UH undergrads win national awards for their health sciences research in Africa

Michael Fernandez and Jovikka Antallan on stage with other conference award winners.

Two University of Hawaiʻi undergraduate students Jovikka Antallan and Michael Fernandez, who conducted health science research in Africa, received national awards for their presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Arizona. Fewer than two dozen students, from among several hundred participants, were honored with Outstanding Presentation awards. Antallan examined whether testing by saliva for a parasite that causes malaria would be simpler and …

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UH Cancer Center postdoctoral fellow receives Italian Scientists Award

Angela Bononi

Angela Bononi, a University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center thoracic oncology postdoctoral fellow, was one of five recipients of the prestigious 2017 Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) Awards presented at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. “There are no words, neither in English nor in Italian, to express how much winning this ISSNAF award means to me,” she said. Bononi received the Hoan …

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Nanosilicon resource published by Klaus Sattler

There is great reliance now on electronic devices, such as computers, laptops or cellular phones. These are built with integrated circuits with small silicon-based units on the micrometer scale, which is a millionth of a meter. When materials are reduced to the nanometer scale, which is a billionth of a meter, new properties emerge that are critical in many areas …

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Microbiome transplants provide disease resistance in critically-endangered Hawaiian plant

P. kaalaensis outplanted in the wild. Photo credit: Vincent Costello

Transplanting wild microbes from healthy related plants can make a native Hawaiian plant healthier and likelier to survive in wild according to new research from the Amend Laboratory in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department and the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program (OANRP). Professor Anthony Amend and postdoctoral researcher Geoff Zahn used microbes to restore the health of a critically endangered Hawaiian plant that, until now, had been driven to extinction …

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Developing shellfish farming opportunities

Shellfish in basket

The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program received $149,972 to develop new opportunities in shellfish farming for Hawaiʻi and the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands. It was among 18 Sea Grant programs around the country to receive funding from NOAA Sea Grant to advance the development of a sustainable marine and coastal aquaculture industry in the United States. The 32 projects were funded a total of $9.3 million …

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T. rex’s small arms were built for slashing

Artist’s rendering of savage T. rex. Credit: Steve Stanley.

Tyrannosaurus rex may have had small arms, but it was no pushover. For more than a century, many paleontologists have viewed the small arms of T. rex as having been vestigial—features left over from evolutionary past, but no longer useful. At over three feet long, these arms were not as tiny as often portrayed, and their traits indicate that they were actually well-adapted for …

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Initiative to address challenges facing Hawaiʻi and the world launches with research projects

The Ala Wai Canal in Waikīkī

The eight research projects of the inaugural University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Strategic Investment Initiative have been selected. Each project capitalizes on the strengths of the university and focuses on a challenge facing Hawaiʻi such as resource management and revitalizing the Ala Wai watershed, the solutions of which can be exported to the world. The projects, announced by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and …

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UH medical student earns national honors making research “come alive” through augmented reality

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa medical student created a 3-dimensional image of a heart that literally jumped off the surface of her research poster, winning her a top award at the 2017 national meeting of the American College of Physicians in San Diego, California. Trudy Hong, a 2017 graduate of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and current pediatrics MD resident, was one of only five overall winners …

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UH Sea Level Center expands forecasts with new federal funding

High sea level in Waikīkī. Credit: Hawaiʻi Sea Grant King Tides Project.

Over the next three years, the Sea Level Center in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technologyat the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and its partners will receive more than $5 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Program Office in the Oceanic and Atmospheric Research line for sea level rise research. One aspect of the new funding supports Multi-Model Seasonal Sea Level Forecasts for the U.S. …

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27 ways heatwaves can kill

Illustration of pathways through which heat can damage vital organs and result in death.

A new systematic synthesis by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa shows that there are at least 27 different physiological pathways in which a heatwave can kill a human being, and everyone is at risk. Around the world, numerous cases have revealed the considerable dangers of extreme heatwaves. More than 70,000 people perished to the extreme heat of the 2003 European heatwave, …

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