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Year 2013 news from the Hawai'i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2013 --

- December, 2013 -
Happy Holidays from all of us from the HSGC and HSFL Manoa offices.

- December 20–21, 2013 -
VEX robotics competition logo. The inaugural Hawai‘i State Vex Championship was held Dec. 20-21, 2013. As the largest and fastest growing middle and high school robotics program globally, the Hawai‘i event drew 40 teams from across the state. HSGC's Art Kimura of the VEX Steering Committee said, "For the robotics teams and individuals, the state Championship is a brand new event comparable to regional Olympics in terms of the level of competition, skill and discipline required." Read more at Robotic teams to compete at VEX State Championship from Hawaii 24/7. See the results posted at robotevents.com. Our congratulations to all the teams.

- November 20, 2013 -
Screenshot from video posted by University of Hawaii System, of launch of rocket carrying UH-student-built cubesat. Former HSGC Fellow and UH Mechanical Engineering student Windell Jones has a world of experience with small satellites. Now a graduate student in Engineering at UH Mānoa, Windell is continuing as a UH Small Satellite Program team member. Two UH News posts feature the team's satellite and its successful launch on November 19, 2013 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Read and watch "Satellite built by UH students headed to space" and "Blast off! UH student-built satellite deployed." Congratulations to the team.

- October, 2013 -
Cover of Space Grant 25th anniversary book. To celebrate the 25-year milestone for Space Grant, the consortia and the National Council of Space Grant Directors have created a 25th anniversary book. Visit this page for more information and to download the book: http://national.spacegrant.org.

- October, 2013 -
Stewart Burley Stewart Burley, HSGC Industry Affiliate and Kaua‘i Associate Director, is highlighted in the October 2013 issue of Within Range, the newsletter of the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands. The four-page piece, "Longtime PMRF Member Reflects on Past, Future," recounts Burley's work at PMRF from 1957 onward, and includes this quote, "My dream, for the longest time, has been to launch a satellite out of Hawai‘i." Look for the article starting on page 6 in this online pdf link from PMRF.

- October, 2013 -
Art Kimura HSGC's Art Kimura put on his movie critic hat and shared his opinions of the movie Gravity in the October 16, 2013 issue of Midweek, here's the link. NPR radio episode, "Science Goes to the Movies: Gravity" highlights more views of the movie shared by NASA Astronauts Don Pettit and Jeffrey Hoffman.

Also this month Art was a guest on ThinkTech Hawai‘i speaking about progress of STEM education in the State, the Lacy Veach Day of Discovery, and the inaugural Hawai‘i State Vex Championship. Watch and listen here (starting at the 28:16 minute mark).

- September, 2013 -
Robotics program VEX IQ logo Robotics boosters and mentors, Art and Rene Kimura, wrote a successful proposal to Friends of Hawai‘i Robotics for 20 VEX IQ kits, five competition fields, and five game sets. They also secured eight $500-value grants from the Robotics and Education and Competition Foundation to allow schools to compete in a new VEX IQ category, which is focused on elementary and middle schools. In helping to start this new program, the Kimuras are pleased to already see 40 teams registered, with two regional and one state tournament planned. The Hawai‘i VEX IQ State Championship will be held in Pearl City on Feb. 16, 2014. The Sacred Hearts Academy junior high Lancer Robotics team was one of the recipients of this grant funding. In the school's September 2013 Parentline newsletter, they shared, "The team is grateful to Art Kimura...who wrote the grant allowing many schools, including the Academy, to organize VEX IQ programs."

- August, 24 2013 -
TMT logo The first Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit was held in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Coordinated through the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium by Art and Rene Kimura and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project and the County of Hawai‘i, the summit brought together high school students and educators from China, Japan, India, Canada and the Big Island for four days of science and engineering programs and educational activities. HSGC internship coordinator and HIGP Associate Researcher Rob Wright presented a workshop on planetary remote sensing. A TMT lead-up story and press release describe the event.

