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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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UH receives grant to improve transportation safety

UH Mānoa, in collaboration with the Universities of Alaska, Idaho and Washington, has received a 5-year Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Only 36 out of more than 400 proposals were successful. UH’s research budget share is $1.6M over five years. The focus of the research is on Transportation Safety Equity for Rural, Isolated, Tribal …

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Academic pathway to engineering in development for high school students

The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) and the College of Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have entered into a formal partnership to create a college-focused pathway for public high school students seeking engineering majors. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU), both institutions have identified requirements and necessary preparation for high school students to be accepted directly …

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Genome sequence of a new bacteria species published by UH Mānoa undergraduates

Biology majors Yen Nguyen and Jessica Thawley discovered a new bacteria species during their marine microbiology (MICR401L) lab in spring 2016. The new species belongs in a genus called Piscirickettsia. The only other known species in that genus causes disease in some fish, but the one Nguyen and Thawley discovered appears to be free-living. To help formally characterize the new …

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UH Hilo funding from OHA delivers Na Pua Noʻeau programs across State

Na Pua Noʻeau–The Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has received funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ʻAhahui Grants to strengthen its impact on the state. The center will work in partnership with other UH campuses to deliver programs and events to promote higher education opportunities for high school student. UH Maui …

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Space station high-energy physics experiment results

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which includes the work of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty members and students, presented their major scientific results to date from the first five years of experiments on the International Space Station. AMS is a Department of Energy high-energy physics experiment for the spectroscopy of cosmic rays. AMS researchers at UH Mānoa include Department of …

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Be a Scientist Night brings STEM activities to disadvantaged children

Homelessness has grown in Hawaiʻi for a fifth consecutive year according to Hawaiʻi News Now (June 29, 2016). This alarming number is resonating among the University of Hawaiʻi mathematicians. A strong bond has developed over the past five years between the UH Mānoa Department of Mathematics and the family program at The Institute of Human Services (IHS). “Child homelessness is …

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