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AstroWeek 2005

Shane Jacobson, research associate for the James Webb Space Telescope camera project at the IfA, mixes a batch of ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

AstroWeek festivities both at Manoa and in Hilo featured several exciting firsts. At the Manoa Open House on April 10, visitors were able, for the first time, to tour the laboratory where the world's largest digital camera is being assembled and tested. The camera will be used on the Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) telescope, currently under construction on Haleakala (see "Pan-STARRS Prototype Being Built on Maui").

In Hilo, overcast skies and precipitation could not dampen the spirit of those attending the fourth annual AstroDay on April 16 at the Prince Kuhio Plaza. The estimated 15,000 visitors included an unprecedented number of visitors from West Hawaii, thanks to an effective campaign to inform educators and their students about the event and free bus service provided by Roberts Hawaii and the IfA. A key feature of this year's event was the inaugural Excellence in Teaching awards that recognize Hawaii Island K-16 educators whose creativity and enthusiasm engage students in science curriculum in exciting and meaningful ways. This year, two educators were selected: Pascale Pinner of Hilo Intermediate School and Richard Crowe of UH Hilo. The awards are sponsored by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii.

Shane Jacobson, research associate for the James Webb Space Telescope camera project at the IfA, mixes a batch of ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. For more about AstroDay, see the AstroDay Web site.