November 2015
Ocean Station ALOHA, the open ocean field site 60 miles north of Oahu, was honored by the American Society of Microbiology as a Milestones in Microbiology. The inaugural lecture in the Pavel Distinguished Lecture Series was presented by Professor Rita Colwell, one of the most distinguished microbiologists living today. David Karl, C-MORE director and Pavel Endowed Professor, was awarded the 2015 Balzan Prize in recognition of his lifetime of impactful research in the field of microbial oceanography.
The UHM Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) had a key role in the first attempted space launch from Hawaiʻi in November 2015. Though the launch was unsuccessful, the years of research and work leading up to it created a foundation that has put Hawaiʻi on the aerospace map. HSFL is currently preparing for five space launches in the next two years with more opportunities on the horizon.
Microbes dominate Earth. Given that nearly every habitat and organism hosts a diverse constellation of microorganisms--its "microbiome"--understanding that complex system could transform ideas about the natural world and launch innovations in agriculture, energy, health, the environment and more.
Vog, or volcanic smog, poses a serious threat to the health of Hawaiʻi's people as well as being harmful to the state's ecosystems and agriculture. A paper published this month by SOEST and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory researchers details the development and utility of a computer model for the dispersion of vog.

The relationship between La Niña and rainfall in Hawaiʻi has changed--recent La Niña years have brought less-than-normal rainfall. Because previous La Niña events brought excess rainfall to the state in the past, the new information has important implications for agriculture, water resource management and more.

Over 6,000 students, teachers, families and community members joined us for the biennial two-day event. SOEST researchers offered 90 nearly exhibits--giving visitors a chance to explore ocean, earth and planetary sciences through hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays.
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) recognized Malte Stuecker, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, with the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist Award in the EGU Climate Division. The EGU is Europe's premier geosciences union dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.
Presentation awards for GES students
Jennifer Wong-Ala was honored for her presentation at the 2015 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Annual Science Conference in Copenhagen. The award citation noted, "The presentation had a clear message, with good graphics, and was very well presented. The work presented was engaging and holds interest for researchers working on the subject."

Nalani Kito-Ho was recognized with a Student Presentation Award at the 2015 National Conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in Washington, D.C.  Nalani's "superb research presentation" was "a standout among the student presentations," wrote the SACNAS selection committee.
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