- July, 2013 -
Former Hawai‘i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow Alexander (Zeke) Ambard (Fall 2006, Spring 2007) earned a B.S. degree in cognitive science from U.C. Santa Cruz this year and is currently working as a visiting researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Zeke will help present work at an upcoming international conference on accessible computing and assistive technologies in October, 2013 highlighting the work he did as an undergraduate research assistant in the UCSC Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs Lab. While at U.H. Zeke worked with Space Grant mentor Dr. Peter Mouginis-Mark of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

- July 10, 2013 -
NASA EPSCoR NASA and the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium/Hawai‘i EPSCoR Director Luke Flynn have announced that the proposal, "Development of a Large Area Standoff Bio-finder and Chemical Analyzer for Planetary Exploration," by Anupam Misra (HIGP Associate Researcher and the project's Science Principal Investigator) has been selected for funding. HIGP Researcher Shiv Sharma is co-investigator; HIGP collaborators are Patricia Fryer, Jeff Taylor, and Paul Lucey along with two NASA collaborators. EPSCoR—NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research—was established to fund research and technology development in areas important to the agency's mission, develop faculty, and support higher education students. Fourteen proposals were selected for 2013 for a total of $10.5 million; see the NASA News Release.

- June 2013 -
HIGP and G&G PhD student Laura Corley. Laura Corley, former Hawai'i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow (Spring 2013 with mentor Dr. Paul Lucey) was selected as a 2013 Summer Intern in the Lunar and Planetary Institute Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science. The 10-week program in Houston, Texas includes working with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. Laura's project was titled, "Olivine Exposures on the Moon: Origins and Mechanisms of Transport to the Lunar Surface" with advisors Drs. P. McGovern and G. Kramer.

- June 2013 -
HSFL Avionics Engineer Amber Imai. Amber Imai (HSFL Avionics Engineer and former HSGC summer intern at NovaSol in Honolulu) is featured in two publications this month for her work with spacecraft electronics. Read "Satellite Engineer" in the Spring 2013 edition of the UH Alumni Magazine. Also read (page 2) Hawai‘i We Have Liftoff" in the June/July 2013 issue of Hana Hou!, the magazine of Hawaiian Airlines.

- June 27, 2013 -
TMT logo The Thirty Meter Telescope Project posted a press release today about the summer's Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Education Summit taking place at UH Hilo and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Co-sponsored by the thirty Meter Telescope and the County of Hawai‘i, the summit will feature high school students from India, China, Japan, Canada, and Hawai‘i Island collaborating in science, engineering, and educational activities. The summit is coordinated through the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. Read the press release here.

- June 25, 2013 -
Download the Newsletter Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium released its most recent newsletter. Nā Huaka‘i translates to The Voyages and reflects our united voyages in education, research, and service. Read it here. Copies are also available in the Space Grant offices.

- June 21, 2013 -
Spring 2013 Fellow Heidi Needham Sharing the excitement of Earth and space science, recent Space Grant Fellow (Spring 2013) and McNair Scholar Heidi Needham and Chemistry Professor Ho Leung Ng co-hosted a group of 18 summer school students and two teachers from Waianae High School on the UH Manoa campus. Their visit included a stop in the POST building's Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center to hear a presentation about (and touch) meteorites and the collection expeditions to Antarctica by Space Grant communications specialist Linda Martel. Heidi is a senior in Global Environmental Science and completed a Spring 2013 fellowship project titled, "Investigation of Layered Lunar Mare Lava Flows through LROC Imagery and Terrestrial Analogues" with mentor Dr. Sarah Fagents of the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology.

- June 14, 2013 -
Kapi‘olani CC Wins First Place in Cansat International Competition
Kapi'olani CC Cansat Team, winners of the 2013 Cansat International Competition. Kapi‘olani Community College's Cansat team brought home the top prize for designing, building, and launching a space-related mission at the annual Cansat International Competition held on June 7-9 in Abilene, TX. Known as Team Mod 6, Kapi‘olani CC students prepared for eight months for the event and out-performed stiff competition from top universities from Iran, Canada, India, and the United States. We congratulate the members of the 2013 Cansat team (pictured): Diamond Tachera, Kelsey Kawaguchi, Rae-zan Raposas, Joshua Tamayo, Logan Tamayo, McClyde Gaborno and Taylor Viti. The team's advisor is Professor Hervé Collin. Congratulations also to the Leeward Community College Cansat team, which placed 7th in the competition. More information is in this UH News Release and this Kapi‘olani CC News Release. Also see the complete results here: 2013 Cansat Competition Winners.

