New Astrophysics and Astronomy Undergraduate Degrees Approved by the UH Board of Regents

The UH Board of Regents has approved adding two new programs to the College of Natural Sciences – a BA in astronomy and a BS in astrophysics. The programs will be a cooperative effort of the Physics and Astronomy department and the Institute for Astronomy. The board approved the new programs at its meeting on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Both programs build on a solid grounding in physics and other sciences through courses offered by the College of Natural Sciences.
“The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa now provides aspiring astrophysicists an opportunity to receive undergraduate and graduate training, post-doctoral and research positions, and unparalleled access to the impressive array of world-class telescopes in Hawaii," said William Ditto, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
Visit the Astronomy and Astrophysics website for more information.
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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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News

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Anonymous Donor Establishes Learning Emporium Endowment

A generous $35,000 gift has been received in support of the Learning Emporium, the College’s one-stop resource center for introductory study in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, information & computer sciences, and physics.
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The Maqsudul Alam Graduate Research Award Fund

Colleagues can choose to honor former UH Manoa Microbiology Chair Dr. Maqsudul Alam by making a gift to the Maqsudul Alam Graduate Research Award Fund. This fund will help graduate students in microbiology offset the costs associated with their research including travel, materials, equipment, and presentation speaking opportunities.
Read more here…
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Stephanie Kraft-Terry Receives Excellence Award for Academic Advising

Stephanie Kraft-Terry has received an Excellence in Advising award from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recognizing her work as an Advising Unit Coordinator in the Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences. She received the award at the NACADA/Region 9 conference held in Honolulu this Spring.
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Biology Professor Mark Hixon on Think Tech Hawaii

Think Tech Hawaii interviews professor Mark Hixon and gets the whole story on BOFFFFs, big, old, fat, fertile, female fish and their importance. Click above still for an excerpt or here for the full interview.

Events

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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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This year's Incoming Undergraduate Students Reception will be held Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 4:30pm-7pm on McCarthy Mall, between Bilger and Edmondson Halls. See photos from last year’s event here...
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Science Olympiad recently came to Mānoa on Saturday February 21, 2015! The College of Natural Sciences was a sponsor for this new Regional Tournament for new High School Teams. Read more here...
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AT&T/University of Hawai‘i/Blue Startups Mobile App Hackathon Feb 13/14

The 2015 Mobile App Hackathon is a 24 hour competition designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build apps/mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. More info here…

Research

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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