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UH and Conservation International dive on unexplored seamounts near Hawaiʻi

The Pacific Ocean has by far the largest number of seamounts, distinct features of volcanic origin that rise off the seafloor but do not break the surface, of any ocean on the planet. Earlier this month, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) teamed up with the non-profit group Conservation International (CI) to dive on seamounts near Hawaiʻi—two of which have …

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Gerard Duhaime named UH Mānoa Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa named renowned economic sociology expert Gérard Duhaime as the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair. In this capacity, Duhaime’s research will focus on the economic and social inequalities in the circumpolar Arctic, and the social, economic and political conditions of Native Hawaiians. He will challenge his own analysis in dialogue with university colleagues …

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UH Mānoa establishes Pacific Information and Technology for Development Collaborative

The College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has established the Pacific Information and Communication Technology for Development Collaborative(PICTDC). PICTDC is an innovative interdisciplinary initiative focusing on the social and economic implications of information and communications technology in the Pacific region. It emphasizes the potential uses of technology for social good, the promotion of digital inclusiveness, the sustainable improvement in quality of life …

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UH medical school part of $157 million NIH award for childhood health

Children in Hawaiʻi will directly benefit from a seven-year, $157 million initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) launched by the National Institutes of Health. The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development—from conception through early childhood—influences the health of children and adolescents. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of …

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UH researcher will test a cure for HIV through a shock and kill strategy

The laboratory of University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Associate Professor Lishomwa Ndhlovu, has been awarded two new grants from the National Institutes of Health, including prestigious R01 level funding, to advance his strategy to cure HIV. The new awards to Ndhlovu, of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Department of Tropical Medicine and Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, comes on the heels of the discovery his lab, in collaboration with the Maunakea …

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America’s first wave-produced power goes online in Hawaiʻi

The Hawaiʻi Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), the United States’ first grid-connected test site of this kind, was completed by the U.S. Navy in mid-2015. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) is providing key research support to this national effort in the form of environmental monitoring, independent wave energy conversion device power performance and durability analysis and critical marine …

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American Studies doctoral student wins Fellowship

Leanne Trapedo Sims, a graduate student in the UHM College of Arts & Humanities Department of American Studies was awarded $20,000 for the 2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Through Sims’ project, “Hawai‘i ’s Women’s Prison: The Role of the Kailua Prison Writing Project and the Prison Monologues as Expressive Pu‘uhonua” (sites of healing), she will continue her research in …

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Environmental Protection Agency awards $132,000 to graduate student for coral reef research

Chris Wall, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa marine biology doctoral candidate was selected for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) graduate fellowship program. With this honor, Wall received a $132,000 award to support his research on the impacts of near-shore stressors, such as nutrient pollution, and global stressors, such as rising seawater temperature, on coral reefs. “While …

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Indian Ocean sea level on the rise according to new study

A new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research shows that sea level rise in the northern Indian Ocean rose twice as fast as the global average since 2003. This represents a stark contrast to the previous decade when the region experienced very little sea level rise at all. The science team led by Philip Thompson, associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Level …

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Past climate change swings orchestrated early human migration waves out of Africa

A small group of Homo sapiens left Africa around 100,000 years ago in a series of astronomically-paced slow migration waves and arrived for the first time in southern Europe around 80,000-90,000 years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. These results by a team of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa challenge prominent anthropological models that assume a single …

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