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Press Releases: 2015

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

THINK Fund STEM Classroom Grants to Kona, Volcano, Laupahoehoe, Kau and Pahala Schools


The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation, established by TMT, continues to support teachers in Hawaii Island schools to boost STEM learning for their students.... more »

The Hawaii Supreme Court Ruling


On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the Conservation District Use Permit issued by the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) to the University of Hawaii - Hilo... more »

Statement from TMT regarding HSC ruling


 From Henry Yang, Chair TMT International Observatory Board of Directors: more »

UH confirms TMT project is the last telescope site on Maunakea


 [From University of Hawaii] - A letter from University of Hawai?i President David Lassner to Department of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case confirms that the Thirty Meter Telescope... more »

TMT to Conduct Site Preparation


A small crew of local workers will go to the Thirty Meter Telescope site this month to conduct site preparation activities, starting with equipment maintenance and repairs. An exact date has not... more »

Statewide Poll Results Show Strong Support for TMT; Results Released Today


On the following pages are the results of a statewide scientific public opinion poll conducted in October 2015 by Ward Research, Inc., an independent research firm based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Total... more »

TMT Project Progresses With Work Being Accomplished By Partners Worldwide


TMT Project Progresses With Work Being Accomplished By Partners Worldwide Mirror Production For Telescope Is Underway In Japan more »

Third Maunakea Observatory Set for Decommissioning


[From University of Hawaii] - The University of Hawaii has identified the third observatory to be decommissioned and removed from the summit of Maunake more »

TMT Responds to President Obama’s Announcement of the Kamaaina Observatory Experience at White House Astronomy Night


PASADENA, CALIF (October 19, 2015) – Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: more »

Akamai Internship Program Announces Summer Internship Symposiums in Hilo, Waimea, Maui and Pasadena


[From UC Akamai Workforce Initiative] - The Akamai Workforce Initiative’s Internship Program announces its Student Internship Symposiums in Hilo on Wednesday August 5 from 9 am to 11:30 am at... more »

From around the World, High School Students Gather in Hilo to Learn from Local Scientists and Engineers, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii hosts third annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit


Hilo, HI (July 17, 2015) – Thirty-one students and teachers representing each of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory partner countries gather in Hilo this weekend for an... more »

Canadian Federal Government announces $70 million award to Dynamic Structures for supply of Thirty Meter Telescope Enclosure


[From Empire Industries ; VANCOUVER] - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry for Canada, announced on June 30 that Dynamic Structures, a division of Empire Industries Ltd., will receive up... more »

TMT Cuts Short First Day of Construction Restart For Safety Reasons


Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: “This is a difficult day for Hawaii and TMT. As we attempted to begin our work today, we were met by protests that... more »

TMT Partners Agree to Restart Construction of Telescope Project


Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: “After more than two months of consultation, education, and dialogue with many stakeholders, we humbly announce that... more »

TMT Partners Commit to Helping Hawaii's Youth Reach for the Stars


 PASADENA, CALIF – Statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board: more »

China Student Wins Special TMT Award at 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair


As part of its commitment to invest in the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project awarded a special grand prize at the recent 2015 Intel International... more »

UH Implementation Plan for Improved Stewardship of Maunakea


[From University of Hawaii] - Statement from UH President David Lassner and UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney: Over the past months the University of Hawaii has received substantial input regarding... more »

Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii to End Operations


[From Caltech Submillimeter Observatory] - After almost 29 years, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will end operations of the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) in Hawaii in... more »

Hawaii Governor David Ige Announces Major Changes in the Stewardship of Mauna Kea


[From the Office of the Governor: HONOLULU] – Governor David Ige today announced his proposed way forward for the stewardship of Mauna Kea. more »

Canada Becomes a Full Member of the Thirty Meter Telescope Project


Canada is the most recent nation to affirm its commitment to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and was voted in as a full member of the project by the TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of... more »

Why We Are Building It: New Science Case for the Thirty Meter Telescope Highlights Major Areas of Discovery


A new document describing the transformational science the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable has been released. TMT is a powerful, next-generation astronomical observatory that will begin... more »

TMT Background - Get the Facts


TMT has launched an informational microsite. The website provides additional background on the project, gives answers to the most frequently asked questions, and provides a listing of some balanced... more »

Canada Funding for TMT Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper


Earlier this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Government of Canada’s intention to provide significant support for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), an international project that... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Update and Background


[Source - University of Hawaii News]: The construction phase beginning on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Maunakea on Hawaii Island has prompted protests and media coverage. The... more »

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across TMT Partnership


[Text courtesy of TMT and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory]: On April 4, 2015 a total lunar eclipse will be visible across the TMT partnership. The moon will be in total eclipse for about 5... more »

TMT Science Forum 2015: "Maximizing Transformative Science with TMT"


TMT announces the 2015 Science Forum titled “Maximizing Transformative Science with TMT.” The forum will be held June 23-25, 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of... more »

TMT Scientists Discuss Serious Science and Classroom Fun During Journey Through the Universe 2015


TMT will participate again at this year's Journey Through The Universe's Family Science Day and Astronomy Educators in the Classroom. more »

TMT Shakes Its Mirror


During the week of January 26, 2015, the Thirty Meter Telescope performed a series of "shake tests" in El Segundo, California. A major earthquake was simulated to confirm that the telescope... more »

THINK Fund at the Pauahi Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Available


The THINK (The Hawaii Island New Knowledge) Fund application at the Pauahi Foundation opened on February 4, 2015. This is a new, multi-year scholarship fund for the Pauahi Foundation. more »