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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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Master of Public Administration Program accredited by NASPAA

The Master of Public Administration Program (PUBA) in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Accredited for a period of seven years, PUBA joins NASPAA’s expansive network of more than 195 accredited graduate programs in public service that span the United States and 14 countries. NASPAA accreditation is the global standard …

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Meda Chesney-Lind named president-elect of American Society of Criminology

University of Hawaiʻi Professor Meda Chesney-Lind has been named President-Elect of the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Chesney-Lind, who is also chair of the women’s studies department in the College of Social Sciences, will serve as the 81st president of ASC. In that capacity, she will work to further expand public awareness of ASC as a significant resource for policy makers seeking new perspectives on crime and justice policy issues faced by …

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