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News and Seminar Archive for 2018   [Links open in a new window.]

    • 2018 HIGP Seminar Series


June 4, 2018
HIGP Participation in 15th Annual AOGS Meeting
AOGS meeting banner. The 15th annual meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) runs from June 3-8, 2018 in Honolulu. HIGP researchers are participating as session conveners:
James Foster, "Integrated analysis of geoscience observations from the floor to surface of the ocean."
Emilio Herrero-Bervera, "Planetary interiors and magnetism" and Paleomagnetism" and "Rock magnetism applied to solving geological, geophysical, and environmental problems."
Paul Lucey, "Field and laboratory studies in support of planetary infrared remote sensing."
Murli Manghnani, "Mantle and core: structure, dynamics, chemistry, and seismology."
For full details visit www.asiaoceania.org.

May 25, 2018
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 HIGP Office (POST 602) by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018. By virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans, the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (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. For complete details, please visit the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research website.


May 22, 2018
Sarah Fagents on New NASA Grant for Research into Life in Universe
HIGP/SOEST planetary volcanology researcher, Sarah Fagents. The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) has awarded five-year grants, each approximately $8 million, to three research teams that will study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. HIGP/SOEST planetary volcanology researcher, Sarah Fagents, is on the JPL-led team with PI Rosaly Lopes studying Saturn's moon, Titan. [JPL NAI-Titan website] "The single compelling question for this research is: What habitable environments exist on Titan and what resulting potential biosignatures should we look for?" said Fagents. Her main focus will be studying the physical mechanisms by which fluids or ice can rise through the ice shell of Titan and emerge at the surface, a process termed cryovolcanism. This process would also carry any biosignatures that formed in the ocean or ice, thus giving scientists a chance to detect them. For more, see the NASA Press Release, SOEST News, and Hawaii News Now article by Austin Westfall.


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USGS Photo: At 7:45 a.m. HST, May 5, 2018, lava from fissure 7 slowly advanced to the northeast on Hookapu Street in Leilani Estates subdivision on Kilauea Volcano's lower East Rift Zone.

May 9, 2018
Macey Sandford Named JPL 2018 Summer Intern
HIGP and G&G graduate student Macey Sandford. HIGP/G&G graduate student, Macey Sandford, has been selected by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA as a 2018 Intern for this summer's 10-week session. Sandford will work with JPL's David Thompson on the subject of multi-spectral cloud screening for orbital imaging spectrometers and the development of algorithms and statistical models for automating the screening process. See the JPL Summer Internship Program page for more information. Congratulations!


May 2, 2018
Casey Honniball Named LPI 2018 Exploration Science Summer Intern
HIGP and G&G PhD student Casey Honniball. HIGP/G&G doctorate student, Casey Honniball, has been selected as one of 10 international graduate students as an Exploration Science Summer Intern at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, TX. The Intern Program runs 10 weeks from May 29 to August 3, 2018 and is supported by funding from the LPI and the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute at NASA Ames Research Center. For more see the LPI News Release. Congratulations!

April 20, 2018
Planetary Scientist Klaus Keil Honored by Microanalysis Society for Lifetime Contribution
Dr. Klaus Keil holding original energy dispersive spectrometer.



Klaus Keil in December 2008 at HIGP holds the original energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), built and published by R. Fitzgerald, K. Keil and K.F.G. Heinrich in Science in 1968. In the background of the picture is the EPMA at the SOEST Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Klaus Keil, Planetary Scientist Emeritus at HIGP/SOEST, has been elected a Legends Fellow of the Microanalysis Society (MAS), a society of investigators and engineers who have contributed to the development and application of the Electron Probe Miroanalyser (EPMA) instrument to study the compositions of very small samples of rocks, ceramics, metallurgical and forensic samples, and more. The Legends Fellow distinction was established this year to recognize eminent scientists, engineers, and technologists in the field of microanalysis who have distinguished themselves through outstanding research, outreach, teaching, and service. This first group is known as the Legends Class of 2018.

