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UH Mānoa physics graduate student Kevin Croker awarded Fulbright scholarship

Fulbright awardee Kevin Croker

The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced thatKevin Croker, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidate in physics and astronomy, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Estonia. Only three grants were offered to Estonia, where Croker will collaborate with Manuel Hohmann at the University of Tartu from ...

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Nine UH Mānoa students are named ARCS Scholars

ARCS Scholar of the Year Ruthsenne Perron

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Honolulu Chapter’s latest Scholar of the Year is an engineer working on a better way to monitor fluid in patients’ lungs. Ruthsenne Perron is one of nine University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral students who were recently named ARCS Scholars for research that ranges from understanding probiotic bacteria in Hawaiian coral to detecting ...

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Culture and family influence on smoking in Filipina girls

girl smoking

Smoking rates for youth in the U.S. have been declining, but the trend does not hold true for some Asian American ethnicities.  Recent results from Hawai‘i’s Youth Tobacco Survey indicate that 20.1% of Filipina high school girls smoke, compared to only 5.6% of Japanese and 5.3% of Chinese girls.  In fact, Filipinas in Hawai‘i are picking up their first cigarettes ...

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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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