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UH Mānoa researcher honored for clean energy education and empowerment

Nicole Lautze receiving C3E award

Nicole Lautze, a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was recently honored with the 2017 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Education Award. This C3EAward recognizes the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy throughout the nation. C3E is a program of the Clean Energy Ministerial, representing 25 major-economy governments accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies and policies. …

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Prestigious physics journal publishes professor’s fluid dynamics paper

Sangwoo Shin

One of the most prominent publications in physics, Physical Review X, accepted an article by Sangwoo Shin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in mechanical engineering. The article is titled Accumulation of Colloidal Particles in Flow Junctions Induced by Fluid Flow and Diffusiophoresis. Shin examines how underground aquifers, hydraulic fractures, coastal habitats and water filtration systems all deal with the flow of water that contains …

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UH scientists sign second warning notice to humanity

Coral reef

Fifty scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi are among the more than 15,000 scientists who signed the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. The warning comes on the 25th anniversary of the first warning document. In 1992 scientists wrote that humanity was pushing Earth’s ecosystems too far and that fundamental changes were needed “if vast human misery is to be avoided.” …

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National video competition a buzz with two UH wins

Bee on a flower

A University of Hawaiʻi team created quite the buzz with two videos developed to raise public awareness about bees. Ethel M. Villalobos, director of the UH Honeybee Project; Jonathan Koch, a UH Hilo conservation entomologist specializing in bees and Jonathan Wright, a graphic designer with Hazard Design, won awards from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for their videos, The Life History of Bees and The Odd Couples. The Life History of …

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$3.9M for Native Hawaiian education at UH

In support of its goal to become a model indigenous serving institution, the University of Hawaiʻi has been awarded almost $3.9 million in grants by the U.S. Department of Education’s Native Hawaiian Education Program. “These grants will develop innovative education programs to assist Native Hawaiians and to supplement and expand existing programs and authorities,” said UH President David Lassner. “We credit and thank our hard working, committed …

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UH professor leading excavation in Egypt receives national archaeology award

Researchers digging at Tell Timai

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Robert Littman has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. The institute is considered the nation’s leading archaeological organization with 220,000 members and promotes inquiry and public understanding of the human past. Littman is a professor in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature and has been teaching at UH since …

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Exploring biofilms and the search for life on Mars

Green and purple biofilms hang from the walls of lava caves near Kīlauea caldera on Hawaiʻi Island. These, and other biofilms, may be similar to microbial life on early Earth and possibly an early Mars environment.

Rebecca Prescott, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoamicrobiology student who recently received her PhD, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award for her project, “Survival in extreme environments through cooperation: biofilms and looking for life on Mars,” under the program Broadening Participation of Groups Underrepresented in Biology. “We are interested in how cooperative behavior, through chemical communication in bacteria, may help microbes survive …

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Engineering students win UH innovation challenge

Accuity Consulting Services President Julia Okinaka, Goog Egg team members Arif Rahman and Kainalu Matthews; and PACE Executive Director Peter Rowan.

A duo of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering students took top honors in the UH Mānoa Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) Breakthrough Innovation Challenge for their idea that provides a solution to hunger in developing countries. Arif Rahman and Kainalu Matthews of team Good Egg received $1,000 for developing a noninvasive test for embryo health-check during in vitro fertilization of bovine cattle. Their technology of an automated washing and grading …

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An interstellar visitor unmasked

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

In October, astronomers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) made a stunning discovery with the Pan-STARRS1 telescope—the first interstellar object seen passing through our Solar System. Now, an international team lead by IfA Astronomer Karen Meech has made detailed measurements of the visitor’s properties. “This thing is very strange,” said Meech. Originally denoted A/2017 U1 (with the A for “asteroid”), the body is now …

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New dean to lead the College of Education

Nathan Murata has been named dean of the College of Education (COE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, effective January 1, 2018. He is currently professor and graduate chair of the college’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS). Murata earned his PhD in health, physical education, recreation and dance from Ohio State University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and a certificate in special …

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