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Latest news from the Hawai‘i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- 2014 --

- 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

- 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."

- 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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