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Year 2003 news from the Hawai`i Space Grant Ohana*
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-- News Archive for 2003 --

-December, 2003 -
Former Space Grant Fellow, Conred Maddox, has graduated with High Honors in English. Conred's Fellowship project "Model Rocketry in the High School Classroom" incorporated physical sciences, engineering concepts, and computer technology.


- November 15, 2003 -
shirt logo Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium was pleased to be cosponsor of the 2nd annual Astronaut Lacy Veach Day of Discovery held November 15, 2003. Other cosponsors of the event are the Hawaiian Electric Company and Punahou School. The event was held in cooperation with and the support of the family of Lacy Veach, Hawai`i Science Teachers Association, NASA Ames Research Center, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaii Academy of Science, Future Flight Hawai`i, and Creative Arts Hawaii. Space Grant's communication and web specialist, Linda Martel, gave the afternoon keynote address about her summer in Antarctica with the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

-October 10, 2003 -
Space Grant participated in the 7th Biennial Open House at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology on the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii.


-October 5, 2003 -
25 Hawaii high school and middle school teams have already registered for the Botball 2004 Educational Robotics Program. (Link opens in a new window.) Teams generally consist of a teacher-facilitator-advisor, six to fifteen students, and a community mentor. People interested in more information on how they can participate here in Hawaii may contact Art Kimura (Director of Future Flight Hawaii). Hawaii Space Grant is a proud sponsor of Botball 2004 and we wish all the teams good luck as they prepare for the 13th Botball Robotics Regional Tournament March 13, 2004 on Oahu. Read more about Botball and Big Island students in today's "Focus on the Economy" column at Hawaii Island Economic Development Board.


-October 1, 2003 -
Director Luke Flynn, Electrical Engineering Professor Wayne Shiroma, and Space Grant Fellow Blaine Murakami (junior in EE) are featured guests on Hawaii Public Radio show "ThinkTechRadio." The hour's topic is "The Hawaii Space Grant Consortium and how UH is using it to reach the community." HPR 89.3 FM 5-6 p.m. Dr. Flynn

-September 17, 2003 -
UH Manoa faculty members are actively seeking undergraduates to work on space-related research projects. The application deadline for Spring semester Fellowships and Traineeships is December 1. For more information visit the prospective mentors page.


-September 13, 2003 -
The annual Fall Fellows and Trainees Symposium was held on the Manoa campus. Mentors and Space Grant directors from throughout the islands also participated in the morning activities. The symposium 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. NASA Academy Research Associate, Julia Sakamoto, and Lunar and Planetary Institute Intern and former Fellow, Donielle Chittenden (both recent UH Manoa graduates) also gave presentations of their summer experiences. (See listing of current Undergraduate Fellows and listing of student research opportunities out of state.)


-August 9, 2003 -
Julia Sakamoto (B.S.,Physics, May 2003) was selected as a Research Associate to the NASA Academy at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from May 31 to August 9. Through a highly competitive, national application process, this summer internship program provides a unique educational opportunity to the country's top students in engineering, science, math, computer science and other areas of interest to NASA's space and flight research programs.


-July 31, 2003 -
Art Kimura, Director of the Future Flight Hawaii K-12 Educational Program, is at NASA Ames this week attending a professional development workshop for the NASA Explorer Schools program. Two Hawaii schools were chosen for the three-year program implemented by NASA through a cooperative agreement with the National Science Teachers Association. Mr. Kimura is special assistant and consultant to both Hawaii teams at Waimea Middle School in Kamuela and at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihue. NASA Explorer Schools.


-June 18, 2003 -
Cory Soon, a senior in Mechanical Engineering and former Space Grant Fellow (Fall 2001, Spring 2002) has just been awarded the 2003 RCUH Student Excellence in Research Award at the undergraduate level. The award recognizes Cory's outstanding work on the thermal modeling for the UH CubeSat project under mentor Dr. Carlos F. M. Coimbra of the UH Department of Mechanical Engineering.


-May 22, 2003 -
UH Manoa physics and astronomy professor associated with the Institute for Astronomy, J. Patrick Henry, has won the prestigious Humboldt Research Award for U.S. Senior Scientists. Dr. Henry wrote the original proposal for the creation of the Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium. Press release from the University of Hawai`i.


-May 6, 2003 -
Aaron Ohta, senior Electrical Engineering student and former Space Grant Fellow (2002) has just been announced as the winner of the Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award. This award is presented by Eta Kappa Nu, a national honor society for electrical and computer engineering. Aaron will be officially recognized at an awards banquet to be held in Los Angeles this fall. Aaron's Space Grant project "CubeSat: Student Projects in Satellite Technology" was conducted with mentor Dr. Wayne Shiroma of the Department of Electrical Engineering. Aaron was profiled in an article in the Honolulu Advertiser: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/30/ln/ln05a.html.


