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UH Mānoa botanist wins global recognition for plant conservation

Lauren Weisenberger pollinating Hesperomannia arbuscula. (photo courtesy of the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program)

Lauren Weisenberger, with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, was honored with the David Given Award for Excellence in Plant Conservation for her exceptional contributions to conservation of rare plants in Hawaiʻi. She was presented with the award during the 6th Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ...

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Science meets art in ArtSci 2016 exhibit


Ten scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa partnered with ten members of the Honolulu Printmakers in the ArtSci 2016 Where Art and Science Meet exhibition, September 7–30 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. The scientists and artists shared processes and insights into their respective practices to create the pieces for the exhibition. With a variety of printmaking techniques ...

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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

From left are Andrew Turner, Glen Chew, BJ Fulton, Jamal Haidar, Emily First, Amy Hruska, Bill Wright, Bob Nakata, Melia Iwamoto and Amanda Lee.

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University ...

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Life Sciences building project marks new beginning for UH Mānoa


The University of Hawaiʻi has taken an important step forward in its mission to create 21st century learning facilitieswhile addressing its deferred maintenance backlog with the issuing of a request for proposal (RFP) for the turn-key delivery of the Life Sciences building project on the Mānoa campus. The state-of-the art facility will provide new facilities for the College of Natural ...

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Innovation showcase highlights entrepreneurship

Senator Hirono receives an update from Omar and Tarik Sultan on their work with XLR8UH

The University of Hawaiʻi’s budding innovation and entrepreneurial programs were featured in an innovation showcase and roundtable discussion co-hosted by Senator Mazie K. Hirono. The event held on the UH Mānoa campus brought together top business, education and government leaders to highlight entrepreneurial efforts in Hawaiʻi as well as discuss how federal resources can fuel the growth of small business and spark innovation. ...

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Summer Bridge program diversifies undergraduate enrollment

Students on a geology field trip

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kapiʻolani Community College investigated the effectiveness of Kapiʻolani CC’s Summer Bridge program in diversifying undergraduate enrollment by encouraging STEM students to pursue further education in geosciences. UH Mānoa’s Barbara Bruno, Johanna Wren, Jessica Ayau, Sherril Leon Soon, Heidi Needham, Elisha Wood-Charlson, Anela Choy and Kapiʻolani CC’s Keolani Noa published “Summer Bridge Program ...

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High school interns get college engineering experience

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Students from 17 Hawaiʻi high schools got a hands-on engineering experience at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering Summer High School Internship Program. The six-week summer high school internship program provides participants with the opportunity to assist in ongoing engineering research and projects. The students gain a higher level of academics and a chance to develop college and ...

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In Memoriam: Physicist and inventor John Madey


The University of Hawaiʻi community is saddened by news of the passing of UH Mānoa Professor John Madey. He passed away on July 5, 2016. John M.J. Madey joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Mānoa in 1998. Madey was best known for his invention of the free electron laser. A free electron laser device can produce very high ...

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Amphibian and reptile conservation focus of new book


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa biology Assistant Professors Robert Thomson and Amber Wright and H. Bradley Shaffer authored California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern, which provides an up-to-date synthesis of the current state of knowledge regarding the biology and conservation risks faced by 45 of California’s most sensitive amphibian and reptile species. With the goal of enhancing management based on ...

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High school students increase digital literacy by building computers

Philip von Doetinchem (middle back) and Nānākuli High students

Thanks to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor Philip von Doetinchem, Nānākuli high school students spent a memorable, informative week building and working with computers as part of the newly launched HIgh school students in proGramminG and Sciences (HIGGS). During the pilot run, Doetinchem mentored the students at the Nānākuli campus, where they learned how to use highly ...

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