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A collection of recent TMT press releases and articles featuring TMT.

From Around the World to Japan: Discussions of the Future for TMT


In May 2016, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan were gathering places for TMT-related scientists, engineers, educators and public communications experts from around the world to discuss and plan the future for... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Receives Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pualu Award for Community Education


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Telescope company continues education fund despite limbo
West Hawaii Today


The nonprofit company trying to build the Thirty Meter Telescope is continuing with its pledge to donate $1 million annually for educating students on Hawaii Island, where the project is planned, even though its future in the state is in limbo. more »

VIDEO: PUEO Leader Keahi Warfield Shares Vision
Big Island Video News


Warfield said that although TMT has divided the community, he sees benefits in the $1.4 billion project, especially for the youth he mentors. Warfield also discussed his own history on the mountain; where his dad hunted and helped to lay fiber optic infrastructure, and where his brother did maintenance work for certain observatories. more »

20 parties OKd in TMT case
Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Twenty individuals and groups have been accepted as parties in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case hearing. more »

Aloha for everyone: Amano permits all parties to participate in TMT contested case
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riki May Amano is giving everyone a seat at the table as she prepares to start a new contested case hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope’s land use permit. During her first pre-hearing conference in Hilo on Friday, the hearings officer accepted 14 new parties, essentially everyone who applied and showed up to the cramped meeting room at the State Building on Aupuni Street. Five others opted to become witnesses instead. more »

Judge will allow certain groups to participate in TMT contested case hearing
Hawaii News Now


Retired Judge Riki May Amano on Friday approved requests by the Thirty Meter Telescope and the group Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities to be parties in the contested case hearing over the permit for the controversial telescope. more »

Internship program relies on TMT: Loss of key contributor would impact aspiring scientists, engineers
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Akamai director Lisa Hunter estimates 81 percent of the 328 students who have come through the program have jobs in science and technology fields or are continuing their education. But despite its track record, Hunter said the program could face significant cutbacks. Since 2009, she said the program’s largest contributor has been the TMT International Observatory, the nonprofit organization behind the Thirty Meter Telescope, a controversial $1.4 billion project proposed for Mauna Kea. If the next-generation observatory, which has faced strong opposition from some Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred, moves elsewhere, the program stands to be one of the most impacted. more »

Thirty Students Named To Akamai Summer Internship Program


The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers, has announced the latest class of students for its 2016... more »

2016 06 02: "TBD." by Dr. David Ciardi


Speaker: Dr. David Ciardi, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute more »