- April 26, 2003 -
Seventy undergraduates from the University of Hawai'i System participated in the 2003 Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Creative Projects, including all Spring 2003 Hawai'i Space Grant Fellows and Trainee. Pictured below are Fellow Steven Clegg from UH Hilo and Trainee Mary Miura from UH Manoa with their posters. In attendance were Director Luke Flynn, Executive Director Lorna Ramiscal, and Assoc. Directors Jeff Taylor, Ed Scott, and John Pye (Maui). Hawai'i Space Grant is a cosponsor of the Symposium along with the UH Manoa Honors Program, Marine Option Program, Global Environmental Science Program, Land Grant, Sea Grant, and the Office of the Manoa Chancellor.
UHH Fellow UHM trainee


- April 2003 -
McKinley High School took first place as part of a 3 school alliance at the FIRST robotics regional competition in Seattle. [FIRST represents For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.] Hawai`i Space Grant provided airfare funds to the McKinley team this year. Thirty-seven schools competed in Seattle, including four from Hawai`i. Congratulations! See the Honolulu Star-Bulletin article: http://starbulletin.com/2003/04/14/news/story5.html.


- February 21, 2003 -
A new two-year, $100,000 grant from NASA and the Air Force has been awarded to a team of undergraduates and professors in the U.H. College of Engineering to design and build a new nanosatellite. The project will focus on the development of new types of antennas which allow more efficient communications. An informational/recruiting meeting about this new project is scheduled for Feb. 24th from 5:00 to 5:30pm in POST room 214.

The team includes mentors and former Space Grant fellows from CubeSat, the satellite project that was set in motion at U.H. in 2002 by Hawai`i Space Grant and partially funded through Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowships and a $10,000 donation for equipment.

According to the project's Principal Investigator, Dr. Wayne Shiroma, "We had always intended for the CubeSat Project to be an ongoing, continuing effort in project-based engineering education, and this award will allow us to continue that effort through 2005." Dr. Shiroma also said that the students themselves (former Space Grant Fellows Aaron Ohta, Michael Tamamoto, and Blaine Murakami) helped to write the nanosatellite's winning proposal. Dr. Tep Dobry will serve as co-PI. Dr. Ryan Miyamoto and Dr. Shiroma will advise the research aspect of the project. Congratulations to everyone on this hard-working, creative team!


- February 4, 2003 -
Shuttle Columbia crew Hawai`i Space Grant personnel help local teachers and students deal with questions about the Shuttle Columbia tragedy and offer encouragement to continue to dream, to reach high, and explore new frontiers in science and technology.
Honolulu Advertiser story, Feb. 4
Star Bulletin story, Feb. 5.

New: Read about Astronaut Barbara Morgan's Space Shuttle (STS-118) Launch and Mission (August, 2007): Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-118


- January 28, 2003 -
group photo UH CubeSat
[LEFT] Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2) director Julie Lutz (pictured third from right) visited Space Grant offices and met with personnel from the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and the Institute for Astronomy to discuss strategies for effective space science education and public outreach. Shown left to right: Mary Ann Kadooka (Hawai‘i S2N2 contact and IfA education specialist), Vicky Hamilton (HIGP faculty in planetary geology), Lorna Ramiscal (Hawai`i Space Grant executive director), Tara Hicks (SOEST outreach specialist), Julie Lutz, Jeff Taylor (Space Grant associate director for space science), and Sarah Fagents (HIGP faculty in planetary geology).

[RIGHT] Dr. Lutz also visited the UH Electrical Engineering lab of Dr. Wayne Shiroma and heard undergraduate and former Space Grant fellow Blaine Murakami (pictured here with Ms. Kadooka and Dr. Lutz) describe the CubeSat project currently underway. See the Honolulu Advertiser article on the UH CubeSat project.


- January 25, 2003 -
Hawai`i Space Grant Consortium is pleased to be cosponsor of the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day held January 25, 2003. Onizuka Day drawing Other cosponsors of the event are: The Onizuka Memorial Committee, American Savings Bank, the Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Space Center, the Onizuka family, the University of Hawai`i at Hilo with the support of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center, the Hawai`i State Teachers Association, the Zonta Club of Hilo, Waiakea High School (National Honor Society), NASA Ames Research Center, the Hawai`i Island Economic Development Board, Future Flight Hawai`i, and the Hawai`i Science Teachers Association.


- January 2003 -
Hawaii Space Grant has begun preparations for Symposium 2003: Presentation of Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects to be held Saturday, April 26. Cosponsors for this UH System-wide event are the Honors Program of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Space Grant, Land Grant, Sea Grant, Marine Option Program, Global Environmental Science program, and the Office of the Manoa Chancellor. Space Grant Fellows will be presenting their work at the symposium. Abstract deadline is April 2, 2003.


- January 2003 -
Undergraduate students are reminded that applications for summer internships are due late January/early February. See our Student Opportunities page.


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