Faculty Spotlight

Researcher awarded Fulbright for work in geography of agriculture and food

Krisna Suryanata

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Krisna Suryanata received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in the East Asia and Pacific Region for her work in the political ecology of agriculture and food. She will spend six months as a visiting professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, one of the premier universities in Indonesia. At UGM, Suryanata will share her conceptual tools in teaching and researching geography of …

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Political science researcher studies ‘politics of play’ in Middle East, wins Fulbright

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Grove received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program for her work on security and entertainment and leisure infrastructures in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Grove’s political science research involved six months of field research divided between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. She conducted dozens of interviews and hundreds of hours …

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Microbiology expert wins $1M, plans to transform biology education

Margaret McFall-Ngai

Margaret McFall-Ngai, director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawaiʻiat Mānoa, has been awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professorship grant. HHMI professors are accomplished research scientists who are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. With this honor, McFall-Ngai will receive $1 million over five years to develop innovative approaches to …

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Magdy F. Iskander honored for electromagnetic research and education

A new book The World of Applied Electromagnetics—In Appreciation of Magdy Fahmy Iskander, published by Springer, commemorates four decades of Iskander’s research in electromagnetic and wireless communications technologies and contributions to engineering education. Iskander is an electrical engineering professor and director of the Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Communications in the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Two of Iskanderʻs former graduate students, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, who serves …

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UH Mānoa researcher honored for clean energy education and empowerment

Nicole Lautze receiving C3E award

Nicole Lautze, a researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was recently honored with the 2017 Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Education Award. This C3EAward recognizes the outstanding leadership and extraordinary achievements of mid-career women working to advance clean energy throughout the nation. C3E is a program of the Clean Energy Ministerial, representing 25 major-economy governments accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies and policies. …

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Prestigious physics journal publishes professor’s fluid dynamics paper

Sangwoo Shin

One of the most prominent publications in physics, Physical Review X, accepted an article by Sangwoo Shin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor in mechanical engineering. The article is titled Accumulation of Colloidal Particles in Flow Junctions Induced by Fluid Flow and Diffusiophoresis. Shin examines how underground aquifers, hydraulic fractures, coastal habitats and water filtration systems all deal with the flow of water that contains …

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Marjorie Mau honored with Creighton University alumni award

Marjorie Mau receives award

Marjorie K. Leimomi Mala Mau with the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) was awarded the Creighton University Alumni Merit Award during homecoming festivities on September 15. Mau, one of only three women to receive the alumni merit award in the school’s history, was also asked to deliver a keynote lecture on Public Participation in Research to Address Health Disparities. Mau is professor …

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John S. Allen elected Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering Professor John S. Allen has been elected into the Acoustical Society of America’s (ASA) College of Fellows for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of ultrasound contrast agents. Ultrasound contrast agents are encapsulated microbubbles used in diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound. Allen has been involved in their research since his post-doctoral studies in the U.S. and Japan. Since joining UH, he …

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Tsunami expert honored for excellence in teaching, research and service

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering Professor Ian Robertson has been selected as the inaugural Arthur N.L. Chiu Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The endowment is in the memory of Chiu, a legendary leader in the Hawaiʻi engineering community. He began his lifelong service to the engineering community in 1953 as an instructor at UH Mānoa and went on to serve in multiple leadership positions at …

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UH researchers among the world’s top experts on selenium

Marla Berry and Peter Hoffman

The Journal of Biological Chemistry selected a scientific article on the unique family of proteins containing selenium by Marla Berry and Peter Hoffmann as among the research highlights of the year in the biomedical sciences. Berry and Hoffmann are University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine professors. Selenium is an antioxidant nutrient that can protect humans from metabolic, cardiovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as many …

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