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ARCS Foundation honors top doctoral candidates in STEM fields

An astronomy doctoral candidate whose software automated the search for small planets has been named the ARCS Foundation Honolulu 2016 Scholar of the Year. Benjamin “BJ” Fulton received the 2016 Columbia ARCS Award in Astronomy. He was one of 12 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students awarded unrestricted grants from the foundation’s Honolulu chapter, which has been supporting outstanding University …

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Life Sciences building project marks new beginning for UH Mānoa

The University of Hawaiʻi has taken an important step forward in its mission to create 21st century learning facilitieswhile addressing its deferred maintenance backlog with the issuing of a request for proposal (RFP) for the turn-key delivery of the Life Sciences building project on the Mānoa campus. The state-of-the art facility will provide new facilities for the College of Natural …

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Innovation showcase highlights entrepreneurship

The University of Hawaiʻi’s budding innovation and entrepreneurial programs were featured in an innovation showcase and roundtable discussion co-hosted by Senator Mazie K. Hirono. The event held on the UH Mānoa campus brought together top business, education and government leaders to highlight entrepreneurial efforts in Hawaiʻi as well as discuss how federal resources can fuel the growth of small business and spark innovation. …

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Summer Bridge program diversifies undergraduate enrollment

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kapiʻolani Community College investigated the effectiveness of Kapiʻolani CC’s Summer Bridge program in diversifying undergraduate enrollment by encouraging STEM students to pursue further education in geosciences. UH Mānoa’s Barbara Bruno, Johanna Wren, Jessica Ayau, Sherril Leon Soon, Heidi Needham, Elisha Wood-Charlson, Anela Choy and Kapiʻolani CC’s Keolani Noa published “Summer Bridge Program …

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High school interns get college engineering experience

Students from 17 Hawaiʻi high schools got a hands-on engineering experience at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering Summer High School Internship Program. The six-week summer high school internship program provides participants with the opportunity to assist in ongoing engineering research and projects. The students gain a higher level of academics and a chance to develop college and …

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In Memoriam: Physicist and inventor John Madey

The University of Hawaiʻi community is saddened by news of the passing of UH Mānoa Professor John Madey. He passed away on July 5, 2016. John M.J. Madey joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UH Mānoa in 1998. Madey was best known for his invention of the free electron laser. A free electron laser device can produce very high …

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Amphibian and reptile conservation focus of new book

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa biology Assistant Professors Robert Thomson and Amber Wright and H. Bradley Shaffer authored California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern, which provides an up-to-date synthesis of the current state of knowledge regarding the biology and conservation risks faced by 45 of California’s most sensitive amphibian and reptile species. With the goal of enhancing management based on …

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High school students increase digital literacy by building computers

Thanks to University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor Philip von Doetinchem, Nānākuli high school students spent a memorable, informative week building and working with computers as part of the newly launched HIgh school students in proGramminG and Sciences (HIGGS). During the pilot run, Doetinchem mentored the students at the Nānākuli campus, where they learned how to use highly …

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A chilling discovery about the universe’s molecular building blocks of life

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Chemistry’s W.M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, along with colleagues at the universities of Virginia and Southern California, have provided conclusive evidence about complex organic molecules: formation of these key molecules, relevant to the origin of Earth’s living organisms such as aldehydes and ketones, is driven by a cosmic-ray-triggered nonequilibrium …

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Research on cavefish may lead to therapeutic methods in autism, schizophrenia

A research group led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa biology Assistant Professor Masato Yoshizawa has found similarities between behavior in cavefish and humans with autism and schizophrenia. With this significant discovery, the researchers are attempting to resolve fundamental mechanisms of these diseases, and eventually hope to develop therapeutic methods in autism and schizophrenia. An article focusing on these implications appeared in …

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