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Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute researcher appointed to Public Utilities Commission

James “Jay” P. Griffin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute assistant researcher, has been appointed to an interim seat on the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) by Gov. David Ige. Previously, Griffin was chief of policy and research at PUC, leading staff and consultant teams in analyzing state energy policy decisions, including long-term power supply planning. “We …

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Mechanical engineering professor wins competition to present at prestigious conference

Sangwoo Shin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, has won the competition to present at the prestigious Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany, later this year. Shin was one of 10 participants at Hawaiʻi’s inaugural Falling Walls Lab competition, hosted by the UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy, with his presentation, “Breaking the Walls of Water Treatment.” …

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Psychiatry professor honored as outstanding community mental health leader

A University of Hawaiʻi psychiatrist who helped form a statewide suicide prevention network was honored as an Outstanding Community Mental Health Leader by Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi. Jeanelle Sugimoto-Matsuda, assistant professor of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, “built thriving partnerships on each island that continue today as she leads the Prevent Suicide Hawaiʻi Task …

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UH law professor honored with property rights prize

Professor David L. Callies of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law will receive the 2017 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize in October from the William and Mary Property Rights Project. Callies will receive this prestigious prize during the project’s 14th annual conference to be held at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 12–13. Callies, a prolific scholar whose work explores …

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UHM faculty win prestigious national award for special education research

Professor Bryan Cook and Associate Professor Lysandra Cook, in the UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) Department of Special Education, were awarded the Kirk Award by the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities (CEC-DLD). Their work, “Research Designs and Special Education Research: Different Designs Address Different Questions,” was selected as the best practitioner article published in Learning Disabilities …

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Papaliʻi Failautusi Avegalio receives Community Resilience Leadership Award

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) 2017 Community Resilience Leadership Award will be presented to Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr., at the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana Conference Awards Luncheon on March 22 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The annual award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to making communities better able to withstand, respond to and recover from hazards …

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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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