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SCOPE: UH’s largest private foundation gift

The Simons Foundation has awarded Edward DeLong and David Karl $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), making it the largest private foundation gift UH has ever received. SCOPE aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea. Learn more in this UH Mānoa video, and read about it on the UH News page (with more news links here).

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Image of baitplate Scientists rethink ecological role of jellyfish blooms

New evidence shows deep-sea animals dine on jellyfish more than scientists previously suspected, reducing concerns that jellyfish blooms may be harmful to the ocean’s ecosystem, according to a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. “It’s a good thing,” said Oceanography professor Craig Smith, who published the study with researchers from Norway and the United Kingdom. “… marine ecosystems may be more resilient to the effects of jellyfish blooms than we originally thought.” He said evidence shows jellyfish blooms, or population explosions, are increasing, especially along coastal areas because of climate change and nutrients entering the sea from agriculture and other sources.

Read more about it and watch the video at Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required) and UH System News. Image courtesy of A. Sweetman, C. Smith, and D. Jones.

cover thumbnail UH ranked among top universities for excellence in scientific publications

On 10 October 2014, the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU Ranking) team released the results of its 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The ranking lists the University of Hawai‘i as 203rd Overall, and 80th in the United States, out of the top 500 world universities. “This is a welcome recognition of the importance of the scientific research done by our faculty and students,” said Brian Taylor, Dean of SOEST and UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research. “We are particularly pleased to be ranked in the top 20 world universities for our work in the geosciences (earth, ocean, atmospheric, and planetary sciences).”

Read more about it, including the five subject areas and/or fields where UH was identified as a leader, in Kaunānā and the UH Mānoa News. Image courtesy of Flickr user Bytemarks.

Photo of Carolyn Parcheta G&G PhD graduate finalist in National Geo. competition

Geology and Geophysics (G&G) alumna Carolyn Parcheta’s hopes of getting $50,000 from National Geographic for her science project came to an end with a second-place finish recently. Currently at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), she plans to map Kilauea volcanic vents with a wall climbing robot, but is now looking for another funding source. “I’m working with a robotics team that specializes in rock climbing robots,” Parcheta said. In May, Parcheta tested her robot on Hawai‘i Island. After some reworking, “[i]t moves like we want it to move, and it can take better data.” G&G professor Mike Garcia said that thermal images from infrared cameras on such a robot can help volcanologists better understand the dynamics of lava flows.

Read more about it in the Ka Leo O Hawaii. Image courtesy of C. Parcheta.

image of Hurricane Iniki over Kaua'i Hurricane season is 01 June thru 30 November

Track tropical storm and hurricane development and movement at the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. The 2014 hurricane season begins on 01 June and ends on 30 November. To help you prepare for hurricanes (and other natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunami, and floods from other causes), the UH Sea Grant College Program’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available as a PDF or printed book. Keep track of weather conditions at the Hawai‘i Beach Hazard Forecast Site, the Meteorology Weather Server, and the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System.

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