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Nuclear power plant hazard mitigation agreement signed by UH managed Pacific Disaster Center

Greg Rzentkowski, left, director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, and PDC Deputy Executive Director Chris Chiesa signed of a cooperation agreement on August 17 in Vienna. (photo: S. Morita/IAEA)

When the 60th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is convened in Vienna on September 26, Greg Rzentkowski, director of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, can report that a key recommendation from the 2015 conference has been firmly acted upon. For nearly six years, IAEA has been using an “external events notification and information system” that …

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UH Mānoa and Jonathan Merage Foundation partner to improve storm forecasting

Storm as seen from storm balloon release site on the Jonathan Merage Research Ranch in Colorado

The Jonathan Merage Foundation has embarked on a long-term partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) to explore how long-range lightning data can potentially improve storm forecasting. “Through the ingest of lightning and storm balloon data, this project aims to increase our ability to map water vapor and heat associated with condensation of water …

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Summer Bridge program diversifies undergraduate enrollment

Students on a geology field trip

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kapiʻolani Community College investigated the effectiveness of Kapiʻolani CC’s Summer Bridge program in diversifying undergraduate enrollment by encouraging STEM students to pursue further education in geosciences. UH Mānoa’s Barbara Bruno, Johanna Wren, Jessica Ayau, Sherril Leon Soon, Heidi Needham, Elisha Wood-Charlson, Anela Choy and Kapiʻolani CC’s Keolani Noa published “Summer Bridge Program …

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SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge celebrates ocean and earth science graduates

Spring 2016 Maile Mentoring Bridge graduates, mentors and administrators from UH Mānoa and Kapiʻolani CC, photo courtesy of Chip Fletcher

The SOEST Maile Mentoring Bridge program strives to recruit and retain Native Hawaiian and kamaʻāina undergraduates in ocean, earth and environmental science degree programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at MānoaSchool of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST). In May, the first cohort of Maile students—Charles “Aka” Beebe, Kanani, Lhiberty Pagaduan and Diamond Tachera—earned bachelor’s degrees with the support …

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Law professor selected as Washington D.C. public policy fellow


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Maxine Burkett of the William S. Richardson School of Law has been selected as a Public Policy Fellow this summer at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. The center is considered one of the top 10 think tanks in the world. Burkett has also just been appointed to the new …

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Abundant and diverse ecosystem found in area targeted for deep-sea mining

A cnidarian attached to a dead sponge stalk on a nodule. (credit: Diva Amon and Craig Smith)

In a study published in Scientific Reports, scientists discovered impressive abundance and diversity among the creatures living on the seafloor in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ)—an area in the equatorial Pacific Ocean being targeted for deep-sea mining. The study, lead authored by Diva Amon, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and …

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[VIDEO] Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation opens its doors

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“Mahi ʻIke Hawaiʻi: Cultivate Hawaiian Knowledge” is the motto of the new Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The new institute is led by Puakea Nogelmeier, a professor of Hawaiian language, and is an invaluable resource for anyone in the state and beyond to find and utilize historical Hawaiian knowledge. There …

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Invasive algae clean up honors Isabella Abbott

Volunteers at Waikīkī reef clean up, photo from the Waikīkī Aquarium Facebook

In honor of what would have been Professor Emerita Isabella Abbott’s 97th birthday, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Celia Smith, professor of botany, led an invasive algae clean up at the Waikīkī Aquarium on June 20. This year’s clean up gathered about 45 volunteers including UH students and community members to learn about invasive seaweeds and remove them from the …

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NOAA continues to support coastal and ocean observing in the Pacific Islands

PacIOOS provides easily accessible ocean observation and forecasting data.

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) was awarded more than $2.75 million in competitive grant funding through NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The funding is for the first year of a five-year cooperative agreement to enhance and sustain coastal and ocean observing efforts throughout the U.S. Pacific Islands region. PacIOOS is based within the School of Ocean and …

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Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival

Bleached and unbleached coral. Credit: Raphael Ritson-Williams.

Scientists say good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long-term survival of reefs worldwide. “Healthy corals interact with complex communities of beneficial microbes or ‘good bacteria’,” says Tracy Ainsworth from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University who led …

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