2016 REU students

Undergraduates arrive for NSF-funded research experiences.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa received a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through this award, undergraduates will use high-throughput DNA sequencing, phylogenetic methods and bioinformatics, to study microbiomes, and the identities and origins of Hawaii’s endemic, native and introduced organisms, under the mentorship of faculty from the departments of Botany, Biology, and Microbiology, the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute, and Kapi‘olani Community College.
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Physics Professor Veronica Bindi, Mentors QuarkNet Teachers

The Hawaii Quarknet mentor Veronica Bindi, Assistant Professor has announced that three high school teachers from Hawaii have been nationally selected by the Quarknet Project to participate at the Fermilab Data Camp in Illinois, (IL) and the CERN ISE workshop in Greece this July. 
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Stephanie Kraft-Terry

Stephanie Kraft-Terry recognized by NACADA.

Stephanie Kraft-Terry has been awarded Winner of the Outstanding Advising Award - Academic Advising Administrator by NACADA, the National Academic Advising Association.
Announcement here…
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Physics Professor, Klaus Sattler, has published “Carbon Nanomaterials Sourcebook”

The two-volume set is the most comprehensive reference for carbon nano materials, bringing together the physics, chemistry, materials science, molecular biology and engineering of all carbon nanomaterial types that are important in electronics, energy, biomedical and environmental applications. Read more here…


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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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…


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Dr. Rich Gazan has been awarded an IMLS grant.

Dr. Rich Gazan of the UHM Department of Information & Computer Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for the project “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project received $491,973.00 in funding.
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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.
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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.
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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.