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Year 2015 news from the Hawai‘i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2015 --

- November 21, 2015 -
Fall Fellowship & Traineeship Symposium
Undergraduate students from UH campuses presented talks and posters on their Space Grant Fellowships and Traineeships on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Registration opened at 9:30 a.m. and the symposium ran from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center at Jefferson Hall on Dole Street (link). Also attending the symposium were special guests celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, including Dr. Vassilis Syrmos the UH System Vice President for Research and Innovation. Research project mentors, Space Grant directors, and the public were also in attendance. 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.   Here is the symposium's schedule.


- Nov. 13, 2015 -
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium Celebrates 25 Years
Hawaii Space Grant Consortium On November 21, 2015 the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. HSGC's wide-ranging community educational programs promote studies in scientific fields related to space. Chartered under the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, HSGC programs are dedicated to the development and support of future scientists and engineers. HSGC is composed of ten institutions of higher learning including UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, the University of Guam, and seven UH Community Colleges (Hawai‘i, Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i, Leeward, Maui, and Windward). Formal recognition of the 25th anniversary will be part of the HSGC Fellowship and Traineeship Symposium scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center's Keoni Auditorium. Symposium Agenda


- November 12, 2015 -
 High school students Carter Nakamoto, Peter Johnson, Christly Yoshizawa, Nicole Jao, Darrell Huang, and Moana Kimura presenting their Mars project at the JSSF 2015 at Ritsumeikan High School in Kyoto, Japan.
Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is pleased to celebrate the achievements of six students who participated in the 2015 Japan Super Science Fair (JSSF) last week in Kyoto, Japan. Darrell Huang, Peter Johnson, Moana Kimura, Christly Yoshizawa (Kalani High School), Nicole Jao and Carter Nakamoto (Punahou School) together completed a research project about Mars with HSGC/HIGP mentors Jeff Taylor and Linda Martel. They worked with data from the CheMin instrument onboard the Curiosity rover of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The students gave a slide presentation and poster at JSSF about their investigation of clay minerals and the story of water on Mars. For more please visit the JSSF 2015 website and NASA's Curiosity Rover website. Photo courtesy of Art Kimura.


- Nov. 10, 2015 -
More Launches Ahead for UH's Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory
Screen shot from video posted by UH News of ORS-4 rocket launch from Kaua'i on Nov. 3, 2015. Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) is currently preparing for five space launches in the next two years with more opportunities on the horizon. "Hawai‘i and the University of Hawai‘i are now considered players in the aerospace industry," said HSFL/HSGC Director Luke Flynn. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. See also the video news report from Hawai‘i News Now with HSFL Avionics Engineer Amber Imai-Hong and UH Engineering student Chase Yasunaga speaking about HSFL and the STEM opportunities for students to work on future space launches.


- Nov. 3, 2015 -
Rocket Launch from Hawai‘i Carrying UH Payload Experiences Anomaly, but is a STEM Success for Students
Screen shot from video posted by UH News of ORS-4 rocket launch from Kaua'i on Nov. 3, 2015.
On November 3, 2015, the U.S. Navy along with the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space Office, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Hawai‘i Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory, the Pacific Missile Range Facility and Aerojet Rocketdyne Corp. launched a rocket from Hawai‘i. If successful, it would have been the first satellite launched to orbit from Hawai‘i. Unfortunately, the experimental launch vehicle experienced an anomaly a minute into the flight. "The ORS-4 mission on an experimental Super Strypi launch vehicle failed in mid-flight shortly after liftoff at 5:45 p.m.," the U.S. Air Force said in a statement the night of the launch. ORS is currently assessing the cause. Read more about this and related posts at UH News. Also see the video news report from Hawai‘i News Now. "What happened today, this is a tremendous success for the University of Hawai‘i, UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl told Hawai‘i News Now. "We had about 150 students doing work on this program. They built a satellite, it met every milestone and passed every test. And they delivered it on time. This is a tremendous step forward."


