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Hundreds of species of fungi in deep coral ecosystems discovered by UH Mānoa botanists

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Botany have discovered hundreds of potentially new species of fungi in the deep coral ecosystem in the ʻAuʻau channel off Maui, Hawaiʻi. Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCE) are generally found at depths between 130–500 feet and possess abundant plant (algal) life as well as new fish species. The mysteries of these reefs are only recently being revealed through technological advances …

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Giant sea spiders use their legs as gills and their guts as hearts

Sea spiders, a bizarre and ancient group of marine arthropods in the class Pycnogonida, breathe in a way not previously known to science, according to a study involving University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researcher Amy Moran and zoology PhD student Caitlin Shishido. The study, published in the July 10 issue of Current Biology, was performed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, while Moran and her team were there in the fall …

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Ralf Kaiser named American Chemical Society fellow

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Physical Chemist Ralf I. Kaiser has been elected to the 2017 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his outstanding contributions to science and the profession, and for his equally exemplary service to ACS. Kaiser is one of 65 members who will be inducted at the ACS National Meeting on August 21 …

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Microbiology undergraduates supported with UROP awards

Seven University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students in the Prisic lab are recipients of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) awards. Jaymes Lonzanida, Jae Yun Lee, Brennen Yasuda, Sasha Canovali, Anna Scheiner, Janey Guo and Mattia Walter received support for their work with Sladjana Prisic, a Department of Microbiology assistant professor. “My research experience in Dr. Prisic’s lab was overall very rewarding,” …

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Alice Ball scholarship honors pioneering chemist in fight against Hansen’s disease

The University of Hawaiʻi honors the remarkable achievements of Alice Ball, the university’s first African American chemist, instructor and researcher as well as the first woman to earn a master’s degree from UH (then known as Hawaiʻi College) in 1915. The Alice Augusta Ball endowed scholarship provides support to full- or part-time UH Mānoa students in the College of Natural …

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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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Milestone in innovative Life Sciences building project

The University of Hawaiʻi has selected a contractor for the design and construction of the Life Sciences building on the Mānoa campus. Construction of the state-of-the art facility is expected to begin in the fall of 2017 with completion estimated in spring 2019. The building will include teaching and research laboratories, laboratory support spaces and office spaces for the College …

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Cosmic-ray antiparticle experiment selected for NASA grant

Philip von Doetinchem, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physics assistant professor, is part of a team working on the design of a next-generation cosmic-ray balloon antiparticle experiment called General AntiParticle Spectrometer (GAPS). This fall, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected the experiment for funding and awarded the project $487,259 for the next five years. The GAPS team includes researchers …

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Genome sequence of a new bacteria species published by UH Mānoa undergraduates

Biology majors Yen Nguyen and Jessica Thawley discovered a new bacteria species during their marine microbiology (MICR401L) lab in spring 2016. The new species belongs in a genus called Piscirickettsia. The only other known species in that genus causes disease in some fish, but the one Nguyen and Thawley discovered appears to be free-living. To help formally characterize the new …

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Space station high-energy physics experiment results

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which includes the work of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty members and students, presented their major scientific results to date from the first five years of experiments on the International Space Station. AMS is a Department of Energy high-energy physics experiment for the spectroscopy of cosmic rays. AMS researchers at UH Mānoa include Department of …

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