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Year 2007 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2007 --

- December 4, 2007 -
Hawaii Public Radio posted a podcast about the Imaginarium at Windward Community College. HPR. Read more about the Imaginarium.

- November 11, 2007 -
Space Grant is proud of the Waiakea High School (Hilo, Hawaii) students, teachers, and mentors of the Robotics Club who competed in the 16th annual Micro Robot Maze Competition in Japan and came home with honors including winning the Fully Autonomous Micro Robot Category! Read more about it from roboticshawaii.org and from the Star Bulletin and from the Competition website. Congratulations all!

- October 27, 2007 -
Lacy VeachThe 6th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery attracted 450 students, parents, and teachers to a full day of wonderful workshops, displays, and inspirational talks. Workshop topics included aeronautics, chemistry, computer programming, coral reef ecosystems, electricity, engineering, energy, medicine, modern and ancient navigational techniques, planetary science, robotics, rocketry, and weather. Hawaii Space Grant proudly supports this annual event with our cosponsors the Hawaiian Electric Company, Punahou School, the family of Lacy Veach, and the Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE) and with the contribution of over one hundred volunteers.

- October 8, 2007 -
The Lanihuli Observatory is in the news. Read more about it with quotes from HSGC Associate Director and WCC Astronomy Professor Joe Ciotti in the WCC Ka 'Ohana newspaper article published by Brett Hinkle and the Honolulu Advertiser article published Oct. 8 by Catherine E. Toth.

- September 18, 2007 -
Former Space Grant Fellow, Monte Watanabe, was named as an honorable mention recipient for the 2006-2007 Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical or Computer Engineering Student award. This award is presented by Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society for electrical and computer engineering. As an undergraduate, Monte co-authored one book chapter and several publications. Monte's Space Grant project (2006), "Planar Antennas for Small Satellite Communications" was conducted with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering and was part of the larger, on-going U.H. Small-Satellite Program championed since 2001 by faculty and students in the College of Engineering. Monte graduated in May, 2007 and is pursuing a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at U.H. Manoa. Monte is the fourth U.H. Manoa engineering student to be recognized with the award in the past seven years. Previous Manoa winners of the award, also U.H. Regents Scholars and Space Grant Fellows, were: Kendall Ching (2001), Aaron Ohta (2003) and Blaine Murakami (2005).

- September 12-14, 2007 -
Windward Community College students on the HSGC-sponsored CanSat Team competed in the ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) in Black Rock, Nevada. Read more about it in the WCC Ka 'Ohana newspaper article published by Theresa Worden.

- August 28, 2007 -
Space Grant Director, Luke Flynn, gave an evening presentation about The Hawai'i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) to the public as part of the Hawai'i Space Lecture Series. Dr. Flynn is also Director of HSFL with Co-Director Dr. Wayne Shiroma, College of Engineering. [See UH News Release and the February 6, 2007 news item for more about HSFL.]

- August 24, 2007 -
Michelle "Mikala" Bradley, 2006-2007 Space Grant Fellow, has developed a website containing the educational lessons and resources from her Fellowship. The web site is called Hawai'i to Mars: Culturally Relevant Lessons. These resources are for anyone interested in linking the great Polynesian voyagers and ancient Hawaiian Culture to current Mars exploration. Mikala and her Fellowship mentor, Dr. Barbara Bruno, will be presenting a free teachers workshop covering their curriculum and companion board game on October 13, 2007. For more information about the workshop, please see this (pdf) flyer: Teachers Workshop: "Bringing Mars Science to Hawaii's Students".

- August 8, 2007 -
Hawai'i Space Grant joins the world in celebrating the launch of Endeavour (STS-118) today with a seven-member crew including Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan. Space Grant's Art and Rene Kimura (Future Flight Directors) and Joe Ciotti (Associate Director at Windward CC) and are in Florida to see the launch. Art and Joe were the two state finalists from Hawai'i for NASA's 1985 Teacher in Space program and know Barbara Morgan personally. Some of Art's reflections are included in a National Public Radio news story. See the NPR story from All Things Considered from Aug. 7. Read more about Joe's story in the Honolulu Star Bulletin article published Aug. 2 by Helen Altonn.

- July 10-13, 2007 -
picture of robot from Botball Nationals 2007 The (sixth annual) 2007 National Conference on Educational Robotics was held in Hawaii for the first time and featured an opening session with Governor Linda Lingle. Read more about the exciting tournament, teams, and results at www.botball.org and from roboticshawaii.org. (Photo courtesy of Botguy.)

- July 6, 2007 -
Future Flight activity
Summertime means that Future Flight Hawaii is in full swing. The five-day programs ran last month in Hilo and Lihue and this weekend kids and adults will be coming to the U. H. Manoa campus for the Family Program. Descriptions and daily photo galleries are being updated by Michael Shintani at this summer's theme page Mission to the Blue Planet. These summer space science camps are only part of the space-themed K-12 educational programs directed by Education Specialists, Art and Rene Kimura. Art and Rene also have developed and are involved in community science days (Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day and Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery), robotics education programs, microbial oceanography programs, family science nights, professional development for teachers, and support for NASA Explorer Schools in Hawaii. These programs have reached over 200,000 students and adults in the past 20 years.

- June 24, 2007 -
Space Grant Associate Director for Space Science, Jeff Taylor, helped to promote the expanding space-related efforts in robotics, small satellites, and space tourism in Hawai'i on KHON News [see KHON web feature.]

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- May 22-24, 2007 -
John Rand, Space Grant Associate Director at Kapi'olani Community College, together with Kapi'olani Outreach Coordinator Suzan Akin and Outreach Coordinator Specialist Keolani Noa, presented "Cultural Relevance: A Tool in Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented STEM Students" at the 2007 Conference: Enriching the Academic Experience of College Science Students. The national conference was held at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's Science Learning Center for faculty who work with college science students beyond the classroom.

- May, 2007 -
Norbert Schorghofer of the Institute for Astronomy and NASA Astrobiology Institute has served as a Hawai'i Space Grant mentor to Fellows studying geologic processes on the surface of the planet Mars. He is first author on a newly published paper in Icarus about slope streaks on Mars, which includes two co-authors from CalTech and co-author Lisa Tatsumi, a Hawai'i Space Grant Fellow (Spring and Fall 2006). The complete reference is: Schorghofer, N., Aharonson, O., Gerstell, F. F., and Tatsumi, L. (2007) Three Decades of Slope Streak Activity on Mars, Icarus, v. 191, p. 132-140..

- April 28, 2007 -
photo The fourth annual Hawaii regional Botball tournament was one of 13 regional tournaments across the nation, and is currently the second largest in the United States with 36 teams from 35 schools. Read more about the exciting tournament and teams in the Honolulu Star Bulletin articles published on April 29 and April 30 by Helen Altonn. Also see results and video of the event at roboticshawaii.org.

- April 21, 2007 -
photo Space Grant Fellows gathered with mentors and Space Grant directors for the annual spring meeting featuring presentations by the students of their projects. For a full listing of the 2007 Spring Fellows, please see the Fellowships web page.

- March 16, 2007 -
Chris Okubo, 1994-1995 Space Grant Fellow, is in the first group of 12 researchers selected by NASA to receive an "Early Career Fellowship in Planetary Science." The $120,000 fellowship award is in addition to the three-year, $180,000 research grant he received funded through NASA's Mars Data Analysis Program. Dr. Okubo earned his B.S. degree in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1997 and Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. Chris is now working as a research associate with the HiRISE camera team at The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. View his list of research publications. Congratulations Chris!

- March 3, 2007 -
Space Grant communications/web manager and HIGP Academic Support specialist, Linda Martel, was keynote speaker at the 13th annual Science Symposium for Girls at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu. She shared slides and stories of her summer expedition to Antarctica as a member of the 2001 Antarctic Search for Meteorites team. Hear the interview that aired on February 26 at Hawaii Public Radio.

- February 18, 2007 -
Jeff Taylor, Professor of Planetary Science and Space Grant's Associate Director for Space Science, was a featured speaker at a special symposium and press conference about lunar science and lunar resource exploration at the recent American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Francisco. Read more about it in the February 18th edition of the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Dr. Taylor has served as Chair for numerous NASA committees and advisory panels and recently stepped down as Chair of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, receiving commendation from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin.

- February 6, 2007 -
Engineering students
The University of Hawai'i is setting up to launch small satellites, a unique capability no other university in the world can claim. "If Hawai'i were a country, we would be the eighth nation in the world to have this capability," said Peter Mouginis-Mark, HIGP Interim Director. The small satellite program is a cooperative project of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the College of Engineering. They are working on an agreement to launch student-developed satellites from the Pacific Missile Range on Kaua'i. Luke Flynn, HIGP Associate Researcher and Director of the Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium, will serve as co-Director of the new small satellite program. Joining Flynn as co-Directors are Dr. Wayne Shiroma, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Carlos Coimbra, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. HIGP's Lloyd French is the Program Manager. All of these faculty members are or have been mentors of Space Grant Fellows. Read more about the new small satellite program in the Honolulu Star Bulletin and in The Garden Island newspaper. Photo courtesy of Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

- January 31, 2007 -
The NASA Undergraduate Research Program seeks applications from qualified undergraduates (classified as rising junior or senior after Spring semester/quarter) from across the US for mentored research experiences at ten participating NASA Centers. Two sessions are offered: 10 weeks during the summer or 15 weeks during the fall. Application deadline for the summer session is January 31. Students must be US citizens, be enrolled full-time, and have minimum cumulative gpa of 3.0. Eligible fields of study are an academic major or demonstrated coursework or concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science, or physical/life sciences. Students receive a stipend and round-trip transportation. Selection is competitive. For more details on this program and many other summer opportunities that have early 2007 application deadlines please visit our webpage at http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/forStudents.html.

- January 27, 2007 -
Onizuka Day drawing Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium is proud to cosponsor Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, an annual event in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. The event is cosponsored by 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, Future Flight Hawai'i, and the Hawaii Department of Education (Kau/Pahoa/Keaau Complex) together with the support of the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the Hilo High School Science Club.

* 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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