Keil pioneered the use of the electron microprobe and its application and calibration to determine the chemical compositions of minute mineral grains in meteorites, lunar, Martian, and terrestrial samples. Keil, with two collaborators, also developed and built the first energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) for the detection of X-rays in an EPMA (see photo). This device has revolutionized the analysis with the EPMA, and is now not only part of thousands of electron microprobes in the world's laboratories, but also of almost every scanning and transmission electron microscope.

"I am interested in the origin of solid materials in the solar nebula early in the history of the Solar System, and the subsequent accretion into, and evolution of, planetesimals and asteroids," said Keil. "I also study the origin and evolution of Earth̵s Moon and the planet Mars. This research is carried out on meteorites from asteroids, Moon and Mars, and on returned lunar samples." The aim of his research is to understand the processes that took place in the solar nebula and processes, such as volcanism, that shape various solid bodies in the Solar System.

"I am very honored to receive this award," said Keil. "This is the newly created and highest honor of the Microanalysis Society, and to be named a Legends Fellow is something special, because one is thus in the company of a number of legendary scientists who have contributed to the advancement of electron probe microanalysis and to the development of this incredibly important field of analytical science."

Keil came to UH Mānoa from the University of New Mexico in 1990 as a Professor of Geology. Subsequently he served as director of HIGP and Interim Dean of SOEST. Keil has authored and co-authored over 685 scientific papers and has an asteroid (Asteroid 5054 Keil) and an extraterrestrial new mineral (keilite) named after him. The Society will hold an awards ceremony to honor the Legends Class of 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland in August. Congratulations! Press Release by Marcie Grabowski / SOEST.


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March 28, 2018
Crater on the Moon Named for Dr. B. Ray Hawke
LAC image of Moon, Hawke crater. On March 16, 2018, in honor and remembrance of Dr. B. Ray Hawke (UH/HIGP lunar researcher from 1978 to 2015), the International Astronomical Union–Planetary Nomenclature Committee approved the name "Hawke" for a 13.2-kilometer-diameter impact crater on the Moon, positioned at 66.6oS, 128.7oE, just north of the Schrödinger basin. Befitting Dr. Hawke's research interests, the crater contains impact melt and is a fresh, rayed crater. In addition to his outstanding research career, Dr. Hawke served tirelessly as the Associate Director for Outreach for the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. He also established and was the Director of the NASA Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (PRPDC) at UH Mānoa until his death on January 24, 2015. For more information please see the USGS Planetary Nomenclature News Release, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera/Wide Angle Camera image of Hawke crater, and the B. Ray Hawke memorial page hosted at the PRPDC.

March 16, 2018
Emeritus Faculty
Mark Rognstad, Emeritus faculty HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The University of Hawai‘i has named Mark Rognstad Emeritus faculty in HIGP. Congratulations, and continued success in your design and engineering endeavors.

March 7, 2018
HIGP Participation in 15th Annual AOGS Meeting
AOGS meeting banner. The 15th annual meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) will be held in Honolulu, HI from June 3-8, 2018. HIGP is participating as session conveners:
James Foster, "Integrated analysis of geoscience observations from the floor to surface of the ocean."
Emilio Herrero-Bervera, "Planetary interiors and magnetism" and Paleomagnetism" and "Rock magnetism applied to solving geological, geophysical, and environmental problems."
Paul Lucey, "Field and laboratory studies in support of planetary infrared remote sensing."
Murli Manghnani, "Mantle and core: structure, dynamics, chemistry, and seismology."
For full details visit www.asiaoceania.org.

March 1, 2018
LPI Career Development Award to Caroline Caplan
HIGP and G&G PhD student Caroline E.Caplan. HIGP/G&G doctorate student, Caroline Caplan, has been selected as one of 20 LPI Career Development Award winners for 2018 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 49th 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. Caroline is pursuing a Ph.D. with her advisor, Gary Huss. View her conference abstracts: Complexities of Inclusions in Extraterrestrial Chrome-Spinel from the Jurassic Revealed by STEM-EDX and Tracking Meteorite Infall Through Time: The Picture of the Jurassic from Remnant Chrome-Spinels. Congratulations!


