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Be a Scientist Night brings STEM activities to disadvantaged children

Homelessness has grown in Hawaiʻi for a fifth consecutive year according to Hawaiʻi News Now (June 29, 2016). This alarming number is resonating among the University of Hawaiʻi mathematicians. A strong bond has developed over the past five years between the UH Mānoa Department of Mathematics and the family program at The Institute of Human Services (IHS). “Child homelessness is …

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UH Mānoa battles in Hawaiʻi’s first international autonomous robotic boat competition

Interest in intelligent machines is growing and an international competition to build autonomous robotic systems that operate at sea has come to Hawaiʻi. Honolulu Community College hosts the 2016 Maritime RobotX Competition at Sand Island December 11–18. Students from 13 universities around the world, including first-timer University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, will compete for $100,000 in prizes. Organizers say the …

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Who built the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system? UH students!

You could say the world’s best hybrid 3D visualization system is the apple of Noel Kawano’s eye. It should be. The masters in engineering student and a handful of others at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa designed and built the immersive virtual reality environment with ultra-high-resolution display walls. “I know every little bolt, every little nut and screw. There’s …

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World’s best hybrid visualization system up and running at UH Mānoa

You can now go under the sea, explore outer space and probe microscopic elements of the human body without leaving campus. The 3D, immersive possibilities are endless now that the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is home to the best hybrid visualization system in the world that combines immersive virtual reality with ultra-high-resolution display walls. It’s called the Destiny-class CyberCANOE, …

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Robotics, magic math and more at Be a Scientist event

A team of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty and students will transform The Institute of Human Services (IHS) into a math, science and engineering lab to captivate the community’s young minds for Be a Scientist Night on Friday, December 2, 6–8 p.m. Attendees will be engaged with activities rooted in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM activities, designed for …

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XLR8UH and Maui Food Innovation Center recognized for excellence

The University of Hawaiʻi announced that two of its accelerator programs, XLR8UH and the UH Maui College Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) at UH Maui College, were recipients of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2016 Growth Accelerator Competition awards. This marks the second straight year that both programs received the prestigious award and a $50,000 cash prize. XLR8UH and …

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XLR8UH announces eight teams for fifth cohort

The University of Hawaiʻi announced the selection of eight teams for the fifth cohort of its accelerator startup investment program—XLR8UH. The startups in this round include digital technology providing athletes and physicians ways to identify, measure and monitor sports concussions; a lifesaving blood analysis smartphone platform; and a data collection and project management platform for conservation and agriculture customers. The eight teams …

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Botany assistant professor awarded international fellowship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Hynson has been awarded a University of Bayreuth, Germany Junior International Fellowship. Hynson will help develop a field biology course for undergraduates from Europe interested in tropical ecology. She will also expand her current research collaborations with faculty and students from the University of Bayreuth to further examine the ecology and biogeography of …

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Mathematics assistant professor awarded NSF grant for topological data analysis

Yuriy Mileyko, assistant professor at UH Mānoa, is the recipient of a collaborative grant from the division of mathematical sciences at the National Science Foundation for a total amount of $220,000 beginning August 1st, 2016 for a duration of 3 years. The project is titled “Topological Invariants for Enhanced Data Analysis.” The general goal of this project, which will be carried …

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Examining access, equity and social capital in university honors programs

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Honors Program Faculty Specialist Siobhán Ní Dhonacha, has been selected as a presenter at the 51st National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Seattle, Washington, October 12–16. Ní Dhonacha will present the session entitled, “To Thine Own Self Be True, But First You Have To Get To Know Yourself: Access, Equity, and Social Capital in …

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