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ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in DECEMBER with HIGP:
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Dec. 12, 2016
Research publications by HIGP personnel have been highlighted by three prestigious science journals.
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The Journal of Geophysical Research–Planets is celebrating 25 years in press and it has ranked the top 25 most-cited articles published in that time period. Paul Lucey is first author on two:
  • Lucey, P. G., Blewett, D. T., and Jolliff, B. L. (2000) Lunar Iron and Titanium Abundance Algorithms Based on Final Processing of Clementine Ultraviolet-Visible Images, JGR–Planets, v. 105, p. 20297-20305, doi: 10.1029/1999JE001117. [ view the abstract ]
  • Lucey, P. G., Blewett, D. T., and Hawke, B. R. (1998) Mapping the FeO and TiO2 Content of the Lunar Surface with Multispectral Imagery, JGR–Planets, v. 103, p. 3679-3699, doi: 10.1029/97JE03019. [ view the abstract ]
The journal, Icarus, has listed the top 10 downloaded articles published in 2016 and that list includes David Trang and Jeffrey Gillis-Davis: The journal, Chemie der Erde-Geochemistry, has listed the 25 most cited articles in the past five years, including papers by Klaus Keil (Emeritus) and Lionel Wilson (Affiliate faculty), Jeff Taylor, Peter Mouginis-Mark, and Joseph Boyce (Affiliate faculty), and Birger Schmitz (Affiliate faculty).
  • Keil, K. (2012) Angrites, A Small but Diverse Suite of Ancient, Silica-Undersaturated Volcanic-Plutonic Mafic Meteorites, and the History of Their Parent Asteroid, Chemie der Erde, v. 72, p. 191-218, doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2012.06.002. [ view the abstract ]
  • Wilson, L. and Keil, K. (2012) Volcanic Activity on Differentiated Asteroids: A Review and Analysis, Chemie der Erde, v. 72, p. 191-218, doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2012.09.002. [ view the abstract ]
  • Taylor, G. J. (2013) The Bulk Composition of Mars, Chemie der Erde, v. 73, p. 401-420, doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2013.09.006. [ view the abstract ]
  • Mouginis-Mark, P. J. and Boyce, J. M. (2012) Tooting Crater: Geology and Geomorphology of the Archetype Large, Fresh, Impact Crater on Mars, Chemie der Erde, v. 72, p. 1-23, doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2011.12.001. [ view the abstract ]
  • Schmitz, B. (2013) Extraterrestrial Spinels and the Astronomical Perspective on Earth's Geological Record and Evolution of Life, Chemie der Erde, v. 73, p. 117-145, doi: 10.1016/j.chemer.2013.04.002. [ view the abstract ]
For more information, see the annual listings of publications by HIGP personnel.


ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in NOVEMBER with HIGP:
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November 2, 2016
Mars globe A laser "Standoff Biofinder" Bot that could significantly accelerate the search for life on Mars is detailed in a paper published in Astrobiology. First author, HIGP's Anupam Misra is joined by HIGP co-authors Tayro Acosta-Maeda, Shiv Sharma, Jeff Taylor, Paul Lucey, Luke Flynn and colleagues from NASA Ames Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and NASA Langley Research Center. See the published abstract. The work is also highlighted online at Nova Next.

Nov. 2, 2016
Dr. Myriam Telus, 2015 HIGP alumna. Keeping up with the activities of HIGP alumni and alumnae, we are pleased to share the news post from the Carnegie Institution of Washington: Postdoc Spotlight: Cosmochemist Myriam Telus (Ph.D. 2015).

