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Maikalani Community Lecture Series (public talks)

IfA solar physicist Ilia Roussev used this computer-generated model of a solar flare to illustrate his Maikalani Community Lecture, "Stormy Weather in Space," on February 15.

Next Public Talk:

Kitt Peak and the Observatories of Southern Arizona

Guy Jette

Friday Jan. 18th 6:30

Kitt Peak National Observatory was the first major observatory complex when established over fifty years ago. This national observatory became a catalyst for the numerous astronomical sites of southern Arizona. The evening.s talk will discuss why and how a national observatory came to be, and why it was sited at Kitt Peak. The evening.s speaker, Guy Jette, will discuss the major observatories/telescopes in operation at this site, including the McMath Solar Telescope, which has been the largest solar telescope for fifty years. This distinction will soon pass to the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope now under construction on Haleakal.. The relationships between other telescopes in southern Arizona and those on both Haleakal. and Mauna Kea will be highlighted. The talk will include key research, from Kitt Peak.s major role in identifying the existence of dark matter to a new $100 million dollar project called Big BOSS (Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey), a project with ties to Haleakal.'s Pan-STARRS.

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IfA, Maui Open House Held every Every Fall at the ATRC

The Institute for Astronomy conducts a yearly open house. Faculty, staff and volunteers from Maui's schools and the Haleakala Amateur Astronomers share a variely of activilies and provide a tour of the ATRC building and labs. The lab tours include demostrations of instrumentation used in the otics lab, descriotions of experiments conducted by IfA researchers and hands on activites.

This image was taken with the Faulkes Telescope North on 9/18/2009 by attendees of the 3rd annual IfA Maui Open House

Open house lab tour

Educational Activities and Partnerships with
Grade Schools, Colleges, Universities for Students and Teachers

Faculty at the IfA make trips out to the grade schools as well host groups of students at the IfA
The IfA partners with Akamai Workforce to advance students into science and Technology Careers. College students are offered insterships. The internships are lead by Ifa Faculty and staff as well as engineers in the community. Faculty from the IfA aslo participate in the Akamai Professional Developement Program.

Students used Mira software to determine the brightness of stars. Photo by Karen Teramura.
Eighteen students entering grades 7-12 and four secondary school teachers participated in the 2008 HI STAR (Hawaii Student/Teacher Astronomy Research) program June 8-14 at IfA and UH Manoa. The main goal of HI STAR is to equip interested and talented students and their teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue astronomy research during the school year.

Maria Kazachenko (Montana State University) inspected the spectropolarimeter at the SOLARC telescope while attending the summer school in solar physics and astronomy offered by American Astronomical Society's Solar Physics Division and IfA solar physicist Ilia Roussev at IfA's Advanced Technology Research Center on Maui
Summer School activities offered by IFA’s Dr. Ilia Roussev as part of the Center for Computational Heliophysics in Hawaii.

Specialty Tours for Community Groups

While the IfA does not offer regular tours there are opportunites for groups to make arrangements for a special tour.