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i-Lab opens at UH Manoa

College of Engineering Dean Peter Crouch addressing the audience at the i-Lab grand opening

The University of Hawaiʻi celebrated the grand opening of its new UH i-Lab (innovation lab) on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Inspired by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the D.School, the University of Hawaiʻi has created a lab based on those same principles of exposing students to experiences that get them involved with innovation and entrepreneurship. “Our ...

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The BEAST awakens at SuperKEKB

The grey concrete bridge in the foreground shows the SuperKEKB particle accelerator interaction region, where electrons and positrons will collide in the future. This region is currently instrumented with the BEAST II commissioning detector. The large, colored object in the background is the Belle II detector, which is scheduled to roll into the interaction region next year. Photo credit: K. Kanazawa of KEK.

One of UH Mānoa’s physics projects, the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB particle accelerator in Japan, has passed a critical technical milestone: The new particle accelerator has successfully circulated beams of elementary particles in both directions. On February 10, 2015, SuperKEKB circulated a positron beam moving close to the speed of light through over a thousand magnets in a ...

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UH accelerator awarded $500,000 to expand statewide outreach


The University of Hawaiʻi’s proof of concept center/venture accelerator XLR8UH was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to expand its successful commercialization efforts statewide, including underserved rural communities on the neighbor islands. “We are pleased that the EDArecognized the value and promise of our XLR8UHprogram,” said Vassilis L. Syrmos, UH vice president for research and innovation. “The University of Hawaiʻi will be ...

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Professor Heinz Gert de Couet appointed National Science Foundation division director

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Heinz Gert de Couet has been appointed division director for the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) of the National Science Foundation. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems supports research aimed at improving understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. As division director, de Couet will oversee the IOSbudget, which funds core programs in ...

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Native silverswords threatened by shifting climate patterns


A new study published in Climate Change Responses by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers shows how shifting atmospheric circulation patterns that may be caused by climate change are threatening populations of the iconic silversword on Haleakalā. The native plant is found nowhere else in the world. Paul Krushelnycky of the UH Mānoa Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences and ...

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UH Mānoa Professor John Madey receives Willis E. Lamb Award

The free-electron laser FELIX at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen (nl), Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Credit: "China Crisis" CC.

John Madey, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has received the prestigious 2016 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. Madey is best known for his invention and implementation of the free electron laser (FEL). A FEL device can produce very high intensity and high quality coherent electromagnetic radiation that ...

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UH expands global network capacity with RTI partnership

The SEA-US cable system. Image credit: PriMetrica, Inc.

RAM Telecom International, Inc. (RTI) and the University of Hawaiʻi System has signed a multi-year, multimillion dollar IRU agreement to supply transpacific fiber system capacity to the university. RTI will provide the capacity on the Southeast Asia-United States cable system (SEA-US). Upon its completion targeted for end of 2016, SEA-US will link five areas and territories including Oʻahu (Hawaiʻi), downtown ...

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Engineering professor recognized with $500,000 national Early Career Award

Jingjing Li

Jingjing Li, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Award. One of NSF’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Li was awarded $500,000 for her project, Surface Interactions in Dissimilar Material Joining. Processes ...

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Beneficial bacteria in Hawaiian squid attracted to fatty acids

Hawaiian bobtail squid Credit: The Squid and Vibrio Labs.

The small but charismatic Hawaiian bobtail squid is known for its predator-fooling light organ. To survive, the nocturnal cephalopod depends on a mutually beneficial relationship with the luminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, which gives it the ability to mimic moonlight on the surface of the ocean, and deceive monk seals and other predators that would happily make a meal of the ...

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[VIDEO] Student builds enormous iPad-like table device

From left, Computer Science Professor Jason Leigh and CreaTable designer Noel Kawano

The “CreaTable” is a one of a kind interactive table top display designed and built by Noel Kawano, an electrical engineering student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The CreaTable resides in the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications or LAVA belonging to Computer Science Professor Jason Leigh. Leigh and two co-investigators just got a grant from the National ...

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