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New book focuses on challenges faced by youth dealing with lasting legacies of colonialism

From left, Karen Umemoto and Katherine Irwin

Serving as a catalyst for thought-provoking discussions, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professors Katherine Irwin and Karen Umemoto’s new book offers a critical analysis of Hawaiʻi’s urban and rural youth who face poverty, racism, sexism and political neglect in the context of 200 years of American colonial control in the Pacific. Titled Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent …

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Future Focus brings together top experts in innovation, technology and medical research

From left, Hank Wuh of Skai Ventures, Tim Dick of Startup Capital Ventures, Luis Salaveria of DBEDT and Omar Sultan of XLR8UH at the 2015 Future Focus Conference

The Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and the University of Hawaiʻi will host the second annual Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity and More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on October 5–6, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort. The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, “poolside chats,” workshops and a networking reception, offering …

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UH Cancer Center studies best way to reduce abdominal fat to lower cancer risk


Kevin Casse Loïc Le Marchand A new University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center study will research if specific changes in dietary habits, along with daily exercise, can reduce the amount of fat inside the abdomen to potentially decrease the risk for cancer and other diseases. “The results from the study will help physicians develop better guidelines to get individuals to maintain …

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UH partners with FDA on food, drug, cosmetic and medical device safety

University of Hawaiʻi, state and FDA officials at the partnership signing.

To enhance the response and resolution of public health concerns like the recent Hepatitis A outbreak, the University of Hawaiʻi has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the State of Hawaiʻi’s departments of agriculture and health to help foster closer collaboration. The agreement signed by UH Vice President for Research and Innovation Vassilis L. …

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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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