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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University ...

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Nursing faculty member completes nursing research fellowship in Japan

Gary Glauberman, UH Manoa Nursing faculty and PhD student, during research fellowship in Japan

Gary Glauberman, UHM Nursing faculty and PhD student, completed a 2-month nursing research fellowship in Japan at the University of Hyogo Research Institute of Nursing Care for People and the Community. Glauberman was invited to study disaster nursing alongside Japanese nursing faculty members, and to assist in developing student-learning activities for disaster nursing education. During the fellowship, Glauberman learned valuable ...

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Benefits and risks of fish consumption provided by new app

Screenshots of the BeneFISHiary app

BeneFISHiary, an app created in part by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies Assistant Professor Catherine Pirkle, provides location-specific data and the risks and benefits of Bermudian fish species. Pirkle worked in close collaboration with Philippe Rouja of the Ocean and Human Health Research Programme in Bermuda and Tidjane Tall of HUACTIVE. App users can search or browse ...

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Smokers with newly discovered genetic markers have higher lung cancer risk

Credit: Raul Lieberwirth (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lanier67/237055775)

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby, increasing their risk for lung cancer. Loïc Le Marchand, a professor and leading epidemiologist in the UH Cancer Center’s Epidemiology Program, and his colleagues, identified differences in the CYP2A6 gene that are associated with a ...

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Nursing students study research during a summer abroad program in Ireland

Nursing students during a summer study abroad program

Five students from UH Manoa Nursing spent four weeks of study at the University College of Dublin (UCD), Ireland. Nursing students Lisa Bell, Tia Lau, Kekai Palafox, Christy Rios and Amanda Sakai were joined by Jessica Lawler who is currently earning a degree in Kinesiology at UH Manoa. This is the second year that nursing students have taken classes during ...

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Infant mortality in post-earthquake Haiti

Feb. 27, 2010: An aerial view of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), shows the devastation of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. Approximately 230,000 Haitians are reported to have died as a result of the earthquake. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea Kennedy/Released)

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Victoria Fan, Associate Professor Timothy Halliday and Bradley Chen (National Yang-Ming University) investigated infant and child mortality after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Their study “The impact of internal displacement on child mortality in post-earthquake Haiti: a difference-in-differences analysis” was published in the International Journal for Equity in Health. The study found that births ...

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Aspiring medical students present summer internship projects


Students in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health Summer Research Internship and The Queen’s Medical Center Summer Research Internshippresented their projects at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine on August 5. The interns, Reid Akana, Candace Chan, Jason Seto, Cori Sutton, Lea Lacar and Carin Jaber are undergraduate college students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or clinical research. Sutton, Lacar and Jaber ...

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Cancer treatment algorithm developed by UH Cancer Center

Gordon Okimoto

University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center researchers developed a computational algorithm to analyze “big data” obtained from tumor samples to better understand and treat cancer. “A growing problem in cancer research is figuring out how to analyze the many kinds of big genomic data for different cancers,” said Gordon Okimoto, co-director of Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource at the UH Cancer Center. “The overwhelming quantity ...

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New book sounds alarm on healthcare providers in India

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In a newly published World Health Organization report, “The Health Workforce in India,” co-author University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor of Public Health Victoria Y. Fan has brought attention to the level of education and medical qualifications of physicians and other healthcare providers in India. Fan and co-author Oxford University Professor Sudhir Anand’s 104-page book includes a three-page summary of ...

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Mercury exposure management in northern Canadian communities

Kangirsuk, an Inuit village in northern Nunavik, Quebec, Canada

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor of Public Health Catherine Pirkle is the primary author of “Managing mercury exposure in northern Canadian communities,” which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The journal is ranked in the top 10 medical journals in the world. The review provides guidance for healthcare providers on the effects of mercury exposure and how ...

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