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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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Prof. John Madey receives 2016 Willis E. Lamb Award

John Madey, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has received the 2016 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, http://www.lambaward.org/.
Prof. Madey is best known for his invention and implementation of the free electron laser (FEL). An FEL device can produce very high intensity coherent electromagnetic radiation and is tunable over a wide range of frequency.
Read more here…
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CyberCANOE to be best data visualization system in US

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will be home to the best data visualization system in the United States, thanks to a major research infrastructure grant of $600,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor Jason Leigh is the designer of the CyberCANOE and founder and director of the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) at UH Mānoa. Read more about CyberCANOE here…
PBY-5 wreck in Kaneohe Bay
Catalina PBY-5

Marine Option Program Students take rare photos

In June of this year, Marine Option Program students diving in Kāneʻthe Bay conducted a detailed archaeological survey of a Catalina PBY-5 wreck dating from the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack. With modern camera equipment and days of better visibility, they were able to capture the best photos and videos of this wreck to date. Read more here… and see photos and videos here…
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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 about Arthur McDonald 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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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…
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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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.
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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...