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Station ALOHA:
A laboratory for
studying the sea

“Aloha” is the Hawaiian word for love and affection, commonly used alone or in phrases of fond greeting or farewell. Sixty miles north of O‘ahu, at a lonely spot in the Pacific Ocean, the word has a different meaning: “A Long-term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment.” This year marks 25 years since Oceanography professors David Karl and Roger Lukas established Station ALOHA in a 6-mile-radius circle centered at 22° 45' N, 158° W. Since then, the remote outpost has become legendary: as part of the Hawaiian Ocean Time-series program (HOT) it has offered up an invaluable long-term record of the chemistry and biology found at a typical deep spot in the subtropical North Pacific.

Read more about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required).

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David Karl selected for first Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

The Victor and Peggy Brandstrom Pavel Endowed Chair in Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at SOEST has been established with a $2,080,000 gift, and David M. Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, is the first recipient. Congratulations!

Read more about it at Kuanānā, and Hawaii News Now.

Fifth IPCC Climate Assessment Report at UH

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis of the Fifth IPCC Climate Assessment Report was released on Friday 30 September in Stockholm, Sweden. Axel Timmermann, professor of Oceanography and International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) researcher, and Mark Merrifield, professor of Oceanography and director of the UH Sea Level Center (UHSLC), presented the report's summary findings to a packed audience at the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Hale. David Karl, professor of Oceanography and director of C-MORE, hosted and moderated the special event and provided background information on the report.

Read about in and watch the videos at KHON2 and Hawaii News Now; read more about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required). You can also download a PDF of Timmermann’s presentation. Watch the HD video of the briefing here. Image courtesy C-MORE; click on it to see the video.

Funding Opportunities

• C-MORE EDventures is “venture capital for educational activities.” Next deadline:
September 5, 2014!

Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS) awards grants (up to $1500) to foster awareness in microbial science. Download the GEMS application form as either a form-fillable PDF or as a Word document. Next deadline: September 30, 2014!

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“Million dollar microbes”

“Micro-organisms dominate this planet,” says Dave Karl, PI and director of C-MORE. ”Even though we don’t notice it, because we can’t see them, we can see their activities: They produce the oxygen in the atmosphere, they consume pollutants and organic matter, and they recycle nutrients, like nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon.” C-MORE — a poster child for the university’s ambitious Hawaii Innovation Initiative — has been a windfall for the research community at UH.
Other successful research institutes at UH mentioned in the article include JIMAR, HIGP, HIMB, and HURL. Read more about it in Hawaii Business Magazine.

Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholars in Microbial Oceanography. Download the advertisement PDF for more information.

Scholars Newsletter

The 2013 C-MORE Scholars newsletter (PDF) is available!

Previous announcements are available on the Archived News and Announcements page.

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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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Congratulations to the UC Santa Cruz C-MORE Team lead by postdoc Anne Thompson and C-MORE co-PI Jon Zehr for their thrilling Science paper on the unicellular cyanobacterium (UCYN-A) and it’s eukaryotic algal host — mystery finally solved! First discovered by Jon in 1998, when Anne was in grade school, UCYN-A has an unusual genetic makeup that led to interesting hypotheses about its physiology and ecology. This new study shows beyond any doubt that UCYN-A is a symbiont living an intimate relationship with a prymnesiophyte. Please take a look at these well earned press releases (in Science Daily and at NSF), and especially at the great paper. DMK

photo of C-MORE Hale C-MORE Hale has officially achieved LEED PLATINUM Certification!

Our new Hawai‘i research facility, C-MORE Hale, is now officially a LEED Platinum building! This is the first in the state of Hawai‘i for a laboratory facility.

Read more about it in Green Building & Design Magazine (new article added 10-08-12), News at UH, EarthTechling, Mānoa Campus Talk, and see the press release at the UH Newsroom. Video of a ceremony held on February 8, 2012, celebrating C-MORE Hale’s Platinum certification can be viewed here.

C-MORE Hale Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony

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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.

About the Center

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:

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and is coordinated at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.