Nighttime makes urban heat waves deadly according to remote sensing research presented at the 2010 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco by HIGP Assistant Researcher, Benedicte Dousset. The deaths of almost 5,000 people in Paris during the first two weeks of August 2003 spawned a raft of new studies on the subject of death-by-weather. "Exposure to high temperature during several nights, especially consecutive nights, can double the risk of death for the most vulnerable people...," Dr. Dousset told a news conference during the AGU meeting. Read more about it at Discovery News and NASA. View the AGU press conference "New Views of Urban Heat Islands."
November 4, 2010
HIGP Researcher Murli H. Manghnani has been named as a Fellow of the ~9,500-member American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in recognition of his outstanding contributions and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology. Together with his students and collaborators, Dr. Manghnani's research work (incorporated in 200+ published papers) has a profound impact in high-pressure mineral physics, armor ceramics, silicate glasses, and melts. Only 20 Society Fellows are selected each year. Dr. Manghnani, standing on the right, received his award at the Honors and Awards Banquet during the 112th ACerS Annual Meeting. Congratulations.
September 17, 2010
In two articles in the September 17, 2010 issue of Science co-authored by HIGP planetary scientist Paul Lucey (LRO Participating Scientist), data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) show a more complex geologic history than previously thought and highlight the presence of silica-rich features. Read more about it at Science News. See our listing of lunar publications by HIGP personnel.
HIGP Director Peter J. Mouginis-Mark has been appointed by the U.H. Mānoa Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education to lead campus research and initiatives in sustainability. "The faculty of UH Mānoa can lend their expertise to helping Hawai'i meet many of our crucial sustainability needs. Topmost of these needs are the preservation of our water resources and the transition to renewable energy. In many instances, these two topics intersect, and merge with the scientific and engineering challenges that residents of Hawai'i will face in sustaining our lifestyle and the environment," said Mouginis-Mark. "I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to addressing these sustainability needs and give back to the Hawai'i community some of the insights I've gained since coming to the Mānoa campus almost 30 years ago." See the U.H. press release.
HIGP researchers Gary Huss, Klaus Keil, Sasha Krot, and Ed Scott presented their research at the 73rd annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society in New York City, held July 26-30, 2010. Read more in the Press Release from the American Museum of Natural History.
May 27-28, 2010 Meeting Announcement: End-of-Term Hawaii Open Meeting on Exoplanets (ET-HOME), May 27-28, 2010 at U.H. Manoa, POST building, room 723. This will be an informal, relaxed scientific gathering on the detection, characterization, and theory of planets around other stars. Co-organizers are Eric Gaidos and Clint Conrad (both in Dept. of Geology and Geophysics), and Miriam Riner, HIGP Assistant Researcher and SOEST Young Investigator. Phone home for more information.
May 6, 2010
Recognition of Art and Rene Kimura for Their Contributions to Public Education
Twenty years ago, Art and Rene Kimura created Future Flight Hawaii, a space-themed educational program, while Art (former teacher and school administrator) was assigned to the Office of Space Industries, part of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. When that office was closed in 2002, the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium adopted Future Flight Hawaii as the centerpiece of its K-12 educational programs where it continues to grow and touch the lives of so many. With their ongoing affiliation with Hawaii Space Grant, the Kimuras have created a whole host of educational and public outreach activities that have reached an estimated 150,000 students, their parents, and teachers.
Additional background on the Kimuras' work with Hawaii Space Grant can be found in the cover story from the 2008 issue of Nā Huakai, the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium newsletter. Congratulations.
May 5, 2010
HIGP Graduate Student Christopher Hamilton officially completes his PhD this week (with PhD advisor Sarah Fagents) and his efforts have already gained much attention. Chris received an award for best VGP (Volcanology Geochemistry Petrology) student presentation at the Fall 2009 meeting of the American Geophysical Union for his poster "Explosive Lava-Water Interactions in Elysium Planitia, Mars: Constraints on the Formation of the Tartarus Colles Cone Groups." Chris has also been awarded a scholarship from the Hawaii Geographic Coordinating Council for "his extraordinary achievements in Geography and GIS, particularly in the field of geology and planetary geoscience." And Chris has accepted a new NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Congratulations.
April 26, 2010
HIGP Researcher Margo Edwards is featured in the spring issue of the University of Hawaii's quartely magazine Mālamalama discussing the Hawaii Undersea Military Munitions Assessment project that she headed. Read the article and view the video from Mālamalama: The Search for Discarded Underwater Ordnance.
April 19, 2010
Local Researchers Study Icelandic Volcano
HIGP Associate Researcher Sarah Fagents comments on the current eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland and her work on modeling lava-water interactions in this Honolulu Star-Bulletin article from April, 18, 2010 written by Helen Altonn.
