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IFA alumnus Brendan Bowler wins Trumpler Award

Brendan Bowler

Brendan Bowler, who completed his dissertation last year at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy has received the Robert J. Trumpler Award given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific for a recent Ph.D. thesis considered unusually important to astronomy. According to the Astronomical Society ... Read More »

2014 UH Manoa Awards for student excellence in research

Chino Cabalteja

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony will be held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Chino Cabalteja (Master’s Level) Chino Cabalteja is a Master’s Level student researcher in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ... Read More »

2014 Regents’ Medal for excellence in research

Nicholas Kaiser

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony was held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Crew cohesion focus of second Mars simulation mission

HI-SEAS Mission 2 Crew

A new space odyssey began tonight as the six crew members of the new Hawai‘i Space Exploration and Analog Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission entered their remote habitat on the first night of a four-month-long journey. Under a dark night sky on Mauna Loa, commander Casey Stedman closed the simulated air lock behind the crew, sealing the habitat and cutting off all ... Read More »

IfA Paper wins 2013 Cozzarelli Prize

Erik Petigura and Andrew Howard

A paper co-authored by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Andrew Howard and visiting graduate student Erik Petigura has won the Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences. This prize recognizes six outstanding papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the major scientific disciplines covered by that journal. Their paper titled “The prevalence of Earth-size ... Read More »

Team performance factors the focus of new Mars simulation

Astronaut walks

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has announced the crew for the second mission of the Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program. The next extended simulation of Mars exploration here on Earth begins March 28. “The upcoming mission is focused on the social, interpersonal, and cognitive factors that affect team performance over time,” said Kim Binsted, associate professor at UH ... Read More »

Two IfA exoplanet studies included in APS top science news stories of 2013

Habitable zone around a star

The American Physical Society web page, “Physics Newsmakers of 2013” says under the heading “Exoplanets,” “2013 was another banner year for the search for another Earth” and specifically mentions two discoveries that IfA astronomers participated in: Nader Haghighipour was part of the team that found three planets orbiting star Gliese 667C in the habitable zone, and Erik Petigura and Andrew ... Read More »

The Pavel’s $10M gift invests in premier UH expertise in ocean, earth and sky

Guenther Hasinger

When Victor and Margaret (Peggy) designated the University of Hawai‘i Foundation as the primary beneficiary of their estate, they wanted to keep their identity private and preferred no personal publicity for what would turn out to be the largest estate gift to UH in UH history. Fortunately, they gave us permission to posthumously acknowledge them, and let Hawai‘i know who ... Read More »

UH astronomer named Sloan Foundation fellow

C. Baranec

Dr. Christoph Baranec of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has been selected as one of 126 recipients of a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today in New York. Awarded annually since 1955, the two-year fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of ... Read More »

UH astronomer helps solve massive galaxy mystery

The evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years

University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer David Sanders is one of a group of scientists who have combined observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer and Herschel infrared space telescopes, and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii to assemble a coherent picture of the formation history of the most massive galaxies in the universe, from their initial burst of violent ... Read More »

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