Archived News and Announcements: 2011

SOI logo and “Collaborative Scientific Cruises with the Schmidt Ocean Institute”

Victor Zykov, Ph.D.
Director of Science Operations, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Wednesday 4 January 2012
11 am HST (1 pm PST / 4 pm EST)
C-MORE Hale Moore Conference Center (1950 East-West Road) or watch as it is streamed live from the C-MORE home page.

The mission of the Schmidt Ocean Institute is to combine advanced science with state-of-the art technology on our globally capable research vessels to create lasting legacy in ocean exploration and discovery, catalyze open sharing of information about the oceans, and foster deeper understanding of our environment. Visit the event web page or download the flyer PDF for more information about the presentation, and about SOI’s mission.


Jonathan Zehr elected Editor of Journal of Phycology

I am thrilled to announce that Professor Jon Zehr, one of the founding and current PIs of C-MORE, has just been elected to the new Editorial Team of Journal of Phycology, the scientific journal of the Phycological Society of America. As many of you may know, Bob Sheath the current Editor-in-Chief is coming to the end of a successful term. Members of the Society decided that it would be desirable to replace Editor Sheath with a small Editorial Team and set out to search for four qualified, world-class phycologists to serve in that capacity. After an exhaustive search, the new Editorial Team was recently announced.

In addition to C-MORE co-PI Jon Zehr, the dream team includes Debashish Bhattacharya (Rutgers), Michael Graham (Moss Landing Marine Lab), and Arthur Grossman (Carnegie Institute for Science), not bad company. I have recently learned that the membership vote was overwhelming in favor of this distinguished group (94% in favor). Their duties will begin on 01 January 2012.

Congratulations, Jon!

Enhanced Ocean Upwelling graphic Enhanced Ocean Upwelling: Science, Engineering and Potential Applications

Tuesday 29 November 2011
East-West Center, Asia Room

Wednesday 30 November 2011
C-MORE Hale, Gordon and Betty Moore Conference Center

To see the agenda, please click here or download the PDF.

video still of Gov. Neil Abercrombie Governor announces ultra-fast internet initiative

Hawai‘i’s Governor Neil Abercrombie, state officials, and business leaders gathered at C-MORE Hale to call for affordable ultra-high-speed Internet statewide. The target connection is 1 gigabit per second. The news conference was transmitted from C-MORE Hale’s conference center in high definition to neighbor islands, but technicians said with ultra-fast connections it would be faster and clearer. Read more about it and see a video report at and Maui Now; and read more about it in the Governor’s press release, the Pacific Business News, and see this Flickr set.

C-MORE Hale is equipped to stream live HD video on the net; below is the recording of the live stream broadcast on Tuesday 23 August as well as the KITV broadcast.

Ocean and Earth Science Career Night at Kailua Intermediate School

C-MORE will host its first Ocean and Earth Science Career Night. Representatives from private businesses, federal and state government agencies and the UHM will share information about local career opportunities in the earth and ocean sciences. The event will be held at Kailua Intermediate School from 6-8 p.m. on October 27, 2011. The goal of the evening is to increase awareness of — and stimulate students' interest in pursuing — exciting local career opportunities in the earth and ocean sciences.

C-MORE Professional Development Training Program

The C-MORE Professional Development Training Program serves C-MORE graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at all six partner institutions. Training opportunities are provided in eight areas: Outreach, Leadership, Proposal Writing, Science Communication, Diversity, Teaching, Mentoring and Research Exchange. The website also features a Job Board, Career Resources and a short-course in ethics.

Summer Course on Microbial Oceanography Symposium 3:
“Using 21st Century Technology to Address the Big Questions of 20th Century Oceanography”

Symposium 3 graphic

Friday, July 01, starting at 8:30 am in the C-MORE Hale Auditorium, UH Mānoa campus; Dave Karl, moderator.

Lunch provided, reception followed. For more information, please visit the syllabus web page or download the flyer PDF.

Summer Course on Microbial Oceanography Symposium 2:
“The Microbial Ocean Viewed Through the Lens of Genes and Genomes”

Symposium 2 graphic

Friday, June 10, starting at 8:30 am in the C-MORE Hale Auditorium, UH Mānoa campus; Grieg Steward, moderator.

Lunch will be provided, reception followed. For more information, please visit the syllabus web page or download the flyer PDF.

C-MORE Hale wins building design excellence award

Photo of C-MORE Hale C-MORE Hale has won a 2011 Kukulu Hale Award from the Hawai‘i Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). The organization is the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, asset managers, and related professionals.

Read more about it in the UH News. Image courtesy of C-MORE; click on it to learn more about C-MORE Hale.

BiG RAPA at Science360

RV Melville The 2010 C-MORE expedition “BiG RAPA” exploring unique habitats in the South Pacific subtropical ocean is highlighted on the Science360 “Knowledge Network.

Produced daily onboard the ship, the videos of this virtual field trip include interviews with the scientists and crew, and introductions to scientific processes and concepts.

Congratulations to Barbara Bruno

Photo of Barb Bruno Barb Bruno, C-MORE’s Director of Education, has been chosen to receive the 2011 National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Marine Educator Award. NMEA is a national professional organization established in 1976 for educators in aquatic sciences. It currently has more than 1,000 members and is affiliated with the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Marine Educator Award recognizes “outstanding work and leadership in any aspect of marine education at the local, regional or national level.”

Barb was cited for her innovative marine education and outreach activities including C-MORE science kits, Science teachers aboard research vessels (STARS), C-MORE EDventures program and Ocean FEST. The awards ceremony will take place at the NMEA annual conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 9:30 am. Congratulations, Barb!

