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College of Education doctorate graduate wins international award

Dr. Makalapua Alencastre

Makalapua Alencastre, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education at UH Hilo and UHM College of Education alumni, is the winner of the 2015 Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) Dissertation in Practice of the Year Award. Her dissertation, E Hoʻoulu ʻIa Nā Kumu Mauli Ola Hawaiʻi: Preparing Hawaiian Cultural Identity Teachers, was selected for its high quality research and potential ...

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New aquatic science curriculum now online


Science teachers throughout the state and nation now have a website, based on the award-winning Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum, where they can investigate, discover, evaluate, communicate and learn about marine science. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum, which examines coastal and ocean sciences by studying the influence of water on the planet, was developed to be useful to ...

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Anthropology doctoral student awarded national fellowship

Rachel Hoerman

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 American Fellowship to Rachel Hoerman. She is a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, ...

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Study finds 24/7 Dad curriculum helps fathers gain skills and happiness

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Just in time for Father’s Day, family researcher Selva Lewin-Bizan has released the preliminary results of an evaluation of a fatherhood program conducted in Hawaiʻi, showing that men who attend the program are likely to improve their parenting skills, knowledge, attitudes and family relationships. Lewin-Bizan is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Center on the Family in the UH Mānoa College of ...

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Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change

Corn at Waimanalo Research Station Open House

A key potential “benefit” of global warming — namely, that plants at northern latitudes will thrive in a warmer world — is challenged by a new study released by University of Hawai’i scientists. The prevailing assumption ignores the fact that plants in the North will remain limited by solar radiation, curbing positive effects of warming and additional CO2 availability. In ...

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Research team releases app for tracking Yellowstone geysers


When people throughout the world want to watch the iconic Old Faithful eruption at Yellowstone National Park in real time, they now can turn to their smartphones, through a free app, courtesy of a UH Mānoa-led research team studying mobile media and communication. Brett Oppegaard, an assistant professor in the School of Communications within the College of Social Sciences, has led the development ...

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Marketing professor named one of world’s most influential by Thomson Reuters

Stephen Vargo

Shidler College of Business Marketing Professor Stephen L. Vargo was named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014 by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.  The UH Mānoa faculty member earned the distinction by publishing the highest number of articles that were most frequently cited by researchers. Vargo is one of ...

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Audio alternative for National Park brochures in works for visually impaired

View of eruption plume from Overlook vent in Halema'uma'u crater on the summit of Kilauea volcano on 27 March 2008, 9 days after the start of the ongoing eruption. Credit: Christine Heliker, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey.

A team of UH Mānoa researchers has received a $278,300 National Park Service grant for the development of new technologies to provide dynamic experiences for visually impaired visitors of national parks. Led by Assistant Professor Brett Oppegaard in the School of Communications within the College of Social Sciences, the group will explore the use of digital communication to convert traditional ...

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Lunadong fossils support theory of earlier dispersal of modern man

Christopher Bae

Scientists are now considering the possibility that the exodus of modern man from Africa may have been earlier than 60,000 years ago as traditionally thought. Christopher Bae, a paleoanthropologist at UH Mānoa, and Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, led a team of researchers that discovered two teeth in Lunadong, a cave site located in ...

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