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King Crabs Threatening Antarctica Seafloor

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: Research

king crab on ocean floor

An invasive king crab (Neolithodes yaldwyni) from the Antarctic shelf waters.

King crabs and other crushing predators are thought to have been absent from cold Antarctic shelf waters for millions of years. Scientists speculate that the long absence of crushing predators has allowed the evolution of a unique Antarctic seafloor fauna with little resistance to predatory crabs. A recent study by researchers from several universities including UH Mānoa Professor Craig Smith indicates that one species of king crab has moved across the continental shelf in West Antarctica and established a large, reproductive population in the Palmer Deep along the west Antarctic Peninsula. Read more

Astrophysics Team Wins $1 Million NASA Grant

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: Grant

A group of particle astrophysicists led by Professor Peter Gorham and Associate Professor Gary Varner in Mānoa’s Department of Physics and Astronomy was awarded a $1 million NASA grant to begin development of a radical new design of a stratospheric balloon-based astrophysics observatory.

The ExaVolt Antenna project will attempt for the first time to integrate a huge radio-frequency antenna system right into the outer fabric of a NASA stratospheric balloon. EVA’s goal is to make measurements of radio impulses produced by ultra-high energy cosmic particles that are a hundred times better than current systems, including the state-of-the-art ANITA balloon project, which Gorham and Varner also lead. Read more

CTAHR Gets Funds for Plant Science Education

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: Grant

three people holding big check

From left, Sylvia Yuen, CTAHR interim dean; Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business operations for Monsanto in Hawaiʻi and Virginia Hinshaw, Mānoa chancellor

Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources received $500,000 from Monsanto Company to establish the Monsanto Research Fellows Fund. The fund will assist graduate students pursuing a masters or PhD degree and post doctoral researchers at the college related to the study of plant science and protection. Read more


Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: People

Kudos for Hilo’s Carolyn Ma appointed to Board of Pharmacy and Michael Marshall art work accepted for exhibition. Read more

Student Kudos

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: People


Joelle Perry's Sable.

Five Manoa Apparel Product Design and Merchandising students—Bryant DesBrisay, Jaclyn Santos, Misha Pyle, Anna Tomita and Joelle Perry—will have their designs shown at the 2011 International Textile and Apparel Association’s meeting in Philadelphia in November. Read more

UH Happenings This Week

Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: Events

students standing by flag display

Honolulu will hold a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony on Mon., Sept. 12 in between the Children’s Center and Building 2. Featured speaker Honolulu Instructor Barbara Dias will share her eyewitness account on the attack on the Pentagon. Dias also aided in the clean up efforts.

Sheet metal instructor Associate Professor Danny Aiu and his students will explain how their flag monument was created and its symbolism. A piece of granite with all of the names of those who perished during the attacks will be added to the monument this year. The commemoration will also include a color guard presentation, playing of the bag pipes, patriotic music, hula and lei draping. Read more about it. (808) 845-9475. Read more


Posted on September 9, 2011 | Category: Announcement

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Dubanoski Honored with Willard Wilson Award

Posted on September 2, 2011 | Category: Award

Richard Dubanoski headshot

Richard Dubanoski, dean of Mānoa’s College of Social Science, was honored with the Willard Wilson Award for Distinguished Service. He is recognized for his outstanding leadership, vision, energy and commitment to the university during his 23 years as dean and 20 years on the faculty.

An exceptional administrator and a dedicated professional, he is regarded as the architect and builder of the social sciences community at UH. Read more

President’s Maintenance Award Presented

Posted on September 2, 2011 | Category: Award

Herminia Esteban and Mercedita Reyes headshots

From left, Herminia Esteban and Mercedita Reyes

Honolulu’s Herminia Esteban and Mānoa’s Mercedita Reyes were presented with the President’s Award for Excellence in Building and Grounds Maintenance. Read more

New Ocean Acidification Hypothesis Presented

Posted on September 2, 2011 | Category: Research

divers and coral

Scientists monitor coral reefs as part of the Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program.

Paul Jokiel, a researcher at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, has come up with a new explanation for the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been rising due to the burning of fossil fuels. Increased absorption of this carbon by the ocean is lowering the seawater pH and aragonite saturation state in a process known as ocean acidification. Aragonite is the mineral form of calcium carbonate that is laid down by corals to build their hard skeleton. Read more

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