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College Overview 2014 - Updated

The overview includes information on all of our departments, programs and faculty. Please click below to download our College of Natural Sciences Overview 2014.
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Physics Affiliate Professor, Arthur McDonald, awarded 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 is going to two scientists for their key experiments of subatomic particles known as neutrinos. They are Arthur B. McDonald, professor emeritus of Queen’s University in Canada and affiliate professor of physics at the University of Hawaiʻi, and Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo in Japan. Both winners have important ties to UH. Read more here…
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Governor Ige proclaims September 13-19 as UH Mānoa Library and Information Sciences Program Week

On Friday, September 11, 2015, Govenor David Ige and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui recognized the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library and Information Science (LIS) Program by proclaiming September 13 through 19 UH Mānoa Library and Information Science Program Week in honor of the program’s 50th anniversary.
Read more here…
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Physics Professor John Learned teams with other physicists to advance research into Earth’s radioactivity.

“This antineutrino map may mark the start of a new scientific subfield,” said UH Professor John Learned. “This map is similar to making the first map of North America after Columbus arrived, in that those early explorers had fragmentary information from a few scattered outings and used it to create a comprehensive tool for many others.” Read more here…
(hover over photo above to see Antineutrino map)
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Year-long HI-SEAS space simulation mission underway

HI-SEAS Principal Investigator Kim Binsted, professor in the department of Information and Computer Sciences, said “The fourth mission is longer than any mission we’ve done before, so the first two were four months, the next one was eight months and we’re finally doing a full year long mission. We need to understand how to pick crews and how to support crews while they’re on the mission in order for us to get to Mars and back safely.”
Read more about this research project on the big island of Hawaiʻi simulating long-duration space travel
by clicking here…


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The annual Department of Physics and Astronomy Open House will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 8:30am to noon in Watanabe Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Local high school teachers and students have been invited to attend. Click here to see flyer listing events and locations…
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The UH AMS-02 group, headed by Dr. Veronica Bindi and Dr. Philip von Doetinchem, recently hosted the internationally attended workshop, Solar Energetic Particles (SEP), Solar Modulation and Space Radiation: New Opportunities in the AMS-02 Era from October 18-23, 2015 at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Read more about this workshop here…
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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Library & Information Science Program, a Proclamation ceremony was held on Friday, September 11, at 10 at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol 5th floor. The Governor proclaimed the week of September 13-19 as UH Mānoa Library & Information Science Program Week. More on the story here…
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Math Boot Camp

In August in preparation for:
Math 140: August 5-7
Math 241: August 5-7, 10-11

More info here...


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UH Physicists find Fractal Patterns in Pulsating Stars

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa physicists are part of a team that reports the first evidence of fractal features in the details of stellar pulsations. The findings were published in Physical Review Letters, the flagship journal of the American Physical Society. Read news release here, and articles in Scientific American, New Scientist and Quanta Magazine.
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HI-SEAS mission 2 begins on Mauna Loa

Kim Binsted, UH Mānoa associate professor from the Department of Information and Computer Sciences is the principal investigator on the Hawai'i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project. See a video and read more here...
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Dr. Thomas Ranker, President Elect of the Botanical Society of America

Dr. Tom A. Ranker recently elected as, President-Elect of the Botanical Society of America (BSA), gives incoming President address at the annual meeting of the BSA in Boise, ID. Title of presentation was "Evolution and Extinction on a Volcanic Hotspot: Science, Conservation, and Restoration in the Endangered Species Capital of the World".
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First book on picoscience published by UH professor

Klaus Sattler, professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Physics and Astronomy, has published a new book entitled Fundamentals of Picoscience, the first-ever book to address the instrumentation and experiments emerging at the picometer scale. Article link