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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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Aloysius Helminck appointed UH Manoa College of Natural Sciences dean

Aloysius Helminck started his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Natural Sciences effective December 1, 2016. Helminck comes to UH Mānoa from North Carolina State University, where he formerly served as head of the Department of Mathematics. Under his leadership the department won prestigious national awards, doubled its federal research funding and improved …

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Botany assistant professor awarded international fellowship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professor Nicole Hynson has been awarded a University of Bayreuth, Germany Junior International Fellowship. Hynson will help develop a field biology course for undergraduates from Europe interested in tropical ecology. She will also expand her current research collaborations with faculty and students from the University of Bayreuth to further examine the ecology and biogeography of …

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Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaiʻi harbor unique species and high coral cover

A team of 16 researchers, including several from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has completed a comprehensive investigation of deep coral reef environments, known as mesophotic coral ecosystems, throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago. The study, published in the open-access journal PeerJ, spanned more than two decades and involved a combination of submersibles operated by the UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Undersea Research …

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Simons Foundation awards grants to UH Mānoa mathematics professors

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Assistant Professors Sarah Post and Rob Harron were each awarded a collaboration grant for mathematicians from the Simons Foundation. These $35,000 five-year grants began September 1, 2016, and will end August 31, 2021 with the primary goal to stimulate collaboration in the field of mathematics. The Simons Foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of …

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