- October 31, 2015 -
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 17 workshops and 18 exhibits. Keynote speakers who energized the crowd this year were students from the 2014 Hawai‘i Japan Super Science Fair, who studied Mars. The day ended with a VEX IQ Robotics qualifying tournament. This event was cosponsored and supported by Hawaiian Electric Company, Punahou School, the family of Lacy Veach (Diana and Abe Barcena), and Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium. Over two hundred volunteers made the day happen, and enrollment for the 600 available seats filled quickly.


- October 26, 2015 -
YouTube link to ThinkTech Hawaii interview with Jeff Taylor and Linda Martel, from October 26, 2015. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium's Jeff Taylor (Associate Director for Space Science) and Linda Martel (Communications/Webmaster) were guests on ThinkTech Hawai‘i – A platform for civic engagement and to raise public awareness about the importance of technology, energy, diversification, and globalism to the future of Hawai‘i. They spoke with host, Jay Fidell (on the left), about planetary science and the educational website, PSRD. The video is available here on the ThinkTech Hawai‘i YouTube channel.


- October 23, 2015 -
Governor David Ige with the UH Project Imua team members.
Hawai‘i Governor David Ige presented commemorative plaques to Project Imua team members from UH campuses across the state during a recognition ceremony at the State Capitol on October 23, 2015. Read the UH News Release.


- September 10, 2015 -
Christina Cauley, former Space Grant Fellow, wins award as summer intern at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
Congratulations to Christina Cauley (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Undergraduate Fellow and UH Hilo Geology/Anthropology graduate) for winning the first-place award in the Science category for 2015 summer interns at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Christina's summer internship project involved assessing the needs for remote sensing instrumentation that can be placed aboard the International Space Station and used to mitigate and respond to humanitarian disasters world wide. A scientific paper based upon this work called "Gap Analysis of Land Topography Data Derived from Satellite Imagery for Project Good Earth" has been accepted for presentation at the Geology Society of America meeting in Baltimore this Fall. Christina gained important experience at UH Hilo in remote sensing and GIS both in classes and as a Hawai‘i Space Grant Fellow with mentor Dr. Ken Hon on the project "Digital Imagery and Geologic Map of Chegem Caldera, Russia." [Fellowship Final Report] Pictured left to right: Jim Rogers (Vice President of Corporate Business Development with Lockheed Martin), Christina Cauley, and Patrick Scheuermann (Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center). Well done!


- Summer, 2015 -
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 and at the University of Hawai‘i Library's ScholarSpace.


- August 12, 2015 -
Project Imua NASA rocket launches UHCC's scientific payload into space. Project Imua (to move forward in Hawaiian) is a joint faculty-student enterprise of four campuses within the University of Hawai‘i Community College system (Honolulu, Kapi‘olani, Kaua‘i and Windward) dedicated to designing, fabricating, and testing small payloads for launch into space. This multi-campus project is funded by a two-year $500,000 grant awarded to the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium under the NASA Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools. This grant includes $200,000 in student internships. Additional technical assistance is provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel. The Project Imua team, now completing their first year, watched as their first-ever UHCC-student-built payload was launched into space from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility around midnight Hawai‘i time. Watch the launch and see more photos and information at UH News. After its sub-orbital flight, the Project Imua payload (an ultraviolet spectrometer for measuring solar irradiance above the atmosphere) will be retrieved and the team will begin looking at their data.

National news coverage includes Space Daily and Education News.


- August, 2015 -
Project Imua presented at 'IKE Symposium at the UHM College of Engineering. Project Imua students (left to right) Kalanikapu Copp, Madori Rumpungworn, Elena Barbour, Kala'i Garcia, and Keith Nakamatsu presented their project at the August 15, 2015 'IKE Symposium held at the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. 'IKE (Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering) is a six-campus UH colaboration aimed to increase access to a quality pre-enginering education by focusing on a framework supportive of Native Hawaiian students in engineering fields. Participating campuses are Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, Leeward CC, Windward CC, UH Maui College, and UH Mānoa. Photo courtesy of Joseph Ciotti.


