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UH medical students’ research recognized at national liver disease meeting

JABSOM liver researchers

University of Hawai`i medical school researchers had already sparked national news when they presented research posters last November in Boston at the national conference of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the leading organization of scientists and health-care professionals committed to preventing and curing liver disease. The findings by the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) students ...

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International conference focuses on language documentation, conservation

Language conference

The UH Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature’s renowned Department of Linguistics and National Foreign Language Resource Center recently hosted the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. The event attracted over 450 participants from around the world who are engaged in documenting, preserving and revitalizing endangered languages. Titled “Enriching Theory, Practice, and Application,” the four-day gathering highlighted the ...

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Fastest star in our galaxy propelled by a thermonuclear supernova

Artist's conception of a star (left) being ejected from a galaxy by a supernova explosion. In reality the supernova would have been faded away long before the star reached that position. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA.

A team of astronomers, including UH Mānoa astronomer Eugene Magnier, used the 10-meter Keck II and Pan-STARRS1 telescopes in Hawaiʻi to find a star that breaks the galactic speed record. It travels at about 1,200 kilometers per second (about 2.7 million mph), a speed that will enable the star to escape from our Milky Way galaxy. “At that speed, you ...

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Second known case of planet in quadruple star system discovered

30 Ari star system

Researchers wanting to know more about the influences of multiple stars on exoplanets have come up with a new case study: a planet in a four-star system. The discovery was made at Palomar Observatory using two new adaptive optics technologies that compensate for the blurring effects of Earth’s atmosphere: the robotic Robo-AO adaptive optics system, developed under the leadership of ...

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Wang has soil covered


Cover cropping is making a comeback. Farmers of yore recognized the benefits of cover crops worked into the soil as green manure or left on the surface as mulch. Then fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yielding crop varieties reduced the need to take fields out of cash-crop production in order to plant cover crops. Now, renewed focus on sustainability has revived interest, and USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service ...

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Rare cancer found in Nevada likely caused by asbestos in nature


Southern Nevada counties that include Las Vegas show high proportionsof women and younger residents coming down with a rare and aggressive cancer more commonly found in older men occupationally exposed to asbestos, suggesting that naturally occurring mineral fibers in that region are a contributing source of the cancers, University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center researchers have found. The findings published in ...

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UH Professor honored with American Meteorological Society’s highest award

Bin Wang

Bin Wang, professor and former chair of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UH Mānoa, was awarded the 2015 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal by the American Meteorological Society “for creative insights leading to important advances in the understanding of tropical and monsoonal processes and their predictability.” Wang has been with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Department of Meteorology) at ...

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Research team releases app for tracking Yellowstone geysers


When people throughout the world want to watch the iconic Old Faithful eruption at Yellowstone National Park in real time, they now can turn to their smartphones, through a free app, courtesy of a UH Mānoa-led research team studying mobile media and communication. Brett Oppegaard, an assistant professor in the School of Communications within the College of Social Sciences, has led the development ...

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Three-planet system holds clues to atmospheres of Earth-size worlds

Kepler spacecraft

Extrasolar planets are being discovered by the hundreds, but are any of these newfound worlds really like Earth? A planetary system recently discovered by the Kepler spacecraft will help resolve this question. The system of three planets, each just larger than Earth, orbits a nearby star called EPIC 201367065. The three planets are 1.5 to 2 times the size of Earth, ...

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Marketing professor named one of world’s most influential by Thomson Reuters

Stephen Vargo

Shidler College of Business Marketing Professor Stephen L. Vargo was named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014 by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  The UH Mānoa faculty member earned the distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by researchers. Vargo is one of ...

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