April 13, 2010 NASA Partners with Hawaii on Space Exploration, Science
During a ceremony today at the state capitol in Honolulu, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and NASA's Ames Research Center Director S. Pete Worden signed a three-year non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement establishing a partnership for small satellite development, advanced aviation, space exploration, education, and science. The first annex of the Space Act Agreement provides for small satellite development with the Hawaii Space Flight Lab (HSFL) under the name of HawaiiSat. Pictured from left to right: Ted Liu (DBEDT), Rose Tseng (U. H. Hilo Chancellor), Jim Gaines (U. H. VP Research), Pete Worden (NASA Ames Director), Brian Taylor (Dean of SOEST), Luke Flynn (Director of HSFL and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium ), and Bob McLaren (Institute for Astronomy Associate Director). Also present were Gary Ostrander (U. H. Manoa VC Research), Peter Mouginis-Mark (Director of HIGP), Lloyd French (HSFL Missions Manager), and Leonard Gouveia (HSFL Business Manager). Read the press release from NASA, the press release from the Hawaii Governor's Office, and news articles in the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser. Photo courtesy of Peter Mouginis-Mark.
[March 31, 2010]
Special evening program sponsored by the U.H. NASA Astrobiology Institute Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture
Speakers: Jeff Taylor (HIGP Researcher), Karen Meech (IfA), and Steve Mojzsis (University of Colorado)
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Titles: When and How Did our Planet Become Conducive to Life? -- The three lectures are: Haphazard Planet Construction, Origin of Earth's Water, and Habitability of Our Planet and Others?
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: U.H. Manoa Art Auditorium (U.H. NASA Astrobiology Institute Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture)
March 8, 2010
HIGP Associate Researcher, Ben Brooks, is part of the international team (Project CAP--Central and Southern Andes GPS Project) studying the effects of the massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile in February. Using extremely precise GPS sensors, their findings include the fact that the city of Concepcion, Chile moved three meters to the west. "The Maule earthquake will arguably become one of the, if not the most important great earthquake yet studied," according to Brooks. Read more about it in the SOEST News Report that includes maps of South America showing the permanent ground motion due to the 2010 Chile earthquake. GPS processing done by Brooks and HIGP Assistant Researcher, James Foster; graphic created using GMT software. Also read more about it at Wired.com and in the Washington Post.
March 7, 2010
Read a commentary in the Honolulu Advertiser written by HIGP Associate Professor Cecily Wolfe and other U.H. Manoa professors about U.H. faculty contributions to monitoring the tsunami's approach on February 27, 2010 and preparing to assess damage.
The small-satellite programs at the University of Hawaii are featured in the March issue of Hawaii Business in an article written by Beverly Creamer. Two satellites are being built by University of Hawaii scientists and students, in cooperation with NASA, and will be launched from Kauai. Luke Flynn, HIGP Specialist and Director of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) says, "While the small-satellite-building effort is based at UH Manoa, we are working with Kauai Community College and Leeward Community College on satellite data reception and satellite command centers." Image courtesy of Jeremy Chan, HSFL Post-graduate Fellow.
February 28, 2010
Although the warning systems worked as intended on Saturday, February 27, some scientists are saying there should be a rigorous examination of long-standing assumptions within computer-generated models that are used to estimate the strength and impact of tsunamis. "We expected waves to be bigger in Hawaii, maybe 50% bigger than they actually were. And we'll be looking at that," said HIGP affiliate faculty member Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Read more about it in the Honolulu Advertiser, Associated Press, and Christian Science Monitor. Graphic by Rich Clabaugh / Christian Science Monitor.
NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury has garnered praise for its discoveries about our Solar System's inner-most planet. Discover Magazine chose the MESSENGER spacecraft flyby of Mercury in September, 2009 as the 28th top science story of the year in their list of the top 100. Time Magazine named MESSENGER number 11 on its list of the 50 best inventions of 2009. HIGP Assistant Researcher Jeffrey Gillis-Davis is a participating scientist on the mission and is studying the origin and geologic evolution of Mercury's smooth plains, intercrater plains, and the extent of volcanism.
Meeting Announcement and Call for Abstracts: End-of-Term Hawaii Open Meeting on Exoplanets (ET-HOME), May 27-28, 2010 at U.H. Manoa. This will be an informal, relaxed scientific gathering on the detection, characterization, and theory of planets around other stars. Co-organizers are Clint Conrad, Eric Gaidos (both in Dept. of Geology and Geophysics), and Miriam Riner, HIGP Assistant Researcher and SOEST Young Investigator. Phone home for more information.
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 Hawaii 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.
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawaii
1680 East-West Road, POST 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
Fax: 808.956.3188 Dr. Peter J. Mouginis-Mark, Director