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Record number of women doctoral candidates awarded prestigious dissertation fellowships

Six University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa doctoral candidates, in programs ranging from astronomy to social welfare have been selected to receive the esteemed Founder Region of Soroptimist International Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016–2017 academic year. This is the largest number University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa applicants that were awarded fellowships, beating out the University of California, Berkeley and other California …

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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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The BEAST awakens at SuperKEKB

One of UH Mānoa’s physics projects, the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB particle accelerator in Japan, has passed a critical technical milestone: The new particle accelerator has successfully circulated beams of elementary particles in both directions. On February 10, 2015, SuperKEKB circulated a positron beam moving close to the speed of light through over a thousand magnets in a …

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Professor Heinz Gert de Couet appointed National Science Foundation division director

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Heinz Gert de Couet has been appointed division director for the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) of the National Science Foundation. The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems supports research aimed at improving understanding of organisms as integrated units of biological organization. As division director, de Couet will oversee the IOSbudget, which funds core programs in …

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Undergrad helps discover new bacterium on way to marine biology degree

A UH Mānoa undergraduate who conducted a research project on her way to earning a bachelor of science degree in 2014 in marine biology was instrumental in the discovery of a spiral-shaped bacterium that is the only known representative of a new genus and species. Vanessa K. Zepeda, 30, is the lead author of a paper published in the current …

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Herbarium links up with largest ex-situ plant conservation program in world

The Joseph F. Rock Herbarium in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa botany department has initiated a new research collaboration with the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership project. The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, a global program of the Royal Botanic Garden in the United Kingdom, is the largest ex-situ plant conservation program in the world. The focus is on global plant …

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Anthony Barley awarded national life sciences fellowship

Anthony Barley, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Biology, was recently selected as a Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow by the Arnold O. Beckman Foundation. The prestigious and highly selective fellowship, awarded to only 20 young researchers across the life sciences and chemistry nationwide, recognizes postdoctoral scholars who exemplify the highest potential for success in an …

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UHM spearheads “Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant” month

September is Spot the Ant, Stop the Ant month in the City and County of Honolulu, in Maui County and across the state. Several projects in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU) are spearheading this little fire ant public awareness and community action campaign in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA). This campaign …

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Hawaiʻi physicists help advance research into Earth’s radioactivity and nonproliferation

A team of researchers led by scientists at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) published a new map on September 1 that characterizes the Earth’s radioactivity. The Antineutrino Global Map 2015 (AGM2015) can inform the strategic placement of detectors that aid in identifying undeclared nuclear reactors. The neutrino and its antimatter cousin, the antineutrino, are subatomic particles that are produced by …

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UHM ranked 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is ranked the 15th university in the world for earth and environmental science according to this year’s Nature Index. Anchored by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM ranked higher than nearly 8,000 other institutions. The Nature Index ranks institutions based on the number of research papers published in Nature and a …

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