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Future farmers formed through MAʻO Organic Farms-UH partnership

MAʻO Organic Farms in Waiʻanae helps feed UH’s sustainability efforts, the community and some of Hawaiʻi’s best restaurants. What’s not as widely known is how a unique partnership between the farm and the University of Hawaiʻi is growing future farmers. MAʻO has been providing scholarships and stipends for post-secondary expenses for qualified UH students through its Youth Leadership Training program since 2001. For more …

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Sustainability advocates gather for higher education summit

The University of Hawaiʻi will hold the 5th Annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit at UH West Oʻahu, March 16–18. This yearʻs summit will explore sustainability through indigenous perspectives and the global dialogue on sustainability. The summit will also focus on the sustainability courses that are taught across all UH campuses—how can UH better coordinate and support student interest in exploring sustainability topics and create curricular …

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Cooperation is key to reduce sediment runoff into West Maui reefs

Coral reefs around the world are threatened by increased runoff of sediment and other land-based pollutants. To address the challenge of managing these pollutants with limited resources, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist Kirsten Oleson and her former graduate students in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Kim Falinski and Joey Lecky, recently published …

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How bright is the future of space food?

Research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa could play a major role in NASA’s goal to travel to Mars in the 2030s, including what the astronauts could eat during that historic mission. A trip to Mars and back is estimated to take about two and half years, and ideally, their diet would be healthy while requiring minimal effort and …

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UH Mānoa receives top international ranking for earth and environmental sciences

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ranked 12th among universities internationally for earth and environmental sciences according to Nature Index. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a select group of other prestigious journals (68 in total), each of which includes peer-review by active researchers. The chosen journals are sufficiently …

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AgDiscovery introduces teens to wildlife and agribusiness

For the seventh year, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) will be hosting the Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program, July 9–22, for students ages 14–17. This unique, free summer program gives teen participants a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, including plant and animal …

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Fruits, bees, pigs and more at Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day

Approximately 500 elementary students and their teachers and chaperones will meet at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s 30-acre Oʻahu Urban Garden Center in Pearl City on February 10 for the 2017 Oʻahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day. The Center will be open to the public for its own Second Saturday event featuring many of the same exhibits and activities …

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Potential biofuel crops in Hawaii may successfully sequester carbon in soil

Two potential biofuel crops in Hawaii–sugarcane and napiergrass–may sequester more carbon in soil than is lost to the atmosphere, according to a study published January 4, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Meghan Pawlowski from University of Hawaii Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and colleagues. From a climate change perspective, replacing fossil fuel with biofuel …

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State holds first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit

Lead scientists joined Governor David Ige and other top policy makers for the first Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Summit on November 30. State and federal experts, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Gordon Bennett, provided situation reports on the disease and presented the recently completed strategic response plan which will guide the statewide response to this dire threat to Hawaiʻi’s …

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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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