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Year 2008 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2008 --

- November 9, 2008 -
Hawaii Space Grant is pleased to share the news that Waiakea High and Hilo High schools combined their resources and sent nine students to compete in a Micro Robot Maze contest in Nagoya, Japan. Competition categories included one-cubic-centimeter size, one-cubic-inch autonomous, and one-cubic-inch remote control robots. They earned 2nd through 6th prizes in a variety of competitions among 83 total entries from 19 universities and 4 high schools. We are so very proud of you!

- November, 2008 -
Download the Newsletter Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium released its most recent newsletter giving details of our activities and events. Nā Huaka‘i translates to The Voyages and reflects our collective voyages in education, research, and service. Read it here.

- October 28, 2008, -
Astronaut Stanley Love visiting Hawaii Space Grant Astronaut Stan Love (center) visited U. H. Manoa during his Oahu trip. In addition to giving an evening public talk about his experiences on STS-122, Atlantis from February 7-20, 2008, Astronaut Love met with colleagues from his days here in 1994 working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. He also met informally with enthusiastic students and faculty answering questions about astronaut applications and training. Pictured with Astronaut Love are Space Grant's Linda Martel and Edward Scott who are holding space-flight mementos, photo of Oahu and meteorite sample, that Love presented to HIGP and Space Grant. See the article "UH Astronaut Love Gives Meteorite a Lift" from Malamalama, the magazine of the University of Hawaii. More information is also available in this astronaut bio, in Stan's pre-flight interview, and on the STS-122 mission page.

- October 25, 2008 -
Astronaut Lacy Veach   NASA 50th anniversary A capacity crowd of 600 enthusiastic students, parents, and teachers enjoyed the workshops, displays, and special presentations at this year's 7th annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery. Hawaii Space Grant is proud to partner with Punahou School, the Hawaiian Electric Company, the family of Lacy Veach, and the Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE) to make this a special event each year. A record number of 250 volunteers shared their enthusiasm for science, math, and technology in 24 exciting workshops. Workshop presenters came from 20 organizations and 16 organizations sponsored displays and exhibits throughout the day. The keynote speaker who energized the crowd and helped us celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary was Astronaut Stanley Love. He is no stranger to Hawaii as he worked at U. H. Manoa in 1994 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and we were thrilled to have him here to share his space experiences with us. Please visit the web site for more information about this event.

- October, 2008 -
Dale Olive, American Stars of Teaching Award winner with family The U. S. Department of Education honored Dale Olive, Waiakea High School, with a 2008 American Stars of Teaching Award. This award is given annually to one person in every state to recognize and honor superior teachers with a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative instructional strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. As Art Kimura remarked at the award assembly, "Dale is first and foremost the outstanding classroom teacher, inspiring so many to enter the field of science and engineering. He has [also] developed the most comprehensive school robotics program, unique in offering a variety of programs and competitions (FIRST Robotics Competition, Botball, VEX, underwater ROV, micro robot), along with a wide range of skill sets that prepare them for the world." HSGC is pleased Dale is a Future Flight Hawaii leader and is also working with us to assist the Imiloa Astronomy Center, providing facilitation of professional development and other educational outreach opportunities. Congratulations, Dale!

- September 19, 2008 -
Sagan Medal winner Jeff Taylor The Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society has honored Jeff Taylor with the 2008 Carl Sagan Medal for excellence in public communication of planetary science. Jeff received the medal October 12th in Ithaca, New York during the 40th annual DPS meeting. Jeff is the former Director of Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and now serves as Associate Director for Space Science. Read more about it in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Also see the online science journal Planetary Science Research Discoveries, featured in the award announcement. Congratulations!

