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Year 2014 news from the Hawai‘i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2014 --

- December, 2014 -
Happy Holidays from all of us from the HSGC and HSFL Manoa offices.

- November 7, 2014 -
High school students on the JSSF 2014 team: Camelia Lai, Liana Michelle Young, Lee Danielle Young, Riley Kishaba, and Aaron Segawa.
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is pleased to celebrate the achievements of five students (from Kalani and Roosevelt High Schools) who are participating in the 2014 Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) this week in Kyoto, Japan. Liana Michelle Young, Lee Danielle Young, Riley Kishaba, Aaron Segawa, and Camelia Lai (who did not travel) completed a research project about Gale crater on Mars with HSGC/HIGP mentors Jeff Taylor and Linda Martel. They worked with data from the Mars Global Surveyor/Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument using the geospatial software ENVI. The students will give a slide presentation and poster at JSSF about their topographic analyses of the landforms inside Gale Crater and the possible role of water in forming them, as well as an overview of NASA's Curiosity rover mission in Gale crater. For more please visit the JSSF 2014 website and NASA's Curiosity Rover website.

- November 3, 2014 -
WCC Project Imua team members featured in WCC news. Project Imua students are featured in the Windward Community College News: Engineering Path at WCC is Out of This World. Left to right: Madori Rumpungworn, Cale Mechler, Keith Nakamatsu, Elena Barbour, and Kalanikapu Copp. WCC Project Imua mentors are Jacob Hudson, Jr. and Joseph Ciotti. Photo courtesy of Jacob Hudson, Jr.

- October 14, 2014-
The University of Hawai‘i and the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID have shared news releases about Sophie Milam (UH Hilo graduate and former Hawai‘i Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow), who is pursuing a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering in Idaho. Sophie has been chosen to participate in the HI-SEAS Mission 3, a project funded by the NASA Human Research Program that simulates a long-duration Mars mission in a special habitat on the northern slope of Mauna Loa. For more information, please read the University of Hawai‘i News Release, University of Idaho News Release and HI-SEAS website. Congratulations!

- September 4, 2014-
Hawai‘i Space Grant has posted the flyer and application for the new undergraduate RockSat Traineeships available to students at Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, and Windward Community Colleges. These traineeships are part of Project Imua, a joint faculty-student enterprise for fabricating and testing CubeSat satellite payloads. (See the related news item from August 13, 2014.)

- August 14, 2014 -
Stu Burley participated at 5th annual Kids College Program at Kauai CC Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's Industry Affiliate/Kaua'i Associate Director, Stu Burley, was instrumental in bringing rocketry science to the 5th annual Kids College Program for middle school students held at Kaua'i Community College. For more about the fun event, please read the UH News Release. Photo courtesy of UH News.

- August 13, 2014-
NASA has announced the selection of proposals to increase STEM education at Community and Technical Colleges. Thirty-five awards were granted, including to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, after a solicitation to members of the national Space Grant Consortia. Each award has a two-year performance period. Read the NASA News Release and the complete list of awardees and their project abstracts. The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's project title is "Project Imua: Developing CubeSat Fabrication and Support Capacity at the University of Hawaii's Community College Space Grant Consortium Partners." Project Imua (to move forward in Hawaiian) establishes a joint faculty-student enterprise for fabricating and testing satellite payloads that will be launched by the Hawaii Space Flight Lab (HSFL) and other launch systems. Congratulations!

- Summer, 2014-
UH Maui College ECET/ET students, Dominic Agabin and Derric Torricer, attended the RockOn 2014 workshop from June 21–26, 2014 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. They were accompanied by Jung W. Park, Assistant Engineering Technology Professor and HSGC Associate Director. Please read more about it in the UH Maui College News: UHMC Engineering Students Help Launch Rocket.

- Summer, 2014 -
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.

