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Undergraduate journal Mānoa Horizons publishes first issue

Mānoa Horizons Volume I

Mānoa Horizons, a new peer-reviewed academic journal featuring high quality creativity, innovation and research conducted and synthesized by undergraduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has published its first issue this fall. Under the editorship of Christine Beaule, Mānoa Horizons represents a partnership among the UHMānoa’s Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the honors faculty. The journal will be published annually in the fall and …

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Retracing the origins of a massive, multi-ring crater

Free-air gravitational anomalies (red = mass excess; blue = mass deficit) and a shaded topographic relief of the Moon’s Orientale impact basin. This gravitational field model, based on measurements acquired from the NASA GRAIL mission, shows the detailed structure of the central basin depression that is filled with dense mare basalts, as well as the rings that formed due to gravitational collapse of the initial crater cavity shortly after the impact. (credit: Ernest Wright/NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio)

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have reconstructed the extreme collision that created one of the moon’s largest craters, 3.8 billion years ago. Jeffrey Taylor, a professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, was among the scientists who retraced the moon’s dramatic …

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Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on track to be operational in 2019

Exterior of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope

The Hawaiʻi State Supreme Court has affirmed the Conservation District Use Permit for the construction of the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakalā, Maui. The majority opinion said that the telescope is consistent with the purposes of the conservation district. The high court also unanimously affirmed the environmental assessment, which protects natural resources in the Haleakalā Observatories site. The …

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[VIDEO] Lessons learned from a year on simulated Mars

HI-SEAS crewmembers outside their habitat.

For one record-breaking year, six Mars-simulation crewmembers ate, slept, worked and played in their isolated habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa, for the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation or HI-SEAS project operated by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “A mission to Mars would be two-and-a-half to three years long. So if you really want to test out …

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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University …

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Brent Tully honored as ARCS Honolulu Scientist of the Year

ARCS 2016 Scientist of the Year Brent Tully, left, with ARCS Scholar of the Year BJ Fulton and UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy Director Guenther Hasinger

Expansion of the Universe may be accelerating, but so is our understanding, thanks to R. Brent Tully, ARCS Foundation Honolulu Chapter’s 2016 Scientist of the Year. Tully is considered a father of modern observational cosmology after 40 years of doing “cosmology up close” at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy. Since establishing the “Tully-Fisher relation” with National Radio Astronomy …

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Project Imua team completes final tests and integration at NASA Wallops

Elena Barbour repairing ScubeR before integration.

Members of the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges’ Project Imua team have successfully completed final tests and integration of their payload at NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The students from four UH community colleges finished the “remove before flight” procedures to prepare the propellant for their innovative rocket ScubeR and the camera on board its nosecone. They also integrated …

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HI-SEAS recruiting for Mars simulation missions

A crew member from the fourth Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS mission.

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are seeking crewmembers for a new series of NASA-funded long duration space exploration analog studies. Application form for potential crewmembers These types of studies are essential for NASA to understand how teams of astronauts will perform on long-duration space exploration missions, such as those that will be required for human travel to …

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Project Imua team ready for second NASA launch

Marcus Yamaguchi

Project Imua team members have held several successful mission simulations of their second payload named PrIME for Project Imua Multiple Experiment. Project Imua (to move forward in Hawaiian) is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four University of Hawaiʻi Community College campuses to develop small payloads for spaceflight while providing undergraduates with hands-on learning in STEM fields. This is reflected in the …

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