David Karl, the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, has been awarded the 2015 Balzan Prize in recognition of his lifetime of impactful research in the field of microbial oceanography. This honor includes a prize of 750,000 Swiss Francs ($770,000).
“The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world,” according to the foundation. “It was my honor to nominate David for this award,” said Brian Taylor, dean of the SOEST and UH Mānoa interim vice chancellor for research. “Winning the Balzan prize is an international testament to the brilliance of David’s lifetime work and achievements during his 37+ year career at UH Mānoa.”
Some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among those elected this year is David Karl, the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel professor of Oceanography and
director of C-MORE.
Read more about it in the UH System News.
Elisha Wood-Charlson wrote about C-MORE Scholar Kirena Clah (above) and high school student Kyla Cantillo, both of whom have been working on research at C-MORE on ocean and phytoplankton health, for the Winter 2015 issue of Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry News (PDF, see page 12).
The Simons Foundation has awarded Edward DeLong and David Karl $40 million to lead the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), making it the largest private foundation gift UH had ever received. SCOPE aims to further our understanding of the microscopic organisms that inhabit every drop of seawater and how those creatures control the movement and exchange of energy and nutrients, from the surface waters to the deep sea. UH is leading the project, with partners joining from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) and University of Washington (UW).
Read more about it and watch the videos at Hawaii News Now, KHON2, KITV4, Kaunānā, and on the UH News page; read about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Pacific Business News, Hawaii Reporter, Hawaii News Now, the UH press release, and listen to the interview with David Karl on HPR’s “The Conversation.” Image courtesy of SCOPE/SOEST.
The 2014 C-MORE Scholars newsletter (20 MB PDF) is available!
Previous announcements are available on the Archived News and Announcements page.
Ceremonies at C-MORE Hale celebrating the generous estate gifts of Victor and Peggy Pavel to the University of Hawai‘i, including the establishment of the Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at SOEST, of which David M. Karl,, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, is the first recipient.
The Hawaii Ocean Time-series program has been making repeat measurements at Station ALOHA since 1988. Such time series observations are necessary for helping to build an understanding of how changes in Earth’s climate are influencing marine life. This video was submitted into the Ocean180 Film Challenge, sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. The video is based on work published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. UPDATE: The video is one of ten finalists! Over 50,000 6–8th grade students will be viewing each video and voting on their favorite.
We at C-MORE join others around the world in celebrating the life and exceptional achievements of Daniel K. Inouye who passed away on 17 December 2012. Senator Inouye was an effective advocate for STEM education and basic research, and was a strong supporter of C-MORE’s research, education and outreach missions. His efforts have greatly enhanced the capacity for research at the University of Hawai‘i, especially in the area of marine science. Senator Inouye participated in both the ground-breaking (15 April 2009) and the grand opening (25 October 2010) of C-MORE Hale, and he was excited as he toured the new facility and spoke to our students, post-docs and staff about their research. Senator Inouye was also responsible for securing funds to construct our flagship, the R/V Kilo Moana (AGOR-26), which his wife Margaret christened at Atlantic Marine Inc. on 17 November 2001. Several years later, the UH-based Hawai‘i Ocean Time-series and C-MORE teams gave the Senator a belated tour of the vessel and her capabilities. Although he had an open invitation and was excited about the possibility, Senator Inouye was unable to visit Station ALOHA before his death. His 5 decades of leadership in Congress and dedicated and impactful service to the State and the Nation will be missed, and probably can never be replaced. Mahalo and aloha, may you rest in peace.
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At the C-MORE Hale grand opening and dedication ceremony on Monday, Oct. 25th, 2010. From left: Reverend Solomon Kekoa, United States Senator Daniel Inouye, University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood, National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh, C-MORE Director David Karl, UH Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education Gary Ostrander, and Dean of SOEST Brian Taylor.
Visit the C-MORE Hale page for more information about the ceremony, including links to an article and gallery of photos in Mālamalama (the magazine of the University of Hawai‘i); photos in our image library; downloadable event programs and fact sheets about the Center and C-MORE Hale; and videos of the grand opening and dedication ceremony, burial of a time capsule (to be opened in 25 years), and a guided tour of C-MORE Hale led by C-MORE director David Karl.
The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) was established in August 2006 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Science and Technology Center. The center is designed to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the biological and ecological diversity of marine micro-organisms.
Life has its origins in the sea: the first living things were microbes. Marine microbes are the most abundant life forms on Earth, and everything about them is extraordinarily diverse: their structures, their genomes, their physiologies, and their ecological interactions with each other and with the rest of life on the planet.
As a global research information center working across disciplines, C-MORE brings together teams of experts—scientists, educators, and community members—who usually have little opportunity to interact, facilitating the creation and dissemination of a new understanding of the critically important role of marine microbes in global habitability.
The center’s mission and unifying vision is expressed in the motto: Linking Genomes to Biomes.
The Center’s activities are shared among six partner institutions:
and is coordinated at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.