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New perspectives about the history of Kalaupapa

Kalaupapa lighthouse

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Library invites the campus community and the public to a special lecture by award-winning UH Press author Anwei Skinsnes Law on “New Perspectives on the History of Kalaupapa” in Hamilton Library Room 301 on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Between 1866 and 1969, an estimated 8,000 people were taken from their families and places ... Read More »

Scientists find Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

Kepler-78b

A team of astronomers has found the first Earth-sized planet outside the solar system that has a rocky composition like that of Earth. This exoplanet, known as Kepler-78b, orbits its star very closely every 8.5 hours, making it much too hot to support life. The results are being published in the journal Nature. This Earth-sized planet was discovered using data ... Read More »

Using IT to address energy consumption, behavior

Screen Shot of energy use portal

Robert Brewer (PhD, Computer Science, 2013) has won the 2013 Graduate Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  He accepted the award on October 6, 2013, at AASHE’s annual conference and expo in Nashville, Tennessee.  AASHE is an international organization providing resources and professional development for sustainable operations, research and ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Open house excites future scientists

Child with magnifying glass

The School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology celebrated 25 years of excellence and innovation in 2013. Its popular biennial Open House featured the four SOEST departments and numerous researcher units, including the UH Mānoa Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education; the engineering, physics, astronomy, marine biology and Hawaiian studies departments; the National Weather Service; the National Oceanic ... Read More »

El Niño is becoming more active

Corals, tree rings, and sediment cores

A new approach to analyzing paleo-climate reconstructions of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon resolves disagreements and reveals that ENSO activity during the 20th century has been unusually high compared to the past 600 years. The results are published in Climate of the Past by a team of scientists from the University of New South Wales, the University of Hawai‘i at ... Read More »

Scientists find unusual new species in Kilauea caldera

Bacteria

Scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have formally described an unusual new species found so far in only one cave in Kilauea Caldera on Hawaii Island. “We cultivated a new cyanobacterium from an almost 100-year-old lava cave in volcanically active Kilauea Caldera,” said Associate Professor Stuart Donachie in the Department of Microbiology at the College of Natural Sciences.  “This species has ... Read More »

Remotely operated vehicle Lu‘ukai joins ocean exploration fleet

Remotely Operated Vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) held a ceremony this week to name and launch operations on a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that will extend the vertical reach to 6000-m, over 3 miles, deep for ocean exploration in the state and throughout the Pacific Basin.  The Lu‘ukai, meaning “sea diver,” will comple­ment the capabilities of the existing ... Read More »

Remembering astronomer George Herbig (1920–2013)

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Dr. George H. Herbig, astronomer emeritus at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, has died at the age of 93. He joined the faculty of the UH Institute for Astronomy in 1987 after a long and distinguished career at the Lick Observatory, now part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, ... Read More »

Steven Stanley wins top national honor for research in paleontology

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Dr. Steven M. Stanley of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics is the recipient of the 2013 Geological Society of America (GSA) Penrose Medal, the society’s highest honor. This medal, which is awarded for eminent research in pure geology, was presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, at an awards ceremony on October ... Read More »

Long-term study links box jellyfish abundance, environmental variability

Box jellyfish (Alatina moseri)

You can almost set your watch to it. A familiar sight to beachgoers, the box jellyfish Alatina moseri is known for showing up in big numbers on Waikīkī Beach 8 to 12 days after each full moon. Continuing a pioneering jellyfish beach count effort initiated in the 1980s by Honolulu lifeguard Landy Blair, researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have ... Read More »

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