- August 21, 2008 -
Hawaii State Capitol The Hawaii State Legislature hosted a day-long event exploring the potential of the Hawaii Aerospace industry for diversifying and fortifying the economy of the state. The event was sponsored by the State Senate and the House of Representatives, in cooperation with the Office of Aerospace Development. The stellar lineup of guest speakers included:
  • Joe Ciotti, Director, Center for Aerospace Education - Windward Community College
  • Luke Flynn, Director of Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and Co-Director of Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
  • Art Kimura, Director of the Future Flight Program, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium
  • Peter Mouginis-Mark, Director of the Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology
  • Wayne Shiroma, Co-Director of the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory
  • Jeff Taylor, Lunar Scientist and Associate Director for Space Science for Hawaii Space Grant Consortium
Read more about it in the Hawaii House Blog.

- June 1-July 25, 2008 -
Hawaii Space Grant office student assistant, Amber Imai, completed a paid summer internship on the Big Island at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Under the auspices of the Akamai Internship Program of the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO), Amber worked on an observatory automation project with mentors Tom Vermeulen and Bill Cruise and advisor Sarah Gajadhar. CfAO is one of the Science and Technology Centers funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The Akamai Internships offer community college students and undergraduates the chance to be involved in research at the Mauna Kea Observatories. Amber is a sophomore at U.H. Manoa majoring in Electrical Engineering. A graduate of Waiakea High School, Amber continues to be actively involved with robotics. We are proud of you, Amber!

- Summer, 2008 -
This was a busy summer for Hawaii Space Grant Fellows, Trainees, and Interns. Students at Kauai Community College received Fellowship Summer Awards to work at the Photonics Lab on the Kauai CC campus under the guidance of Dr. Francis Takahashi. Shown, left to right, in the photo below are Mr. Stu Burley (HSGC Kauai Industry Liaison), Bradly Wilcox, Keelan Sakuda, Mark Guirao, Angel Hernandez, a Kauai High School student, Eric Fune, and Dr. Francis Takahashi (Kauai CC Faculty, Mentor).
Summer 2008 Kauai CC Interns and Mentors

Two Hawaii students attended the NASA Academy at NASA Ames Research Center in Mt. View, California. In the group photo below, Windell Jones, a senior Undergraduate Fellow at UH Manoa, is pictured in the front row, on the left. Jordan Olive, a freshman at UH Hilo is pictured front row, second from the right.
Summer 2008 NASA Ames Academy Interns

Three other University of Hawaii students were also funded through HSGC for summer internships. Chester Lim worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. Julian Yuen attended the Robotics Academy at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Crystal Whitehill worked at the Weather Station at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai.

- May 10, 2008 -
BotBall Thirty-eight teams from 35 schools are participating in the 2008 Hawaii Botball program, which has quickly become Botball's second largest region since its launch in 2004. Hawaii Space Grant is proud to cosponsor the program with the Hawaii Convention Center, the UH College of Engineering, the Hawaiian Electric Company, NASA, and Projection Presentation Technology. Kick-off activities began in March with the workshop and culminate with the Hawaii regional tournament on May 10th at the Hawaii Convention Center, Exhibition Hall III.

- April 19, 2008 -
Undergraduate fellows and trainees from the University of Hawaii system presented talks on their Space Grant Fellowship research during the annual Spring Fellows Symposium at the UH Manoa campus. Fellowship mentors and Space Grant directors also participated in the day's activities. The symposium gives new and continuing Fellows the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gives the students a look at space-related issues outside their own disciplines. See the annotated listing of current Undergraduate Fellowships and Traineeships.

- March 28-29, 2008 -
FIRST robots in competition in Hawaii.
Congratulations to all the 37 high school teams who participated in the Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Challenge this weekend at the Stan Sheriff Center on the U. H. Manoa campus. Six Hawaii teams are now going on to the international FIRST Championships in Atlanta, April: Radford (winning alliance, Hawaii regional), McKinley (winning alliance, Portland regional; finalist, Hawaii regional, Waialua (Hawaii Chairman award winner, finalist, Hawaii regional), Waiakea (engineering inspiration, Silicon Valley regional), Honokaa (all star rookie award, Hawaii regional), and Sacred Hearts Academy (all star rookie award, Wisconsin regional). Watch streaming live video of the 2008 FIRST Robotics Championships (April 16-19, 2008) from this NASA website: http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/robotics/. Congratulations to Alan Ing for the well deserved Woodie Flowers Award, representing the many dozens of mentors who work tirelessly with Hawaii teams. Congratulations to Art and Rene Kimura for receiving the Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of their commitment to education and ceaseless work focusing on improving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities for students and teachers, and for inspiring us all with the right attitude that one person can make a difference. Find out more about the local event in the Governor's News Release and Photo Gallery from Governor Lingle's office and in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, March 28th article and Star Bulletin, March 29th article and at the event website: FIRST in Hawaii from the Robotics Organizing Committee. Photo courtesy of Randal Lau.