November 1, 2016
The executive committee of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) has announced the naming of the Bernard Ray Hawke Next Lunar Generation Career Development Award B.Ray Hawke LEAG-SSERVI Awardin honor and memory of one of HIGP's most renowned lunar scientists who passed in January 2015 (HIGP new item). LEAG, a community-based, interdisciplinary forum, was established in 2004 to assist NASA by providing analysis of scientific, technical, commercial, and operational issues in support of the scientific exploration of the Moon. The newly-named award, sponsored by SSERVI (NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute), honors Dr. Hawke's legacy of scientific achievement, exploration advocacy, and mentorship by providing travel funds to early career scientists and engineers to participate in LEAG meetings. Selection of awardees is based on the importance and relevance of an applicant's first-author research abstract submitted in response to meeting goals and themes. For more information see the Award announcement from SSERVI.

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October 28, 2016
Free-air gravitational anomaly map on shaded topographic relief of the Moon's Orientale impact basin. An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and including HIGP's Jeff Taylor, have published two papers in the journal Science on the formation and gravity field of the Orientale basin on the Moon. For more, read the UH News Release and the PSRD CosmoSparks report.

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July 11, 2016
Dr. Samuel Lawrence, NASA JSC and Dr. Julie Stopar, LPI Keeping up with the activities of HIGP alumni and alumnae, we are pleased to share the news that Dr. Samuel Lawrence (Ph.D. 2007) and Dr. Julie Stopar (M.S. 2007) both have new positions in Houston, Texas. Sam is a Planetary Scientist in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. For more, read the JSC News Feature. Julie is a Visiting Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, pursuing lunar research. For more, read Julie's profile.

ThinkTech Hawaii logo ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in JUNE with HIGP:
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June 22, 2016
Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research Award Announcement
Link to Evans Fellowships HIGP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research: Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats and Christopher Wall. Phoebe, a Ph.D. candidate in the Oceanography Department, studies climate impacts on pelagic marine fisheries. Christopher, a Ph.D. candidate in the Marine Biology graduate program, studies issues surrounding climate change and the impacts to coral reefs. The selection committee was extremely impressed with all of the applicants, and the decision was not reached easily. Congratulations to Phoebe and Christopher, and kudos to all of the 2016 applicants. The fellowships were established by virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans. They support outstanding SOEST graduate students in many different fields of oceanographic research. For details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.


June 13, 2016
Tenure and Promotion Announcements
We are pleased to announce Przemek Dera and Jeffrey Gillis-Davis are the newest tenured members of the HIGP faculty. Congratulations also to Przemek Dera and Rob Wright for promotion to Researcher. Congratulations all.


June 9, 2016
International Collaboration Expands Knowledge of Chemical Munitions Dumped at Sea
A special issue of the academic journal Deep-sea Research II, published recently, is devoted to expanding understanding of the global issue of chemical munitions dumped at sea. The publication was edited by Margo Edwards (HIGP Interim Director and Principal Director of the HUMMA Project) and Jacek Beldowski (Project Director of Science for Peace and Security MODUM - Towards the Monitoring of Dumped Munitions Threat at the Polish Academy of Sciences). They are international leaders in the assessment of sea-dumped military munitions and chemical warfare, and the effects on the ocean environment and those who use it. "The overarching objective of the special issue of Deep Sea Research II is to collate and compare results from two of the most comprehensive studies of sea-dumped chemical munitions to promote data sharing and constrain the factors that influence where and how to mitigate the damage," said Edwards. For more, please read the UH News Report.

ThinkTech Hawaii logo ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in MAY with HIGP:
  • Bin Chen, May 2, The Core: Mineral Physics—Journey to the Center of the Earth [ video link ]
  • Richard Hey, May 16, A Closer Look at Nascent Rifting— Oceanographic Expeditions in Iceland and North America [ video link ]
  • Andrea Gabrieli, May 30, Measuring Volcanic Gases: Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometers [ video link ]
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May 16, 2016
New Research Estimates the Probability of Mega-earthquake in the Aleutians
Map showing location of the Aleutians with respect to Hawaii. A new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research–Solid Earth by lead author, HIGP Researcher Rhett Butler, with Neil Frazer (UH Geology & Geophysics) and William Templeton (now at Portland State University) reports the probability of a Magnitude 9+ earthquake in the Aleutian Islands—an event with sufficient power to create a mega-tsunami especially threatening to Hawai‘i. See the reference: Butler, R., L. N. Frazer, and W. J. Templeton (2016), Bayesian Probabilities for Mw 9.0+ Earthquakes in the Aleutian Islands from a Regionally Scaled Global Rate, Journal of Geophysical Research–Solid Earth, v. 120, doi: 10.1002/2016JB012861.

