Comets Hold Key to Earth's Water
| Three known main-belt comets.
Images taken by H. Hsieh and D. Jewitt.
Three icy comets orbiting in the main asteroid belt between Mars
and Jupiter may hold clues to the origin of Earth's oceans. The
newly discovered group of comets, dubbed "main-belt comets” by
graduate student Henry Hsieh and Professor David
the idea that icy objects from the main asteroid belt could be
a major source of Earth's present-day water. This work appeared
in the March 23 edition of Science Express and April’s
print edition of Science.
Earth is believed to have formed hot and dry, meaning that its
current water content must have been delivered after the planet
cooled. Possible candidates for supplying this water are colliding
comets and asteroids, but until now, any ice that the asteroids
may have once contained was thought to be gone or too deeply buried.
This discovery means that this ice is not gone and still accessible.
Spacecraft missions could provide new information on their ice
content and in turn insight into the origin of Earth’s water.
Read more about the discovery.
Miyashiro Honored for Service
| Sharon Miyashiro
Sharon Miyashiro, a specialist in the urban and regional planning
department at Manoa, was recognized with the Robert W. Clopton
Award for Distinguished Community Service. Since being appointed
faculty specialist in 2001, she has undertaken a variety of public
issues that have resulted in positive changes for the community.
Miyashiro’s projects include organizing policies for the
Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum, coordinating a partnership between
the community and university to develop a sustainability plan and
facilitating concerns about custody and divorce cases in family
Read more about her.
Manoa Named Best Value
Manoa is one of the nation’s best value undergraduate institutions
according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education
services company chose Manoa as one of 150 colleges it recommends
in the new 2007 edition of its book, America’s Best Value
Colleges. The guide profiles public and private colleges in
40 states, naming those with excellent academics, generous financial
aid packages and relatively low costs.
For more information read the press
release or go to Princeton
Kapi‘olani Honor Society Awarded
Kapi‘olani’s Honor society, Phi Theta Kappa chapter
Alpha Kappa Psi, was honored with five awards at the 2006 Regional
• Five-star Chapter Award
• Regional Horizon Award—Instructor Candy
Branson, advisor to Alpha Kappa Psi
• Distinguished Chapter Officer—Christine
Tooher, vice president of leadership
• Distinguished Chapter Member—Terrence
Mar, Alpha Kappa Psi member
• Art Award—Nani Giltner, vice
president of scholarship
Chinese Exchange Established
BFSU President Hao Ping, left, and Manoa Vice President of Academic
Affairs Neal Smatresk.
Manoa administrators and President Hao Ping of Beijing Foreign
Studies University signed a memorandum of understanding to establish
exchange programs for faculty and students. The agreement is expected
to eventually lead to establishment of a Confucius Institute at
the Manoa campus to support the education of Chinese language teachers.
BFSU is regarded as one of China’s most prestigious schools
for the study of languages. The school regularly offers instruction
in more than 30 languages, and most of the country’s diplomats
and foreign relations officials are graduates of this “Chinese
Hilo Replenishes Manoa’s Collection
Hilo’s Mo‘okini Library, a participant in the Federal
Depository Library Program, has transferred the majority of its
federal government publications to Manoa’s Hamilton Library
Government Documents Collection. The documents will replenish about
15 percent of the collection’s 95 percent loss that resulted
from the Oct. 30, 2004 flood. Mo‘okini Library will continue
to maintain a current collection of federal government publications.