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UH Mānoa oceanographer Craig Smith awarded 2016 Senckenberg Prize

The Senckenberg Nature Research Society (Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung) awarded its 2016 Nature Research Prize to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa oceanographer Craig Smith. The Senckenberg prize in the Nature Research category, endowed with $10,000, is awarded annually to a scientist who has made excellent, internationally recognized achievements in nature research. Smith’s research is focused on the species diversity and …

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Nick Kaiser awarded Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor

Nick Kaiser, an astronomer with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Institute for Astronomy has been awarded the gold medal in astronomy by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). Kaiser will receive his award at the society’s national astronomy meeting in July. The gold medal is the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honor and usually recognizes lifetime achievement. First awarded in 1824, …

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UH Mānoa professor named one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Marketing professor Stephen L. Vargo of the UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has once again been named to Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2016. This is Vargo’s third consecutive year to be selected as a top cited researcher in the field of marketing. Vargo’s research has nearly 30,000 citations, according to Google Scholar—approximately 8,000, according to the …

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Aloysius Helminck appointed UH Manoa College of Natural Sciences dean

Aloysius Helminck started his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Natural Sciences effective December 1, 2016. Helminck comes to UH Mānoa from North Carolina State University, where he formerly served as head of the Department of Mathematics. Under his leadership the department won prestigious national awards, doubled its federal research funding and improved …

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Milutin Milankovic Medal awarded to climate researcher Axel Timmermann

Axel Timmermann, researcher at the International Pacific Research Centerat the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has been selected by the European Geosciences Union to receive the 2017 Milutin Milanković Medal. The Milanković Medal is conferred on climate scientists who are recognized for “outstanding research in long term climatic changes and modeling.” Timmermann certainly fits the bill, with his research ranging …

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Chien-Wen Tseng first Hawaiʻi appointment to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Chien-Wen Tseng, a University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) associate professor and associate research director of family medicine and community health, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). “Dr. Tseng is the first USPSTF member appointed from the State of Hawaiʻi,” said UH President David Lassner. “Her perspectives, having worked with diverse communities …

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UH Mānoa botanist wins global recognition for plant conservation

Lauren Weisenberger, with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was honored with the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation for her exceptional contributions to conservation of rare plants in Hawaiʻi. She was presented with the award during the 6th Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) …

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Education faculty and alumnus receive best presentation award for place-based teaching

In June 2016, six UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) faculty members and one doctoral graduate were awarded the Best Presentation Award for their paper by Clute Institute at the 2016 International Education Conference in Venice, Italy. Drs Deborah K Zuercher, Jon Yoshioka, Joseph Zilliox, Paul Deering, Lori Fulton, Stephanie Furuta, and Paul Tauiliili collaboratively wrote their paper, Education New …

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Recommendation for UH Mānoa transitional leadership made to Board of Regents

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents will consider on August 18 a recommendation from President David Lassner for transitional leadership at UH Mānoa effective September 1, 2016. The recommendation calls for President Lassner to assume additional temporary duties as interim chancellor for UH Mānoa, and for current UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Bruno to also serve as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. No salary increase is recommended for …

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Dr. Randall F. Holcombe approved as next UH Cancer Center director

At a meeting on June 2 on Oʻahu, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents approved Dr. Randall F. Holcombe as UH Cancer Center director. A formal offer has been made to Holcombe. Holcombe has more than 25 years in academic medicine, serving in progressive leadership roles. He currently serves as the chief medical officer for cancer for the Mount Sinai Health System, deputy …

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