Over $106 million awarded to NatSci for Research since July 2011

“The Faculty of The College continues to be remarkably successful in making discoveries and earning research contracts and grants.” William Ditto, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
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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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Department of Mathematics Secretary, Sue Hasegawa, receives Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service by a Civil Service employee.

This 2016 award recognizes outstanding service, heart-felt dedication, and noble contributions as a Secretary II in serving the Mathematics Department, College of Natural Sciences at the University of Hawaiīi at Mānoa.
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Physics Prof. Gary Varner has received the 2016 DPF Instrumentation Award

The Division of Particle and Fields (DPF) of the American Physical Society has honored University of Hawai'i at Manoa Physics Professor Gary Varner with the 2016 Instrumentation Award for Experimental Particle Physics.
Read more here…
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Prof. Philip Von Doetinchem in Physics has won the NSF CAREER award

Assistant Professor Philip von Doetinchem has won the National Science Foundation CAREER award (award is expected to total $708,390 for five years). The research goal of this proposal is to perform the first measurement of the cosmic-ray antideuteron flux by using the operational AMS-02 experiment on the International Space Station and by constructing the next-generation balloon experiment GAPS. The research activities will be tied to educational efforts by creating a natural sciences computing class targeted toward high school students with under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Read more here…
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Cheri Kau and Michelle Tagorda published in NACADA’s electronic publication

In the most recent issue of Academic Advising Today, Cheri Kau, a life sciences advisor in the college, and Michelle Tagorda, were published with their article, Peer to Professional: Navigating the Transition. Read the article here:


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The College of Natural Sciences and College of Education Office of Student Academic Services are offering an information session on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Bilger Hall, Rm 150 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Light refreshments to follow in Bilger Courtyard. Read more here…
RSVP here…
Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics and former Associate Director of Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will give a talk “A Scientific Approach to Teaching Science & Engineering on Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 12pm-1pm in Kuykendall 101. Read more 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…
In August in preparation for:
Math 140: August 3-5, 2016
Math 241: August 3-5, 8-10

More info on Math Boot Camp here...


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Prof. Megan Porter awarded NSF Grant

The award is an NSF grant titled 'Sight beyond eyes? The evolution of bioluminescence and light detection in marine deep-sea shrimp (Oplophoidae and Sergestidae)' with Heather Bracken-Grissom, Florida International University, and Tammy Frank, Nova Southeastern University, as collaborative PIs.

In addition to scientific advancement, this project will reach K-college aged students through the development and dissemination of educational tools, a series of molecular and organismal-based workshops, museum exhibits, public seminars, and biodiversity initiatives.
Read more here…
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Graduate Zoology student Narrissa Spies recipient of SACNAS Student Presentation Award

Narrissa’s research presentation titled “Larval Settlement and Reproductive Patterns in the Brooding Coral, Leptastrea purpurea” received the award at the recent SACNAS National Conference in Washington, D.C. Click here to read her abstract.
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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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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.