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Happy Holidays from UH Research! Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday.
12/24/2020

Happy Holidays from UH Research! Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday.

One of the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the future USS Daniel K. Inouye (DDG-118), recently headed out ...
12/23/2020

One of the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, the future USS Daniel K. Inouye (DDG-118), recently headed out for sea trials and is one step closer to arriving in its designated homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawai`i sometime in 2021. The ship proudly bears the name of the late US Senator from Hawai`i, who was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for heroism as a second lieutenant in the US Army's famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WWII. Sen. Inouye was a good friend and staunch supporter of UH research. Photo: Bath Iron Work

Imagine keeping fresh ahi in your fridge for at least 10 days without spoiling! That day may become a reality; UH resear...
12/22/2020

Imagine keeping fresh ahi in your fridge for at least 10 days without spoiling! That day may become a reality; UH researchers, Soojin Jun, Kacie Ho, and Yong Li from the UH Mānoa @ctahr, Dept of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, developed a supercooling project which preserves perishables at below-freezing temps making them edible days to weeks longer than before. That’s #supercool! Read more about it in the @staradvertiser; tinyurl.com/supercool-fish. @uhmanoanews @uhawaiinews #UHResearch
(photo: @staradvertiser)

Repost from @hawaiivolcanoesnps•Solstice sunrise at the new eruption site in Kīlauea caldera, December 21, 2020 (USGS p...
12/21/2020

Repost from @hawaiivolcanoesnps

Solstice sunrise at the new eruption site in Kīlauea caldera, December 21, 2020 (USGS photo)

Repost from @lowellobservatory•Today is The Great Conjunction! Who has a plan for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime marvel...
12/21/2020

Repost from @lowellobservatory

Today is The Great Conjunction! Who has a plan for viewing this once-in-a-lifetime marvel?

If you're not sure how to view the conjunction, you can join our livestream at 5pm MST for an evening of telescope viewing and commentary from Lowell's own astronomers and educators. ✨🪐

Go to the link in our bio to set a reminder!

📷: @NASA/Bill Dunford





#space #astronomy #flagstaff #arizona #lowellobservatory #americasobservatory #azskies #cosmos #science #travelaz #nasa #darkskies #stargazing #greatconjunction2020 #jupiter #saturn

The semester is almost over and it’s #AlohaFriday!  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!
12/18/2020

The semester is almost over and it’s #AlohaFriday! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

The world's largest and highest commercial solar photovoltaic system for the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Maunakea on Hawa...
12/17/2020

The world's largest and highest commercial solar photovoltaic system for the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Maunakea on Hawai`i Island was just completed. The 332 panel PV system is expected to produce 259.1 MWh, reduce the facility's electrical use by 10-15% and lower carbon emissions by 183 metric tons annually. The optical and infrared telescopes of Keck I and Keck II are among the largest in the world. (Photos: Mark Devenot, @keckobservatory)

Kelley Withy, MD, a professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Hawai`i's @uhmedjabsom, was a...
12/16/2020

Kelley Withy, MD, a professor of family medicine and community health at the University of Hawai`i's @uhmedjabsom, was a participant in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine trial. Her thoughts about the vaccine's arrival in Hawai`i was captured in her quote found in the 12/15/2020 Honolulu Star-Advertiser story: "Now I feel just a little invincible, and I’m really glad I did it. I absolutely believe in the science behind the vaccine. I’m hoping that when 70% or so get immunized, we’ll be able to go back to normal.”
(“The Queen’s Medical Center staff members unload its first batch of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. Photo: @staradvertiser )

In Chongqing, China, a drone equipped with a flamethrower was used to eradicate over 100 wasp nests around the city. For...
12/15/2020

In Chongqing, China, a drone equipped with a flamethrower was used to eradicate over 100 wasp nests around the city. Fortunately, in Hawai`i, the focus of the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai`i (ARL at UH) is the area of unmanned systems (UxS) is on disaster response, marine debris recovery, mapping, at-sea replenishment and more. https://arl.hawaii.edu/ Photo: (Drone) AP (sub) PO 1st Class Devin Langer, USN

Amazing photo of the Sun's surface captured in high detail by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) late last yea...
12/11/2020

Amazing photo of the Sun's surface captured in high detail by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST) late last year. Located atop Haleakala, DKIST will be even more powerful after a suite of state-of-the-art infrared instruments constructed by the UH Manoa Institute for Astronomy comes online. The first developed by Dr. Jeff Kuhn is called the Cryogenic Near-Infrared Spectropolarimeter (CryoNIRSP). The nearly 2-ton instrument is designed to measure the Sun’s magnetism beyond the visible solar disk. The second developed by Dr. Haosheng Lin, called the Diffraction-Limited Near-IR Spectropolarimeter (DL-NIRSP), will allow DKIST to view the evolution of the Sun’s magnetic fields in extreme detail.

