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Bringing gender equity into research

Marla Berry, PhD

Are there gender differences in how males and females react to nutrients? University of Hawai`i at Mānoa researcher Dr. Marla Berry is working to find out, and her efforts are part of a new initiative announced by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin addressing persistent gender bias in laboratory research. Women are not adequately represented in many clinical ... Read More »

New cell sorting method developed by UH Manoa mechanical engineer

Cell Sorting

UH Mānoa College of Engineering mechanical engineer Yi Zuo has developed a new, high-throughput method for sorting cells capable of separating 10 billion bacterial cells in 30 minutes. The finding has already proven useful for studying bacterial cells and microalgae, and could one day have direct applications for biomedical research and environmental science—basically any field in which a large quantity ... Read More »

Lunadong fossils support theory of earlier dispersal of modern man

Christopher Bae

Scientists are now considering the possibility that the exodus of modern man from Africa may have been earlier than 60,000 years ago as traditionally thought. Christopher Bae, a paleoanthropologist at UH Mānoa, and Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, led a team of researchers that discovered two teeth in Lunadong, a cave site located in ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Students explore endangered languages

Endangered Languages Video

UH Mānoa is a leader among linguistics departments in the world because of its focus on endangered languages documentation. The UH Foundation has produced a new video to highlight student research into endangered languages made possible with the support of  the Bilinski Educational Foundation. “When a language is lost, it is like losing an identity for the speakers,” says graduate student John ... Read More »

Ebola: What do we know?

CDC Response Volunteers

The Center for Disease Control’s response to Ebola is the largest international outbreak response in CDC’s history.  As of September 16, CDC had more than 100 disease detectives on the ground in West Africa, supported by hundreds of public health emergency response experts stateside. On September 17, the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology at JABSOM hosted a ... Read More »

$11M in new NIH funding for groundbreaking work in reproductive research

green lamb

The Institute for Biogenesis Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine has been awarded $10.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue its groundbreaking work in reproductive and developmental biomedical research. The Institute laid the scientific foundation for human in vitro fertilization under founder Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, whose assisted reproductive methods are still being used around ... Read More »

ARL/UH and HNEI to study electrical grids at three naval bases in Hawaii

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

The Office of Naval Research has contracted with the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i (ARL/UH) for a $2.5 million energy research project to be conducted by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute’s (HNEI) GridSTART (Grid System Technologies Advanced Research Team), an HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart ... Read More »

Discussion paper: Pesticide regulation amid the influence of industry

Chiricahua leopard frog, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service (credit: Jim Rorabaugh)

For UH Mānoa graduate student Leigh Ann Boswell, an invitation to contribute to a discussion paper on pesticide regulation led to a surprising discovery: Good research gets cut out of government rule-making.  It happens all of the time. Boswell joined lead author Michelle Boone from Miami University of Ohio in exploring these murky waters in a recently published article in ... Read More »

The wekiu bug, a Maunakea endemic species

Male Wekiu Bug

Entomologists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Hilo published the article, “Application of Agriculture-Developed Demographic Analysis for the Conservation of the Hawaiian Alpine Wēkiu Bug,” in the prestigious scientific journal Conservation Biology(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/cobi.12315). Daniel Rubinoff of UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and Jesse Eiben of UH Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, describe how ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Introducing Laniakea, our home supercluster of galaxies

Laniakea Supercluster i

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa astronomer R. Brent Tully, who recently shared the 2014 Gruber Cosmology Prize and the 2014 Victor Ambartsumian International Prize, has led an international team of astronomers in defining the contours of the immense supercluster of galaxies containing our own Milky Way. They have named the supercluster “Laniakea,” meaning “immense heaven” in Hawaiian. The paper explaining this ... Read More »

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