- June 8-9 2013 -
Future Flight Hawaii Future Flight Hawai‘i celebrated another summer of exploration -- with this month's Family Exploration Program at U.H. Manoa featuring a Mission to the Blue Planet Earth. The weekend fun included recycling science, flight science, leaf identification, polymers, shrinking cells, and more. Visit Future Flight Hawaii.

- May 16, 2013 -
2011 NASA Ames Academy--Hawaii Space Grant summer intern, Arlen Kam. In the summer of 2011 Arlen Kam, a Master's student in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, completed a NASA Ames Academy--Hawai‘i Space Grant summer internship. With Hawai‘i Space Grant support, Arlen worked on a project titled, "LADEE Decommissioning Impact Dispersion Analysis." She is featured in this NBC Bay Area news cast "Atlantis and Beyond" (video posted May 16, 2013) speaking on the future of space exploration and the excitement of the NASA Academy experience (beginning at about the 3 minute mark). Arlen earned her M.S. degree in 2012 and is now employed as a research engineer at NASA Ames Research Center.

- May 4, 2013 -
AstroDay 2013 poster HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura (directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i) shared Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium projects and activities at the 12th annual AstroDay Festival, May 4, 2013, which was held at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, Hawai‘i. A celebration of Astronomy and Hawaiian Culture, AstroDay coincides with Astronomy Day, an iternational movement to bring Astronomy to the people. The event is a project of the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee. For more, please see the AstroDay website.

- April 29, 2013 -
screenshot of KGO-TV technology video about smartphone satellite project at NASA Ames. With support from Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, U.H. Manoa Engineering student Ken Oyadomari worked as a NASA Ames summer 2012 intern in Mountain View, California. After his graduation last December, NASA offered him a six-month internship. KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, aired a news piece on the smartphone satellite project Ken and team mates worked on: watch "NASA engineers piloting smartphone satellite with smartphones ." The photo is a screenshot of the news video with Ken sitting in the center. No stranger to Hawai‘i Space Grant programs, Ken attended Future Flight Hawai‘i and Onizuka Science Days as a boy. A 2014 Postscript: Ken is now employed as an engineer at NASA Ames Research Center.

- April 27, 2013 -
Spring Fellowship & Traineeship Symposium
Undergraduate students from U. H. campuses presented talks and posters on their Space Grant Fellowships and Traineeships on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at U. H. Mānoa, in POST rooms 703/723 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also attending were mentors, Space Grant directors, and the public. The meeting gave new and continuing Fellows and Trainees the opportunity to share research plans and progress, and gave the students a look at space-related subjects outside their own disciplines. Spring 2013 Symposium Schedule (pdf).

- April 25 , 2013 -
Hawai‘i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellows Justin Bergonio (Fall 2011, Spring 2012) and Kimberly Rottas, (Spring 2011) have published a paper with their Space Grant mentor Dr. Norbert Schorghofer of the U.H. Institute for Astronomy that includes work they accomplished during their Fellowships. The paper, "Properties of Martian Slope Streak Populations" appears in the online early view of Icarus volume 225. See the online abstract here. Well done!

- April 16, 2013 -
UH News features video of space flight efforts at UH. HSGC's Director Luke Flynn (also Director of Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory) is featured with Amber Imai (HSFL Avionics Engineer and former HSGC summer intern at NovaSol in Honolulu) in a University of Hawai‘i video and News Release that you can watch here: Space is the Next Frontier for UH and read here: UH Plays a Vital Role in Hawaii's First Space Launch. This news is also covered in the space.com article: A Space Aloha: Hawai‘i Gears Up for First Satellite Launch. Also see here: photos of HSFL personnel working with components.