Image credit: NSO/AURA/NSF
@nsfgov @auraastronomy @nationalsolarobservatory

Interested in learning more about the Hawaii Tech Bridge and the Innovation Pipeline? Check out this great online sessio...
12/11/2020
Hawaii Tech Bridge

Interested in learning more about the Hawaii Tech Bridge and the Innovation Pipeline? Check out this great online session by Naval Agility. #HawaiiTechBridge

Join Neal Miyake, Hawaii Tech Bridge Director, which was announced yesterday by Sec. James "Hondo" Geurts.Neal will be chatting with Mohawk Matt and Whitney ...

The University of Hawai`i Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the UH Mānoa College of Engineering will be par...
12/10/2020

The University of Hawai`i Office of Innovation and Commercialization and the UH Mānoa College of Engineering will be partnering with the U.S. Navy on their new Hawaii Tech Bridge program -- designed to help connect small startups with business opportunities, while enabling local talent and their technology to participate in naval military exercises and experimentation. The announcement was made yesterday by James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. Check out @navalagility for more info on the Tech Bridge.

Norman Abramson, UH Mānoa professor emeritus of electrical engineering, passed away on December 1, 2020.  Abramson and f...
12/10/2020

Norman Abramson, UH Mānoa professor emeritus of electrical engineering, passed away on December 1, 2020. Abramson and fellow faculty member Franklin Kuo teamed up to develop the ALOHAnet, which debuted in 1971. ALOHAnet was the first system to transmit data between computers via radio waves, which continues to has serve as the basis of all wireless communications today. Abramson's pioneering technology was recognized as an engineering milestone by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in October of this year. Deepest condolences to his family from UH Research.
@uhmengineering

12/09/2020

Repost from @cnet

This wild footage show the Arecibo Observatory’s 900-ton platform falling into the 1,000-foot wide dish below. A drone happened to be performing an up-close investigation of the cables that hold the platform above the dish as the cables snapped Tuesday. ⁠

The massive radio telescope, which functioned for nearly 60 years, was the backdrop to a dramatic fight scene in the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye. It also appeared in the 1997 Jodie Foster movie Contact. But Arecibo’s true legacy lies in the many scientific discoveries it made possible — exploring pulsars, expanding our knowledge of Mercury, spotting exoplanets and finding fast radio bursts. ⁠

The National Science Foundation had already planned to demolish the telescope before its collapse, after it suffered serious structural damage when a cable failed in August. ⁠

Tap the link in our bio for the full story. ⁠

#arecibo #arecibopuertorico #areciboobservatory #observatorycollapse #dronefootage

UH Research mourns the passing of Gen. Chuck Yeager at age 97 on December 7th.  In 1947, Gen. Yeager flew the Bell X-1 a...
12/08/2020

UH Research mourns the passing of Gen. Chuck Yeager at age 97 on December 7th. In 1947, Gen. Yeager flew the Bell X-1 and became the first pilot to break the sound barrier -- paving the way for today's supersonic aircraft. He was certainly made of the" Right Stuff."
(Photo Credit: @airandspacemuseum)

Congratulations to Gitanjali Rao, TIME’s first Kid of the Year! Selected from over 5,000 nominees, Rao's work has utiliz...
12/07/2020

Congratulations to Gitanjali Rao, TIME’s first Kid of the Year! Selected from over 5,000 nominees, Rao's work has utilized technology to address problems including contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyberbullying. In a world where science is increasingly questioned or challenged, Rao insisted that its pursuit is an essential act of kindness, the best way that a younger generation can better the world. @timeforkids (photo credit: Associated Press @apnews)

Mountain-side chat on Tues, Dec 8, 2:00 PM-3:00PM, “Re-Centering Indigenous Frameworks to be the Basis for Ethical and E...
12/04/2020

Mountain-side chat on Tues, Dec 8, 2:00 PM-3:00PM, “Re-Centering Indigenous Frameworks to be the Basis for Ethical and Equitable Innovation” with Kamuela Enos and Dr. Kealoha Fox. Register today at kanaka.eventbrite.com.

