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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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. ... Read More »

Predicting crop outcomes in a changing climate

Field of Corn

Environmental economics may sound like an oxymoron. Most people associate economics with business interests that are largely unconcerned with the environment. Some may feel that economics is the source of environmental problems. However, economics concerns more than business activity. At its core, economics studies how people allocate scarce resources, including environmental resources. The environment connects to economics in that people ... Read More »

Untamed skies: Where science meets humanity [TEDxHonolulu 2013]

Owen Shieh

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa graduate student Owen Shieh is presenting a talk at the TEDxHonolulu event, titled:  “Untamed skies:  Where science meets humanity.” “Centuries of scientific and technological advancements have allowed us to survive the harshest of conditions, but weather remains an untamed force of nature,” said Shieh, a graduate student in the UH Mānoa department of meteorology. “For ... Read More »

World ocean systems undermined by climate change by 2100

Spear fisherman

An ambitious new study describes the full chain of events by which ocean biogeochemical changes triggered by manmade greenhouse gas emissions may cascade through marine habitats and organisms, penetrating to the deep ocean and eventually influencing humans. Previous analyses have focused mainly on ocean warming and acidification, considerably underestimating the biological and social consequences of climate change.  Factoring in predictable ... Read More »

Study in Nature reveals urgent new time frame for climate change

Anthias & Gorgonian

Ecological and societal disruptions by modern climate change are critically determined by the time frame over which climates shift. Camilo Mora and colleagues in the College of Social Sciences’ Department of Geography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa have developed one such time frame. The study, entitled “The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability,” will be published in ... Read More »

Mexican-origin residents of Hawaiʻi fare better than Mexican counterparts on mainland, but less well than overall state population

Map of Mexican population in the islands

The Mexican-origin community in Hawaiʻi represents a small but growing population in this multi-ethnic state, rising 165 percent since 1990, according to a new report by the Migration Policy Institute, an independent think tank in Washington, DC that analyzes immigration trends and policy in the U.S. and internationally. The report released today presents a unique demographic, socioeconomic and cultural profile ... Read More »

[VIDEO] UHM researcher helps women transition from prison

Meda Chesney-Lind

This video production of Ka Hui Ho`olauna was created by journalism students in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Social Social Sciences. Starting at 10:19, there is a small profile of Meda Chesney-Lind and her work with The Home of Reawakening for Women. Chesney-Lind is not only the recipient of a new national award, but it has been named ... Read More »

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