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HIGP is a multi-disciplinary institute conducting advanced research, technology development, teaching, workforce training, and service in cutting-edge oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, and planetary science and engineering. We are a part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the Mānoa (Honolulu) campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Our Institute is home to approximately 100 faculty members, staff, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and instrumentation, research vessels, and far-ranging field sites. HIGP partners with the College of Engineering for satellite fabrication and launch through the Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the deep Earth interior to the upper atmosphere, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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February 12, 2020
Hope Ishii is Newly Elected Vice Chair of the American Physical Society's Far West Section
Dr. Hope Ishii (center) with fellow scientists at the capital during the APS 2020 Leadership Meeting.
Hope Ishii, HIGP Researcher and Director of the UH Advanced Electron Microscopy Center was in Washington D.C. in late January for the American Physical Society's (APS) Leadership Meeting. Dr. Ishii is serving this year as Vice Chair, a position that progresses to Chair, for the APS Far West Section, which includes California, Nevada, and Hawai‘i. APS is a non-profit professional organization representing over 55,000 members in academia, national laboratories, and industry, working to advance the knowledge of physics. Photo: Hope Ishii (center) with fellow scientists at the capital during APS 2020 Leadership Meeting.

January 13, 2020
GPS Measurements Reveal Earthquake Dynamics and Earth Structure
Dr. Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands. Credit: J. Weiss.
Jonathan Weiss (2016 PhD HIGP/Geology and Geophysics and now a Postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Potsdam Institute for Geosciences, Germany) is first author on a research paper with an international team studying earthquake deformation and structure in South America. Co-authors include HIGP Associate Researcher James Foster and graduate student Jonathan Avery. The team used Global Positioning System stations to investigate the surface motions that occur after very large earthquakes. Their publication appeared in Sciences Advances: Illuminating Subjection Zone Rheological Properties in the Wake of a Giant Earthquake. For more news coverage, see University of Potsdam News and the SOEST News. Photo: Jonathan Weiss while monitoring GPS-Ground Motion sensors in the Andean Highlands. Credit: J. Weiss.

January 10, 2020
Volcanism on Venus Studied by David Trang
False-color heat pattern image of a volcanic peak on Venus, derived from ESA-VIRTIS data. Image credit: NASA.
A team of planetary scientists including HIGP Assistant Researcher David Trang has published results from their studies of the alteration rates of the mineral olivine under venusian conditions that suggest Venus may be volcanically active today. Trang's efforts included relating laboratory results to the results from spacecraft data. Their studies suggest lava flows on Venus are very young, implying Venus has active volcanoes. The team includes first author Justin Filiberto (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX), Allan Treiman (LPI), and Martha Gilmore (Wesleyan University). Their paper appeared in Science Advances this month: Present-day Volcanism on Venus as Evidenced from Weathering Rates of Olivine. For more news coverage, see Marcie Grabowski's full SOEST News Release, The New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine.

December 2019
Kenta Ohtaki Awarded Microanalysis Society Goldstein Scholar Award
Dr. Kenta Ohtaki 2019 Microanalysis Society/Joseph Goldstein Scholar Award winner.
Dr. Kenta Ohtaki (HIGP Postdoctoral Researcher), pictured seated in the front, has been awarded a Microanalysis Society Goldstein Scholar Award for early career micro-analysts. The award is named after Dr. Joseph Goldstein, well known in meteoritic materials research for his work on iron meteorites and also a pioneer in scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis. Dr. Ohtaki will use his award to train on and use a new generation of electron energy loss spectrometer, equipped with a high sensitivity detector, in order to carry out transmission electron microscopy studies of the oxidation states of elements in primitive meteorite matrices, comet dust, and asteroid regolith. Dr. Ohtaki is associated with the UH Advanced Electron Microscopy Center (AEMC). Photo shows Dr. Ohtaki teaching in the AEMC. Photo credit: Warren Maclauchlan-Mckenzie,HIGP/SOEST.

December 2019
Niels Grobbe Awarded the ICEG 2019 Innovation Award for Geophysics
Dr. Niels Grobbe, first place winner of the ICEG2019 Innovation Award for Applied Geophysics.
Dr. Niels Grobbe (HIGP/WRRC Assistant Researcher in Hydrogeophysics and Applied Geophysics) has been awarded the 2019 Innovation Award during the Fifth International Conference on Engineering Geophysics (ICEG) held by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists that took place in United Arab Emirates from October 21-24, 2019. The competitive selection process included a formal presentation and technical review of his research white paper. Dr. Grobbe acknowledges his collaborator on this innovation, Dr. Sjoerd de Ridder from the University of Leeds, UK. Pictured seated in chairs in front of dignitaries at the meeting are, left to right: 3rd place award winner Jing Li (Jilin University), 2nd place award winner Daniel Colombo (Saudi Aramco), and 1st place award winner Niels Grobbe (HIGP/WRRC). Photo credit: @segmiddleeast. Read more at UH News.

New for Spring 2020: Launch of EPET Certificate Program
HIGP EPET Announcing a new undergraduate certificate program called EPET – Earth and Planetary Exploration Technology. Comprised of four courses over four semesters, including a capstone design project, the program is designed for undergraduates in science and engineering, merging interests in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the College of Engineering. The 15-credit program combines project-based learning with lectures and field studies covering "why" and "how to" do space and planetary exploration.
  • EPET 201 Exploration of the Solar System
  • EPET 301 Space Science and Instrumentation
  • EPET 302 Space Mission Design
  • EPET 401 Capstone Project: Producing a Science Satellite
The first course of the series, EPET 201, launches Spring 2020. Visit the EPET webpage for more information. Contacts: Dr. Peter Englert (HIGP) or Dr. David Trang (HIGP).

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