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Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2:30pm in POST 544, Rachel L. Smith (Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Lab and Curator, Meteorites at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Appalachian State Univ.) "Temporal Variability in Young Stellar Objects and Implications for the Early Solar System" [HIGP Seminar]

Friday, Nov. 8, 3:30pm in POST 723, Nicole Lautze (HIGP) "Hawaii's Groundwater and Geothermal Resources: What We Do Know and Don't Know" [ES TGIF Seminar]

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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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22 October 2019
Graduate Student Opportunity Announcement
Mars 2020 mission Topic—Mars surface studies: Ph.D. opportunity to pursue research relevant to the Mars 2020 rover mission, which will land in Jezero Crater in early 2021 (see NASA's Mars 2020 Mission Overview). Area of specialization will be determined based on mutual interest and the details of the geology encountered by the rover, but might include some combination of analysis of geologic features observed in multispectral image data, quantitative modeling of the mechanisms of formation of the observed features, and interpretation in the context of the regional to global history of Mars. In addition, a proportion of the student's time will be spent on mission operations in support of the Mastcam-Z stereo multispectral camera investigation. A good grounding in geology, physics, and mathematics is desirable, as is previous planetary, volcanology, or Mars-focused research, and/or experience in mission operations. Faculty Contact: Dr. Sarah Fagents (Mastcam-Z co-investigator and volcanologist). For more information about available student opportunities in Earth and Planetary sciences, please see the Graduate Student & Post-doc Opportunities page. Next UH Mānoa application deadline is January 15, 2020.

21 October 2019
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).

21 October 2019
Shiv Sharma Elected as Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy
Dr. Shiv Sharma, Researcher HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The Society for Applied Spectroscopy, also known as SAS, elected HIGP Researcher Shiv Sharma to the 2019 Class of Fellows. He received his award this month at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies annual conference. Dr. Sharma is a leading researcher in stand-off, remote-sensing spectroscopy for elemental and molecular analysis. He has been "at the forefront of the development of new technologies" for 40 years, said HIGP Interim Director Dr. Rob Wright. Dr. Sharma is currently on NASA's Mars 2020 Rover SuperCam instrument team, providing Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy expertise (see the 2018 HIGP News Item). SuperCam will provide imaging and chemical compositional analysis, and will be able to detect the presence of organic compounds in rocks on Mars, if any, from a distance. As a SAS Fellow, Dr. Sharma is recognized for his outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science, the profession, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Less than 1% of the membership may be selected as Fellows per year. Congratulations!

15 October 2019
Upcoming Public Event: HIGP in SOEST Open House
SOEST Open House We invite you to join HIGP at the 2019 SOEST Open House.
  • Friday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The SOEST Open House presents a diverse array of entertaining and educational hands-on activities and demonstrations, which highlight the research conducted by our faculty, students, and staff. For more information see the Open House webpage and the 2-page program.

01 September 2019
New Mineral, Edscottite, Named After UH Emeritus Researcher
Dr. Ed Scott, Emeritus Professor HIGP/SOEST/UH Manoa. The first natural occurrence of the iron carbide Fe5C2 has been identified in the Wedderburn iron meteorite and the discovery team named the new mineral edscottite, as first reported in the European Journal of Mineralogy (Feb. issue 31/newsletter 47) and now reported in American Mineralogist (September volume 104(9)). Approved by the Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature, and Classification of the International Mineralogical Association, the name honors Edward R. D. Scott, HIGP Emeritus Professor, known for his achievements in meteoritics, especially for studies of iron meteorites. The mineral discovery was led by Chi Ma of Caltech and Alan Rubin of the University of California at Los Angeles. For more, see PSRD report– New Mineral: Edscottite.

27 August 2019
Fall 2019 Course Offerings with HIGP
UH Manoa seal Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester. HIGP faculty are teaching these courses: Course syllabi available here.

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HIGP Mission Statement

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,
Pacific Ocean Science & Technology (POST) Building, Room 602
Honolulu, HI 96822
Office Phone: 808.956.8760
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Dr. Robert Wright, Interim Director

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Top banner images: HIGP excels in advanced research, teaching, and service. Our expertise spans the globe from pole to pole, from the depths of the seas to the tops of volcanoes, and extends to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. These images show, from left to right: satellite communication dish, a map of tsunami wave heights, map of mid-ocean ridge/seafloor spreading, the IMI (Imaging and Mapping Instrument) deep-towed ocean sonar system, Earth's Moon, active Hawaiian lava flow, Mars, a meteorite collected in Antarctica, and GPS field station.

Updated 4 November 2019

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