Reinking Donates Student Recruitment Fund
Rolf Kudritzki shows Greg Reinking graduate student recruitment materials.
A generous contribution from local radiologist, author, and amateur astronomer
Greg Reinking has established a fund to help recruit the world's
top students to UH's astronomy graduate program. The Reinking Graduate
Student Recruitment and Retention Fund supports graduate students at the
institute by means of grants or loans given at the discretion of the IfA
director upon the recommendation of the graduate chair.
Said Reinking, "When Graduate Chair Gareth Wynn-Williams came to
me and explained some of the difficulties of recruiting, I thought back
to my own experiences in applying for and choosing a graduate program.
I could see how such a fund might provide a crucial incentive to help a
top student decide to enter the graduate program at Hawaii, so I was pleased
to be able to help out."
Reinking is building the fund with contributions given annually over a
period of six years (the typical length of time needed for an astronomy
PhD). It is already making an impact. Three first-year students received
loans upon their arrival to help them cope with Honolulu's severe
housing shortage and high rental costs. The loans will be paid back next
Wynn-Williams commented, "Every year some of the world's top
astronomy and physics graduates apply to UH's graduate school, and
we try very hard to persuade them to come to Hawaii rather than, say,
Harvard, Caltech, or Berkeley. They know that we have the best research
facilities in the world, but the high cost of relocation and living in
Hawaii can also be a factor in their decision about which graduate school
to choose. Greg's fund will give us the flexibility to offer financial
assistance to new graduate students in special cases."
A radiologist at Kuakini Hospital and Pali Momi Medical Clinic, Reinking
moved to Honolulu about three years ago. He brought along the 10-inch Meade
telescope he had purchased while in graduate school. Because of the city
environment and his demanding work schedule, he offered the telescope to
the UH Manoa Department of Physics and Astronomy. This led to the introduction
to Wynn-Williams and the gift of the telescope to the IfA.
Astronomy, and particularly cosmology, remains a key interest of Reinking.
He attends institute colloquia and talks offered to the Friends of Hawaii
Astronomy whenever his schedule permits. He is the author of Cosmic Legacy:
Space, Time, and the Human Mind, a lucid and ambitious book that takes
the scientific layman on a journey through the evolving Universe from the
Big Bang and the origin of life to the social problems threatening humanity's
future. Published in 2003, it has been described by the Journal of Social,
Political, and Economic Studies as a "truly remarkable book."