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ARCS Honolulu Scientist of the Year speaks on hantaviruses

ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter has named John A. Burns School of Medicine Professor Richard Yanagihara its 2017 ARCS Scientist of the Year. The Scientist of the Year award recognizes a University of Hawaiʻi researcher whose advancement of knowledge in a STEM field and mentorship of new scientists mirrors the ARCS Foundation mission of advancing science in America. Yanagihara, an expert in emerging diseases, will discuss Hantaviruses: A Personal Journey of Discovery and …

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Manoa students selected for intensive language study in Japan

Raymond DeLang, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and Jake Yasumori.

Raymond DeLang and Jake Yasumori, Japanese language majors in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, were selected as recipients of the 2017–18 Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Monbukagakusho Scholarship covers tuition, living expenses and a stipend. The Consul General of Japan in Honolulu presented the scholarship awards to DeLang …

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Chinese and U.S. scholars and journalists tackle issues related to global media

Sino-U.S. Media Forum participants

Scholars, journalists, students and community leaders from Beijing and Honolulu gathered August 14–15 at the 4th Sino-U.S. Media Forum to share knowledge and tackle issues related to global media and U.S.-China relations. The forum was titled, Media, Culture and Soft Power: Building a Global-Local Bridge in the Digital Age. An intercultural collaboration between Peking University’s School of Journalism and Communication and the …

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Nations lean on Pacific Disaster Center to prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma—Estimated Wind Impacts map.

Already deadly Hurricane Irma, is raging as a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic. Forecast to hit the Florida coast within just a few days as one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded Atlantic history, Irma continues to pack record-breaking maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts of up to 224 mph. To support the countless local, national and regional responders, …

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Local students get an Akamai experience at telescopes on Hawaiʻi Island and Maui

Akamai interns around podium

Students from the University of Hawaiʻi System were among the 29 participants in the 2017 Akamai Internship Program that gives college students from Hawaiʻi an opportunity to gain a summer work experience at an observatory, company or scientific/technical facility in Hawaiʻi. The students spent the eight-week program working on research projects with mentors at a variety of STEM facilities on HawaiʻiIsland and Maui including the telescopes on Maunakea and Haleakalā. …

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Lyon Arboretum leads Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Seed Banking Initiative

Ohia lehua blossoms

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Lyon Arboretum will be leading efforts to expand capacity for collection and banking of ʻōhiʻa seeds across all islands in response to the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) crisis. With funding from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), Lyon Arboretum is spearheading the Rapid ʻŌhiʻaDeath Seed Banking Initiative, a new project that builds on the momentum of #OhiaLove. Related UH News stories: Seeding the future of the ʻōhiʻa tree, February 7, 2016 Campaign to conserve ʻōhiʻa trees finds …

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Sugarcane is not dead, just different

Sugarcane varieties

Sugarcane, also known as kō, may not be king anymore in Hawaiʻi, but University of Hawaiʻi researchers see a sweet future ahead for the traditional plant, which the Hawaiians first brought to the islands via canoe. UH Mānoa Assistant Researcher Noa Lincoln is working on a book and website that catalogs many varieties of native sugarcane and discusses their cultural significance. “Sugarcane is likely the single most important crop in …

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UH center responds to Hurricane Harvey in never-before-seen Texas flooding event

As the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical depression, continue to worsen throughout Southeast Texas, the University of Hawaiʻi-managed Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is doing its part to expedite analysis and dissemination of new field data using its powerful DisasterAWARE technology. Working closely with the Texas National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and several local authorities, the center is using …

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Hawaiʻi’s top doctor hails from UH med school

Ivica Zalud, has been named 2017 Physician of the Year by the Hawaiʻi Medical Association (HMA). Zalud is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine. Zalud will receive the honor on October 7 at the 2017 Ola Pono Ike banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Under Zalud’s leadership, several members of the department have invested their own …

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Hawaiʻi students expand research and astronomy skills

Students and staff of the 2017 HI STAR program

Twenty middle and high school students from Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island learned core astronomy and research skills at this year’s HI STAR program. HI STAR, the Hawaiʻi  Student Teacher Astronomical Research program, is a week-long summer astronomy program held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for students entering grades 8–11. This was the 11th year of the program. Students gain an in-depth understanding of astronomy throughout the week of intense HI …

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