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Apr 16: Karl honored with DuPont Award for outstanding accomplishment in microbiology

David Karl, the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel professor of Oceanography and director of the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) has been honored with the 2015 DuPont Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the largest professional life sciences society in the world. With this award, the ASM recognizes “outstanding accomplishment” in research and development in environmental microbiology. Read more about it in the UH System News. Congratulations, Dave!

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Apr 15: How to train your coral

One of the very real and immediate impacts of climate change is widespread death of the living corals that make up the building blocks of reefs. Warming oceans are the main cause in a threat to corals known as coral bleaching. When water temperatures are too high, symbiotic plants that live inside the tissues of healthy corals suddenly leave, causing a once colorful animal to turn stark white. If the warm temperatures persist, and the coral remains without its partner plants long enough, the coral will die. HIMB researcher Ruth Gates is working to find a solution: her lab focuses on understanding the processes that happen inside living corals in hopes of understanding how we might be able to help these animals survive the conditions of the future.

Read more about at Huffington Post, and watch the video on our video page. Image courtesy of HD Under H2O; click on it to see the full version.

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Jan 01: Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC)

The Hawai‘i Groundwater and Geothermal Resources Center (HGGRC) provides historical and newly developed information relating to groundwater and geothermal resources in Hawai‘i.

HGGRC strives to increase access to data regarding these resources, encourage research and innovation in water management and geothermal energy, provide an informational platform for the public, and supply policymakers with the necessary information to optimally utilize the state’s natural resources.

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