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Alice Ball scholarship honors pioneering chemist in fight against Hansen’s disease

The University of Hawaiʻi honors the remarkable achievements of Alice Ball, the university’s first African American chemist, instructor and researcher as well as the first woman to earn a master’s degree from UH (then known as Hawaiʻi College) in 1915. The Alice Augusta Ball endowed scholarship provides support to full- or part-time UH Mānoa students in the College of Natural …

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Birth control for mosquitoes targeted at saving Hawaiian birds

To protect Hawaiʻi’s unique, imperiled native birds, researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and UH Hilo are teaming up with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to adapt a ‘birth control’ method used across the U.S. mainland to control mosquitoes. The scientists are taking the first steps to adapt …

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UH Mānoa receives top international ranking for earth and environmental sciences

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 12th among universities internationally for earth and environmental sciences according to Nature Index. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals (68 in total), each of which includes peer-review by active researchers. The chosen journals are sufficiently …

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UH Engineering professor selected as Top 25 Newsmaker

University of Hawaiʻi Civil Engineering Professor Ian Robertson was recently named to Engineering News-Record’s list of “Top 25 Newsmakers in 2016” for his “crucial contributions to the campaign that resulted in the 2016 adoption of the world’s first standards for tsunami-resistant design.” ENR chose Professor Robertson for a number of reasons. He was a significant contributor to the American Society …

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UH Research Center appoints unmanned aerial systems expert

Veteran aerospace industry engineer Ted Ralston has been appointed director of unmanned aerial systems at the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaiʻi (ARL/UH). In his new role, Ralston will be responsible for determining and disseminating best practices on the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the State of Hawaiʻi through his oversight of the Hawaiʻi UAS Test …

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UH Mānoa among the best in outdoor fitness and learning opportunities

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ranked 12 in the LendEDU 20 Best Colleges for Outdoor Sports and Recreation Report. The report lauded Mānoa campus as one of the best in the country for outdoor fitness and learning opportunities. The report took into account proximity to off-campus outdoor experiences and locations, great weather and notable on-campus natural beauty, school-sponsored activities …

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Make the Ala Wai Awesome challenge now accepting applications

The University of Hawaiʻi Ala Wai Watershed Student Design Challenge is now accepting applications from students of all ages. The brightest student minds at UH and beyond are invited to Make the Ala Wai Awesome! The student teams are challenged to imagine a comprehensive, systems-thinking approach toward watershed management from mauka to makai (from the mountains to the sea). The …

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Milestone in innovative Life Sciences building project

The University of Hawaiʻi has selected a contractor for the design and construction of the Life Sciences building on the Mānoa campus. Construction of the state-of-the art facility is expected to begin in the fall of 2017 with completion estimated in spring 2019. The building will include teaching and research laboratories, laboratory support spaces and office spaces for the College …

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SSFM International gives $260K in UH Mānoa scholarships and fellowships

SSFM International, Inc. has contributed $261,263 to support University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering and College of Social Sciences students. This gift will fund four full undergraduate scholarships for civil and environmental engineering for four years; and one fellowship for an urban and regional planning graduate student for four years. College of Engineering Interim Dean Ronald Riggs said, …

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STOMP in the iLab

For the first time in the 10-year history of the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP), Hawaiʻi school kids came together on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus for a robotics winter camp. The students, in grades 2–10, met at the new Innovation Lab, or iLab, for hands-on learning in robotics, programming and mathematics. Mānoa undergraduate students from math, …

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