- August 12, 2015 -
Project Imua is interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio HPR-2, Bytemarks Cafe on Aug. 12, 2015. Project Imua students Debora Pei and Elena Barbour, and faculty advisor Joe Ciotti, were interviewed today–launch day!– on Hawai‘i Public Radio's Bytemarks Cafe--listen here. Contratulations Project Imua!

Photo (left to right) Burt Lum, Elena Barbour, Debra Pei, Cindy Matsuki, Joe Ciotti, and Ryan Ozawa. Photo courtesy of Bytemarks Cafe.


- August 10, 2015 -
Project Imua student Debora Pei on KHON TV moring show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the 16-member team (from four Community College campuses) prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch the interview on KHON Wake Up 2Day with News Anchor Jai Cunningham and Debora Pei (HCC).


- August 5, 2015 -
Robert Allen, HCC CanSat student With deep sadness, we share the news of Robert Allen's passing on December 9, 2014 from cancer. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Robert was a non-traditional student who enrolled in Honolulu Community College in his early 40s. He quickly met Professors Vern Takebayashi and Ron Takata, mentors of the Space Grant CanSat team, who appointed Robert the Student Coordinator of the HCC CanSat team. Their work led to a successful launch at the 2006 ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites) competition at Black Rock, Nevada. Read more about the project in Dr. Ron Takata's article "Mission accomplished for rocket team" that appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser on November 2, 2006. In a remembrance to Robert, we would like to share the words he wrote in a letter featured in the HSGC Fall 2008 Newsletter "Thoughts to a Senator about CanSat—What it Means to Me".


- July 31, 2015 -
Project Imua students on KITV4 morning show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the team prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch Project Imua students on KITV4 TV morning show.

Pictured left to right: Mitch Mikami (KapCC), Marcus Yamaguchi (KauCC) , and Elena Barbour (WinCC) with KITV4 Morning News Anchor Ann Sterling.


- July 30, 2015 -
Project Imua student on Hawaii News Now Sunrise show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the 16-member team (from four Community College campuses) prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch the interview on Hawai‘i News Now with Sunrise News Anchor Grace Lee and Kalanikapu Copp (WinCC).


- July 24, 2015 -
Project Imua students on KHON morning show. Great local coverage of the UH collaborative Project Imua continues as the team prepares for the first-ever launch of a UHCC payload into space scheduled for August 11, 2015 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Watch Project Imua students on KHON Living 808 TV morning show.

Pictured left to right: Marcus Yamaguchi (KauCC), Kala‘imoana Garcia (KapCC), Suraj Mehta (HonCC), and Elena Barbour (WinCC) with KHON's Trini Kaopuiki.


- July 20-24, 2015 -
Group photo of participants in the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit, 2015.
For a third 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 Hawai‘i, China, Japan, India, and Canada participated in the event. HSGC's Art and Rene Kimura (who planned and coordinated the inaugural event in 2013) assisted during the five days of science and engineering programs and educational activities. For more, please read the UH News Release, ‘Imiloa News Release, and Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit website. Photo courtesy of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.


- July 16, 2015 -
Project Imua. The UH collaborative Project Imua is in the news again as the August launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility grows nearer. For more, please see the UH News Release: Project Imua Takes Education Out of This Atmosphere. Several students involved in the project will be interviewed on local TV in the upcoming weeks. Project Imua is supported by UH Mānoa, through a NASA grant to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, and technical assistance provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel.


- June 26, 2015 -
Project Imua payload testing. Five University of Hawai‘i Community College students from four campuses, members of a collaboration of 16 students and multiple faculty known as Project Imua, tested their instrument payload at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in preparation for launch in August. For more, please see the UH News Release: Project Imua Payload Tested at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and the Project Imua flickr photo album. For more background press coverage, please see the June 13 article published by the Garden Island newspaper and the June 12 UH Video and News Release Project by UH Community College Students Space Bound and the KHON news piece. Project Imua is supported by UH Mānoa, through a NASA grant to Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium, and technical assistance provided by Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory resources and personnel.


