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Science meets art in ArtSci 2016 exhibit

Ten scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa partnered with ten members of the Honolulu Printmakers in the ArtSci 2016 Where Art and Science Meet exhibition, September 7–30 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. The scientists and artists shared processes and insights into their respective practices to create the pieces for the exhibition. With a variety of printmaking techniques …

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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

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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New PacIOOS website provides ocean information, data and services

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) has launched a new website at www.pacioos.org. Its goal is to further PacIOOS’ mission to empower ocean users, decision-makers and stakeholders across the Pacific Islands with accurate and reliable coastal and ocean information, data and services. The new website provides user-friendly tools and easy access to PacIOOS’ observations of waves, sea surface currents …

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Geology professor has studied Kilauea volcano for 40 years

Hawaiʻi Island’s volcano has been erupting for more than 30 years, making it the one of longest-flowing volcano on Earth. Because of its remarkable and frequent activity, Kīlauea is one of the best studied volcanoes on Earth. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Geology Professor Michael Garcia has been leading studies of the chemistry of lavas from this volcano for 40 …

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

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

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

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

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

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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