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Genomic database aids scientists studying impact of global change across life on Earth

A new publicly available database will catalog metadata associated with biologic samples, making it easier for researchers to share and reuse genetic data for environmental and ecological analyses. The resource, called the Genomic Observatories Metadatabase (GeOMe), was developed by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), California State University Monterey Bay and seven other museums and research institutions. The database links …

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Diabetes center established at JABSOM with $11.2 million federal grant

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded a major federal grant to establish a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence on Diabetes. The $11.2 federal grant, which may be renewed for two additional five-year cycles after its initial five-year period, will intensify Hawaiʻi-based research into a disease that currently affects 155,000 adults and children—1 in 9 individuals in Hawaiʻi. Additionally, Hawaiʻi has 460,000 with pre-diabetes, a condition …

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Master of Public Administration Program accredited by NASPAA

The Master of Public Administration Program (PUBA) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Accredited for a period of seven years, PUBA joins NASPAA’s expansive network of more than 195 accredited graduate programs in public service that span the United States and 14 countries. NASPAA accreditation is the global standard …

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Study finds high-quality diet can reduce internal body fat

A long term healthy, high-quality diet can reduce the risk of cardiometabolic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or stroke according to a new University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center multiethnic cohort study. A high-quality diet includes a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes, with lean, low-fat protein sources plus, fat-free or low-fat dairy foods and oils, such as olive …

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UH and Guam CC collaborate to reduce STEM barriers

Recently, representatives from islands across the Pacific gathered on Guam to develop approaches to increase participation of Pacific Islanders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Michael Hadfield, biology professor emeritus at the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Joni Quenga Kerr, associate professor of science at Guam Community College were awarded a collaborative grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to fund …

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Partnering for Success: Local IT company trains and hires UH Mānoa students

eWorld Enterprise Solutions (eWorldES), a staunch supporter of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has offered an internship program to students in the Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) program since 2010 and has ended up employing many of them. “It had always been the desire of eWorldES to provide career opportunities for graduating students and local IT professionals who wished to remain in Hawaiʻi,” said Steve …

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HIMB research experience program builds science and environmental literacy

The Research Experiences in Marine Science (REMS) summer program, an advanced, inquiry-driven and experiential marine biology summer course hosted at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), completed its fifth year. The course builds science and environmental literacy skills for Hawaiʻi high school students and recent graduates. The 2017 cohort of 18 students completed the program and presented their team research projects to family, …

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Loko Iʻa app puts a Native Hawaiian fishpond in the palm of your hand

A National Science Foundation innovation grant to has spawned a second generation Hawaiian fishpond mobile app. The newly released Loko Iʻa 2.0 iPhone app allows users to explore Heʻeia fishpond on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi through guided on-site and virtual tours, photos, narration, natural history, culture and science. The app was created by Judith Lemusof the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, Marion Ano of Purple Maiʻa Foundation, the staff of Paepae o Heʻeia and in collaboration with Brian Glazer of the UH Mānoa School of …

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Inadequate housing plays a large role in unnecessary hospitalizations

Homelessness and inadequate housing are major causes of unnecessary hospitalizations, according to a study by University of Hawaiʻi researchers. The study, “I Need my Own Place to get Better”: Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations, is from an ongoing project to understand and reduce potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes and heart disease in Hawaiʻi. Principal investigator and Office of Public Health …

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As Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire belches, PDC helps with new tools to reduce risk

Guatemala is one of the most populous and economically developed countries in Central America, yet despite its economic strength it remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, home to three dangerous volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and landslides. Densely populated urban areas as well as hard-to-access rural communities are both exposed to extreme hazards—making communities throughout the …

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