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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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November 30, 2018
HIGP Connection: NASA Mission Arrives at Asteroid Bennu on December 3
OSIRIS-REx mission David Trang, HIGP Assistant Researcher, is a participating scientist on NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) Mission. NASA will be providing live coverage of the spacecraft's arrival at Bennu asteroid on December 3, 2018. Launched in 2015, the spacecraft (NASA's first asteroid sampling spacecraft) will orbit Bennu for about a year surveying and mapping potential sample sites before performing a touch-and-go sample-acquisition maneuver, with return of the sample to Earth planned for 2023. For more information see the OSIRIS-REx Mission site from NASA and the HIGP 2017 News item.

November 23, 2018
Emily Costello Receives Bullard Fellowship Award
2019 Bullard Fellowship Award to Emily Costello The Department of Earth Sciences (formerly Geology & Geophysics) has announced that HIGP/ES graduate student, Emily Costello, has been awarded the 2019 Bullard Fellowship for her research on ice loss from impact gardening at the poles of the Moon and Mercury. Emily is pursuing a Ph.D. with advisor Paul Lucey. For more on the Fred M. Bullard Graduate Fellowship, please see the ES Award programs. Congratulations!

November 19, 2018
HIGP Connection: NASA Announces Landing Site for Mars 2020 Rover
Mars 2020 mission After evaluating 60 candidate locations, NASA has announced Jezero Crater as the landing site for the upcoming MARS 2020 Rover Mission. HIGP Researchers are among the teams preparing for landing. Sarah Fagents is team volcanologist on the Mastcam-Z camera system. Shiv Sharma and Anupam Misra, with graduate students Macey Sandford and Miles Egan, are providing Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy expertise for the SuperCam instrument. For more information, see the science evaluation criteria for the landing site from NASA. See also the HIGP 2014 News item.

October 1, 2018
HIGP Research Opportunities in Fluid Migration in Titan's Ice Shell
HIGP researcher Sarah Fagents announces two current openings, one for a graduate student to pursue a Ph.D. (Graduate Admissions Information) and one for a postdoctoral researcher (funded through NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Program). Through her role in the NASA Astrobiology Institute project "Habitability of Hydrocarbon Worlds: Titan and Beyond" (see the HIGP 2018 News), Dr. Fagents is investigating the mechanisms and pathways by which biosignature-hosting materials might be transported from a habitable ocean environment to the surface, where they could be recognized by remote sensing instruments. Individuals are sought who have solid physics/math backgrounds, and interests/expertise in numerical modeling, cryomagmatism, ice physics, Titan and/or other icy satellites. Please contact fagents@hawaii.edu for more information.

HIGP Job Opportunities: Earth and Planetary Exploration Using Small Satellites
HIGP seeks to hire two tenure-track, full-time, permanent positions. One appointment will be made at the assistant level, the other at the associate level. 75% State funds provided. Duties include leading the development of small/micro/cube satellite missions (or the development of key subsystems, such as payloads) to support new Earth and planetary science missions. The successful candidates will seek and obtain extramural funding in support of this, take an active role in student advising and teaching, and publish research results in the refereed literature. Please see the pdf Position Descriptions and the Work at UH Manoa webpage for more information.

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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.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
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University of Hawai‘i
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Top banner images: HIGP excels in advanced research, teaching, and service. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the depths of the seas to the tops of volcanoes, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. These images show, from left to right: satellite communication dish, a map of tsunami wave heights, map of mid-ocean ridge/seafloor spreading, the IMI (Imaging and Mapping Instrument) deep-towed ocean sonar system, Earth's Moon, active Hawaiian lava flow, Mars, a meteorite collected in Antarctica, and GPS field station.

Updated 10 December 2018

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