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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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Bond gene in fruit flies controls fertility of rival males

The decision to mate is influenced by pheromones. Photo credit: Klaus Dreisewerd and Joanne Yew.

For many animals, pheromones, which are chemical cues used for communication, guide important decisions such as whom to mate and whom to fight. New research from scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) identified a single gene in fruit flies (Drosophila) that controls male pheromone production, male fertility, and, surprisingly, the fertility of rival ...

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Ultralight foam among lightest material ever produced

Professor Klaus Sattler

Imagine a super-light material which can be used in novel types of car batteries, in space applications, in high-yield catalysis, or in biomedicine and neuroengineering. Such functional carbonaceous materials with high specific surface areas have become an appealing topic in recent years. Researchers in Professor Klaus Sattler’s group at the at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Physics department have ...

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UH Mānoa impressive in national and international college rankings


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s reputation as a nationally recognized and world-class university has been affirmed, after three major university rankings were recently released by the College Scorecard, U.S. News and World Report and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Said Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, “These rankings demonstrate that we are truly among the great universities of the world. We’re ...

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Researcher’s work in bioplastics leads to $1.4 million contract

Jian Yu

Jian Yu, a Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has signed an exclusive global research contract with Bio-On, an Italian intellectual property company, representing a $1.4 million investment. Yu’s research focuses on new technologies to produce bioplastics from inexpensive feedstocks such as wood chips, agricultural residues and domestic wastes. The bioplastics can be molded ...

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Anthony Barley awarded national life sciences fellowship

Anthony Barley

Anthony Barley, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Biology, was recently selected as a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow by the Arnold O. Beckman Foundation. The prestigious and highly selective fellowship, awarded to only 20 young researchers across the life sciences and chemistry nationwide, recognizes postdoctoral scholars who exemplify the highest potential for success in an ...

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UHM spearheads “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant” month

From left to right: David Duffy, UH Department of Botany and PCSU; Randy Bartlett, Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council; Gov. David Ige; Scott Enright, Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture; a giant little fire ant and Erin Bishop, Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee.

September is Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant month in the City and County of Honolulu, in Maui County and across the state. Several projects in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) are spearheading this little fire ant public awareness and community action campaign in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA). This campaign ...

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Hawaiʻi physicists help advance research into Earth’s radioactivity and nonproliferation

Antineutrino Global Map 2015

A team of researchers led by scientists at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) published a new map on September 1 that characterizes the Earth’s radioactivity. The Antineutrino Global Map 2015 (AGM2015) can inform the strategic placement of detectors that aid in identifying undeclared nuclear reactors. The neutrino and its antimatter cousin, the antineutrino, are subatomic particles that are produced by ...

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