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Wastewater grease traps may damage sewer pipelines

Sewer pipe clogged by a hardened deposit of fat, oil and grease known as a fatberg. Euliss.gov

A University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa engineering team has discovered that microorganisms in waste water grease traps may actually aggravate fat, oil and grease (FOG) deposits in sewers—a problem that the grease traps were designed to reduce. Findings of the paper, authored by Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Tao Yan and post-doc Xia He, were recently published in …

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Dance and science collide at SHAZAM!

From left, Monica Mariiko, Andrea Martinez and Tiana Wong in SHAZAM! Dance + Science. (photo by Chesley Cannon)

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is proud to present the fourth and final Mainstage production of this season, SHAZAM! Dance + Science. The dance concert features choreography by UH Mānoa faculty and special guest artists. The show will be performed April 15–24. SHAZAM! Dance + Science features collaboration between several departments at UH …

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UH tech students among the winners at the AT&T-UH Hackathon

AT&T Hackathon winners

University of Hawaiʻi students shined in the third annual AT&T UH Mobile Tech Hackathon, held this year at Sacred Hearts Academy. The 24-hour event is designed for those interested in coding mobile apps or hacking hardware solutions. Members of Hawaiʻi’s tech community were on hand to network with students and others interested in technology. Governor David Ige, a graduate of the UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering, made …

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SOEST researcher recognized with National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Dr. Bin Chen

Bin Chen, assistant researcher in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As the most prestigious award for junior faculty from NSF, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Chen will be awarded $570,000 over a …

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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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