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University of Hawaiʻi cacao among world’s best

Three varieties of cacao from the 10 selections growing at 6 sites in UH’s Hawaiʻi State Cacao Trial

Beans from a University of Hawaiʻi cacao trial begun in 2005 were among the 18 International Cocoa Awards winners announced at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris in November. The cacao from three locations in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) field trial were selected as best in the Asia, Pacific and Australia category, along with an entry from Jeanne Bennet and Bruce Clements’ …

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Agreements strengthen Mānoa and South Pacific’s long relationship

UH Mānoa Interim Chancellor David Lassner signing an agreement

The 30-year relationship between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji continues to grow with the signing of a new agreement designed to foster future collaboration between the two institutions in areas of learning, teaching and research, including joint initiatives related to climate change as well as other issues of concern to Pacific Islands. A companion …

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Researchers hope to boost local breadfruit through citizen project

Noa Lincoln

Got ʻulu Noa Lincoln, an assistant researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has launched a new citizen science project asking volunteers to help build knowledge about breadfruit. Coordinated by graduate student Blaire Langston, the campaign invites members of the community to “adopt” a local ʻulu tree and observe its lifecycle events. Learning more about this under-studied tree will help localize food production by supporting breadfruit as …

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Native Hawaiian research highlighted at the Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center conference

Conference discussion session

The past, present and future of Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) research was highlighted at the inaugural Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center (LHRC) student conference held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. On September 22 and 23, LHRC—part of the federal Title III Kekaulike Grant administered by Native Hawaiian Student Services at UH Mānoa and Hawaiian studies faculty at UH Maui College—hosted more than 40 Kanaka ʻŌiwi undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community presenters who shared …

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UH Mānoa professor named 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellow

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Murli Manghnani, a professor in the Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) at the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has been elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union(AGU). Manghnani, who joined the HIGP in 1963, has made impressive contributions in the field of high pressure-high temperature mineral physics, with a focus on the structure and transformation of minerals deep …

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UH Mānoa scientists investigate aquatic viruses with $6M grant

Transmission electron micrographs of viruses

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographers Grieg Steward and Kyle Edwards, as part of a research team from four universities, received a $6 million grant to investigate how the information encoded in the genomes of viruses alters the properties of cells and influences the outcome of viral infections. The four-year project is supported by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). This collaboration is among …

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Exploring the ocean’s deepest zone with $1.2M Keck Foundation grant

Researchers working on ship

The deepest 45 percent of the ocean depth range remains one of the most unexplored and inaccessible regions on the planet. Twelve people have walked on the moon while only three people have ever been to the deepest zone in the ocean—the hadal zone. Armed with a $1.2 million award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, …

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Small asteroid or comet ‘visits’ from beyond the solar system

Diagram of our solar system shows the dramatic path of A/2017 U1

A small, recently discovered asteroid—or perhaps a comet—appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first “interstellar object” to be observed and confirmed by astronomers. This unusual object—for now designated A/2017 U1—is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers …

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Cancer exercise research program pairs students with patients

Paulette M. Yamada, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS), will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students how to use exercise training to maintain the health of cancer survivors as they undergo (toxic) cancer treatments. Yamada was named the 2017–2018 Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education and is using her $10,000 …

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Documenting the last permafrost in Hawaiʻi

Mauna Kea

In the coldest climate, on the tallest summits of Hawaiʻi, temperatures fall below freezing during winter nights. In 1969 Alfred Woodcock discovered areas inside cinder cones on Maunakea that are permanently frozen. At one place the ice was about 32 feet thick and 27 yard long, buried beneath about one foot of boulders, the only permanent ice known in all of …

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