- April 14, 2013 -
Art Kimura, along with three others, will share tsunami stories at the Pacific Tsunami Museum's 11th Annual Tsunami Story Festival in Hilo on April 14, 2013. HSGC's Art Kimura (Director of Future Flight Hawai‘i) is one of the featured speakers at the Pacific Tsunami Museum's 11th Annual Tsunami Story Festival in Hilo, April 14, 2013. The theme this year is "Wailoa River Legends" and according to Donna Saiki, executive director of the museum, "It's the story of four people who grew up around the river, who came from very humble beginnings and went on to achieve great things." For more information see the Hawai‘i Tribune Herald article written by John Burnett "1946 Tsunami Remembered."

- April 2, 2013 -
Daniel Wukelic Receives 2012 NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Associate Administrator Award
Daniel Wukelic: U.H. Manoa Mechanical Engineering student, former Space Grant Fellow and summer intern at NASA Ames wins a 2012 Aeronautics award from the NASA Aeronautics Associate Administrator. With support from Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, U.H. Manoa Mechanical Engineering student Daniel Wukelic worked as a NASA Ames Aeronautics Academy summer 2012 intern in Mountain View, California; see our 2012 News item. Daniel's internship included a trip with his student-team mates, Guillermo Costa and Austen Knapp, to Washington DC to present their project at NASA Headquarters, "Designing Two Short-Haul Civil Tiltrotors." They called themselves the Tilt Rotor Analysis Crew (TRAC). Dr. Jaiwon Shin, the Associate Administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), has announced that the three students have won the 2012 NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Associate Administrator Award in the category of "High Potentials—Group." The NASA award announcement (here) states, "Awarded to the TRAC team for advancing the state of the art and directly contributing to solving an ARMD technical challenge by developing a feasible design for a new class of vertical lift heavy transport aircraft. Their work exceeded NASA's Rotary Wing Project's efforts to date by understanding the scaling issues related to very large passenger civilian vertical lift transports (up to 300 passengers). In just eight weeks, the team of three summer academy students at NASA's Ames Research Center reviewed current designs and extrapolated a new engineering approach, demonstrating great potential and skills in a variety of aeronautics disciplines and sciences." We congratulate Daniel and his team mates for their exemplary work.

- March 10, 2013 -
Pictures of Elwood with friends in Hawaii during his two-month visit in January-February, 2013. Elwood, the Dream Big doll, has returned to his home in Illinois after a two-month visit to Hawai‘i with HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura (Directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i) as his main hosts. Art says the 33-gallon Dream Can, which Elwood travels in, is filled to the brim with souvenirs of Hawai‘i, including school booklets and letters, Aloha shirt, leis, macadamia nuts, and BrushBot robotic kits. The Dream Can will be opened by a second-grade class in Illinois.
During his visit, Elwood was a guest at the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, six FESTival science family nights, a robotics teacher workshop, the Pan Pacific VEX Championship, and the Hawai‘i Council of Engineering Societies/Pearlridge VEX tournament. Elwood visited many classrooms on the Big Island and Oahu, visited the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and the summit of Mauna Kea–visiting the Subaru Telescope with Subaru astronomer, Dr. Hayashi. Elwood was in several hundred photos, TV news segments on KITV and KGMB, and met NASA Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams and Miss Hawaii USA, Brianna Acosta. We are sure Elwood would welcome a return visit to our islands!

- March 1, 2013 -
Joleen Iwaniec, former Space Grant rocketry fellow (with experience at multiple CanSat rocketry competitions) and current UH Electrical Engineering major, talks about how rocketry is inspiring kids to love STEM on Think Tech Friday at KGU radio, AM 760, on the air today from 4-5 p.m. Joleen is the founder of the Kids in Technology and Sciences program (KITS) that runs numerous STEM educational outreach projects, including visits to the Center for Aerospace Education at Windward Community College. Read more about Joleen in this (pdf file) article from Space Grant's Na Huaka‘i Newsletter, winter 2010 issue.

- February 23-24, 2013 -
VEX Robotics Design System homepage link. Pan Pacific VEX Robotics Championship
In support of STEM education in Hawai‘i, HSGC's Art Kimura and Rene Kimura (who were inducted into the VEX Hall of Fame in 2012) are again on the steering committee for the Pan Pacific VEX Robotics Championship taking place at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, February 23-24, 2013. The Championship, which is the 5th annual in Hawai‘i, features 104 teams from Hawai‘i, China, Taiwan, and California, and includes Hawai‘i elementary school teams for the first time. See this VEX Hawai‘i flyer (pdf) for more details of the event, and the VEX homepage.