- June 23, 2015 -
University of Hawai‘i Community College students, supported by Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium and mentored by Hervé Collin, participated in the 2015 CanSat competition earlier this month in Texas. An event attracting international university and college students, the team from Kapi‘olani Community College placed 6th out of 42 teams. Congratulations! For more, please see the CanSat Competition website.


- June 6-7, 2015 -
Art and Rene Kimura celebrating 25th anniversary of Future Flight Hawaii with Governor David Ige.
Future Flight Hawai'i (FFH) hosted its 25th Family Exploration Program on June 6-7, 2015 at UH Mānoa, with a theme of Challenger: the Journey Continues. Over 9,000 students and parents have participated in one or more of the FFH residential and non-residential programs in exploring the Moon, Mars, and Earth. Learning modules this year included programmable robotics, space biospheres, spinning satellites, molecule modeling, sound, music conductivity, and design a satellite. A new program for younger children, called Next Generation, was piloted with modules covering sound, balance, and bubbles. The anniversary event attracted state-wide attention, including visits from Governor David Ige (pictured above with Art and Rene Kimura), Rachel James from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's office, and Riley Fujisaki and Carissa Nakamura from Congressman Mark Takai's office. Senators Brian Shatz and Mazie Hirono sent congratulatory letters. Governor Ige presented a proclamation to FFH, a commendation to the Kimuras for their leadership, and he stayed to congratulate all the participants and pose for photos. Visit the Future Flight Hawai‘i website.


- April 21, 2015 -
Dr. Violet Harada, Professor Emerita at UH Mānoa's Department of Information and Computer Sciences posted a news story Kalani Team Studies Mars through Topographic Data Analysis based on the work of the high school students mentored by HSGC/HIGP's Jeff Taylor and Linda Martel. The story features an interview with student Riley Kishaba and is posted on the Pearl (Pathways to Excellence and Achievement in Research and Learning) website hosted by the UH Library and Information Science Program. For more about the students' science project and presentation in Japan, please read our 2014 News Item. Update August 2015: Riley Kishaba is currently a freshman at UH Mānoa.


- February 25, 2015 -
Congratulations to Kapi‘olani Community College student and Fall 2014 HSGC Trainee, Bryson Racoma, who won a First Place Award for his poster presentation in the Technology and Engineering category at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in STEM held February 19-21 in Washington D.C. The conference is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Education and Human Resources Programs, and the National Science Foundation's Division of Human Resource Development. Please see the KCC STEM Program News Release and photo and the ERN website for more information.


- January 29, 2015 -
Dr B. Ray Hawke With deep sadness, we share the news of B. Ray Hawke's passing on January 24, 2015. He was HSGC Associate Director for Outreach, a tireless advocate for lunar activity, researcher, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend—Dr. Hawke will be truly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. A memorial gathering will be held in the Pacific Regional Planetary Data Center (POST building, room 544) on February 15 at 3:00 p.m. Please see the PRPDC page for more information. A remembrance written by Paul Spudis (Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston) posted at www.airspacemag.com recounts many scientific endeavors.


- January 24, 2015 -
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka portrait. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium was proud to again co-sponsor the 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-Hilo (UHH), and UHH Conference Center, with the support of the Hilo High School Key Club, Waiakea High School Key Club, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the Zonta Club of Hilo. This year's event, the 15th annual, featured 18 workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata. The day's closing assembly featured the VEX IQ Robotics Finals and special speaker Kaiali‘i Kahele, pilot with Hawaiian Air and Hawai‘i Air National Guard.


- January 7, 2015 -
Students are reminded that applications for undergraduate fellowships, traineeships, and Project Imua/RockSat traineeships are available on our Fellowships and Traineeships page.


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