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Henke Hall demolition clears way for state-of-the-art science building

The first phase of construction of the Life Sciences building project on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus begins in late June with the removal of Henke Hall, the future site of the state-of-the-art science facility scheduled to open fall 2019. Construction of the four-story, 45,000-square-foot structure will begin in late 2017 and is in step with the university’s …

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Microbiology undergraduates supported with UROP awards

Seven University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students in the Prisic lab are recipients of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards. Jaymes Lonzanida, Jae Yun Lee, Brennen Yasuda, Sasha Canovali, Anna Scheiner, Janey Guo and Mattia Walter received support for their work with Sladjana Prisic, a Department of Microbiology assistant professor. “My research experience in Dr. Prisic’s lab was overall very rewarding,” …

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UH accelerator named in top 30

XLR8UH, a public-private partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and Sultan Ventures created to educate, mentor and invest in UH startups and entrepreneurs, has been named a top 30 U.S. accelerator in the 2017 Seed Accelerator Rankings, a part of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project (SARP). The XLR8UH program is a four-month startup accelerator that works with UH-affiliated entrepreneurial teams …

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Mysteries of the Universe to be answered by Belle II experiment

At the beginning of the universe there were equal quantities of matter and anti-matter and yet 13.7 billion years later, the universe is completely dominated by matter. How did this happen? Asymmetries in the interactions of fundamental matter particles and their anti-matter counterparts are likely to be responsible for the matter dominance of the universe and our own existence. However, …

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Students create Star Wars simulation on world’s best hybrid visualization system

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa engineering graduate student Noel Kawano and computer science student Ryan Theriot created a 3D immersive visualization project—Star Wars Squadron and Tatooine. Users can battle with lightsabers or dogfight through a universe filled with starfighters, TIE fighters and an armada of star destroyers. The (research and fun) …

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Proposed system could provide fresh water and reduce energy costs worldwide

Many coastal regions across the world have severe drought conditions. The World Health Organization says safety and accessibility of drinking water are major concerns. A group of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and MIT says that the generation of clean drinking water and related energy cost savings might both be achieved by co-locating hydro energy storage systems …

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Mechanical engineering professor wins competition to present at prestigious conference

Sangwoo Shin, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, has won the competition to present at the prestigious Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, Germany, later this year. Shin was one of 10 participants at Hawaiʻi’s inaugural Falling Walls Lab competition, hosted by the UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy, with his presentation, “Breaking the Walls of Water Treatment.” …

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Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge finalists selected

The finalists for the “Make the Ala Wai Awesome” Student Design Challenge have been selected. The international challenge is to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water. Make the Ala Wai Awesome is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi and includes $10,000 in total prize money. “We are excited about the …

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Stellar Mānoa undergraduate research and creative projects showcase

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa undergraduate students from all fields of study will present their faculty-supervised research project or creative work at the Undergraduate Showcase on May 5. This free event will feature 76 presentations and posters by 105 undergraduate students in the disciplines of arts and humanities, engineering and computer sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. The morning begins …

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