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UH Affiliate Professor Arthur McDonald wins 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

Arthur B. McDonald 
Credit: Queen’s University

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 is going to two scientists for their key experiments of subatomic particles known as neutrinos. They are Arthur B. McDonald, professor emeritus of Queen’s University in Canada and affiliate professor of physics at the University of Hawaiʻi, and Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in ...

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UH Mānoa physics emeritus professor awarded Panofsky Prize


The American Physical Society has awarded a 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics to Stephen Olsen, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa emeritus professor in physics. This prize is the American Physical Society’ highest award for experimental particle physics. It recognizes the B factory experiments (Belle at KEK and BaBar at SLAC), which observed large CP violation (matter-antimatter asymmetry) ...

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Student engineers participate in Native Hawaiian STEM symposium

IKE student symposium presentation

The 4th Annual Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (IKE) Student Symposium held on August 15, 2015 focused on hōʻike, meaning culminating demonstration. The IKE program helps promote Native Hawaiians in engineering. Students who presented at the symposium completed a summer engineering experience, finished a pre-engineering math emporium course and a completed a hands-on engineering or research project over the academic year ...

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Future Focus on technology and innovation


Future Focus: The Hawaiʻi Innovation Initiative’s Forum on Energy, Cybersecurity and More, organized by the University of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Business Roundtable, is the first of what is expected to be an annual event aimed at creating and maintaining a dialog about what it will take to diversify Hawaiʻi’s economy by building the state’s technology and innovation sector. “The University ...

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[VIDEO] Funding for UH graduate research could produce scientific breakthroughs

Raphael Ritson-Williams

For 40 years, a group of Hawaiʻi women have been quietly working to keep America competitive by supporting some of the University of Hawaiʻi’s brightest graduate students. The Honolulu chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, or ARCS Foundation, has provided more than $2 million in unrestricted grants to UH Mānoa PhD candidates in scientific fields from astronomy to zoology. ...

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Herbarium links up with largest ex-situ plant conservation program in world

Acacia koa seeds being prepared for long-term storage

The Joseph F. Rock Herbarium in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department has initiated a new research collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a global program of the Royal Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom, is the largest ex-situ plant conservation program in the world. The focus is on global plant ...

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Bond gene in fruit flies controls fertility of rival males

The decision to mate is influenced by pheromones. Photo credit: Klaus Dreisewerd and Joanne Yew.

For many animals, pheromones, which are chemical cues used for communication, guide important decisions such as whom to mate and whom to fight. New research from scientists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) identified a single gene in fruit flies (Drosophila) that controls male pheromone production, male fertility, and, surprisingly, the fertility of rival ...

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Ultralight foam among lightest material ever produced

Professor Klaus Sattler

Imagine a super-light material which can be used in novel types of car batteries, in space applications, in high-yield catalysis, or in biomedicine and neuroengineering. Such functional carbonaceous materials with high specific surface areas have become an appealing topic in recent years. Researchers in Professor Klaus Sattler’s group at the at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Physics department have ...

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[VIDEO] UH Mānoa impressive in national and international college rankings


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s reputation as a nationally recognized and world-class university has been affirmed, after three major university rankings were recently released by the College Scorecard, U.S. News and World Report and the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Said Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman, “These rankings demonstrate that we are truly among the great universities of the world. We’re ...

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Researcher’s work in bioplastics leads to $1.4 million contract

Jian Yu

Jian Yu, a Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has signed an exclusive global research contract with Bio-On, an Italian intellectual property company, representing a $1.4 million investment. Yu’s research focuses on new technologies to produce bioplastics from inexpensive feedstocks such as wood chips, agricultural residues and domestic wastes. The bioplastics can be molded ...

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