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UH-Manoa graduation rites today

About 2,300 University of Hawaii-Manoa students will participate in commencement exercises today at 9 a.m. (undergraduates) and 3 p.m. (graduate candidates) in Stan Sheriff Center. Doors will open at 7:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. No tickets; open seating. No balloons or strollers allowed inside. Free shuttle vans from Biomedical Sciences Building to Krauss Circle (near Andrews Amphitheater). Live webcast at

Isle students win in science, math

Four Hawaii students are taking home awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Connie Liu, 18, a senior at St. Andrew’s Priory School, and Travis Le, a junior at Punahou School, won fourth place yesterday in their respective research categories.

They competed against more than 1,500 high school students from around the world.

Liu’s project, in the mathematics category, was on triangle centers, used widely in engineering and facial recognition technology.

Le’s project, "Determining ‘Hot Spots’ Through Correlations of CMEs and Solar Flares," won in the physics and astronomy category.

Each student won $500.

Additionally, Priory seniors Shawnalyn Sunagawa and Sara Middendorf each won $1,000 Thursday from the United Technologies Corp. for their project on a bladeless wind turbine.

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