- March 12, 2008 -
Trophy awarded by Surfing the Net with Kids. Syndicated columnist Barbara Feldman awarded a trophy to the Volcanology section of the HSGC website "Exploring Planets in the Classroom" in her newspaper column "Surfing the Net with Kids." Congratulations!

- January 29, 2008 -
Astronaut Barbara Morgan with HSGC dinner guests.
Astronaut Barbara Morgan, standing third from the right, regaled dinner guests with stories of her experiences on STS 118, Endeavour from August 8-21, 2007. Art and Rene Kimura hosted this special dinner tribute in Honolulu during Astronaut Morgan's busy week in Hawai'i. Pictured standing left to right: Rene Kimura, Art Kimura, Twyla Thomas, Jeff Taylor, Linda Martel, Barbara Morgan, Larry Wiss, and Marcia Sistoso. Seated left to right: B. Ray Hawke and Eric Pilger.

- January 26, 2008 -
Art and Rene Kimura with Astronaut Barbara Morgan at Astronaut Onizuka Space Center.
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, the Hawai'i Department of Education (Kau/Pahoa/Keaau Complex), the Department of Research and Development of the County of Hawai'i, and the Hawai'i Tourism Authority together with the support of the Hawai'i State Teachers Association, the Hilo High School Science Club, and the Zonta Club of Hilo. Astronaut Barbara Morgan was the special keynote speaker this year. Here she is pictured with Art and Rene Kimura during a visit to the Onizuka Space Center in Kona. Art and Rene Kimura (Future Flight Directors) and Joe Ciotti (HSGC Associate Director at Windward CC) were in Florida last August to see the launch. Art and Joe were the two Hawai'i State Finalists in NASA's 1985 Teacher in Space program and know Barbara Morgan personally, and her week-long visit in Hawai'i was a very special occasion.

- January 22, 2008 -
FIRST students and mentors with the Governor and Lt. Governor at the State Capitol.
Governor Linda Lingle gave the State of the State Address this morning at the state Capitol. Her remarks included a special recognition of students and mentors involved in Hawaii's robotics programs,
"I would like to take a moment to recognize some of the students and their advisors who will be among those competing in the Regional FIRST Robotics Challenge in March.

These young people and their adult mentors are an inspiration to me in the fearless way they are embracing their future. Their enthusiasm makes me optimistic about our state's future. The father of Hawai'i robotics, Art Kimura, and his wife, Rene, are here today along with students and their teachers from Waiakea and Hilo high schools on the Big Island; Waimea High School on Kaua'i; Baldwin High School on Maui; and Nanakuli, Maryknoll, Punahou, McKinley, St. Louis, Farrington, Moanalua, Kapolei, Waipahu, Hawai'i Baptist Academy, Campbell, 'Iolani, Waialua, Sacred Hearts Academy and Kamehameha high schools on O'ahu."

Text from Gov. Lingle's address can be read at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Congratulations all!

- January, 2008 -
Hawaii Space Grant has announced the names of the undergraduate Fellows and Trainees for the Spring 2008 semester. Check the Fellowships web page for details of current fellows as well as those from previous semesters.

- January, 2008 -
Hawaii has a busy schedule of robotics programs and tournaments this year. Among the news items is Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium is sponsoring four FIRST Robotics teams. Check the Hawaii Robotics web page for all the details.

* 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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