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Year 2009 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2009 --

- December, 2009 -

Happy Holidays from all of us from the HSGC Manoa office.
Pictured, front row left to right: Salome, Lauren, Amber, Bianca, Joana.
Back row left to right: Ed, Art, Lavina, Linda, Luke, Rene, Colleen, Mars.

- October 24, 2009 -

Hawai‘i Space Grant was again a proud cosponsor of the Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery held to honor this astronaut and explorer who considered Honolulu his home.Lacy Veach Initiated in 2002 by Art and Rene Kimura, directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i, this day-long event for students in grades 4-12 showcased wonderful, hands-on activities in a variety of workshops, including robotics, rocketry, ocean science, and space exploration. Keynote speakers who energized the crowd this year were Mr. Scott Veach (son of Astronaut Veach) and Dr. Barbara Bruno (Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education at University of Hawai‘i, Manoa). The day ended with a rousing Science Fun Show by Chemistry wizards Dale Olive (Waiakea High School, Hilo) and Roger Kwok (Space Grant Associate Director, Leeward Community College). This event was cosponsored and supported by Hawaiian Electric Company, Punahou School, and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, the family of Lacy Veach (Diana and Abe Barcena), and the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education; in cooperation with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. In addition to the 19 workshops offered this year, 14 organizations sponsored displays and exhibits. Over two hundred volunteers made the day happen, and enrollment for the 600 available seats filled in just four days.

- October 7, 2009 -

The Fellowship and Traineeship webpage sports a new design today. Thanks to the help of Dr. Ed Scott and U. H. Manoa office student assistants Joana Choy and Amber Imai, we have reorganized the information for easier access and use. Check out the new Fellowship and Traineeship web page and project descriptions of the Fall 2009 Undergraduate Fellows.

- October 4-10, 2009 -

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and HIGP personnel are helping to celebrate Aerospace Week in Hawai‘i, joining over 60 nations participating in World Space Week. Established by the United Nations in 1999, World Space Week underscores the multiple contributions space science and technology have made over the past half-century to improve the human condition. See a pdf of the local Events Schedule. [Link opens in a new window.]

- September, October 2009 -

Windward Community College is busy with Space Grant related activities. To summarize:

  • A team of undergraduate students, Premo Ames, Todd Esposito and Joleen Iwaniec, participated in the annual ARLISS launch competition at Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada (ALRISS program website) in mid-Septermber. The team also drove the 100 miles over to Reno to present their work at the Western Region NASA Space Grant Conference.
  • Undergraduate rocketry student, Joleen Iwaniec, participated in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative as well as ARLISS as well as winning the Miss Congeniality distinction in the 2009 Miss Hawai‘i pageant. Congratulations on all these outstanding achievements! Read more about Joleen in this Malamalama o Koolua article.
  • Celebrating Aerospace Week in Hawai‘i with a teacher workshop, LCROSS Mission--Lunar Impact--observing session at Lanihuli Observatory, and guest speakers. See the list of special events, from the WCC Hokulani Imaginarium website or read more about the events in this Malamalama o Koolua article.
  • The Center for Aerospace Education (website) acquired a new digital video globe called Magic Planet, which will be used as a teaching tool for school groups, WCC students, K-12 teacher training programs and the general public. Read more about the Magic Planet in this Malamalama o Koolua article.

- August, 2009 -

The George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia website has a feature article about robotics programs in Hawai‘i, which also references a lengthy article that appeared in Hawaiian Airlines in-flight magazine. Read "Robotics Programs Thrive in Hawai‘i Schools" from Edutopia and "Kicking Bot" from Hana Hou: The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.

- June 21, 2009 -

Summertime is Future Flight Hawai‘i time and it was in full swing the weekend of June 20-21 at the Manoa campus of the University of Hawai‘i. Participants at this year's Family Exploration Program "Apollo The Next Generation: Return to the Moon" enjoyed the science modules and activities. And everyone celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and first footprints on the Moon with an eye towards what we will accomplish next with all the current and upcoming international lunar missions.

- June 17, 2009 -
Kid Scoop Choice Web Award Hawai‘i Space Grant's web site "Exploring Planets in the Classroom" has just been recognized with a Kid Scoop Choice Web Award "for content that is engaging, informative and valuable for kids and their families." Kid Scoop is an internationally syndicated newspaper page for children that appears in nearly 400 newspapers and has a circulation of more than 7 million. Their companion website, www.kidscoop.com links to Exploring Planets in the Classroom. Exploring Planets in the Classroom

- April 30, 2009 -

NASA Education Office has posted a news item "Aloha From Space" featuring the STS-119 Hawai‘i Downlink from last month (see article, below.) Read the news item here: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/aloha-from-space.html.

- March 27, 2009 -

STS-119 astronauts and Hawai‘i students enjoyed a spectacular, 20-minute live video downlink today. The program was sponsored by Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, Punahou School, ‘Olelo Community Television, and the state Department of Education. It took the coordination of technical resources and dozens of people in multiple agencies to make this downlink so successful. Space Grant's own Art Kimura reminded everyone that the program was the only live downlink with students during this shuttle mission. NASA allowed the downlink time to extend a little longer than originally planned so that all 20 students could ask their questions. Students ranged in grades from 3 to 12 and they came from Pearl City Elementary, Stevenson Middle, Punahou, Noelani Elementary, Manoa Elementary, Gus Webling Elementary, Mid Pacific Institute, Lincoln Elementary, and St. Ann's. Here are links to the extended media coverage. These links open in new pages.
KITV News (ABC affiliate),
KHON News (FOX affiliate),
KGMB News (CBS affiliate): morning live news, and evening news,
KHNL News (NBC affiliate),
Honolulu Advertiser (front page, March 28) http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200990327028, and

Honolulu Star Bulletin (front page, March 28) http://www.starbulletin.com/multimedia/photo_galleries/viewer/?galID=42046992, and

NASA News Release

The astronauts landed safely on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 3:14 p.m. EDT at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida after their 12-day mission to the International Space Station. NASA's STS-119 Mission Web site

- March 16, 2009 -

The University of Hawai‘i News has just announced that Adam Vorsino, a U.H. Manoa Ph.D. student, and former Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow, was awarded the Best Student Presentation Award at the 3rd International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods held in Christchurch, New Zealand. Adam's presentation was titled, "Using Molecular Tools to Identify and Describe Ecological and Evolutionary Processes Affecting Augmentative Biological Control." Adam's Space Grant Fellowship spanned two semesters, Fall 2002 and Spring 2003, and focused on the effects of certain sugars to enhance suspended animation in organisms, with implications for research into the stability of dry biological systems, organisms, and foodstuff during extended space flights. Congratulations!

- January, 2009 -
Undergraduate Fellows and Trainees for the Spring 2009 semester have been announced: See the Fellowship web page for names and project summaries.

- January 24, 2009 -
Onizuka Day drawing Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is proud to again 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, and Future Flight Hawai‘i, together with the support of the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association, the Hilo High School Science Club, and the Zonta club of Hilo. This year's event, the 9th annual, attracted over 600 participants to 24 workshops, 15 displays, a special keynote address by Astronaut Daniel Tani, and a closing Science is Fun show by award-winning teacher, Dale Olive. Read more about the event in the Hawaii Tribune Herald article written by Jason Armstrong. The photos, below, courtesy of Art Kimura, Future Flight Hawai‘i Director.
pictures from Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, 2009

* 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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