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UH Mānoa Professor Casanova receives $499,000 NSF grant

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Henri Casanova, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa information and computer sciences professor, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for the project WRENCH: A Simulation Workbench for Scientific Workflow for Users, Developers and Researchers. This project received $499,000.00 in funding. In partnership with Rafael Ferreira da Silva at the Information Science Institute at the University of Southern California, this project …

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UH Mānoa professor recognized for unconventional career path

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Scott Robertson, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa information and computer science professor, has been highlighted in an article about unconventional careers for behavioral scientists. The article, “Here, There, Everywhere,” appears in the September issue of the Association for Psychological Science Observer. “Here, There, Everywhere” states that roughly 14 percent of Association for Psychological Science members working in academia are doing so in departments other …

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UH Mānoa ranks well nationally and internationally

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has received global affirmation of its academic and research excellence in recently released national and international rankings. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings rated UH Mānoa 89 in the category Top Public Schools and 169 in National Universities. The rankings surveyed 1,600 colleges among more than 3,000 four-year institutions throughout …

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World Youth Congress to be held at the University of Hawaiʻi in 2017

Members of UH’s Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaiʻi signed a memorandum of understanding with Peace Child International Hawaiʻi to host the 2017 World Youth Congress.

Hundreds of young leaders from around the globe will gather at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for the World Youth Congress June 24–July 1, 2017. The delegates will address many of the issues discussed at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. The 2017 congress is being hosted by the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaiʻi, a UH student organization, and …

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UH Water Resources Research Center receives nearly $1M for water sustainability project

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the investment of $26.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) received nearly $1 million of this funding to conduct a three-year research project focusing on …

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Future Focus brings together top experts in innovation, technology and medical research

From left, Hank Wuh of Skai Ventures, Tim Dick of Startup Capital Ventures, Luis Salaveria of DBEDT and Omar Sultan of XLR8UH at the 2015 Future Focus Conference

The Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable and the University of Hawaiʻi will host the second annual Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Medical Research, Cybersecurity and More. The day-and-a-half conference will be held on October 5–6, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort. The forum will feature presentations, interactive panel discussions, “poolside chats,” workshops and a networking reception, offering …

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Grants awarded for zooplankton research

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa assistant professor Daisuke Takagi is the recipient of a National Science Foundationgrant “Hydrodynamics of outer flow at low Reynolds numbers for locomotion and flow control” from the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems division for $297,941 (starting June 15, 2016 for a duration of 3 years). The Army Research Office grant “Modeling the collective behavior …

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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

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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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