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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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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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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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UHERO forecast: Slow ongoing despite arrivals boom

Honolulu skyline

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on the slowing economic growth for Hawaiʻi despite tourism numbers exceeding expectations. The Hawaiʻi economy is decelerating. Job growth this year will come in at less than one percent, down from nearly two percent just two years ago, the consequence of a flattening construction path and the natural effects of tightening labor markets. …

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UHERO forecast: Construction easing, but more in the pipeline

Honolulu skyline

The newest University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report focuses on construction in Hawaiʻi. After several years of rapid expansion, the pace of building has eased. A number of significant condo and retail projects have wrapped up on Oʻahu, while fewer new buildings have broken ground, resulting in an overall reduction in construction activity and employment. But statewide there remain enough new …

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Chinese and U.S. scholars and journalists tackle issues related to global media

Sino-U.S. Media Forum participants

Scholars, journalists, students and community leaders from Beijing and Honolulu gathered August 14–15 at the 4th Sino-U.S. Media Forum to share knowledge and tackle issues related to global media and U.S.-China relations. The forum was titled, Media, Culture and Soft Power: Building a Global-Local Bridge in the Digital Age. An intercultural collaboration between Peking University’s School of Journalism and Communication and the …

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$77.6 million raised for UH students, faculty, research and programs

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation in partnership with generous donors and UH partners, raised $77.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1,2016–June, 30, 2017). These funds will directly impact students, faculty, research and programs on all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses. “This year 29,180 gifts were made to support programs people are passionate about,” said Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO, UH Foundation. “Every day we have the privilege of hearing from …

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