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Year 2005 news from the Hawai`i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2005 --

- October 29, 2005 -
Lacy VeachThe 4th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery attracted hundreds of students, parents, and teachers to a full day of wonderful workshops, displays, and inspirational talks. Workshop topics included agriculture, chemistry, computer programming, electricity, energy, medicine, modern and ancient navigational techniques, robotics, rocketry, and skydiving. Hawai'i Space Grant proudly supports this annual event with our cosponsors the Hawaiian Electric Company and Punahou School and with the contribution of over one hundred volunteers.

- October 24-28, 2005 -
UH Hilo undergraduate Fellow, Sarah Knights, is a co-author on a poster presentation at the Protostars and Planets V Conference on the Big Island. This conference takes place approximately every seven years and brings together scientists from the star formation community with planetologists and meteoriticists.

- October 24, 2005 -
UH Manoa undergraduate Fellow, William Carrier, is presenting his Space Grant-sponsored research on the chemistry of Germane (GeH4) in the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn at the 4:30 Chemistry Seminar. William's mentor is Dr. Ralf Kaiser of the Department of Chemistry.

- October 12, 2005 -
newsletterHawaii Space Grant releases the Fall 2005 Newsletter (pdf), giving details of our activities and events statewide. We call it Nā Huaka‘i, Voyages, to reflect our voyages in education, research, and service.

- August 22, 2005 -
University of Hawaii campuses have begun the fall term and Space Grant welcomes a new group of Fellows and Trainees to an exciting semester of research. See the listing of current Undergraduate Fellows and Trainees and a listing of student research opportunities out of state.

- June 28, 2005 -
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Future Flight Hawaii programs have been in full swing this month in Hilo and Lihue and will continue through early July in Kihei and Honolulu. Descriptions and daily photo galleries are being updated by Michael Shintani at this summer's theme page Apollo: the Next Generation, Return to the Moon. Read Taren Fujimoto's article in The Garden Island about the Kauai Day Exploration program.

- May 16, 2005 -
Former Space Grant Fellow, Blaine Murakami, is the winner of the 2005 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student award. This award is presented by Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineering. As an undergraduate, Blaine co-authored one book chapter and 13 conference papers, is a co-inventor on a pending patent, and co-wrote a research proposal that was subsequently funded with a $100,000 award. He also led a multidisciplinary team of 30 electrical and mechanical engineering undergraduate students to design, build, and test two nanosatellites for launch into low Earth orbit. Blaine's Space Grant project (Fall 2003, Spring 2004) "Retrodirective Antenna Array Design for CubeSat Applications and CubeSat Program Management" was conducted with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. See the UH News Release and Beverly Creamer's article in the Honolulu Advertiser.

- April 30, 2005 -
Hilo Fellows at Symposium with Ed and Mars Over seventy undergraduates from 33 departments from the University of Hawai'i System participated Saturday in Symposium 2005: Presentation of Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects, including all Spring 2005 Hawai'i Space Grant Fellows and Trainees. Pictured from left to right are Hilo Fellow Sarah Knights (an oral presentation award winner), HSGC Associate Director for Fellowships Ed Scott, Hilo Fellow Amanda Leonard, and HSGC Program Coordinator Marcia Rei Sistoso. Also in attendance were HSGC Director Luke Flynn, and Assoc. Directors. Hawai'i Space Grant is a cosponsor of the Symposium along with the UH Manoa Honors Program, Marine Option Program, Global Environmental Science Program, CTAHR-Land Grant, Biology and Marine Biology Programs, Department of English, and the Office of the Manoa Chancellor. See Helen Altonn's article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

- April 16, 2005 -
"You know Dad, I'm thinking I might want to major in computer programming now after going through Botball." Congratulations to all participants of the Hawai`i Botball Robot Regional Tournament held Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center. This was only the second year that Hawaii students have had a chance to take part in this national program. Everyone's hard work was apparent in the fantastic custom-made robots and skillful programming. See the picture in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and look at the listing of tournament results.

- February 19 & 20, 2005 -
BotBall Twenty-seven teams from twenty-five schools are participating in the 2005 Hawaii Botball program. Hawaii Space Grant is proud to provide funding and in kind support for the local workshop for teachers and tournament. Kick off activities begin this month with the workshop and culminate with the Hawaii regional tournament on April 16.

- February 2005 -
Maui Community College Space Grant is co-hosting/co-coordinating (along with the UH Institute for Astronomy) an exhibit at Maui Community College from the Carnegie Institution of Washington and NASA's Astrobiology Institute. The exhibit includes interactive displays and information on "Astrobiology: Discovering New Worlds of Life" and will be located in the MCC Library from February 17 to March 1. Enrichment activities include a public lecture on Friday, February 25 in the MCC Ka Lama Room 103 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and a teacher workshop on Saturday, February 26 also on the MCC campus. [Additional information about the three-month tour of this exhibit on Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, and Kauai.]

- January 29, 2005 -
Onizuka Day drawing Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium is proud to cosponsor Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day slated for Saturday, January 29, 2005 in Hilo. Other cosponsors and contributers to the event are: American Savings Bank, The Onizuka Memorial Committee, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Space Center, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center, and Future Flight Hawai`i with the support of the Hawai`i State Teachers Association, and the Hilo High School Science Club.

- January 2005 -
Hawaii Space Grant has begun preparations for Symposium 2005: Presentation of Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects to be held Saturday, April 30. Cosponsors for this UH System-wide event with the Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium are: the Honors Program of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Marine Option Program, Global Environmental Science Program, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Marine Biology Program, Biology Program, Department of English, and the Office of the Manoa Chancellor. Space Grant Fellows will be presenting their work at the symposium. Online abstract deadline is set for April 8, 2005.

- January 5, 2005 -
Undergraduate Fellows and Trainees for the Spring 2005 semester have been announced: see the Fellowship web page.

- January 2005 -
Undergraduate students are reminded that applications for summer internships are due late January/early February. See our Student Opportunities page.

* 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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