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Hawaii: Award Highlights

See what exciting research and education has been funded by NSF in each state or U.S. territory.  Award Highlights provide a snapshot about select NSF awards and their impacts.

27 Award Highlights found :: Hawaii

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artist's illustration of the prochloroccocus bacteria in a drop of seawater

What diversity lies in a millimeter of ocean water?

One species' multiple subpopulations are a model for understanding marine phytoplankton ...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

an interactive map for the hawaii county food self-sufficiency baseline study

Digital portal provides gateway to Hawaiian Island data

Online web mapping services aid scientific discovery ...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology

fish graze on a coral reef in hawaii

Keeping coral reefs healthy

Grazing species control seaweed and nutrient levels...

Research Areas: Biology

map shows kiholo watershed

Tracking nutrient flow in the Kiholo Watershed

Model of groundwater flow in Hawaii helps preserve fragile ecosystem...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

students learn about native hawaiian birds in hakalau forest

Hawaii eases access to STEM activities

Partnership offers multiple STEM opportunities for middle- and high-school students...

Research Areas: Education

close up of a table coral from moorea, french polynesia

Detecting stress within coral reefs

Metabolite fingerprinting alerts researchers to changes in biochemical activity ...

Research Areas: Biology

coral health atlas interactive map

Mapping coral health in Hawaii

Interactive atlas gives access to coral health data in the Hawaiian archipelago ...

Research Areas: Computing, Biology

a hawaiian anchialine pond

Grazing shrimp maintain ecobalance in rare coastal pools

Plant-eating shrimp control algae as well as nitrate and phosphate levels...

Research Areas: Biology

ocean borehole cap acts as an undersea laboratory

Ocean Boreholes As Undersea Laboratories

Instruments cap drill holes and provide data on life in the dark biosphere...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

Researchers deploy profiling floats in the Kuroshio Extension region.

Tracking the North Pacific Climate System

Dynamic current system impacts marine ecosystems and fisheries...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

large infrared sensors greatly improve astronomy imaging

Super Sensors for Astronomy

Ultra-large detectors capture infrared light with great sensitivity...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Engineering

James Linden and his thermal enclosure for ATS telescope

Hawaii Hires High-tech Workers

NSF-supported workforce initiative trains workers for jobs at high-tech firms and observatories...

Research Areas: Education

island of oahu

Islands in Peril

Students assess impact of nonnative algae on Hawaiian ecosystem....

Research Areas: Education, Biology

figures representing humans arranged on a grid

A Smart Tool for Modeling Crises and Events

Computer language allows a simulation to self-modify as the actors in the scenario learn and make decisions...

Research Areas: Computing, People & Society

plant cell

Undergrads Unlock Fruit and Flower Aging Process

Young investigators discover the triggers for fruit and flower aging....

Research Areas: Education, Biology, Chemistry & Materials

life on the sea floor

Ocean Acidification Affects Nitrogen Cycling in World's Oceans

Study shows implications for marine food web...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment, Biology, Chemistry & Materials

student collecting data on beach

Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacteria Have Different Ecological Niches in the Open Ocean

A research team including scientists from the NSF Center for Microbial Oceanography recently found that temperature plays an important role in the life cycles of two types of microbes critical to oceanic nitrogen fixation....

Research Areas: Biology

Students looking through a microscope

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Becomes 39 Strong

More than 500 U.S. institutions participate in LSAMP including majority, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), Native American Institutions, and community colleges....

Research Areas: Education

Photo of a quasar

Astronomers Gain New Understanding of Quasars

Alan Stockton at the University of Hawaii is trying to discover where the gas ejected from quasars originates....

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

Computer generated images NPGO currents

New Climate Mode of Variability, the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation, Links Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Change

Researchers Emanuele Di Lorenzo of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Niklas Schneider of the University of Hawaii recently defined a new pattern of climate change¿¿¿the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation (NPGO)¿¿¿and showed that its variability is significantly correlated with the previously unexplained fluctuations of salinity, nutrients, and chlorophyll. ...

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

3-D image of rock illustrating seismic volume

New Methods Help Detect Tsunami Hot-Spots

Research by a team of U.S. and Japanese geoscientists is helping to explain why certain parts of the seafloor are particularly likely to generate devastating tsunamis....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

Photo of volcanic lava

Studying Hawaiian Lava at Kilauea Volcano

Scientists at the University of Hawaii have provided new ways of looking at the many aspects of volcanology, ranging from the dynamics of flow emplacement to understanding fundamental mantle melting processes that form magma....

Research Areas: Earth & Environment

Photo of waterfalls in Hilo, Hawaii

Internships in Tropical Conservation Biology at the University of Hawai'i

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo (UHH) under Donald Price, capitalizes on the diverse ecology of the area and cultivates strong collaborative partnerships....

Research Areas: Education, Biology

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Remote Sensing of Heart and Lung Activity

A team led by Olga Boric-Lubecke of the University of Hawaii has developed a non-invasive method for detecting cardiopulmonary signals via Doppler radar....

Research Areas: Biology, Engineering

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Students Learn Engineering While Helping People with Disabilities

Invention Factory is an 8-12th grade after school program in Hawaii that has students modify devices to help disabled people, and engages students in learning about engineering....

Research Areas: Education, Engineering, Computing

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