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[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 »

[VIDEO] Satellite built by UH students headed to space

Cubesat program manager

A team of engineering students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has built a satellite and it is headed to space. “You know there is some anxiety but I think more than anything, more than happiness, it is relief,” said Larry Martin, a UH Mānoa graduate student and project program manager. “It’s finally going to be in the end ... Read More »

Graduate student wins fellowship to research endemic plant on Kaua’i

Cabbage on a stick plant

UH Mānoa graduate student Seana Walsh, a candidate for a Master’s degree in the Department of Botany, has been awarded the Eloise Gerry Fellowship from the Sigma Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science National Fellowships Program to continue her research on a critically endangered Hawaiian plant endemic to Kaua‘i and historically to Ni‘ihau—the ‘ōlulu, or “cabbage on a stick” plant, Brighamia insignis. ... Read More »

Hawaii may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination

River

A recent audit of Hawai‘i’s Source Water Assessment Program (SWAP) drinking water source susceptibility analysis shows that the state’s current approach may not be accurately predicting groundwater contamination at local drinking water sources. The research was performed by Alan Mair, a former postdoctoral fellow at UH Mānoa’s Department of Geology & Geophysics and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), and Aly ... Read More »

UH Sea Grant receives prestigious hurricane preparedness award

Hurricane illustration

At an annual hurricane outlook news conference held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant) at UH Mānoa was awarded the 2013 Dr. Arthur Chiu Award for Excellence in Hurricane Preparedness. The award is given annually to an organization, individual or business that has demonstrated innovation or excellence ... Read More »

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