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Press Releases: 2011

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

TMT's Jerry Nelson Honored with Franklin Institute Award


If the success of the people behind the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is any measure, this planned next-generation astronomical observatory looks set to accomplish a great deal. The latest... more »

Inspiration Is The Ultimate Goal


A chance encounter and pitch from Holualoa PTO Treasurer Kari Kimura turned into a new laptop computer from the Thirty Meter Telescope for Holualoa Elementary School's First Robotics Program. more »

Caltech Named World's Top University in New Times Higher Education Global Ranking


PASADENA, Calif. (adapted from Caltech press release) - The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has been rated the world's number one university in the 2011–2012 Times Higher... more »

TMT Teams Up with Expanded USA Science & Engineering Festival for 2012 Event in Washington, D.C. to Inspire Next Generation of Innovators


The world's largest celebration of science and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival, has announced its return to Washington, D.C., April 28-29, 2012, and TMT will once again be a... more »

TMT Director in Japan Receives Toray Gold Medal


Masanori Iye, the director of the TMT project office at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), has been awarded the prestigious 2010 Toray Science and Technology Prize. more »

Transforming our Understanding of the Universe with the Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)


The Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) is a key early light instrument for TMT. IRIS has an infrared camera that will exploit the best image quality available from TMT, and a versatile integral... more »

Aloha, Mr. Roboto: TMT Powers Up Hawaiian Student Robotics Teams


Although known for its gorgeous beaches and aloha lifestyle, the state of Hawaii is also home to a host of impressive and successful student robotics programs. The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)... more »

A Dark and Stormy Night


It was a dark and stormy night... That is a good description of the hail, thunder, lightning, and fog at Hale Pohaku on Saturday June 4, as Sandra Dawson prepared to present the Universe Tonight... more »

Future Scientists and Engineers Get a Leg Up at TMT-Sponsored Summer Internship Program


A highly successful internship program run by the Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI) is starting another summer session this week, thanks in part to funding from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)... more »

President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates of 2010 Kavli Prizes - TMT Project Scientist Honored


WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 /adapted from PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the White House today, President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office with the seven U.S. recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prizes to... more »

International Colloquium on the Thirty Meter Telescope


Special Event of the International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011 – As part of the 4th International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging (ISPDI... more »

The Most Distant and Earliest Galaxies


The first stars and tiny galaxies formed about 150-300 million years after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. They were the seeds that led to today’s myriad galaxies, including our own Milky... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Receives Permit in Hawaii


The University of Hawaii has applied for and been granted a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build and operate the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea. The permit was granted by the... more »

New Renderings Reveal Planned Design for TMT


Following the successful conclusion of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s Environmental Impact Statement and Final Design Review of the observatory enclosure, TMT worked with acclaimed science... more »

Richard Ellis Awarded Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society


Richard Ellis, member of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) Board of Directors and Science Advisory Committee, has received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Awarded annually... more »