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UH astronomer to head division of International Astronomical Union

Artist's conception of a star (left) being ejected from a galaxy by a supernova explosion. In reality the supernova would have been faded away long before the star reached that position. Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA.

Nader Haghighipour, an astronomer at the Institute for Astronomyand the NASA Astrobiology Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been elected president of Division F (planetary systems and astrobiology) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for 2015–18. Haghighipour will have an important role in promoting and encouraging the study of planetary systems around our sun and outside our ...

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Wang has soil covered

Koon-hui-Wang

Cover cropping is making a comeback. Farmers of yore recognized the benefits of cover crops worked into the soil as green manure or left on the surface as mulch. Then fertilizers, pesticides, and high-yielding crop varieties reduced the need to take fields out of cash-crop production in order to plant cover crops. Now, renewed focus on sustainability has revived interest, and USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service ...

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UHM’s Ryuzo Yanagimachi: “Unlike people, nature never lies”

Ryuzo Yanagimachi

UH Mānoa emeritus professor Ryuzo Yanagimachi recently granted an exclusive interview for the new Fall 2014 issue of The Prism, UH Mānoa’s e-newsletter on international education. Yanagimachi is world renowned for his research in reproductive biology, especially his pioneering work with in vitro fertilization in humans, freeze-dried sperm technology, and the creation of the world’s first cloned mouse.  He is often called the grandfather ...

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Introducing Velma Kameoka, Interim Associate VC for Research

Manoa Seal

The Board of Regents approved the appointment of Dr. Velma Kameoka as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UH Manoa. Prior to her current appointment and since 2005, she served as Director of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) in the College of Social Sciences. She is also a professor in the Department of Psychology at UH Manoa. Throughout ...

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[VIDEO] The science of the sting

Jellyfish researcher

Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai`i Mānoa, and William Gillan, educator at Boynton Beach High School, have produced an interesting and educational video, The Science of the Sting, featuring Yanagihara’s research program on the box jelly and a discussion of her experience as a research scientist. Developed with funding from ...

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Japanese Buddhism scholar receives Order of the Rising Sun

George Tanabe and Toyoei Shigeeda

George Joji Tanabe, Jr., emeritus professor of the Department of Religion at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon at the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu on January 24, 2014. Tanabe was honored for strengthening the academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Japan. His contributions have deepened the understanding of Japanese ...

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Hadfield awarded the M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education

Mike Hadfield and his award

Michael Hadfield of Kewalo Marine Laboratory was recently honored as the first recipient of the M. Patricia Morse Award by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) at their annual meeting on January 3-7, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Hadfield was recognized for his significant contributions two training programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, aimed at increasing scientific training ...

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Biologist Sheila Conant wins national conservation award

Conant releasing a Nihoa Millerbirds on Nihoa Island

The Ralph W. Schreiber award honors extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, and preservation of birds and their habitats Dr. Sheila Conant, a former chair of the UH Mānoa Zoology Department who has studied Hawai‘i’s native and endangered species for nearly 50 years, has won the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Ralph W. Schreiber Award. Conant is an O‘ahu native and ...

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Astronomer Donald Hall named AAAS Fellow

Dr. Donald N. B. Hall

  Dr. Donald N. B. Hall of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. As part of the astronomy section, Hall was elected as an AAAS Fellow “for distinguished contributions to ...

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