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Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

Research Medal Award Winner

Paul Lucey, headshot

Paul Lucey
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology

A researcher in Manoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, Paul Lucey bridges many disciplines in his work, from the engineering task of developing new instruments to the scientific world of data analysis.

He publishes extensively in prestigious journals, such as Science, and he has served on many national review and advisory committees.

Lucey is one of the major players in the construction of imaging spectrometers to fly on aircraft, spacecraft and the International Space Station. One of his recent notable successes is the development of a highly innovative camera that will be used on the International Space Station to map the global distribution of coral reefs.

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