Second Group of Endangered ‘Alalā Released into Natural Area Reserve

Two ‘alalā that were released back into the wild. Photo courtesy of DLNR Five young ‘alalā, two females and three males, were released into Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve on the Big Island Oct. 11. This second group of birds joins a previous group that had been released into the forest at the [...]

By | 2017-10-17T23:21:58+00:00 October 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Scientists Return from Assessing ‘Opihi Populations in Papahānaumokuākea        

Algal survey at Nihoa. Photo courtesy of NOAA Scientists aboard the research vessel M/V Searcher returned today to Oʻahu after monitoring ‘opihi populations and other rocky intertidal organisms in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This year marks the ninth annual intertidal monitoring expedition, which integrates cultural knowledge and practices with western science to assess and better [...]

By | 2017-09-25T13:10:46+00:00 September 25th, 2017|0 Comments

‘I‘iwi Receives Protection Under Endangered Species Act

‘I‘iwi, or scarlet honeycreeper (Vestiaria coccinea). Photo courtesy of USFWS Once one of the most common forest birds in the Hawaiian Islands, the ‘i‘iwi, also known as the scarlet honeycreeper, will be protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service news release. The [...]

By | 2017-09-19T10:04:41+00:00 September 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials Begins at UH Medical School

Beau Nakamoto A clinical trial on a drug that researchers hope will reduce inflammation in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease will begin at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, according to a recent UH news release. The JABSOM trial involves an investigational therapy, NP001, developed by Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company [...]

By | 2017-09-14T22:06:13+00:00 September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

UH Contributes to Study of Evolution of Multi-Cellularity in Animals

Chromosphaera perkinsii NK52, a new microbial eukaryote genus and species cultivated from Hawaiʻi. Photo courtesy of UH Scientists have long wondered how single-celled organisms evolved into the multicellular animals we see today, but addressing this has only recently become possible by comparing complete genome sequences of diverse organisms. A study that included newly [...]

By | 2017-09-14T22:01:25+00:00 September 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Early Detection Key to Keeping Kaua‘i’s Streams Healthy

By Ruby Pap Salvinia molesta collected from Kilauea. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Brock If you see Salvinia molesta (Salvinia) in any of our streams please report it immediately to the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee (KISC) at 821-1490. In doing so, you will help prevent this noxious weed from taking over the ecosystem. Commonly [...]

By | 2017-09-08T13:25:03+00:00 September 13th, 2017|0 Comments

UH’s only female National Academy of Sciences Member Reveals how Animals Select Good Microbes

Margaret McFall-Ngai Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor and director of the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, is the only woman at the University of Hawaiʻi who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In her inaugural article published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, commemorating her induction into one of the country’s most distinguished scientific [...]

By | 2017-09-05T12:28:21+00:00 September 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Astronomers Discover Variability in the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades Cluster

Pleiades star cluster image from Kepler Space Telescope. Image courtesy of NASA/Aarhus University/T. White The brightest members of the Pleiades cluster form a spectacular group of naked-eye stars that have played a central role in cultures around the world for millennia. Native Hawaiians used the Makaliʻi to mark the beginning of the new year and [...]

By | 2017-09-05T11:59:33+00:00 September 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Returning to Nature Invigorates Biological Science Teachers

Science Teachers Enrichment Program participants in the classroom. Photo courtesy of UH The Science Teachers Enrichment Program, a successful 15-year partnership between Kauaʻi Community College the National Tropical Botanical Garden, has given K–12 and community college faculty an opportunity to become students again, engaging in hands-on learning using native and introduced plants in Hawaiʻi, states a recent news release [...]

By | 2017-09-04T01:09:14+00:00 September 4th, 2017|0 Comments

DLNR, Partners Complete 2nd Rodenticide Application on Lehua

A trapped rat on Lehua Island is seen here being outfitted them with a radio tracking collar. Photo courtesy DLNR The second scheduled aerial application of a rodenticide to eliminate invasive rats from the State Seabird Sanctuary on Lehua Island was successfully completed last Wednesday, according to a new release from the state [...]

By | 2017-09-02T08:22:56+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments