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Year 1999 news stories from the Hawai`i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 1999 --

November 30, 1999 -
Thirteen teachers from East Hawai`i have just completed the 3-credit, semester course, Natural Sciences 494, at U.H. Hilo. Teachers worked with the theme, "Mission to Mars," on curriculum modules and activities to help connect their students to the excitement and learning opportunities of NASA's current and future missions to the Red Planet. The instructor of the course was Art Kimura (also Space Grant Program Director for Future Flight), with co-teacher Rene Kimura.

November 10, 1999 -
Three students at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa received awards for their outstanding research posters at the First Annual Hawai`i Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium at the UH Manoa Campus Center. Dr. Frank Perkins, Assistant Vice-President for Research and Graduate Education, and Dr. Jeff Taylor, Director of Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium, presented the awards. The symposium was co-sponsored and organized by the Space Grant, Land Grant, Sea Grant and Marine Option Programs at the University of Hawai`i.
Photo on the right shows the first prize winner, Gregory Kodani (center), a senior in the Department of Electrical Engineering who is developing electrical and mechanical devices smaller than the width of a human hair. Standing with Greg are his mentor, Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao (left), and Space Grant Director, Dr. Jeff Taylor (right). photo of winner
The second-place poster winner was Kendall Ching, a junior in Electrical Engineering working with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma on developing multi-layered integrated circuits. Leon Geschwind, a senior in Global Environmental Science, won third prize for his studies of volcanoes using satellites that measure the temperature of the Earth's surface. Leon's mentors are Drs. Luke Flynn and Andy Harris in the Hawai`i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

Topics covered at the symposium ranged from Engineering to Biological Sciences to Physical Sciences, including studies of dark matter in the Milky Way to a swine-effluent irrigation system on the Big Island. Dr. Perkins congratulated all of the UH Manoa and Hilo students on the excellence of their research posters, thanked the organizers of the symposium, and expressed encouragement to UH Community College students to participate next year.

October 22-25, 1999 -
Hawai`i hosted the fall meeting of the National Space Grant Directors Council. Following the business meetings held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, many people participated in three days of field excursions on the Big Island to Volcano National Park and the observatories atop Mauna Kea.

September 18, 1999 -
Undergraduate students from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo campuses and Community Colleges presented talks on their Space Grant Fellowship research during the annual Fall Fellows Symposium. Fellowship mentors and Space Grant directors from throughout the islands also participated in the morning activities. The symposium gave new and continuing Fellows the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. (See listing of Undergraduate Fellows with abstracts.)

September 1, 1999 -
New website is unveiled for the The Hoa'aina RS/GIS Center, operated by the Natural Sciences Department at Windward Community College. The Center is a major component of WCC's Pacific Partnerships for Science Education and supports WCC's academic emphasis in the marine, earth, and space sciences. Students receive training and engage in research in environmental monitoring through the use of the facility's state-of-the-art equipment in remote sensing (RS), geographic information system (GIS), and global positioning system (GPS). The Center's PI is Hawai`i Space Grant Associate Director Joseph Ciotti and co-PIs are David Krupp and Floyd McCoy.

girl August 1999 -
Through a collaborative program with Bishop Museum and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, UH graduate student Tara Hicks is developing hands-on activities in remote sensing. Museum goers will use color-filter paddles to see the world in a single hue as they learn about light absorption and transmission. Information panels relate their experiences to laboratory spectra and remote sensing instruments.

mosaic of photos July 18, 1999 -
Future Flight Hawaii celebrated the exploration of Mars this summer, marking its ninth year of programs dedicated to using the theme of space to catalyze interest in science, technology, and the future. One hundred and ninety-two students and adults participated in the Day, Family, and Residential programs this summer. For more information: Future Flight Hawaii.

June, 1999 -
Former Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow, John Mazotta, who worked with mentor Dr. Jung-Chih Chiao of the Department of Electrical Engineering at U.H. Manoa, was recognized for his outstanding achievement by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. John received third place in the student paper competition at the 1999 International Microwave Symposium held in Anaheim, California. Out of 192 qualified student papers, John's third place was the only award given to an undergraduate student. The other ten finalists were PhD students. His award winning publication:

Mazotta, John, Michael DeLisio, Jung-Chih Chiao, "Quasi-Optical Discrete Beam Steering Grids" IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest.

students May 28 to June 27, 1999 -
Joining Kimberlee Buter (left) from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is Derek Sachs (middle) from Honolulu Community College and Daniel Ling (right) from Kapi`olani Community College at a special educational display at this year's Hawai`i State Fair. Eleven students from Windward, Honolulu, and Kapi`olani Community Colleges helped NASA and Space Grant by staffing the exhibit during the Fair. NASA Dryden has been an enthusiastic supporter of aerospace education in Hawai`i, including activities associated with flights of its experimental solar airplanes.

May 26, 1999 -
Ryan Trombley, a ninth grade student at Kula High and Intermediate on Kauai was awarded a scholarship from Hawaii Space Grant to attend U.S. Space Camp in Alabama. Ryan has returned from his adventures and has filed this report!

   "I have just returned from U.S. Space Camp in Alabama. I wanted to thank the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium for the scholarship I was awarded to attend the Science Communication Advanced Space Academy. Among the many great things I experienced was the Multi-Axis Trainer, the 4 Gs of liftoff force, one-sixth Gravity Chair, 5 degrees of freedom, the Micro Gravity wall and the MMU 1-G. One of my favorites was the Micro Gravity or SCUBA training. We got to pass a 100-pound concrete weight from person to person under water. The Shuttle orientation and landing were another one of my favorites. It was very intense as the Shuttle pilot punching in the sequence for the thousands of buttons you had to push. We had a six-hour mission in which I was in Mission Control for six hours switching in-between Capcom and Flight Director for three hours each.
   Communications was a big part of our team work strategy. We participated in a Ropes Course in area 51 to attain trust and team building with our fellow teammates. The entire group had been awarded similar scholarships and had come from all over the United States. There were several lectures on Astrophysics, the Sun, and Space Shuttle orientation. For attending these lectures I received one college credit from the University of Alabama.
   I especially would like to thank Art and Rene Kimura for getting me this far in the field of space and science. I have attended Future Flight Hawaii every year since 1993. Last year I returned as a Junior Flight Director. Future Flight has given me a fun and exciting way to view the world of science. I encourage students to experience the Future Flight Program and see how great it is. I am sure you too will want to return year after year. I also urge everyone to attend U.S. Space Camp. You will go away from it with a new understanding about our world and others. I hope to see you on Mars!"
More information on Future Flight Hawaii.

Crystal Yee, a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, has been selected as a Research Associate to the NASA Academy in Aeronautics at Dryden Flight Research Center from June 7 to August 13, 1999. Through a highly competitive, national application process, this summer internship program provides a unique educational opportunity to six of the country's top students in engineering, science, math, computer science or other areas of interest to the space and flight research programs. Congratulations Crystal!

Development of an educational program using NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft Sensor Technology (ERAST) has begun. This is a cooperative project with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, and the Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium. The team is creating Internet-based and real-time educational resources covering: high-altitude flight, aircraft control systems, electric solar power and storage, flight planning and operations, remote sensing fundamentals; and atmospheric, land, and oceanographic measurements. Pathfinder, one of the aircraft developed for the ERAST program, operated from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai during the summers of '97 and '98.

March 2-3, 1999 -
Twenty-five Oahu K-12 educators from public and private schools participated in a workshop titled "Web-Enhanced Learning Environment Strategies - WELES." Participants learned strategies for merging Web resources with their methods of planning lessons and teaching. Developed through a joint effort between the Pennsylvania State University's College of Education and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Education Office, WELES provides practical plans for using Web-based NASA educational resources. Workshop presenters were Dr. Barbara Grabowski and Dr. Tiffany Koszalka, from Penn State, accompanied by Ms. Catherine Albert, from Penn State, and Dr. Marianne McCarthy and Ms. Michelle Davis from NASA Dryden. Also in attendance were HSGC Director, Dr. Jeff Taylor, and web developer, Ms. Linda Martel, as well as Penn Space Grant Director, Dr. Richard Devon. The workshop was hosted at Dole Middle School with the assistance of Mr. Kevin Boggs, Dole Technology Coordinator.

January 30, 1999 -
Fifteen undergraduate students from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Hilo campuses and Windward Community College presented talks on their Space Grant Fellowship research during the annual Spring Fellows Symposium. Fellowship mentors and Space Grant directors from the islands of Oahu, Maui, and Hawai`i also participated in the morning activities. The symposium gave new and continuing Fellows the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. (See annotated listing of current Undergraduate Fellowships.)

Updates on former Space Grant Undergraduate Fellows in EE:
Jason Horiuchi and Kevin Miyashiro are now employed as engineers with the Raytheon Solid-State Microwave Lab in Fullerton, CA. Kevin works part-time while also pursuing a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at UCLA. Kevin Leong and Andrew Guyette are also currently pursuing Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering at UCLA and UH Manoa, respectively. Their fellowship research projects were guided by mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering at U.H. Manoa. We applaud the students' accomplishments and publications:

Q. Sun, K. W. Miyashiro, J. B. Horiuchi, and W. A. Shiroma, 1998, "Grid Oscillators with Photonic-Crystal Reflectors," in 1998 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, Baltimore, MD, pp. 1887-1890. Q. Sun, J. B. Horiuchi, S. R. Haynes, K. W. Miyashiro, and W. A. Shiroma, 1998, "Grid Oscillators with Selective-Feedback Mirrors," IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 46, pp. 2324-2329. J. A. Mazotta, K. S. Ching, and W. A. Shiroma, "A Three-Dimensional Quasi-Optical Source," in 1999 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest, Anaheim, CA, pp. 547-550, June 1999. W. A. Shiroma, J. A. Mazotta, and K. S. Ching, "An Omnidirectional Active Antenna" (invited paper), presented at the XXVIth General Assembly, International Union of Radio Science, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 1999. K. M. K. H. Leong and W. A. Shiroma, "Waffle-Grid Polarizer," submitted to IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, Sept. 1999. K. M. K. H. Leong, A. C. Guyette, and W. A. Shiroma, "Transmission-Line Coupling Suppression using Perforated Ground Planes," submitted to IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, Sept. 1999. A. C. Guyette, K. M. K. H. Leong, and W. A. Shiroma, "Coupling Suppression betweeen Microstrip Lines using Photonic-Bandgap Structures," submitted to National Radio Science Meeting, Boulder, CO, Sept. 1999. K. Y. Sung, D. M. K. Ah Yo, B. Elamaran, J. A. Mazotta, K. S. Ching, and W. A. Shiroma, "An Omnidirectional Quasi-Optical Source," to appear in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Special Symposium Issue, Dec. 1999. B. Elamaran, K. Y. Sung, D. M. K. Ah Yo, K. S. Ching, and W. A. Shiroma, "A Three-Dimensional Quasi-Optical Self-Oscillating Mixer," to appear in IEEE Journal of Lightwave Technology, Nov. 1999.

* Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family, encompassing all the people, related or not, who come together to help achieve a better life.

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