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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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UH Mānoa battles in Hawaiʻi’s first international autonomous robotic boat competition

Interest in intelligent machines is growing and an international competition to build autonomous robotic systems that operate at sea has come to Hawaiʻi. Honolulu Community College hosts the 2016 Maritime RobotX Competition at Sand Island December 11–18. Students from 13 universities around the world, including first-timer University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will compete for $100,000 in prizes. Organizers say the …

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Who built the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system? UH students!

You could say the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system is the apple of Noel Kawano’s eye. It should be. The masters in engineering student and a handful of others at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa designed and built the immersive virtual reality environment with ultra-high-resolution display walls. “I know every little bolt, every little nut and screw. There’s …

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World’s best hybrid visualization system up and running at UH Mānoa

You can now go under the sea, explore outer space and probe microscopic elements of the human body without leaving campus. The 3D, immersive possibilities are endless now that the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to the best hybrid visualization system in the world that combines immersive virtual reality with ultra-high-resolution display walls. It’s called the Destiny-class CyberCANOE, …

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Robotics, magic math and more at Be a Scientist event

A team of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty and students will transform The Institute of Human Services (IHS) into a math, science and engineering lab to captivate the community’s young minds for Be a Scientist Night on Friday, December 2, 6–8 p.m. Attendees will be engaged with activities rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM activities, designed for …

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