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Wednesdays in POST 544 at 2 p.m.
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Upcoming seminars:
Wed., May 20, 2:00pm in POST 544: Dongzhou Zhang (RCUH Research Scientist) "Applications of Atomic and Lattice Dynamics Experiments to Turther our Understanding of Earth's Interior" [HIGP Seminar Series]

Tues., May 26, 7:30pm in POST 544: Peter Mouginis-Mark (HIGP Researcher) "The Rosetta Mission: Riding with a Comet" [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series]

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HIGP Supported Entities
Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes

Hawai‘i Groundwater & Geothermal Resources Center

Hawai‘i Mapping Research Group

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium

Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

HIGP Web Sites
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HawaiiView: Satellite Remote Sensing Data and Images

Hotspots: Global Space-borne Volcano and Fire Thermal Monitoring

PSRD: Planetary Science Research Discoveries educational website

The Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research

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Commitment to a Drug-Free Campus
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Official University policy addressing where smoking is prohibited

Official University policy addressing smoke-free campus effective July 1, 2015

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HIGP is a multi-disciplinary institute conducting advanced research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. We are a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the Mānoa (Honolulu) campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Our Institute is home to approximately 100 faculty members, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, research vessels, and far-ranging field sites. HIGP partners with the College of Engineering for satellite fabrication and launch through the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the deep Earth interior to the upper atmosphere, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

News   [Links open in new windows.]

May 18, 2015
Comet Wild 2: A Window into the Birth of the Solar System?
Link to SOEST press release. A team of scientists led by HIGP Assistant Researcher Ryan Ogliore, and including Kazuhide Nagashima and Gary Huss and colleagues from the University of California at Berkeley, investigated the oxygen isotope and mineral composition of comet dust returned from comet Wild 2 by NASA's Stardust mission. Their paper published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta details their analyses and interpretations of the origins of the diverse particles. Read the SOEST Press Release, UH News Release, and science article at Sen.

April 23, 2015
New Study Uses Meteorites to Date the Timing of the Moon-forming Impact
Link to UH news article. Ed Scott, HIGP Researcher in meteoritics, is co-author with colleagues from Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Canada, and the Czech Republic on a paper published in Science that relates computer modeling of impact debris with detailed laboratory analyses of meteorites from the asteroid belt. First author is William Bottke from Southwest Research Insitute and NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute in Boulder, CO. Read the UH News Release.

April 22, 2015
Hidden Carbon in Earth's Inner Core
Link to news article at Advanced Photon Source-Argonne National Lab. Bin Chen, HIGP Assistant Researcher in high-pressure mineral physics, is lead author with colleagues from Michigan, Illinois, California, and Washington DC, on a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science explaining their idea of a carbon-rich inner core. Their work suggests two-thirds of Earth's carbon inventory exists as iron-carbide under high pressure in the core. Read the News Release from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photon Source–Argonne National Laboratory.

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HIGP Mission Statement

HIGP solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the development and application of state-of-the-art exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies. HIGP serves society and the State of Hawai‘i by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Earth and other planetary bodies, and developing and introducing leading edge technologies and a highly trained workforce to the State economy.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i
1680 East-West Road,
Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) Building, Room 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
Fax: 808.956.3188
Dr. Rhett Butler, Director  

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