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For immediate release
May 12, 2008


Dr. James "J.D." Armstrong
Maui Technology Education & Outreach Specialist
Institute for Astronomy, Maui

Ms. Claudine Wales
Administrative Specialist
Institute for Astronomy, Maui

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Maui Public Talk: Imaging in the 21st Century

Dr. Stuart Jefferies of the IfA will give a talk entitled "Imaging in the 21st Century" at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Maikalani building in Pukalani. This Maui Maikalani Community Lecture is sponsored by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.

From medical diagnostics to surveillance and communications, imaging technologies are playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives. In this talk, Dr. Jefferies will highlight some results from recent research efforts in advanced imaging methods on Maui and their application to a variety of areas including astronomy, space weather prediction, the hunt for invasive species and improving the diagnostic capability of mammograms.

space shuttle before and after image processing
Left: An image of the space shuttle Columbia taken from the ground. Right: The same picture after image processing.

Dr. Jefferies received his PhD from the University of London in 1983. He is currently a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii.  Jefferies has twenty-five years experience in conducting basic scientific research. His current interests include solar physics and advanced imaging methods.

The address of Maikalani, also known as the Advanced Technology Research Center, is 34 Ohia Ku Street, Pukalani, above Kamehameha Schools in the Kulamalu Town Center (the first light after King Kekaulike High School, just off Kula Highway). For a map, go to

Admission is free, and street parking is available. For more information, call 573-9500 on Maui.

Founded in 1967, the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts research into galaxies, cosmology, stars, planets, and the sun. Its faculty and staff are also involved in astronomy education, deep space missions, and in the development and management of the observatories on Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaii is the state's sole public system of higher education. The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and through educational, training, and research centers across the state. UH enrolls more than 50,000 students from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and around the world.




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