Read more about the current results at UH Mānoa News, Hawai‘i News Now, and the Hawai‘i Tribune Herald.

See the related HIGP October 2014 news item on tsunami research and HIGP July 2015 news item on revised tsunami evacuation maps for Hawai‘i.


May 5, 2016
NOAA's 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas
NOAA Okeanos Explorer-2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. HIGP Researcher Patty Fryer is participating in the NOAA expedition: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. Running from April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners are conducting three cruise legs on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information of unknown and poorly known areas in and around the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The team will be exploring mud volcanoes, hydrothermal vent sites, bottomfish habitats, deep-sea coral and sponge communities, seamounts, subduction zone areas, and trench areas. Read background information: Geology of the Mariana Convergent Plate Region written by Bill Chadwack (Oregon State University and NOAA/PMEL) and Patty Fryer. Watch the amazing Live Video from the Okeanos Explorer. For more information, please visit the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas homepage.


May 5, 2016
Emeritus Faculty
Dr. Ed Scott, Emeritus Professor HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The University of Hawai‘i President, Board of Regents, and UH Mānoa Chancellor have named Dr. Edward Scott an Emeritus Professor in HIGP. Dr. Scott began his research and teaching career at HIGP in 1990, moving here from the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico. Among his accomplishments are the publication of over 150 reviewed research papers, service as President of the international Meteoritical Society, and receiving the 2008 Leonard Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions in meteoritics and cosmochemistry. Congratulations Emeritus Professor Scott, and continued success in your research endeavors. Photo courtesy of Linda Martel.


May 3, 2016
Luke Flynn Receives 2016 UH Mānoa Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service
Dr. Luke Flynn, Faculty Specialist HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. HIGP and SOEST are pleased to share the news that the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor, Robert Bley-Vroman, has announced Dr. Luke Flynn (HIGP Faculty Specialist, Director of the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory, and Director of Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium) as the 2016 recipient of the UH Mānoa Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service by a Faculty Specialist. The award recognizes Flynn's "outstanding service, heart-felt dedication, and noble contributions" at HIGP. Flynn received the award at the ceremony in Kennedy Theatre on May 2, 2016. In addition, as the award recipient, Flynn's celebrated achievements will be considered for the Governor's Award for Distinguished State Service. Congratulations! Photo courtesy of Peter Mouginis-Mark.


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April 15, 2016
Nominations Open for Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research
Link to Evans Fellowships Please note: The deadline has passed. Nomination packages were due at the HIGP Office (POST 602) by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016. By virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans, HIGP in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has established the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research. These awards support outstanding SOEST graduate students in many different fields of oceanographic research. Awards are in the amount of $28,000 per year, and are paid as salary to graduate research assistants at UH Mānoa who will be continuing their studies. For complete details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.


ThinkTech Hawaii logo ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in MARCH with HIGP:
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March 29, 2016
Tsunami Detection Network on Commercial Ships
Dr. James Foster James Foster (HIGP Associate Researcher) has posted a new article "A New Way to Detect Tsunamis: Cargo Ships" in The Conversation. Read more about the project in the HIGP Dec. 16, 2015 news item.


