-disaster prone countries in the world. In the last decade alone, it has been affected by ... Read More »

Black holes were abundant among earliest stars

By comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky, an international team of astronomers, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Guenther Hasinger, has discovered evidence of a significant number of black holes that accompanied the first stars in the universe. Hasinger discussed the findings this week at the 222nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society ... Read More »

Beyond talk story — “Explaining Conversations”

Marie Iding

Marie Iding is the co-author of Explaining Conversations: A Developmental Social Exchange Theory.  Written with Professor Emeritus R. Murray Thomas of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the book describes the pattern by which social exchange skills develop throughout life, focusing on conversational skills. A professor in the College of Education Department of Educational Psychology, Iding has written a number ... Read More »

UH Sea Grant receives prestigious hurricane preparedness award

Hurricane illustration

At an annual hurricane outlook news conference held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) at UH Mānoa was awarded the 2013 Dr. Arthur Chiu Award for Excellence in Hurricane Preparedness. The award is given annually to an organization, individual or business that has demonstrated innovation or excellence ... Read More »

Abundance and distribution of Hawaiian coral predicted by model

Coral

Researchers from the UH Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) developed species distribution models of the six dominant Hawaiian coral species around the main Hawaiian Islands, including two species currently under consideration as threatened or endangered. They found the order of coral abundance (from highest to lowest) around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, ... Read More »

Genome sequence for sacred lotus reported

Sacred Lotus.  Image courtesy Flickr user WEAZ 73.

Sacred lotus has cultural and religious importance as a symbol of purity, and it is also used as a food and in traditional medicines. It was domesticated in Asia about 7,000 years ago and has since been cultivated for its rhizomes and seeds. It is particularly noted for its 1,300-year seed longevity and for its leaves’ exceptional water repellence, known ... Read More »

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