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Total solar eclipse illuminated by UH astronomers

During 2017’s total solar eclipse, the first to cross North America since 1918, Hawaiʻi will be well represented by Institute for Astronomy astronomer Shadia Rifai Habbal and other University of Hawaiʻiscientists. When the moon completely blocks the sun, Habbal’s team of international scientists will collect data as they have done during 14 eclipses since 1995. “Witnessing the event—which happens over an hour, when you are going from …

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UH campuses invited to explore Meaning and Management of Water

All University of Hawaiʻi faculty, staff and community partners are invited to share research, writing, practices and teaching materials exploring the “Meaning and Management of Water” as part of UH‘s annual systemwide focused inquiry project for AY 18–19. Faculty and community partners are invited to join the Laulima collaboration server platform SYS MM1Uto share resources, learning outcomes, assignments and other teaching materials related to water. The initiative follows …

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Blending culture and technology to restore Hawaiian fishponds

With the goal of preserving loko iʻa or Hawaiian fishponds, 15 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty and students and more than 30 representatives from 18 traditional Hawaiian fishponds across four Hawaiian islands gathered together to share resources. The three-day workshop blended cultural and environmental resilience with contemporary technology. Loko iʻa or Hawaiian fishponds, are unique aquaculture systems that exist throughout Hawaiʻi, and continue to feed and connect communities …

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UH expands vaccine research through NIH grant to minority students

The University of Hawaiʻi is expanding its studies of a proposed vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus. A new grant of nearly $112,000 awarded to Liana Medina, a PhD candidate working with Assistant Professor Axel Lehrer at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) makes the additional work possible. Lehrer’s promising vaccine candidate has already been proven effective in animal clinical studies. Under the grant from the National Institutes …

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Hawaiʻi nearshore fishery provides big benefits

The monetary, social and cultural importance of Hawaiʻi nearshore fisheries has been examined by researchers in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM). The study argues that fully appreciating the multitude of benefits the nearshore fishery provides to society is a crucial step towards sustainable management. The multi-year study tracked commercial and noncommercial reef-fish value chains, which was conducted as a collaboration …

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National literary award for Mānoa English professor

The prestigious American Book Award has been bestowed on University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Shawna Yang Ryan by the Before Columbus Foundation for her 2016 novel Green Island. Ryan also serves as the director of creative writing in the UH Mānoa Department of English. The American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. “Writing a novel, you …

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College of Education welcomes new director of Curriculum Research & Development Group

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education (COE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Barbara Dougherty as the fourth Director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG). Former Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair of Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dougherty was previously the Director of the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Education …

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$77.6 million raised for UH students, faculty, research and programs

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation in partnership with generous donors and UH partners, raised $77.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1,2016–June, 30, 2017). These funds will directly impact students, faculty, research and programs on all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses. “This year 29,180 gifts were made to support programs people are passionate about,” said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO, UH Foundation. “Every day we have the privilege of hearing from …

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The cosmic velocity web

The cosmic web—the distribution of matter on the largest scales in the universe—has usually been defined through the distribution of galaxies. Now, a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal, by a team of astronomers from France, Israel and Hawaiʻi demonstrates a novel approach. Instead of using galaxy positions, they mapped the motions of thousands of galaxies. Because galaxies are pulled toward gravitational attractors …

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Partnership aims to improve tornado forecasting

Aiming to improve severe weather forecasting and warning lead-times associated with front range thunderstorms over northeastern Colorado, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and Jonathan Merage Foundation have expanded their partnership. Improvements in Colorado’s thunderstorm forecasting rely on innovative data from its Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) network. The network is comprised of 12 stations north of Denver …

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