March 11, 2016
Tim Williams Recognized as RCUH Outstanding Employee of the Year
Tim Williams recognized as RCUH Outstanding Employee of the Year by the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i.
HIGP and the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) are pleased to announce that Tim Williams (HIGP Engineering) has been named the RCUH Outstanding Employee of the Year by the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i. Williams was recognized for his efforts to design, build, and operate the largest rail launcher system in the world, which was used for the first time in November 2015 by HSFL. Also in attendance at today's RCUH awards luncheon to help celebrate the award were Marcia Rei S. Nii (Hawai‘i Space Grant Executive Director), Luke Flynn (HSFL Director and Hawai‘i Space Grant Director), Lance Yoneshige (HSFL Engineer), and Paul Lucey (HIGP Researcher). For more about the launch, please read the HIGP 2015 news items. Congratulations!


March 9, 2016
Data Center Recognizes Ethan Kastner
The NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center recognizes Ethan Kastner's IT contributions. Ethan Kastner (HIGP Computer Facilities/Lab Assistant, standing on the left) has been recognized by the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) at UH Mānoa for his IT contributions. NASA PRPDC Director and HIGP Researcher Peter Mouginis-Mark (on the right) presented Kastner with the award during the HIGP seminar today in appreciation of his outstanding work in implementing the new high-resolution computer display and video conferencing capability within the NASA PRPDC. Congratulations!


March 8, 2016
Bin Chen Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Dr. Bin Chen, Assistant Researcher HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa.
HIGP and SOEST are pleased to announce that Bin Chen (HIGP Assistant Researcher) has received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. As the most prestigious award for junior faculty from NSF, it is bestowed on teacher-scholars performing outstanding research and classroom education at the university level. Chen will be awarded $570,000 over a 5-year period for his project—Elasticity and Lattice Dynamics of Iron Alloys under Earth's Core Conditions. For more, please read the UH News Release. Congratulations!


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  February 24, 2016
Participation in the Legislative Process—How to Submit Testimony for Bills in the Hawai‘i State Legislature

Click  here for general instructions  to a citizen's guide to voicing support or opposition at the Hawai‘i State Legislature website.


February 23, 2016
LPI Career Development Award Announcement
HIGP and G&G PhD student Laura Corley. HIGP/G&G graduate student, Laura Corley, has been selected as one of 12 LPI Career Development Award winners for 2016 by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX. These competitively-selected awards are given to graduate students who submitted a first-author abstract to the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. The awards are based on a review of the application materials by a panel of planetary scientists and recipients receive funds to help cover their expenses for attending the conference. See the Award Announcement from the LPI. Laura is pursuing a Ph.D. with her advisor, Jeffrey Gillis-Davis. View her conference abstract: Space Weathering at the Lunar Poles: The Effect of Temperature on Reflectance of Materials Weathered by Laser Irradiation. Congratulations!


February 1, 2016
Leadership Transition at HIGP
HIGP and SOEST announce the appointment of Dr. Margo H. Edwards as Interim Director of HIGP effective February 1, 2016. Dr. Margo Edwards

Margo Edwards received her doctoral degree from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Marine Geology and Geophysics. For the past 25 years she has served on the research faculty of HIGP specializing in remote sensing of the seafloor using optical and acoustic systems. Her principal research focuses on processes involved in creating and modifying the oceanic crust. Recent research includes investigations of the Arctic Basin and the use of high-resolution photographic and acoustic data to assess sea-disposed military munitions.

Edwards served as Director of the Hawai‘i Mapping Research Group for fifteen years, as Center Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES) for four years, and in April 2015 was appointed Interim Executive Director of the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawai‘i.

Having stepped down as Director of HIGP, Dr. Rhett Butler joins the HIGP faculty as a Researcher to continue his work in tsunamis, earthquakes, and other geophysical issues affecting Hawai‘i.

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Jan. 15, 2016
Dr. Elise Rumpf, LDEO Keeping up with the activities of HIGP alumni and alumnae, we are pleased to share Dr. Elise Rumpf's (Ph.D. 2014) work in physical volcanology as a Postdoctoral research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. For more, read Testing the Speed of Lava: What It Says about Escape Times & Mars, with videos.

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