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Upcoming seminars:
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30pm in POST 544: Andrew Howard (Assistant Astronomer, Institute for Astronomy and recipient of the 2014 UH Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research) "Earth-like Exoplanets." [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series]

Friday, Sept. 26, 2:00pm in POST 544: David Dearborn (Research Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab) "Asteroid Deflection, When an Impactor is Not Enough." [HIGP Seminar Series]

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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.

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August 15, 2014
Artistic rendering of NASA Stardust spacecraft. HIGP Assistant Researcher Ryan Ogliore is co-author on a paper "Evidence for Interstellar Origin of Seven Dust Particles Collected by the Stardust Spacecraft" published in Science and 12 papers published in the September 2014 issue of Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The papers describe results from the Stardust Interstellar Preliminary Examination, including details of the first potential interstellar particles collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft. The Science paper's lead author, Andrew Westphal (University of California at Berkeley), is joined by 65 scientists at other institutions, including the Univeristy of Hawai‘i, and 30,714 volunteers of the Stardust@home citizen science project. For more information please see the NASA press release,  UC Berkeley press release, and Stardust@home.

August 2014
We celebrate Vi's 40 years of service at UH. This month the University of Hawai'i and HIGP celebrates Vi Nakahara's 40-year anniversary of service. With great appreciation we say congratulations and mahalo. See the UH News–list of August 2014 anniversaries.

August 12, 2014
Katharine Robinson at microscope with lunar sample. Photo by Dennis Oda, doda@staradvertiser.com. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser celebrated Sunday night's supermoon (full Moon at perigee) with an article featuring HIGP/G&G/UH NASA Astrobiology Institute graduate student Katie Robinson and her studies of Apollo samples. Katie's analyses of lunar apatite grains are leading to a better understanding of the chemically-bound water in the lunar interior—revealing more about how water originated and was redistributed in the Moon. Read more: Moon Rocks: UH Scientists Search for Answers in Souvenirs from Apollo Missions written by Steven Mark and see the archived news item: Water in Moon Rocks Provides Clues and Quesitons. Image courtesy of Dennis Oda, Star-Advertiser.

July 31, 2014
HIGP Scientists on Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Teams
Artist concept image of the seven payload instruments selected for NASA's Mars 2020 rover. Announced July 31, 2014. Click for NASA news release. NASA announced today the selection of seven science instruments for the Mars 2020 rover chosen from a field of 58 proposals received from researchers and engineers worldwide. Among the selections are the Mastcam-Z, an advanced camera system, with team volcanologist HIGP's Sarah Fagents who will work with the team's principal investigator Jim Bell (School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University). Also selected is the SuperCam instrument, with Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy experts HIGP's Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra who will work with the team's principal investigator Roger Wiens (Los Alamos National Laboratory). Congratulations!

For more information, please see the NASA Announcement of Mars 2020 Rover Payload,  UH news release,  Mastcam-Z press release from ASU, and SuperCam press release from LANL. Also watch the KITV news report.

July 31, 2014
Movie trailer link for Deepsea Challenge, sub photo by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic. HIGP Professor, Patricia Fryer, expedition geologist on James Cameron's DEEPSEA Challenge project (see 2012 news report), is heading to New York City to attend the premiere of the documentary "DEEPSEA Challenge 3D." Cameron completed the record-breaking Mariana Trench Dive on March 25, 2012 and in May, 2014 released the DEEPSEA Challenge 3D trailer for the movie, which has its world release date on August 8, 2014. Watch the trailer — watch for Fryer's cameo in a group shot at the 2:35 mark!  Read more, with quotes from Fryer, at National Geographic, DEEPSEA Challenge—Geology. Sub photo courtesy of Mark Thiessen, National Geographic.

July 3, 2014
New kind of fossil meteorite reported. Credit: Birger Schmitz, Lund University in Sweden, Chicago's Field Museum. HIGP Researcher and Director of the W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory, Gary Huss, and HIGP Emeritus Professor, Klaus Keil are co-authors on a paper "A Fossil Winonaite-like Meteorite in Ordovician Limestone: A Piece of the Impactor that Broke Up the L-chondrite Parent Body?" appearing in the advance online issue of the August 15 volume of Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The paper's lead author is HIGP collaborator Birger Schmitz of Lund University, Sweden. Read more about the new kind of fossil meteorite in LiveScience. Image courtesy of Birger Schmitz.

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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.

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University of Hawai‘i
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