University of Hawaiʻi student-built satellite launched from Virginia

A satellite built by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students was launched from NASAʻs Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, in November 2013.  It is the first UH-built satellite to be launched into space and will fill a critical need by performing radar calibration and performance monitoring for U.S. Department of Defense and NASA radar stations that track missiles, aircraft, rockets, satellites, asteroids, and space junk.

Oceanography – Making a difference on the “Blue Planet”

An introduction to the Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Learn who we are and how we make a difference on the Blue Planet!

Put Your Heart into the Job!

The Center for Cardiovascular Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (University of Hawai`i Mānoa) has received a five-year renewal of funding for its COBRE (Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence) Core lab and a new T-32 training grant. Together, both will bring in about $6 million to Hawai`i over the next five years. Dr. Ralph Shohet, Endowed Center Director, is interviewed about the impact of research in the lab and why he looks forward to coming to work everyday.

Hawaii Ocean Time-series: The 250th Expedition

In March 2013, the Hawaii Ocean Time-series (HOT) program completed its 250th research expedition to its open ocean field site. After nearly 25 years of near-monthly sampling, HOT program measurements serve as an important barometer of global change, providing unprecedented views on changes to the subtropical North Pacific Ocean. HOT remains based at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, and throughout its lifetime has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Robot Responders

The Field Robotics Laboratory at UH Manoa’s College of Engineering has designed and built an autonomous catamaran robot for port inspection following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

Satellite built by UH students headed to space

About 30 students from the UH Mānoa College of Engineering’s Small Satellite Program, established by Professor Wayne Shiroma in 2001, have spent the last three years designing and building a cube satellite, or cubesat, from scratch. Dubbed Hoʻoponopono 2 or H2, it measures 4 inches by 4 inches by 13 inches, about the size of a loaf of bread, and weighs less than 9 pounds.

UH role critical in monitoring space debris and asteroids

The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference (AMOS), the premiere space surveillance conference in the nation, has been held in Hawaiʻi every year since 2001. Space situational awareness is the focus—keeping track of manmade space junk and asteroids that could damage or destroy commercial and government satellites.  UH is a key participant.

How to launch a 13-ton submarine (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this PBS Digital Studios video, we meet Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory operations manager Terry Kerby, a 30-year veteran submersible pilot, and we learn about the revival of a submarine launching technique that is helping to make deep-sea ocean exploration activities more economical for today’s marine scientists.

How to launch a 13-ton submarine (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this PBS Digital Studios video, we follow the Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory to launch the Pisces V submarine. The operation is a marvel of undersea technology.

Taro Day brings together diverse points of view

Taro, or kalo, is sacred to many Native Hawaiians, some of whom revere it as an ancestor. Made into poi, taro was a critical part of the diet of early Hawaiians and is still popular today. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources supports a collection of sustainable and organic taro varieties growing at the UH Waimānalo Research Station.

Students hunt for history and culture at heiau

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Kamehameha Schools have partnered to establish the North Shore Field School. Launched in early January, the field school provides students with a unique opportunity for archeological field training at Kupopolo Heiau, one of the most significant wahi kūpuna (ancestral places) remaining in the ahupuaʻa of Kawailoa on Oʻahu’s North Shore.

Research team discovers existence of Hawaii Sign Language

A research group based in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has confirmed the existence of a previously undocumented language in Hawai‘i called Hawai‘i Sign Language (HSL). HSL, the indigenous language of Deaf people in Hawai‘i, is one of only two known surviving sign languages in the United States. The other is American Sign Language, or ASL, which is widely used by the deaf community in the U.S.

IPCC Report Climate Change 2013: Briefing by Lead Authors

On September 30, 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, which forms a part of the Fifth Climate Assessment Report or AR 5. Lead Authors of the report, who are faculty at the University of Hawaii briefed the press, faculty and students.