Summer Course on Microbial Oceanography Symposium 1:
“Microbial Physiology and Oceanography”

Symposium 1 graphic

Saturday, June 04, starting at 8:30 am in the C-MORE Hale Auditorium, UH Mānoa campus; Dave Karl, moderator.

Lunch provided, reception followed. For more information, please visit the syllabus web page or download the flyer PDF.

“BiG RAPA Expedition: Sea it Live”

Epic Tracker image Thursday 19 May 2001 at 6:30pm • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Our 2010 expedition “BiG RAPA” explored unique habitats in the South Pacific subtropical ocean, where conditions range from those equivalent to the rainforest, flourishing with life, to the most difficult environment found in the desert, with very low life abundance. Please join us on a virtual field trip to explore the highlights of this expedition via short presentations by some of the BiG RAPA scientists, and videos produced daily aboard the ship. For more information, download the flyer PDF. This free public lecture series is administered by UH Sea Grant College Program.

Photo of Hesperides at Honolulu Harbor Spanish research vessel docked at Honolulu Harbor

Honolulu Harbor played host to the Spanish research vessel Hésperides on the half-way mark of an important around-the-world voyage assessing the impact of global climate change on the oceans and life below. Oceanography researchers are partnering with the Spanish expedition to share critical information about waters around the Hawaiian Islands. “We can exchange data on the local effects, what's happening around the Hawaiian islands and they can tell us what's happening in the middle of the Pacific,” said C-MORE director Dave Karl.

Read more about it at Visit the “Malaspina in Honolulu” page to see the KITV4 video. Image courtesy of C-MORE; click on it to learn more.

The Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition in Honolulu

Fall 2010-Spring 2011 C-MORE Scholars. On December 15, 2010, the Expedition Malaspina 2010–11 sailed from Cadiz, Spain, to circumnavigate the world. On May 08, 2011, the R/V Hespérides arrived in Honolulu Harbor; join us for tours and lectures in celebration of the expedition. Read about it at

Click here for more information and a schedule of events, including a tour of the ship (PDF) and special SOEST Dean’s lecture (PDF) by expedition chief scientist Rafel Simó. Also see the press release PDF, which includes a summary of the expedition, calendar of events, and contact information.

SCIENCE & THE MEDIA: Opportunities and challenges in rapidly changing worlds

media workshop image Monday, May 23, 2011 • Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA
This workshop will teach C-MORE graduate students, postdocs, and faculty how to transform their complex research into clear, compelling messages that work in the media and policy realms. Learn more about it here, or download the flyer PDF (3MB).

Congratulations to C-MORE Scholar La'Toya James!

At the UH undergraduate research symposium on Saturday, April 23, C-MORE Scholar La’Toya James was awarded First Prize for oral proposal presentation and an honorable mention for her poster, “Ecology of Vibrio parahaemolyticus: potential pathogenicty within the Ala Wai Canal and harbor.” Congratulations, La’Toya!

Eco-DAS proceedings available online

Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS) is an NSF-funded symposium series sponsored by C-MORE, the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

Eco-DAS VIII was held at the University of Hawa‘i’s East-West Center in October 2008, and Symposium Proceedings are now available as an open-access eBook published as part of ASLO’s new eBooks initiative. (Table of contents here.)

New fellowship supports research in sustainable coastal tourism

2011 Sustainable Coastal Fellows image The UH Sea Grant College Program has announced its appointment of several faculty members from the UH Mānoa campus to its new Sustainable Coastal Tourism Fellowship Program, including C-MORE”s director, David Karl. Read more about the program in the Reef Watch Waikiki announcement, and download the flyer PDF to learn more about the faculty members. (Image courtesy UH Sea Grant; click on it to see the full version.)

A message from C-MORE Director Dave Karl

Another week, another grand achievement for the C-MORE team. I am pleased to announce that two of our members have been named as 2010 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

Photo of Scott Doney Scott Doney was named “for fundamental contributions to our understanding of the ocean carbon cycle and its interactions with the Earth system and for his scientific leadership.” Scott has pioneered and led many important observation and modeling activities that have greatly improved our understanding of the microbially-driven biological pump. Moreover he has provided invaluable leadership to the JGOFS Synthesis and Modeling and to the Ocean Carbon Biogeochemistry programs, prior to joining C-MORE. As you all know, he was also recently nominated by President Obama to serve as Chief Scientist of NOAA and passed through the recent U.S. Senate confirmation process with flying colors. We expect to see him in his new post sometime soon.

Photo of Ed Delong Ed Delong was chosen for “his important contributions to microbial systems science, particularly to the study of bacterial and archaean genomics and oceanographic biomes.” Ed has received awards for excellence in research and mentoring from the European Geosciences Union, the American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Society for Microbiology, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has contributed to the C-MORE team as co-PI and co-Director of C-MORE.

Congratulations to Scott and Ed. Keep up the great work!
Dave Karl

Read more about it in the WHOI press release and the MIT press release.

Angel White reports on C-MORE’s SUPER cruise

Angelicque (Angel) White, assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State University (OSU) and former C-MORE postdoctoral scholar, said that exaggerated reports distract public attention from other oceanic garbage issues that need more study and don’t receive adequate media attention. “There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists,” White said. Read more about it at and in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Gibson receives UH 2010 Faculty Diversity Enhancement award

Barbara Gibson is the recipient of the 2010 Faculty Diversity Enhancement Award for her pioneering efforts with Ka ‘Imi ‘Ike and the C-MORE Scholars Program. Congratulations, Barbara! Read more about it in the UH press release.


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