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February 28, 2018
Hannah Shelton Receives 2018 G&G Bullard Fellowship Award
Hannah Shelton, Bullard Fellowship Award. HIGP, the Department of Geology and Geophysics (G&G), and SOEST are pleased to announce that Hannah Shelton (Ph.D. student in Mineral Physics) is the recipient of the 2018 G&G Fred M. Bullard Graduate Fellowship. Shelton's research and laboratory experiments combine geology and material science, as part of the G&G Mineral Physics and Materials Science program, with mentor Przemyslaw Dera. For more about the science, watch their ThinkTech Hawaii interview: Modern Alchemy: From Hades to Heaven with Mineral Physics. The Bullard Fellowship program is supported by a generous gift from the estate of Thais Freda Bullard in memory of her father, Fred Mason Bullard. Awards are made to incoming and continuing graduate students that show exceptional potential for success in graduate school, through a competitive application process. Congratulations!

February 8, 2018
Patty Fryer Publishes IODP Monograph
Dr. Patty Fryer HIGP Professor Patricia Fryer has led the effort to publish an account of the scientific explorations performed under the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Expedition reports, maps, drill core descriptions, and more are available online from the IODP. The most recent volume is: Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Volume 366, Mariana Convergent Margin and South Chamorro Seamount.

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January 24, 2018
AGU Fall-2017 Outstanding Student Paper Award to Casey Honniball
HIGP/G&G PhD student Casey Honniball. HIGP/G&G doctorate student, Casey Honniball, has been awarded the Fall Outstanding Student Paper Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for the 2017 Meeting held December 11-15, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. This competitively-selected award is given to students who submitted a first-author abstract and are judged to be in the top 2-5% of presenters; Casey won in the Atmospheric Sciences category. See the Award Announcement from the AGU. Read Casey's abstract: Honniball, C. I., Wright, R., and Lucey, P. G., Mid-wave Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging of Kilauea's Active Halema‘uma‘u Pit Crater. Congratulations!


January 11, 2018
Scientists Sift Through Lunar Dirt for Record of Material from Elsewhere
LROC WAC image of lunar nearside With hyper-spectral imaging microscopes developed at HIGP, Casey Honniball (G&G/HIGP Graduate Student) and Sarah Crites (ISAS Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Kanagawa, Japan and JAXA; U.H. Manoa Ph.D. 2014) have teamed with HIGP researchers on a project to examine individual lunar soil grains to identify material from across the inner Solar System derived from meteoritic bombardment. Their inventory of Apollo soil grains has the potential to identify ancient material from Earth, including hydrated minerals, that have been preserved on the lunar surface for eons. For more, please read the AGU Blogoshpere Geospace post and AGU reference: Lucey, P. G., Honniball, C., Crites, S., Taylor, G. J. and Martel, L. (2017), Search for Extralunar Materials in Apollo Soil Samples, Abstract P41D-2851 presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, LA, 14 December.

January 4, 2018
New Spectroscopy Instrument Developed for Planetary Surface–Astrobiological Exploration
Raman system HIGP researchers Anupam Misra and Shiv Sharma are co-developers with researchers at NASA Langley Research Center of a new spectroscopy system, called the standoff ultra-compact micro-Raman (SUCR) instrument. SUCR, which uses a modified version of a Raman system developed previously at HIGP, is designed for quick, high-resolution detection of compounds and minerals associated with biological activity. The research team developed SUCR for use on rovers or landers on future planetary surface missions with astrobiology objectives, but its design is also ideal for real-time biomedical and food analyses. For more, see the The Optical Society News Release. Full reference: Abedin, M. N., Bradley, A. T., Misra, A. K., Bai, Y., Hines, G. D., and Sharma, S. K. (2018) Standoff Ultracompact Micro-Raman Sensor for Planetary Surface Explorations, Applied Optics, v. 57(1), p. 62-68, doi: 10.1364/AO.57.000062. [publication link]

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