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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

Dad and son1

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

Geyser

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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UH disaster preparedness expert Karl Kim named chair of national consortium

Waves crashing over roadway

Karl Kim, the executive director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and a professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences has been named to a three-year term as chair of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). In this capacity, Kim will lead the consortium in development and delivery of training ...

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[VIDEO] Cyber-CANOE to explore worlds of data in 3-D

Jason Leigh

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is now a leader in data visualization. “Which is basically techniques for turning data, into imagery, to help people make sense of these large amounts of data,” said Jason Leigh, a UH Mānoa computer science professor. UH’s new prominence in the futuristic field is thanks to the successful recruitment of Leigh, the university’s second ...

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Uncovering a hidden shark heiau in Pelekane Bay

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Undergraduate researcher Stephen Matadobra helps trace a Big Island cultural heritage site lost below sediment     That whitetip kept coming back every day. The small reef shark circling Pelekane Bay caught Stephen Matadobra’s eye even before the UH Mānoa undergraduate had heard about the legend. Matadobra, a marine biology major, was taking a field archaeology course on the Big ...

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