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Year 2017 news from the Hawai‘i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2017 --

- December 14, 2017 -
Dr. David Trang. Former HSGC Fellow, David Trang, who is now a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, is one of 13 international scientists newly selected by NASA as participating scientists for the agency's first asteroid sample return mission, OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer). Launched on September 8, 2016 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is on a seven-year journey to rendezvous with, study, and return a sample of Bennu to Earth. This sample of a primitive asteroid will help scientists understand the formation of our Solar System more than 4.5 billion years ago. For more see the NASA Press Release. Congratulations!

- October 30, 2017 -
Link to Lunar and Planetary Institute. Former Mānoa HSGC Fellow, Jason Tremblay (Spring-Fall 2017), is pictured (on the left) in the News Spotlight photo at the Lunar and Planetary Institute's announcement: LPI Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Summer Intern Program." Jason participated as a 2017 summer intern in Planetary Science (see the LPI News Release). He was one of 14 students selected from an applicant pool of nearly 400. Read more about the LPI Summer Intern Program.

- August 2017 -
Link to UH article about Project IMUA. Project IMUA students from Kaua‘i CC, Honolulu CC, and Windward CC are featured in the NASA News Article "Undergraduate Students Bring Ideas to Reality with Rocket Launch from NASA Wallops". Also read the UH News Release "UH Community College Students Prepare to Launch Payload from NASA Flight Facility," and previous UH News on Project Imua. Watch Project Imua on KHON TV.

- July 31, 2017 -
Link to ThinkTech Hawaii show. HSGC's Linda Martel (Communications/Webmaster) and Jeff Taylor (Associate Director for Space Science) hosted a program on ThinkTech Hawaii with special guest Dr. Nathalia Alzate (Post-Doctoral Solar Scientist, Aberystwyth University, Wales and visiting the UH Institute for Astronomy, seated center) about The Science and Beauty of a Total Solar Eclipse. The half-hour show highlighted Dr. Alzate's research of the solar corona, especially during total solar eclipses.

- June 14, 2017 -
Link to UH article about Fellows project. Former HSGC Fellows from the University of Guam, John Tristan Palanca and Allen Jake Aromin (Spring 2017) were featured in "UOG Students Attend NASA Space Grant Student Symposium at UH" SOEST News Release and The Guam Daily Post. Their Fellowship project was titled "Design, Fabrication, and Programming of a Drilling System for Water Extraction from Subsurface Planetary Ice."

- April 29, 2017 -
Boy Scouts Makahiki Onizuka Day HSGC cooperated with and advised the Boy Scouts of America Aloha Council for their first Onizuka Day of Exploration in Honolulu. Over 7000 attendees enjoyed the full day of engaging STEM experiences with over 70 booths with hands-on science activities, 24 science workshops, and so much more. See the 2017 Onizuka Day Highlights video. Read Art Kimura's article about the event "Prepared for Life" in MidWeek.

- April 22, 2017 -
Spring Fellowship & Traineeship Symposium
Undergraduate students from UH System campuses and the University of Guam presented talks and posters about their Space Grant Fellowships and Traineeships on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Registration opened at 8:00 a.m. and the symposium ran from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building, room 723 on the UH Mānoa campus. Also attending the symposium were research project 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.   Here is the symposium schedule.

- February 23, 2017 -
Link to UH news article. Former Manoa HSGC Fellow, Aleca Borsuk (Spring 2016), is featured in "How Bright is the Future of Space Food?" UH News Release and video and in What to Feed Astronauts on Long Hauls? A UH Student Might Have the Answer" Hawaii News Now article. Aleca's Fellowship project involved horticultural practices that would be suitable for long-duration spaceflight.

- January 28, 2017 -
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka portrait. Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is proud to again co-sponsor the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day 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, along with the support of KTA Super Stores. This year's event, the 17th annual, pays tribute to Hawaii's first astronaut and to the crew of the last flight of the Space Shuttle, Challenger on January 28, 1986. The day features 20 workshops, displays by organizations and companies, and a special keynote address by a NASA Astronaut. The day's closing assembly features special guest Bumblebee and the TMT VEX IQ Robotics Finals and a Diffraction of Light extravaganza.

- January 3, 2017 -
Students are reminded that information about undergraduate fellowships and traineeships are available on our Fellowships and Traineeships page.

* 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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