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UH accelerator announces finalists for third cohort


Seven teams have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the University of Hawaiʻi XLR8UH proof of concept center/venture accelerator. The innovative research represented includes potential solutions in the areas of algorithms, desalinization, structures, travel, language and culture. The teams have the potential to receive between $25,000 to $50,000 for completing the program and up to $100,000 in ...

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Coordinated national and global effort needed to understand Earth’s microbiome

Woody mussels (shown), like all organisms, rely on microbes for health. Credit: MARUM, Bremen

Microbes dominate Earth. They have been discovered wherever anyone has looked for them. Every animal and plant relies on interactions with the microbial world for health. Given that nearly every habitat and organism hosts a diverse constellation of microorganisms—its “microbiome”—understanding that complex system could transform ideas about the natural world and launch innovations in agriculture, energy, health, the environment and ...

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Latest UH technology developments showcased for investors

Jason Leigh, professor of information and computer sciences at UH Mānoa, presented the Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment.

Potential investors got to see some of the exciting developments at the University of Hawaiʻi at a technology showcase in October. The presentations included: “Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment” by Jason Leigh, UH Mānoa professor of information and computer sciences “Anatomical 3D models on the zSpace virtual reality platform” by Jesse Thompson, technical director for anatomical imaging at the John ...

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XLR8UH recognized by the Small Business Administration

XLR8UH receives U.S. Small Business Administration $50,000 check.

On Wednesday, October 14, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet presented $50,000 checks to XLR8UH, the University of Hawaiʻi’s proof of concept center/venture accelerator in recognition of being named one of the nation’s elite programs in the annual SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The ceremony was held at the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Hale ...

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UH Affiliate Professor Arthur McDonald wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur B. McDonald 
Credit: Queen’s University

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 is going to two scientists for their key experiments of subatomic particles known as neutrinos. They are Arthur B. McDonald, professor emeritus of Queen’s University in Canada and affiliate professor of physics at the University of Hawaiʻi, and Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in ...

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UH Mānoa physics emeritus professor awarded Panofsky Prize


The American Physical Society has awarded a 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics to Stephen Olsen, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa emeritus professor in physics. This prize is the American Physical Society’ highest award for experimental particle physics. It recognizes the B factory experiments (Belle at KEK and BaBar at SLAC), which observed large CP violation (matter-antimatter asymmetry) ...

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Student engineers participate in Native Hawaiian STEM symposium

IKE student symposium presentation

The 4th Annual Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (IKE) Student Symposium held on August 15, 2015 focused on hōʻike, meaning culminating demonstration. The IKE program helps promote Native Hawaiians in engineering. Students who presented at the symposium completed a summer engineering experience, finished a pre-engineering math emporium course and a completed a hands-on engineering or research project over the academic year ...

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Future Focus on technology and innovation


Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Energy, Cybersecurity and More, organized by the University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable, is the first of what is expected to be an annual event aimed at creating and maintaining a dialog about what it will take to diversify Hawaiʻi’s economy by building the state’s technology and innovation sector. “The University ...

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Funding for UH graduate research could produce scientific breakthroughs

Raphael Ritson-Williams

For 40 years, a group of Hawaiʻi women have been quietly working to keep America competitive by supporting some of the University of Hawaiʻi’s brightest graduate students. The Honolulu chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, or ARCS Foundation, has provided more than $2 million in unrestricted grants to UH Mānoa PhD candidates in scientific fields from astronomy to zoology. ...

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Herbarium links up with largest ex-situ plant conservation program in world

Acacia koa seeds being prepared for long-term storage

The Joseph F. Rock Herbarium in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department has initiated a new research collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a global program of the Royal Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom, is the largest ex-situ plant conservation program in the world. The focus is on global plant ...

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