- July 8, 2014-
LPI summer interns, including Jeffrey Murl, with Astronaut Don Pettit.
Jeffrey Murl, former HSGC undergraduate fellow (Fall 2013, with mentor Dr. Jeffrey Gillis-Davis) was selected from a highly competitive pool of more than 800 applicants to be one of 12 Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Summer Interns. The LPI's highly competitive intern program offers undergraduates the opportunity to experience cutting-edge research in lunar and planetary science, working one-on-one with scientists at the LPI and the NASA Johnson Space Center on a project of current interest in planetary science. Each intern receives a $5000 stipend plus travel money. This year's program runs from June 2 through August 8. Photo is from a seminr talk by Astronaut Don R. Pettit. For more, visit: LPI Summer Intern Program.

- July, 2014 -
Photo mosaic from Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit, 2014. For a second summer, the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit was held in Hilo, Hawai‘i for high school students and educators. Coordinated and held at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, teams from Oahu, Molokai, China, Japan, India, and Canada participated in the event. HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura (who planned and coordinated the inaugural event last year) assisted during the four days of science and engineering programs and educational activities.

- June 7-8, 2014-
Future Flight Hawaii 2014 Next Stop: Mars. Summertime is Future Flight Hawai‘i time! This space-themed educational program is designed to catalyze a child's interest in science, technology and the future. Participants experience a variety of training modules with a mission context, and this year the mission is to Mars! Since 1991, over 9000 student and parent participants have voyaged on journeys of exploration to the Moon, Mars, and Earth. For more information please visit Future Flight Hawai‘i.

- June 5, 2014 -
WalletM8 Kickstarter promo with Kelson Lau, Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka, and Wing Lee.
Hawaii Space Grant Consortium is pleased to celebrate the achievements of Kelson Lau. A 2013 graduate of the UH College of Engineering now employed by Ratheon, who as a youth participated in Future Flight Hawai'i, is now taking his engineering entrepreneurial skills to the next level. Kelson, along with business partners Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka and Wing Lee, have launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds for the patent-pending "WalletM8," an all-in-one smartphone, tablet, mini tripod, and typing stand in the shape of a credit card. Image on the left is a screen shot from Kelson's video and the image on the right shows WalletM8 printed with logos of the UH College of Engineeering and Future Flight Hawai'i! Check out their Kickstarter fundraising page and walletm8.com.

- May 15, 2014-
HIGP and G&G PhD student Laura Corley. Laura Corley, former HSGC undergraduate fellow (Spring 2013) and current HIGP and G&G graduate student, has been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for research on the effective contribution of temperature, space weathering, and volatiles on regolith reflectance. Laura is pursuing a PhD at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa studying space weathering of airless bodies (e.g., the Moon, Mercury, and asteroids) through experiments and remote sensing data with advisor, Jeffrey Gillis-Davis. This competitively-selected fellowship carries up to three years of funding. Laura received her B.S. degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Congratulations!

- April 26, 2014 -
Screen shot of a spaceweather.com report highlighting the radio spectrogram of a solar flare from WCC's radio telescope.
Joe Ciotti, Space Grant Associate Director at Windward Community College (WCC) shares this report. "On Friday [April 25, 2014], the sun erupted with a massive solar flare that triggered a major communications blackout and disrupted shortwave radio across large swaths of the Earth. Such storms potentially pose some of the most dangerous of natural disasters to the Earth. WCC's radio telescope at the Lanihuli Observatory captured that eruption along with the dramatic radio blackout. The Spaceweather website published the results of the college's radio spectrogram taken by our log-periodic telescope. Here's a screen capture of that report [indicated by black arrow] that was submitted by our affiliate radio astronomer Richard Flagg." Click on the image to link to the spaceweather.com page.

- April 26, 2014 -
Spring 2014 Symposium Schedule Spring Fellowship & Traineeship Symposium
Undergraduate students from U. H. campuses presented talks and posters on their Space Grant Fellowships and Traineeships on Saturday, April 26, 2014 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 2014 Symposium Schedule (pdf).

