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Uncovering a hidden shark heiau in Pelekane Bay

researcher in boat

Undergraduate researcher Stephen Matadobra helps trace a Big Island cultural heritage site lost below sediment     That whitetip kept coming back every day. The small reef shark circling Pelekane Bay caught Stephen Matadobra’s eye even before the UH Mānoa undergraduate had heard about the legend. Matadobra, a marine biology major, was taking a field archaeology course on the Big ...

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Electrical engineering graduate student wins prestigious fellowship

Jonathan H. Dang

Jonathan H. Dang, a UH Mānoa electrical engineering graduate student, has been named the 2014-15 recipient of the IEEE Life Members Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering. Established in 2000, this prestigious award is given annually to one first-year, full-time graduate student in electrical engineering worldwide. The award carries a stipend of $10,000 per year, and is renewable for a ...

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[VIDEO] Microrobotics team excels once again at international challenge

Microrobots assemble glass beads in a UH pattern

Microrobots in action: The UH microrobot (bright circular object) assembles tiny glass beads into a mini “UH.” Each bead is smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa’s Microrobotics team placed third in the mobility event of the 2014 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, held in Hong Kong from May 31 to June 2, 2014, as part ...

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Water in Moon rocks provides clues and questions about lunar history

Pyroclastic glass beads

A recent review of hundreds of chemical analyses of Moon rocks indicates that the amount of water in the Moon’s interior varies regionally – revealing clues about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon.  These discoveries provide a new tool to unravel the processes involved in the formation of the Moon, how the lunar crust cooled, and its impact ...

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2014 UH Manoa Awards for student excellence in research

Chino Cabalteja

Each year, the Chancellor recognizes the leadership and service of UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students committed to enhancing the University’s mission of excellence. The 2014 UH Manoa Awards ceremony will be held on April 30 in Orvis Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Chino Cabalteja (Master’s Level) Chino Cabalteja is a Master’s Level student researcher in the Department of Molecular Biosciences ...

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Environmental issues of the Mariana Islands

Dr. Michael Hadfield, Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua, and Austin J. Shelton III

The Kewalo Marine Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH) this week hosted a discussion about environmental issues of the Mariana Islands. Austin Shelton, coordinator of the Humåtak Project, shared his experiences with coastal community ecosystem revival efforts that began in Humåtak, Guam after fishermen realized wildland fires and poor land-use practices were to blame for a decrease ...

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The secret lives of whales

Short-finned pilot whale

UH graduate students lead research effort aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor Scientists from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) have been allocated over 100 days at sea, spread out over the next 6 months, aboard the R/V Falkor, the oceanographic research ship belonging to the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI; ...

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Unusual corals discovered off of the Big Island, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

A coral species new to the main Hawaiian Islands has been discovered in West Hawaii by a research team of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) divers and confirmed by researchers at UH Manoa’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory. While doing reconnaissance SCUBA dives along the Kona coast of the Island of Hawaii, the ...

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Beyond the ‘Roi Roundup’

Cephalopholis argus

UH Mānoa graduate student Jonatha Giddens studies a roi-free reef on the Big Island, and ponders the resource management lessons from a local spearfishing hui   What if you could remove all of the roi? UH Mānoa graduate student Jonatha Giddens has been investigating this possibility at a reef off Puako Bay, on the west side of the Big Island ...

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