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Spiritual side of indigenous ocean sports explored


Eight years ago, Harald Barkhoff, professor of kinesiology and exercise sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, started a lifelong commitment to participate in Uluākea, a program managed by the Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center designed to help develop the university into more of a “Hawaiian place of learning.” Cultural practitioners at Uluākea teach faculty in various academic disciplines ...

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Anthropology doctoral student awarded national fellowship

Rachel Hoerman

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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Plants may run out of time to grow under ongoing climate change

Corn at Waimanalo Research Station Open House

A key potential “benefit” of global warming — namely, that plants at northern latitudes will thrive in a warmer world — is challenged by a new study released by University of Hawai’i scientists. The prevailing assumption ignores the fact that plants in the North will remain limited by solar radiation, curbing positive effects of warming and additional CO2 availability. In ...

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Research team releases app for tracking Yellowstone geysers


When people throughout the world want to watch the iconic Old Faithful eruption at Yellowstone National Park in real time, they now can turn to their smartphones, through a free app, courtesy of a UH Mānoa-led research team studying mobile media and communication. Brett Oppegaard, an assistant professor in the School of Communications within the College of Social Sciences, has led the development ...

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Audio alternative for National Park brochures in works for visually impaired

View of eruption plume from Overlook vent in Halema'uma'u crater on the summit of Kilauea volcano on 27 March 2008, 9 days after the start of the ongoing eruption. Credit: Christine Heliker, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey.

A team of UH Mānoa researchers has received a $278,300 National Park Service grant for the development of new technologies to provide dynamic experiences for visually impaired visitors of national parks. Led by Assistant Professor Brett Oppegaard in the School of Communications within the College of Social Sciences, the group will explore the use of digital communication to convert traditional ...

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Lunadong fossils support theory of earlier dispersal of modern man

Christopher Bae

Scientists are now considering the possibility that the exodus of modern man from Africa may have been earlier than 60,000 years ago as traditionally thought. Christopher Bae, a paleoanthropologist at UH Mānoa, and Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, led a team of researchers that discovered two teeth in Lunadong, a cave site located in ...

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Evapotranspiration site maps key Hawaii climate factors

Evapotranspiration Map

The Geography Department in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) has launched a new, interactive water resource management website on evapotranspiration that, when added to the existing Rainfall Atlas of Hawai‘i website, will form a family of products providing critical information on the state’s average climate and water processes. Evapotranspiration, the process ...

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Researchers find corn yields more sensitive to drought, climate change

Corn in Hawaii

A new analysis of corn production in the American Midwest has determined that today’s crop yields are more sensitive than ever to bad weather, and especially to drought conditions anticipated under likely climate change scenarios. The study published in May in the journal Science was led by a Stanford University earth scientist and co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Michael J. Roberts in the ...

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New research partnership strives “To Uplift the Mana and Aspirations of Indigenous Peoples”

Researchers celebrate the signing of a Letter of Understanding

College of Social Sciences and JABSOM partner with University of Auckland, Massey University Academic units at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have entered into an international indigenous research partnership with the University of Auckland and Massey University in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Their goal is to connect scholars who are interested in multidisciplinary and collaborative community-based research in the Pacific. ...

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