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. Since the classroom grants became available in November 2014, over $84,000 has been given for projects reaching 6,594 students at 25 schools island-wide.
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 to build TMT on Maunakea.
From Henry Yang, Chair TMT International Observatory Board of Directors" “We thank the Hawaii Supreme Court for the timely ruling and we respect their decision. TMT will follow the process set forth by the state, as we always have. We are assessing our next steps on the way forward. We appreciate and thank the people of Hawaii and our supporters from these last eight-plus years.”
[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 (TMT) project site is the last new area on the mountain where a telescope project will be contemplated or sought.
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 been announced.
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.
Production on glass segments that will make up Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) primary mirror is underway in Japan, as significant progress continues being made on the telescope’s manufacturing work by many of the participating nations.
“This is an extremely exciting time, with President Obama’s announcement underscoring the significance of Maunakea and Hawaii to astronomy. TMT is honored to be a part of Hawaii’s astronomy community, " - says Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory.
[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 the Institute for Astronomy Auditorium (640 North A‘ohoku Place), on Friday, August 7 at the Keck Observatory’s Hualalai Theater in Waimea and on Maui at the PDC Training Room on Monday, August 10 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Thirty-one students and teachers representing each of the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory partner countries gather in Hilo this weekend for an intensive five-day forum on astronomy and engineering.
[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 to $70 million to build the precision-steel enclosure of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), the world’s largest earth-based telescope.
“This is a difficult day for Hawaii and TMT. As we attempted to begin our work today, we were met by protests that regrettably resulted in some arrests. Boulders blocked our access to the construction site and the Department of Land and Natural Resources deemed it unsafe for us to proceed," - says 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 the TMT International Observatory Board has decided to move ahead to restart the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the morning of Wednesday, June 24." - says Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory board.
“Today, it is with enthusiasm and excitement that we announce the intent of our partner universities to establish scholarships, summer internships, graduate program fellowships, and research assistantships in the areas of science and technology for Hawaii’s students," - says Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board
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 Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).