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Wednesdays in POST 544 at 2 p.m.
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Upcoming seminars:
Tues., Nov. 24, 7:300pm in POST 544: Mike Fuller (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara and HIGP) "Geomagnetic Field Reversals" [Hawai'i Space Lecture Series]

Wed., Nov. 25, 11:00am in POST 544: Sukir Maryanto (Brawijaya University, East Java, Indonesia) "Some Characteristics of East Java's Volcanoes" [HIGP Short Talk]

Wed., Nov. 25, 2:00pm in POST 544: Robert Jedicke (Professor, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i) "Super Catastrophic Disruption at Small Perihelion Distances" [HIGP Seminar Series]

Talk Shows
Mondays at 1:00–2:00 p.m. at thinktechhawaii.com
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Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center

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HawaiiView: Satellite Remote Sensing Data and Images

Hotspots: Global Space-borne Volcano and Fire Thermal Monitoring

PSRD: Planetary Science Research Discoveries educational website

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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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ThinkTech Hawaii logo ThinkTech Hawai‘i–Research at UH Mānoa: Talk Shows in November with HIGP:
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November 18, 2015
In Remembrance
John Balogh With deep sadness, we share the news of John Balogh's passing on November 14, 2015. A Mechanical Engineer in HIGP since 1970, John's work made the HIGP high-pressure mineral physics lab one of the five top versatile high-pressure labs in the world. His significant contributions in designing, constructing, and maintaining the state-of-the art facilities have enabled innumerable students, researchers, and faculty members to carry out first-time unique high P-T experiments here and at the synchrotron X-ray source at Argonne National Laboratory. John will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Our Lady of Good Council, 1525 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City. Viewing will be 8:30-10:00 am and mass will follow. HIGP photo.

Nov. 13, 2015
UH Researchers Shed New Light on the Origins of Earth's Water
Link to publication A team of scientists led by Lydia J. Hallis, formally a Post-Doctoral Fellow at HIGP and UH NASA Astrobiology Institute (now Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Scotland) and including HIGP colleagues Gary Huss, Kazuhide Nagashima, Jeff Taylor, and colleagues from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UH Department of Oceanography, UH Institute for Astronomy, and UH NASA Astrobiology Institute investigated hydrogen isotopes in Baffin Island basalts to constrain the origin of Earth's water. Their study published today in Science suggests a presolar origin—Earth's water was part of our planet from the beginning. Work was performed in the UH W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Lab. See the Science paper and read more about it in the IfA press release and University of Glasgow news release and video. Also see Kaunānā, Live Science, BBC News, Scientific American, Christian Science Monitor, and Smithsonian.

Nov. 13, 2015
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium Celebrates 25 Years
On November 21, 2015 the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) will celebrate its 25th anniversary.Link to Hawaii Space Grant Consortium. A wide-ranging community educational program supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), HSGC promotes studies in scientific fields related to space. These fields include astronomy, geology, meteorology, oceanography, mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, and life sciences. Chartered under the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, HSGC programs are dedicated to the development and support of future scientists and engineers. HSGC is composed of ten institutions of higher learning including UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, the University of Guam, and seven UH Community Colleges (Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, Maui, and Windward). Participation in Space Grant programs provides new opportunities for our full-time students to explore space related fields. Expanded opportunities for space education through the efforts of the HSGC extend to K-12 teachers and students. Formal recognition of the 25th anniversary will be part of the HSGC Fellowship and Traineeship Symposium scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall on Dole Street. For additional information, please visit HSGC. Congratulations!

November 11, 2015
In Remembrance
Dr Barry Lienert With deep sadness, we share the news of Barry Lienert's passing on November 8, 2015. He was an Associate Specialist in HIGP with research interests in electromagnetic methods, inverse theory, earthquake location methods, and LIDAR. His recent activities included work on the "3D conductivity structure in the saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, relevant to groundwater and geothermal exploration," according to HIGP Director, Rhett Butler, who knew Barry since 1978. He will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at 10:30 am, at the Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary, 1150 Kikowaena St., Honolulu 96819. Image, screen shot from September 21, 2015, courtesy of ThinkTech Hawai‘i.

Nov. 10, 2015
More Launches Ahead for UH's Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory
Screen shot from video posted by UH News of ORS-4 rocket launch from Kaua'i on Nov. 3, 2015. Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is currently preparing for five space launches in the next two years with more opportunities on the horizon. "Hawai‘i and the University of Hawai‘i are now considered players in the aerospace industry," said HSFL Director Luke Flynn. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. See also the video news report from Hawai‘i News Now with HSFL Avionics Engineer Amber Imai-Hong and UH Engineering student Chase Yasunaga speaking about HSFL and the STEM opportunities for students to work on future space launches.

Nov. 3, 2015
Rocket Launch from Hawai‘i Carrying UH Payload Experiences Anomaly, but is a STEM Success for Students
Screen shot from video posted by UH News of ORS-4 rocket launch from Kaua'i on Nov. 3, 2015.
On November 3, 2015, the U.S. Navy along with the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Hawai‘i Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory, the Pacific Missile Range Facility and Aerojet Rocketdyne Corp. launched a rocket from Hawai‘i. If successful, it would have been the first satellite launched to orbit from Hawai‘i. Unfortunately, the experimental launch vehicle experienced an anomaly a minute into the flight. "The ORS-4 mission on an experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle failed in mid-flight shortly after liftoff at 5:45 p.m.," the U.S. Air Force said in a statement the night of the launch. ORS is currently assessing the cause. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. Also see the video news report from Hawai‘i News Now. "What happened today, this is a tremendous success for the University of Hawai‘i, UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl told Hawai‘i News Now. "We had about 150 students doing work on this program. They built a satellite, it met every milestone and passed every test. And they delivered it on time. This is a tremendous step forward."

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HIGP solves fundamental problems in Earth and Planetary Science by the development and application of state-of-the-art exploration, measurement, and data analysis technologies. HIGP serves society and the State of Hawai‘i by acquiring and disseminating new knowledge about the Earth and other planetary bodies, and developing and introducing leading edge technologies and a highly trained workforce to the State economy.

Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
University of Hawai‘i
1680 East-West Road,
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Office Phone: 808.956.8760
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