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From the Director

Dear Friends of the Institute for Astronomy,

Summer on a university campus is often a relatively quiet time, but so far, this summer has not been quiet at IfA Manoa. While some of our faculty and staff are on out-of-town trips, they have more than been replaced by visitors from afar. First, undergraduates from throughout the United States (and one from France) arrived for the tenth annual Research Experiences for Undergraduate program. Each student will work with a faculty mentor on a research project throughout the summer. Eight of them are at IfA Manoa, four are at IfA Hilo, and two are on Maui.

On June 4, a group of Hawaii students entering grades 7-11 and their teachers came to Manoa to participate in the Hawaii Student/Teacher Astronomy (HI STAR) program. Sponsored by the UH NASA Astrobiology Institute, with additional support from private donors, HI STAR is a weeklong "astronomy boot camp" for students and teachers who are passionate about astronomy and want to learn more about it. At this very hands-on workshop, they learned how to make observations, do image processing, and use software to measure the position and brightness of the observed objects.

From June 7 to 10, 65 people attended the 2010 COSMOS Team Meeting here. COSMOS--the Cosmic Evolution Survey--has used the Hubble Space Telescope and other space- and ground-based observatories to survey a two-square-degree region of the sky in unprecedented detail. Team members came from 10 countries to share information and plan future research.

Our solar scientists on Maui have also been busy. They hosted the Sixth Solar Polarization Workshop May 30 through June 4 at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. One hundred scientists from throughout the world gathered to talk about using the technique called "polarimetry" to study the Sun and other stars.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Director, Institute for Astronomy



Visiting Mauna Kea
The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) at Hale Pohaku (9,300-foot level of Mauna Kea) is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.




Imaging Other Worlds: The Gemini NICI Planet-Finding Campaign
Planet Detected in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star
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Upcoming Events
Frontiers of Astronomy public lecture by IfA astronomer David Sanders in the Art Auditorium on the Manoa campus at 7:30 p.m. Date in September to be announced. Free.

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