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Bladder cancer national clinical trial launched by Cancer Center, Queen’s

Dr. Charles Rosser

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, in partnership with The Queen’s Medical Center (Queen’s) via the Hawaiʻi Cancer Consortium, is launching a new national clinical drug trial looking at the effectiveness of a promising new drug against non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, the most common type of bladder cancer with very high recurrence rates. Unlike other national drug trials based on ... Read More »

From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus

Malassezia sp.

A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, eczema and other itchy, flaky maladies in humans has now been tracked to even further global reaches—including Hawaiian coral reefs and the extreme environments of arctic soils and deep sea vents. A review in the scientific journal PLOS Pathogens considers the diversity, ecology and distribution of the fungi of the genus Malassezia in light of new insights ... Read More »

Retrofits for the next big quake in Hawaii

In this video by media outlet Big Island Video News, UHM professor Donald Thomas outlines the very real risk to Hawaii from earthquakes. Many people may be surprised to learn that our state’s earthquake risk is as much as two times higher than areas of comparable size in California. In fact, the state has experienced 24 earthquakes greater than 6.0 ... Read More »

Electrical engineering graduate student wins prestigious fellowship

Jonathan H. Dang

Jonathan H. Dang, a UH Mānoa electrical engineering graduate student, has been named the 2014-15 recipient of the IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering. Established in 2000, this prestigious award is given annually to one first-year, full-time graduate student in electrical engineering worldwide. The award carries a stipend of $10,000 per year, and is renewable for a ... Read More »

UH startup SmarTummy takes home $10K from national innovation competition

Larry Martin

A University of Hawai‘i (UH) startup company that designed a unique medical training device has won 3rd place in a national competition: the of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2014 Innovation Showcase (IShow). SMARTUMMY LLC, (SmarTummy) led by UH Mānoa graduate student Larry Martin, has developed a tool to train medical, nursing, and osteopathic students in conducting an abdominal ... Read More »

[VIDEO] The Koloa Project — preserving the endangered Hawaiian Duck

Koloa Maoli

Even wildlife biologists have a tough time telling the difference between the endangered Hawaiian Duck, Koloa Maoli, and the common mallard. Cross-breeding or hybridization between the two species is the primary reason the endemic Koloa duck is endangered. A new collaborative program between the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the ... Read More »

Research leads to sensor breakthrough, promises safer structures

Haleiwa Bridge

UH Mānoa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor David Ma and Graduate Student Hui Zhang have achieved a long-sought technical breakthrough by proving an efficient method of harvesting mechanical energy to power autonomous sensor networks. Their research findings appear in the prestigious Applied Physics Letters of the American Institute of Physics. Large-scale wireless sensor networks are extremely useful in monitoring the behavior of both ... Read More »

Physics team moves ahead on research project at KEK Super B Factory

Inside the KEK Super B Factory in Tsukuba, Japan.

One of the UHM’s future physics projects, Belle II at the KEK Super B Factory, has passed a critical U.S. funding and approval milestone and is on track for installation in 2015 in Tsukuba, Japan. UH Mānoa Physics Professors Tom Browder, Sven Vahsen and Gary Varner, along with other UHM postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, participated in the first Belle ... Read More »

ARCS Foundation partnership brings new funding for student research in Life Sciences

ARCS Foundation logo

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Honolulu Chapter has given more than $1.5 million in awards to UH students since its inception in 1974. On June 3, the Roche Foundation and ARCS Foundation announced a unique program to support outstanding graduate life science students at universities across the United States, including UH Mānoa.  The Roche/ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Program in ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Hawaii EPSCoR – Stimulating competitive research

Ho‘opononono 2 satellite

The University of Hawaii describes how its EPSCoR program is helping protect Hawaii’s environment and secure the state’s economic future. The mission of EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is to assist the National Science Foundation in its statutory function “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States …” http://www.epscor.hawaii.edu/ Video courtesy UH ... Read More »

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