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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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Hawaiʻi’s top doctor hails from UH med school

Ivica Zalud, has been named 2017 Physician of the Year by the Hawaiʻi Medical Association (HMA). Zalud is the chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine. Zalud will receive the honor on October 7 at the 2017 Ola Pono Ike banquet at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Under Zalud’s leadership, several members of the department have invested their own …

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English professor receives Fulbright Award to India

S. Shankar, professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received the prestigious Senior Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching and Research) for 2017–18. He will soon head to India where he will teach at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in Chennai, India, conduct research, and interact with students and faculty in India for the academic year. The Fulbright-Nehru enables the most outstanding students, academics, and …

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Mānoa volcanologists receive top international awards

Two volcanologists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Geology and Geophysics have received two of the top three awards from the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI). Bruce Houghton, the Gordon A. MacDonald Professor of Volcanology and science director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at UH Mānoa was honored recently with the IAVCEI Thorarinsson Medal. Sébastien Biass, a post-doctoral researcher, was honored George Walker …

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UH’s only female National Academy of Sciences member reveals how animals select good microbes

Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor and director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, is the only woman at the University of Hawaiʻi who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In her inaugural article published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, commemorating her induction into one of the country’s most distinguished scientific groups, she and a team of researchers reveal a …

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Total solar eclipse illuminated by UH astronomers

During 2017’s total solar eclipse, the first to cross North America since 1918, Hawaiʻi will be well represented by Institute for Astronomy astronomer Shadia Rifai Habbal and other University of Hawaiʻiscientists. When the moon completely blocks the sun, Habbal’s team of international scientists will collect data as they have done during 14 eclipses since 1995. “Witnessing the event—which happens over an hour, when you are going from …

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National literary award for Mānoa English professor

The prestigious American Book Award has been bestowed on University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Shawna Yang Ryan by the Before Columbus Foundation for her 2016 novel Green Island. Ryan also serves as the director of creative writing in the UH Mānoa Department of English. The American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. “Writing a novel, you …

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