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Undergraduate investigates how to grow plants in space

Aleca Borsuk, a senior Mechanical Engineering student in the College of Engineering, worked with mentor, Kent Kobayashi, associate horticulturist in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the College of Tropcial Agriculture and Human Resources, on a project which used artificial lighting to simulate amaranth grown in space. She presented this work at the Spring 2016 Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium Fellowship & Traineeship …

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UH Mānoa partners in National Microbiome Initiative

On May 13, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI), a coordinated effort to better understand microbiomes—communities of microorganisms that live on and in people, plants, soil, oceans and the atmosphere—and to develop tools to protect and restore healthy microbiome function. This initiative represents a combined federal agency investment of more …

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New homeless services report from Center on the Family

The Center on the Family at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Homeless Programs Office of the Hawaiʻi State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaiʻi 2015. Authored by Associate Specialist Sarah Yuan, Hong Vo Kristen Gleason and Javzandulam Azuma, the report provides the most current data on the utilization patterns of homeless services …

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A helicopter and paintball gun: new tools in the battle to remove invasive species

James Leary, associate professor in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), is battling invasive species with his innovative Herbicide Ballistic Technology (HBT™). Leary has invented a way to adapt readily available pneumatic paintball guns to shoot small gelatin capsules filled with herbicide to control invasive plants and trees. In Maui, Leary’s main focus is miconia, an invasive weed …

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[VIDEO] Campaign to conserve ʻōhiʻa trees finds roots in community

A coalition of concerned individuals including scientists, craftspeople, environmentalists and Native Hawaiian practitioners like Kalena Silva (pictured) has helped the #ohialove campaign to flourish. See Hawaiian chant translation. A strong show of public support for the #ohialove crowdfunding campaign to bank ʻōhiʻa tree seeds in the face of the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) epidemic has encouraged organizers to increase their …

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CTAHR honors alumnus William Aila and poi producer Ernest Tottori

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate and Hawaiian cultural practitioner William J. Aila Jr. has been named the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ 2016 Outstanding Alumnus for his environmental and cultural leadership at two state agencies. He will be honored at CTAHR’s 28th Annual Awards Banquet along with Ernest Tottori, the visionary chairman of HPC Foods Inc. and its iconic Taro Brand …

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i-Lab opens at UH Manoa

The University of Hawaiʻi celebrated the grand opening of its new UH i-Lab (innovation lab) on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Inspired by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the D.School, the University of Hawaiʻi has created a lab based on those same principles of exposing students to experiences that get them involved with innovation and entrepreneurship. “Our …

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Oʻahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day events at UH Waimanalo Research Station

Some 500 elementary students and their teachers will visit the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s 128-acre Waimanalo Research Station on Friday, March 4, when the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR)Oʻahu Cooperative Extension Office and Office of Academic and Student Affairs host the 2016 Oʻahu Agriculture and Environmental Awareness Day. The general public is invited for a field …

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Getting up-close with science at Gene-ius Day

Since 2006, more than five thousand Hawaiʻi schoolchildren have gotten up-close with science at Gene-ius Day, a program developed by professor Ania Wieczorek of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources(CTAHR) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “Gene-ius Day is basically a science program for students in the elementary and middle school with an emphasis on the importance …

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Scientists recognized in fight against Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

Three scientists were honored by the Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Council with the Greatest Hits award for their work in the fight against Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death is a virulent disease that has killed more than 100,000 ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island. The honorees were Extension Forester J.B. Friday of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Tropical …

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