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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Milton Garces, headshot

Milton Garces
Geophysics and planetology

An associate professor in UH Manoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Milton Garces is considered a forefront in the field of infrasonics, in which he has developed unique research potential.

He participated in the analysis of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, providing detailed information of the initial break-up of the spacecraft over California.

Garces has also developed new techniques, based on his research of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which may lead to distant detection of large tsunami waves that might hit Hawai‘i. In addition, his approach to monitor and interpret the force of surf breaking on beaches will help to predict coastal hazards in Hawai‘i.

The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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Current awardees and links to archives.


Milton Garces, headshot
Milton Garces
Geophysics and planetology
Albert Kim, headshot
Albert Kim
Civil and environmental engineering
Tobias Owen, headshot
Tobias Owen


Bruce Chorpita, headshot
Bruce Chorpita
Ho-min Sohn, headshot
Ho-min Sohn
Korean language
Paul Lucey, headshot
Paul Lucey
Geophysics and planetology


Alexander Krot, headshot
Alexander Krot
Geophysics and planetology
John L. Tonry, headshot
John L. Tonry


Andrew Harris, headshot
Andrew Harris
Laurence N. Kolonel, headshot
Laurence N. Kolonel
Cancer epidemiology
James B. Nation, headshot
James B. Nation


Margaret McFall-Ngai, headshot
Margaret McFall-Ngai
Marine organisms
Stephen Olsen, headshot
Stephen Olsen
High energy physics
 Edward Ruby, headshot
Edward Ruby
Marine organisms