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Biologist Sheila Conant wins national conservation award

Conant releasing a Nihoa Millerbirds on Nihoa Island

The Ralph W. Schreiber award honors extraordinary scientific contributions to the conservation, restoration, and preservation of birds and their habitats Dr. Sheila Conant, a former chair of the UH Mānoa Zoology Department who has studied Hawai‘i’s native and endangered species for nearly 50 years, has won the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Ralph W. Schreiber Award. Conant is an O‘ahu native and ... Read More »

Marine tubeworms need nudge to transition from larvae state

Adult marine tubeworms

Intriguing bacterium-animal interaction may have implications for boat owners and the mariculture industry, UH Manoa researchers say A common problem at Pearl Harbor, biofouling affects harbors around the world.  It’s the process by which barnacles, muscles, oysters, and tubeworms accumulate on the bottom of boats and other surfaces.  Now researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory ... Read More »

Molokai student: Floating nests for endangered Hawaiian Coot

Artificial floaters for nesting Hawaiian Coots.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering and its Hawaiʻi Center for Advanced Communications (HCAC) are supporting a Molokaʻi High School student in her efforts to protect Hawaiian wildlife. Sarah Jenkins, a junior at Molokaʻi High, has already received recognition for her strong commitment to protecting Hawaiian endangered birds. She placed second overall at the 54th annual Maui ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Margo Edwards on ThinkTech Hawaii

Margo Edwards

Margo Edwards appeared on Jay Fidell’s ThinkTech Hawaii show on December 2, 2013. She discussed the University of Hawai’i’s Unmanned Port Security Vehicle, a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. Read More »

[VIDEO] University of Hawaiʻi student-built satellite launched from Virginia

Minotaur I Rocket Launch

WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA (November 19, 2013) – A satellite built by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students was launched from NASAʻs Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia today.  It is the first UH-built satellite to be launched into space and will fill a critical need by performing radar calibration and performance monitoring for U.S. Department of Defense and NASA radar ... Read More »

High energy physicists predict new family of four-quark objects

Beijing Spectrometer Experiment

An international team of high-energy physicists says the discovery of an electrically charged subatomic particle called Zc(4020) is a sign that they have begun to unveil a whole new family of four-quark objects. The Beijing Spectrometer (BESIII) collaboration, which includes scientists from UH Mānoa, previously announced the discovery of a mysterious four-quark particle called Zc(3900) in April 2013. “While quarks have long ... Read More »

Using IT to address energy consumption, behavior

Screen Shot of energy use portal

Robert Brewer (PhD, Computer Science, 2013) has won the 2013 Graduate Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  He accepted the award on October 6, 2013, at AASHE’s annual conference and expo in Nashville, Tennessee.  AASHE is an international organization providing resources and professional development for sustainable operations, research and ... Read More »

Scientists find unusual new species in Kilauea caldera

Bacteria

Scientists at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have formally described an unusual new species found so far in only one cave in Kilauea Caldera on Hawaii Island. “We cultivated a new cyanobacterium from an almost 100-year-old lava cave in volcanically active Kilauea Caldera,” said Associate Professor Stuart Donachie in the Department of Microbiology at the College of Natural Sciences.  “This species has ... Read More »

[VIDEO] Robotic vessel to help in times of disaster

UH unmanned port security vehicle

The University of Hawai‘i’s Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance. The UPSV was designed and built in Hawaii by UH researchers, students and contractors. UH Principal Investigator Brian Bingham demonstrated the vessel’s capabilities at Honolulu Harbor ... Read More »

Visualization expert Jason Leigh is key new UH Innovation Initiative hire

Jason Leigh

In a big boost to the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative (HI2), visualization expert Jason Leigh will be joining the Information & Computer Science (ICS) Department at UH Mānoa in Spring 2014. Leigh is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL) and Software Technologies Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he ... Read More »

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