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Math Asst. Prof. Daisuke Takagi receives grants.

Daisuke Takagi receives NSF and ARO grants. The NSF grant “Hydrodynamics of outer flow at low Reynolds numbers for locomotion and flow control” is in an amount of $297,941. The ARO grant “Modeling the collective behavior of unsteadily swimming zooplankton" is in an amount of $47,414.
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New Physics Outreach program at Nanakuli High School

During the week from June 13-17 assistant professor in physics, Philip von Doetinchem started the new “HIGGS - HIgh school students in proGramminG and Sciences” outreach program at Nanakuli High School in cooperation with the Office for Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (SEED). Doetinchem says: “The idea behind the program is that high school students are using smartphones as major resource for nearly all aspects of their lives,. However, the deeper understanding of computers is getting less while the usage of these devices is becoming easier. The program aims to increase the digital literacy level of high school students that resides in the interface of natural sciences and computer programming.”
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2016 REU students

New book on herpetology and conservation from UH Biology professors

Authored by assistant biology professors Robert Thomson and Amber Wright, along with Brad Shaffer (UCLA), California Amphibian and Reptile Species of Special Concern provides an up-to-date synthesis of the current state of knowledge regarding the biology and conservation risks faced by 45 of California’s most sensitive amphibian and reptile species
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Cave fish evolved autism/schizophrenia-like symptom

Biology Prof. Masato Yoshizawa’s research group have found similarities between behavior in cavefish and humans with autism and schizophrenia. With this significant discovery, they are attempting to resolve fundamental mechanism of these diseases and eventually develop therapeutic methods in autism and schizophrenia. Read more here…

Events

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…
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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…

Research

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Towards the Universe’s Molecular Building Blocks of Life - A Chilling Discovery

Researchers at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Department of Chemistry, W. M. Keck Research Laboratory in Astrochemistry, along with colleagues at the University of Virginia, Departments of Chemistry and Astronomy, and at the University of Southern California, Department of Chemistry, have provided conclusive evidence via laboratory experiments, computations, and modeling that the formation of complex organic molecules - among them key molecules relevant to the origin of Earth’s living organisms such as aldehydes and ketones – is driven by a cosmic-ray-triggered nonequilibrium chemistry deep within interstellar ices at temperatures as low as 5 K (-450°F).
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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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