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English professor receives Fulbright Award to India

S. Shankar, professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received the prestigious Senior Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching and Research) for 2017–18. He will soon head to India where he will teach at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in Chennai, India, conduct research, and interact with students and faculty in India for the academic year. The Fulbright-Nehru enables the most outstanding students, academics, and …

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Mānoa volcanologists receive top international awards

Two volcanologists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics have received two of the top three awards from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). Bruce Houghton, the Gordon A. MacDonald Professor of Volcanology and science director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at UH Mānoa was honored recently with the IAVCEI Thorarinsson Medal. Sébastien Biass, a post-doctoral researcher, was honored George Walker …

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Sen. Inouye’s congressional papers available to the public

The congressional archival papers of the late Daniel K. Inouye, who served 53 years in Congress, 50 in the U.S. Senate, are now available to the public via the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library Congressional Papers Collection. The library is cataloging and digitizing 1,400 boxes of materials it received in 2014. Inouye died in December 2012 at the age of 88. Related UH News story: UH Mānoa preserves …

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UH’s only female National Academy of Sciences member reveals how animals select good microbes

Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor and director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, is the only woman at the University of Hawaiʻi who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In her inaugural article published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, commemorating her induction into one of the country’s most distinguished scientific groups, she and a team of researchers reveal a …

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Astronomers discover variability in the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades Cluster

The brightest members of the Pleiades cluster form a spectacular group of naked-eye stars that have played a central role in cultures around the world for millennia. Native Hawaiians used the Makaliʻi to mark the beginning of the new year and the beginning of “tax collecting season,” while the “Seven Sisters” feature prominently in ancient Greek mythology. But not everything is known …

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Native Hawaiian plants nurtured for education and industry

A combination landscape-design and research project is sprouting in the middle of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources researcher Orville Baldos and his students have planted three kinds of native Hawaiian plants around Varney Circle. UH Mānoa graduate student Aleta Corpuz was part of a group of students assisting Baldos with installing irrigation and cultivating ʻIlima, ʻĀweoweo and Pacific lovegrass. “This definitely …

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UH Mānoa English graduate named Portz Scholar

Brandy Dobson was chosen to be a 2017 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and receive the organization’s top prize for undergraduate honors students. Dobson was one of only four scholars selected throughout the country. This is the second consecutive year that an English student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa earned the prestigious award. Jonathan Omuro was a 2016 Portz Scholar. Both were mentored by …

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New biological identity of inhaled nanoparticles revealed

Nano-enabled consumer products surround people everyday, from personal care, cosmetics, clothing and electronics, to food and beverage. The Nanotechnology Consumer Products Inventory maintained by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has listed 1,814 nano-enabled consumer products, many of which have a potential safety hazard if inhaled. However, their potential biological risks are still largely unknown. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering Professor Yi Zuo has developed a …

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UH agro-ecologists published in sustainable food systems journal

University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Assistant Professor Albie Miles and UH Mānoa Assistant Professor Rebecca Ryals have contributed key articles to a special issue of the Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Entitled Agroecology: Building an ecological knowledge-base for food system sustainability, the special edition presents recent progress in the fields of ecology and environmental science relevant to tackling national and global food system challenges. Topics include the role of ecological theory …

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New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

Microbes dominate the planet, especially the ocean, and help support the entire marine food web. In a recent report published in Nature Microbiology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanography professor Ed DeLong and his team report the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new information, the team discovered nutrient limitation is a central driver in the evolution of ocean microbe genomes. As …

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