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Research may contribute to manufacturing and medical industry improvements

Joseph Brown. The position of the notebooks illustrates how the cantilevers described in his paper work.

A paper on the mechanics of interlocking structures by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor highlights a discovery that could have far-reaching effects in the manufacturing and medical industries. The paper, Nonlinear Mechanics of Interlocking Cantilevers, by Joseph J. Brown, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, was published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics. The research explored the mechanical behavior and design of simple interlocking structures …

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Researcher awarded Fulbright for work in geography of agriculture and food

Krisna Suryanata

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Krisna Suryanata received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in the East Asia and Pacific Region for her work in the political ecology of agriculture and food. She will spend six months as a visiting professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, one of the premier universities in Indonesia. At UGM, Suryanata will share her conceptual tools in teaching and researching geography of …

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UHERO forecast: Hawaiʻi’s long expansion gets global economic lift

Honolulu skyline

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on the impact of the global economy on the state. Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the islands. Visitor arrivals are surging to record highs, and unemployment is reaching new lows. While families are benefitting from the improved employment prospects, many have yet to see significant income growth. …

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GoFarm Hawaiʻi receives funding to continue training future farmers

GoFarm participants plant greens at the program’s Waialua site.

The University of Hawaiʻi’s successful farmer-training program GoFarm Hawaiʻi has received $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The additional funding will allow GoFarm Hawaiʻi to continue training aspiring farmers to increase local agricultural production. GoFarm Hawaiʻi has five program sites across four islands, making it one of the largest beginning-farmer training programs in the nation. …

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A view inside an interstellar discovery

This artist’s impression shows the first detected interstellar asteroid ʻOumuamua. Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

It came from beyond our stars, and these are the researchers who proved it. Astronomers Karen Meech and Richard Wainscoat discuss the discovery of the first proven interstellar object in the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation video Finding ʻOumuamua—The IfA team that discovered the Interstellar Visitor. Related UH News story: An interstellar visitor unmasked, November 20, 2017 Multimedia Specialist Bryan Keith interviews Meech and Wainscoat at the Institute of Astronomy giving amazing insight to the experience that these researchers …

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Teen mothers may have higher heart risks

Women who became first-time mothers as teens were significantly more likely than older mothers to have greater risks for heart and blood vessel disease later in life, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Catherine Pirkle, an assistant professor in the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, served as lead author. “If adolescent childbirth increases …

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Political science researcher studies ‘politics of play’ in Middle East, wins Fulbright

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Grove received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program for her work on security and entertainment and leisure infrastructures in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Grove’s political science research involved six months of field research divided between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. She conducted dozens of interviews and hundreds of hours …

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Microbiology expert wins $1M, plans to transform biology education

Margaret McFall-Ngai

Margaret McFall-Ngai, director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa, has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professorship grant. HHMI professors are accomplished research scientists who are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. With this honor, McFall-Ngai will receive $1 million over five years to develop innovative approaches to …

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UH attracts $23M federal investment to Hawaiʻi to reduce health disparities

Tilapia growing in an aquaponics system

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will receive more than $23 million from now through 2022 for a specialized center focused on advancing health for citizens who suffer disproportionately from genetic, environmental and socio-economic related disparities in health and health-care access. The Ola HAWAIʻI (Ola means health or to heal in Hawaiian, and HAWAIʻI stands for Health And Wellness Achieved by Impacting Inequalities) Specialized Research Center will support …

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Director of NOAA lab to join UH Mānoa as oceanography professor

Chris Sabine teaching an ocean acidification class

Chris Sabine will join the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a professor in the Department of Oceanography on January 2, 2018. He is currently the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, one of the premier government laboratories in marine sciences. Sabine’s research emphasis is on the role of the ocean in …

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