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Geology graduate student Haunani Kane fulfills lifelong dream on Great Barrier Reef

Haunani Kane

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student and apprentice navigator Haunani Kane is featured in ʻŌiwi TV’s Voyaging for the Future: Great Barrier Reef. In the episode, Kane shares her experience exploring the Great Barrier Reef alongside UH coral researcher Ruth Gates and navigator Nainoa Thompson, fulfilling a lifelong dream while continuing her research on island environments and the impact of …

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Anthropology doctoral student awarded national fellowship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 American Fellowship to Rachel Hoerman. She is a doctoral candidate in the anthropology department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, …

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[VIDEO] UH students watch as NASA rocket launches Project Imua’s scientific payload into space

University of Hawai’i community college students watched their scientific payload spin into space on August 12 when a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched around midnight Hawaiʻi time from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Students from Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and Windward Community College are part of a collaboration known as Project Imua, a joint …

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Student involvement in UHM research, from the ground up

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as having “very high research activity.” Not only does the faculty conduct their own research, but students are encouraged to perform their own research. Those who are looking to get their feet wet can participate in others’ projects or become a research assistant for a …

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UH Mānoa physics graduate student Kevin Croker awarded Fulbright scholarship

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

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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