- February 6, 2013 -
A special event took place at Nanaikapono Elementary School in Waianae, Hawai‘i the evening of February 6, 2013. HSGC's Art Kimura and Rene Kimura (Directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i) brought the Future Flight FEST evening program to students in grades 2-6 and their families. FEST = Families Exploring Science Together (read more about the FEST program here.) What made the visit extra meaningful was the fact that the Kimuras had a special relationship with a Nanaikapono student named Reynolds Akau, who they corresponded with regularly and brought to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Reynolds unfortunately passed away in 1992 of an aneurism at the age of 15. This young student made such an impression because of his fascination with space, his boundless curiosity, and his desire to be the first astronaut of Hawaiian descent. His is a story that still inspires. Art Kimura has said about Reynolds, "His funeral program is near my computer and I look at it regularly to remind us about what we do and how we do things can make a difference in children."

- February 2, 2013 -
Dynamic spectrum of solar radio burst on Feb. 2, 2013; credit: Dick Flagg, Windward Community College Radio Observatory. Click to listen. Loud Solar Radio Burst
Joe Ciotti, HSGC Associate Director at Windward Community College, points our attention to the graphical and audio files from WCC's radio telescope at the Lanihuli Observatory used in a report at spaceweather.com. A loud solar radio burst attributed to a solar flare on February 2, 2013 was reported in spaceweather.com with data submitted by WCC's affiliate radio astronomer, Dick Flagg: Read the news report and listen to the solar activity.
Dynamic spectrum credit: Dick Flagg, Windward Community College Radio Observatory, Oahu, Hawai‘i.

- January 26, 2013 -
Onizuka Day workshop incorporating the Hawaiian star compass with wayfinding and canoe navigation
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium was proud to again co-sponsor Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day, an annual event in Hilo honoring Hawaii's native son. Additional co-sponsors are the American Savings Bank, The Onizuka Memorial Committee, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Space Center, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UHH), UHH Conference Center, and Future Flight Hawai‘i, together with the support of the Hawai‘i Department of Education (Kau/Pahoa/Keaau Complex), the Waiakea High School Key Club, and the Zonta Club of Hilo. This year's event, the 13th annual, featured 22 workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by NASA Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams who served as Commander of the International Space Station last year during Expedition 33. Astronaut Williams' keynote speech had a standing-room-only capacity crowd of 600. The day closed with a "Science is Fun" show by award-winning teacher "Mr. Science" Dale Olive (Waiakea High School) and his mapcap partner "Mr. Physical Trainer." Pictured above are (left) Astronaut Sunita Williams and (right) participants in a workshop.

- January 22, 2013 -
KITV video clip of Brushbot FESTival at Island Pacific Academy, January 22, 2013.   KBMB video clip of Brushbot FESTival at Island Pacific Academy, January 22, 2013.
HSGC's Art Kimura and Rene Kimura (Directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i) brought the Future Flight Brushbot FEST evening program to students in grades 2-7 and their families at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei, Hawai‘i. FEST = Families Exploring Science Together (read more about the FEST program here.) Michelle Bradley, Former Space Grant Fellow (2006-2007) and currently the Secondary Science Department Chair, Science Fair Coordinator, and Robotics Program Coordinator at Island Pacific Academy, shares this news link from the school "FESTival on Campus Includes Special Guest to Highlight STEM." The Kimuras brought special guest, character doll Elwood to help encourage students to dream big and pursue STEM careers. Local TV also covered the event; click on each image to view the video clips.

- January 4, 2013 -
Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and Art and Rene Kimura welcome the arrival of Elwood on January 4, 2013 for a two-month visit to Hawaii. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and HSGC's Art Kimura and Rene Kimura (Directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i) welcomed Elwood on January 4, 2013 for a two-month visit to Hawai‘i. Known worldwide as the Dream Big doll, Elwood will visit local schools and students. He is pictured in front of the Mars map in the hallway of HSGC's main office at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Watch Elwood's Story video.

* 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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