Repost from @mmrp_uh•We had a great day scouting out Liah’s field site yesterday, doing some preliminary photo-ID, and l...
12/03/2020

Repost from @mmrp_uh

We had a great day scouting out Liah’s field site yesterday, doing some preliminary photo-ID, and linking shots to drone video. Exciting stuff!

Research conducted under NOAA research permit 21476

#research #fieldwork #marinebiology #marinemammals #Hawaiianspinnerdolphins #naia #spinnerdolphins #dolphins #hawaii #oahu #science #drones #photoid #dronephotography #uas #newtechnology #MMRP #HIMB

End of an Era.  After being damaged earlier this year from a cable failure, the Arecibo Observatory Telescope in Puerto ...
12/02/2020

End of an Era. After being damaged earlier this year from a cable failure, the Arecibo Observatory Telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed --
ending 57 years of service to world-class astronomical research. Its powerful capabilities from its 1,000 foot wide reflector dish, made it a popular choice for astronomers around the world and included the detection of the first binary pulsar in 1974 — a discovery that bolstered a key idea in Einstein's general theory of relativity. It was also featured in the James Bond film GoldenEye and Contact w/Jodie Foster. All of us at UH Research bid Arecibo a fond farewell and many thanks. (Photos from @ucf.edu)

Did you know that the University of Hawaii Research has a YouTube page?! Currently we have a few videos and conference r...
12/02/2020

Did you know that the University of Hawaii Research has a YouTube page?! Currently we have a few videos and conference recaps but will be adding more soon!

Wishing you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!
11/26/2020

Wishing you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

tinyurl.com/uhinv2020-recapOur conference recap page is live! If you're interested in seeing some of the videos from the...
11/25/2020

tinyurl.com/uhinv2020-recap
Our conference recap page is live! If you're interested in seeing some of the videos from the conference and reviewing the answers to the questions posted to our panelists during the live zoom discussions, head over to tinyurl.com/uhinv2020-recap. As the videos for other sessions and the Q&As are finalized, we’ll be posting those as well. UHINV2020

Did you know that UH has a Marine Center which hosts state-of-the-art research vessels and on-site, shore-side labs? Loc...
11/17/2020

Did you know that UH has a Marine Center which hosts state-of-the-art research vessels and on-site, shore-side labs? Located at Pier 25 in Honolulu Harbor, the UH Marine Center is a world-renowned hub for international research in the pacific ocean; read more about it in the 2020 edition of Noelo at hawaii.edu/research/noelo, soest.hawaii.edu/UMC @soest, @unols_org #UHResearch #UHMarineCenter

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Innovations for a New Normal" virtual conference. This year has been anyt...
11/13/2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Innovations for a New Normal" virtual conference. This year has been anything but normal, but we hope these discussions have provided some highlights of the efforts in the areas of resilient food systems, health care, and digital infrastructure -- all vital areas for the state in its recovery and economic diversification efforts. Please check back on the conference website next week, we'll be posting the answers to the questions received during the panels as well as select conference recordings. #UHINV2020 hawaii.edu/research

Today is the final day of the "Innovations for a New Normal" virtual conference. Today's topic is "Next Steps to a Resil...
11/13/2020

Today is the final day of the "Innovations for a New Normal" virtual conference. Today's topic is "Next Steps to a Resilient, Healthy, Innovative Recovery." #UHINV2020

Guy Kawasaki is the Chief Evangelist of Canva, the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast and is a brand am...
11/13/2020

Guy Kawasaki is the Chief Evangelist of Canva, the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast and is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz. A local boy with deep ties to Hawai‘i, Guy was born in Honolulu and lived in Kalihi Valley. He attended 'Iolani School and went on to Stanford University, and UCLA He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. #UHINV2020 https://guykawasaki.com/ (pc: @guy)

Ocean-Side chat with Enrico Moretti, the Michael Peevey & Donald Vial Professor of Economics UC Berkeley “Impact of Univ...
11/13/2020

