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Engineering professor recognized with $500,000 national Early Career Award

Jingjing Li

Jingjing Li, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa mechanical engineering assistant professor, has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Award. One of NSF’s most prestigious awards for junior faculty, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Li was awarded $500,000 for her project, Surface Interactions in Dissimilar Material Joining. Processes ...

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Beneficial bacteria in Hawaiian squid attracted to fatty acids

Hawaiian bobtail squid Credit: The Squid and Vibrio Labs.

The small but charismatic Hawaiian bobtail squid is known for its predator-fooling light organ. To survive, the nocturnal cephalopod depends on a mutually beneficial relationship with the luminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, which gives it the ability to mimic moonlight on the surface of the ocean, and deceive monk seals and other predators that would happily make a meal of the ...

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[VIDEO] Student builds enormous iPad-like table device

From left, Computer Science Professor Jason Leigh and CreaTable designer Noel Kawano

The “CreaTable” is a one of a kind interactive table top display designed and built by Noel Kawano, an electrical engineering student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The CreaTable resides in the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications or LAVA belonging to Computer Science Professor Jason Leigh. Leigh and two co-investigators just got a grant from the National ...

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[VIDEO] Data visualization expert to build the top system in the nation at the University of Hawaiʻi


The NSF provided $600,000 and the University of Hawaiʻi added $257,000 for a total of $857,000 to develop a large CyberCANOE, which stands for Cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment. The CyberCANOE is a visualization and collaboration infrastructure that allows students and researchers to work together more effectively using large amounts of data and information. It was designed by ...

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UHERO forecast: Economic expansion will continue, despite global challenges

Kapiolani Park, Waikiki

According to the newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report, economic outlook this year has turned out a bit better than anticipated, and prospects remain good for 2016. Next year will see some easing of visitor growth, but no retreat from the high levels of activity that have built up in recent years. The construction expansion will continue, ...

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Civil engineering alumnus featured in national magazine


UH Mānoa civil engineering alumnus Isaiah T.K. Sato, 23, is the cover story of the fall 2015 issue of Winds of Change, a national magazine for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Hawaiians/First Nations, with an emphasis on STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Read the story in Winds of Change. Sato graduated with a BS in civil and environmental engineering atUH ...

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Lassner Gifts $76,000 To Support UH Information Technology

Celebrating donors who have made gifts to the UH IT Center, from left, UH Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich, donor Becky Kam-Locascio, donor Anthony Locascio, UH President and donor David Lassner, donor Frances Yee and UH Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Garret Yoshimi (photo courtesy of UH Foundation)

University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner has made a $76,000 gift to support the University of Hawaiʻi System Information Technology Services. The state-of-the-art UH Information Technology Center opened for business in February 2014 and houses enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that support modern teaching, administration and research for all 10 UH campuses statewide. “We are most grateful to ...

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UH accelerator announces finalists for third cohort


Seven teams have been selected as finalists for the third cohort of the University of Hawaiʻi XLR8UH proof of concept center/venture accelerator. The innovative research represented includes potential solutions in the areas of algorithms, desalinization, structures, travel, language and culture. The teams have the potential to receive between $25,000 to $50,000 for completing the program and up to $100,000 in ...

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Coordinated national and global effort needed to understand Earth’s microbiome

Woody mussels (shown), like all organisms, rely on microbes for health. Credit: MARUM, Bremen

Microbes dominate Earth. They have been discovered wherever anyone has looked for them. Every animal and plant relies on interactions with the microbial world for health. Given that nearly every habitat and organism hosts a diverse constellation of microorganisms—its “microbiome”—understanding that complex system could transform ideas about the natural world and launch innovations in agriculture, energy, health, the environment and ...

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Latest UH technology developments showcased for investors

Jason Leigh, professor of information and computer sciences at UH Mānoa, presented the Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment.

Potential investors got to see some of the exciting developments at the University of Hawaiʻi at a technology showcase in October. The presentations included: “Cyber-CANOE 3D virtual reality environment” by Jason Leigh, UH Mānoa professor of information and computer sciences “Anatomical 3D models on the zSpace virtual reality platform” by Jesse Thompson, technical director for anatomical imaging at the John ...

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