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Researcher awarded Fulbright for work in geography of agriculture and food

Krisna Suryanata

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Krisna Suryanata received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in the East Asia and Pacific Region for her work in the political ecology of agriculture and food. She will spend six months as a visiting professor at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, one of the premier universities in Indonesia. At UGM, Suryanata will share her conceptual tools in teaching and researching geography of …

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UHERO forecast: Hawaiʻi’s long expansion gets global economic lift

Honolulu skyline

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on the impact of the global economy on the state. Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the islands. Visitor arrivals are surging to record highs, and unemployment is reaching new lows. While families are benefitting from the improved employment prospects, many have yet to see significant income growth. …

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Political science researcher studies ‘politics of play’ in Middle East, wins Fulbright

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Grove received a Fulbright Scholar Award in the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program for her work on security and entertainment and leisure infrastructures in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Grove’s political science research involved six months of field research divided between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. She conducted dozens of interviews and hundreds of hours …

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Origin of modern humans more complicated than originally thought

Map of sites and postulated migratory pathways associated with modern humans dispersing across Asia during the Late Pleistocene.

A new study calls for a re-evaluation of our understanding of when and how humans left Africa and what happened once they arrived in Asia. The study by researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History was published in Science. Most people are familiar with the traditional Out of Africa model that currently dominates the literature …

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Researchers chart economic inequality across the ages

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from 14 institutions, including the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, saw disparities in wealth mount with the rise of agriculture, specifically the domestication of plants and large animals, and increased social organization. The findings by the international team are published in Nature. The United States, researchers noted, currently has one of the highest levels of inequality …

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Mobile app for visually impaired field tested at Yosemite National Park

Group testing UniD mobile app in Yosemite

In continuing efforts to “audio describe the world,” researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa took part in a project that brought 26 blind and visually impaired people to Yosemite National Park for user testing of the UniD mobile app. Associate Professor Brett Oppegaard in the School of Communications in the College of Social Sciences is the principal investigator of the UniDescription project. The group tested the new audio description of Yosemite’s brochure …

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New dean to lead the College of Education

Nathan Murata has been named dean of the College of Education (COE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, effective January 1, 2018. He is currently professor and graduate chair of the college’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS). Murata earned his PhD in health, physical education, recreation and dance from Ohio State University. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and a certificate in special …

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27 ways heatwaves can kill

Illustration of pathways through which heat can damage vital organs and result in death.

A new systematic synthesis by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa shows that there are at least 27 different physiological pathways in which a heatwave can kill a human being, and everyone is at risk. Around the world, numerous cases have revealed the considerable dangers of extreme heatwaves. More than 70,000 people perished to the extreme heat of the 2003 European heatwave, …

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Native Hawaiian research highlighted at the Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center conference

Conference discussion session

The past, present and future of Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) research was highlighted at the inaugural Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center (LHRC) student conference held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. On September 22 and 23, LHRC—part of the federal Title III Kekaulike Grant administered by Native Hawaiian Student Services at UH Mānoa and Hawaiian studies faculty at UH Maui College—hosted more than 40 Kanaka ʻŌiwi undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community presenters who shared …

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Cancer exercise research program pairs students with patients

Paulette M. Yamada, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science (KRS), will be teaching undergraduate and graduate students how to use exercise training to maintain the health of cancer survivors as they undergo (toxic) cancer treatments. Yamada was named the 2017–2018 Hubert V. Everly Endowed Scholar in Education and is using her $10,000 …

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