Ocean-Side chat with Enrico Moretti, the Michael Peevey & Donald Vial Professor of Economics UC Berkeley “Impact of University Innovation on Local Economies” #UHINV2020 (pc: @UCBerkeley) https://eml.berkeley.edu/~moretti/

Carl Bonham is a founding member of the University of Hawaii Economics Research Organization in 1997 and currently serves as its Executive Director and Professor of Economics. His research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics and forecasting, tourism economics, and the Hawai‘i economy. #UHINV2020 https://uhero.hawaii.edu/ Uhero (pc: UHERO)

Admiral John Aquilino is the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet the world’s largest fleet command which encompasses 100...
11/13/2020

Admiral John Aquilino is the Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet the world’s largest fleet command which encompasses 100 million square miles from Antarctica to the Arctic circle. “He has served in numerous fighter squadrons flying the F-14 A/B Tomcat and the F-18 C/E/F Hornet. His fleet assignments include the Ghost Riders of Fighter Squadron (VF) 142 and the Black Aces of VF-41. He commanded the World Famous Red Rippers of VF-11, Carrier Air Wing 2 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2. He has made several extended deployments in support of Operation Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.” #UHINV2020 @uspacificfleet (pc: U.S. Navy) https://www.cpf.navy.mil/

John De Fries is the President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, a post he assumed on September 16, 2020. He is t...
11/13/2020

John De Fries is the President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, a post he assumed on September 16, 2020. He is the first Native Hawaiian to head the Authority and brings with him over 40 years of experience in the industry. #UHINV2020 @hawaiihta (pc: @hawaiihta) https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/

Bob Harrison is the Chairman, President and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank. “He currently serves as a member of the Board of...
11/13/2020

Bob Harrison is the Chairman, President and CEO of First Hawaiian Bank. “He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Pacific Guardian Life, Hawaii Bankers Association, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii Community Foundation and is Chairman of Hawaii Medical Service Association, the independent licensee of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Hawaii. He served in the U.S. Navy before earning a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Cornell University in New York.” #UHINV2020 (pc: @FirstHawaiianBank) https://www.fhb.com/en/

David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawai‘i System. “Lassner began working at UH in information tec...
11/13/2020

David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawai‘i System. “Lassner began working at UH in information technology 1977, eventually becoming UH’s first chief information officer and vice president for IT. He was appointed interim president in September 2013 and the interim was removed in June 2014.” @universityofhawaii #UHINV2020 (pc: UH) https://www.hawaii.edu/offices/president/

Paul Yokota is the President of FCH enterprises, owner of Zippy’s restaurants. FCH encompasses a family of brands includ...
11/13/2020

Paul Yokota is the President of FCH enterprises, owner of Zippy’s restaurants. FCH encompasses a family of brands including Napoleon’s Bakery, Food Solutions International, and A Catered Experience. #UHINV2020 #zippys (pc: Hawaii Business Magazine) https://www.fchenterprises.com/

Vassilis L. Syrmos is the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Hawai‘i where he is charged wi...
11/13/2020

Vassilis L. Syrmos is the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Hawai‘i where he is charged with providing critical leadership and systemwide coordination of the university’s research and innovation efforts, including management and direction of UH’s research support, technology transfer and research compliance. Previously he has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UH Mānoa and is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. #UHINV2020 (pc: UH) https://www.hawaii.edu/research/

Rich Wacker is the President and CEO of American Savings Bank. Active in the community, Rich serves and holds leadership...
11/13/2020

Rich Wacker is the President and CEO of American Savings Bank. Active in the community, Rich serves and holds leadership positions on the Boards of several prominent organizations including Hawaii Pacific Health (Vice Chair); the University of Hawaii Foundation (Chair); Hawaii Business Roundtable (Innovation Chair; Former Chair); Hawaii Executive Collaborative (CHANGE Innovation Economy Chair); University of Hawaii—Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (Chair); Chaminade University (Board of Regents); Child & Family Service (Past Chair) and Hawaii Bankers Association (President). He is a founder of the Hawaii Curling Club. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). #UHINV2020 (pc: @AmericanSavingsBank) https://www.asbhawaii.com/

Tomorrow is the final day to join us for the final conversation “Next Steps to a Resilient, Healthy, Innovative Recovery...
11/13/2020

Tomorrow is the final day to join us for the final conversation “Next Steps to a Resilient, Healthy, Innovative Recovery. #UHINV2020

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