Subglacial Lake Sampled
monitor the progress of hot-water drilling through a 300-meter
thick glacier in Iceland.
Scientists from Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science
and Technology and Icelandic research institutes, successfully
drilled into and sampled a lake deep beneath a glacier in Iceland.
The lake is buried under 300 meters (984 feet) of ice and was 100
meters (328 feet) deep at the sampling location. A lake sample
was retrieved using a water and gas tight sampler designed and
built by SOEST. The UH team included Eric Gaidos, Brian
Glazer and Mary Miller.
The researchers will study the lake’s temperature profile
and the retrieved water sample to determine whether microbial life
is present and thriving in its perennially dark, near-freezing
waters. The subglacial lakes are the focus of studies of life in
extreme environments, and may resemble potential habitats on Mars. Read
Telescope Dedicated on Haleakala
| Blessing the new PS1 telescope on the summit
of Haleakala. Photo by Rob Ratkowski, HAA Maui.
UH's newest telescope PS1 was dedicated on June 30 in a ceremony
on the summit of Haleakala. The telescope is a prototype for the
larger Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or
Pan-STARRS, telescope scheduled to start scanning the skies for
killer asteroids in 2010.
PS1 will be equipped with the world's largest digital camera,
which is currently under construction at UH’s Institute for
Astronomy. This camera will contain 1.4 billion pixels—about
300 times more than is found in a typical commercial digital camera.
Once the telescope is operational, PS1 will survey the whole sky
every few days to find celestial objects that change or move. Read
the news release.
Lyon Arboretum Finalists Selected
Candidates for the director’s position at Lyon Arboretum
will be on the Manoa campus for interviews and public presentations.
All sessions will be in St. John Plant Science Lab at 5 p.m.
- Tues, July 11—Clifford W. Morden,
interim director, Lyon Arboretum
- Thurs., July 13—Stephen Weller, professor, department
of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of California
- Mon., July 17—Christopher
Dunn, executive director for research programs, Chicago Botanic
Garden (Update: This presentation has been postponed)
To learn more about the candidates, read the news
release or visit