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.
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Ocean Station ALOHA was designated a Milestones in Microbiology Site by The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) at a ceremony held on November 17, 2015 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Daniel K. Inouye C-MORE Hale. The American Society for Microbiology designated Ocean Station ALOHA a Milestones in Microbiology Site in recognition of historic and visionary contributions to microbial oceanography since its founding in October 1988.
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.