- March 2014 -
Iolani and Ali'iolani STEM Buddies HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura, Directors of Future Flight Hawai‘i, assisted ‘Iolani School freshmen with materials and ideas for Astronomy-related hands-on projects for their STEM Buddy program with 4th graders at Ali‘iolani Elementary School. The Kimuras are providing Brushbot robotic kits and other supplies for this student-led volunteer project. Read more about it at ‘Iolani School. Photo courtesy of ‘Iolani School.

- February 20-22, 2014 -
Roberto Ramilo, mentor, and KCC students at 2014 ERN Conference.
Congratulations to Roberto Ramilo Jr., a junior in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science at U.H. Mānoa and current Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium Fellow who won the First Place Oral Presentation Undergraduate Award in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category at the 2014 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM held in Washington, D.C. Roberto presented preliminary results of his project "Estimation of Daytime Sleepiness in Hawai‘i College Students." By combining qualitative data with his new approach of measuring fluctuations of pupil diameter, Roberto is collecting quantitative data from student test subjects to establish benchmarks for problematic sleepiness, which could someday be applied to fitness assessments of astronauts on duty. Previously, as a student at Kapi‘olani Community College, Roberto received funding from a National Science Foundation TCUP grant. Presenting posters at the ERN Conference were Kapi‘olani Community College students Tatiana Oje on "Summer Wind Analysis on the Kapi‘olani Community College Campus" and Mitch Mikami on "Time Series Analysis of Pupillometry Data to Estimate Daytime Sleepiness." Pictured left to right: Tatiana Oje, Roberto Ramilo Jr., Dr. Hervé Collins serving as mentor, and Mitch Mikami.

- February 16, 2014-
Robotics program VEX IQ logo Hawai‘i VEX IQ State Championship takes place on February 16, 2014. Lead contact is HSGC's Art Kimura of the VEX Steering Committee. Up to seven teams will qualify for the World VEX IQ Championship to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, April 2014. The event is presented by the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies and Pearlridge Center with the support of the Highlands Intermediate School Robotics Team, the Pearl City High School Robotics Team and the Friends of Hawaii Robotics. See more details posted at robotevents.com.

- February 12, 2014 -
Screenshot of HBA Brushbot Olympics news item.
Art and Rene Kimura, Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's Future Flight Hawai‘i Directors, brought the excitement of the Brushbot Olympics to Hawai‘i Baptist Academy elementary students and their parents. Read more about BrushBot Olympics from HSGC. Also enjoy the action in this video from HBA.

- February 8, 2014 -
Photo of Art and Rene Kimura sourrounded by family after being honored as 2014 Living Treasures of Hawaii by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
The Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium ohana extends our heartfelt congratulations to Art and Rene Kimura upon being named Living Treasures of Hawai‘i (pictured, standing center surrounded by family). Among six recipients, the Kimuras were recognized as visionary educators and proponents of science. Bestowed by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i, the Living Treasure Award recognizes and honors individuals "who have demonstrated excellence and high standards of achievement in their particular fields of endeavor, and, through their continuous growth, learning and sharing, have made significant contributions towards enriching our society." Attending the 39th annual recognition ceremony and luncheon were the Kimura's sons and their families (pictured), Art's mother (pictured), Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie, and colleagues including Luke Flynn HSGC Director, and Marcia Rei Sistoso, HSGC Executive Director & Program Coordinator. In remarks to friends, Art and Rene shared, "We are so so humbled to stand in this circle of honorees, who have made amazing contributions to our society/community. With our deepest gratitude to you all." Read more in the Hawai'i Tribune Herald.

- January 25, 2014 -
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka portrait. 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 Waiakea High School Key Club and the Zonta Club of Hilo. This year's event, the 14th annual, featured 20 workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim a veteran of three space flights who served as Mission Specialist on STS-135, which was the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. Astronaut Walheim's 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."

* 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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