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Thursday, Sept. 12, 3:00pm in POST 723, Shuai Li "Water on the Moon: Science and Space Resource Perspectives" [HIGP Special Seminar]

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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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01 September 2019
New Mineral, Edscottite, Named After UH Emeritus Researcher
Dr. Ed Scott, Emeritus Professor HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The first natural occurrence of the iron carbide Fe5C2 has been identified in the Wedderburn iron meteorite and the discovery team named the new mineral edscottite, as first reported in the European Journal of Mineralogy (Feb. issue 31/newsletter 47) and now reported in American Mineralogist (September volume 104(9)). Approved by the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature, and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association, the name honors Edward R. D. Scott, HIGP Emeritus Professor, known for his achievements in meteoritics, especially for studies of iron meteorites. The mineral discovery was led by Chi Ma of Caltech and Alan Rubin of the University of California at Los Angeles. For more, see PSRD report– New Mineral: Edscottite.

August 27, 2019
Fall 2019 Course Offerings with HIGP
UH Manoa seal Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester. HIGP faculty are teaching these courses: Course syllabi available here.

July 19 – HIGP Special Seminar Celebrates the Apollo 11 Landing 50th Anniversary
LROc WAC mosaic image of lunar nearside

Hear HIGP recollections of the amazing Apollo 11 landing, astronaut training, science results, subsequent missions to the Moon, and some of the plans for our return to the Moon over the next few years. The speakers will be Klaus Keil, Joe Boyce, Lingzhi Sun, Tom Giguere, David Trang, Shuai Li, and Jeff Taylor. Coordinated by Peter Mouginis-Mark. This HIGP Special Seminar, Celebrating the July 20, 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing, will take place on Friday, July 19, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in POST 723. Also, see the article "Scientific Discoveries from the Apollo 11 Mission" by Jeff Taylor on the Planetary Science Research Discoveries website.

July 18, 2019
Hawai‘i Public Radio hosted HIGP for a Conversation about Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
Apollo 11 Astronaut Aldrin's boot and bootprint on the Moon. A trio from HIGP joined Hawai‘i Public Radio's host of The Conversation, Bill Dorman, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Klaus Keil (Emeritus), Peter Mouginis-Mark, (Researcher) and Lingzhi Sun (PhD candidate) talked about Apollo, today's research projects, and future lunar enterprises. Listen to the full conversation, from HPR.

July 18, 2019
Denise B. Evans Fellowship in Oceanographic Research Award Announcement
Link to Evans Fellowships With our congratulations, HIGP is pleased to announce the awarding of the 2019–2020 Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research to three outstanding graduate students. The fellowships were established by virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans in support of the work by SOEST graduate students in many different fields of Oceanographic research. For details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.
  • Emmett Michael Henley, PhD candidate in the Marine Biology program through the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology working with Mary Hagedorn. Henley's focus is on effects of climate change on coral reproduction, specifically examining variations in coral reproduction, sublethal stress on coral gamete quality and potential resilience and restoration techniques of reef-building corals in Kaneohe Bay.
  • Mika Siegelman, a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography working with Mark Merrifield. Siegelman's is working on the FLEAT (Flow Encountering Abrupt Topography) experiment to examine the processes involved when major current systems encounter island topography.
  • Emily L. Young, a PhD candidate in the Department of Oceanography working with Craig R. Smith from Biological Oceanography. Young's dissertation title is "Biodiversity, trophic ecology and ecosystem function at organic-rich whale-bone and wood-fall habitats in the deep sea."

July 2, 2019
Earth Scientists Share Expertise in International Volcanology Training Course
Group photo of participants in CSAV 2019 volcanology Training course.

Every year since 1990, technicians and scientists from developing countries with active volcanoes have come to Hawai‘i for a six-week course to learn the latest volcano-monitoring techniques. The course is run by the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV), based out of the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Hilo, and led by HIGP's Donald Thomas. This year, Nicole Lautze (HIGP) and Scott Rowland (Department of Earth Sciences) shared their expertise in physical volcanology and remote sensing with participants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and The Philippines. Read more at SOEST News.

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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
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
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.

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