TMT in the Community Panel at AAS235

TMT in the Community

A group of astronomers presented a panel titled “TMT in the Community” at AA235 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The panel was presented on behalf of Imua TMT, a nonprofit organization created to help spread the facts about Thirty Meter Telescope and the presence of many native Hawaiians who support the project.

Here is the full presentation, broken down by section.

Thayne Currie (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) presents part 1 of TMT in the Community: Addressing Common Misconceptions and Seeking Common Ground
Laurie Chu (University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy) presents part 2 of TMT in the Community: Cultural & Educational Initiatives by Thirty Meter Telescope
Jason Chu (Gemini Observatory) presents part 3 of TMT in the Community: Investing in the Future of Hawai`i
Brialyn Onodera (Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope) presents part 4 of TMT in the Community: Outreach Initiatives Give Opportunities 4 Locals in STEM field
Amber Imai-Hong (Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory) presents part 5 of TMT in the Community: THINK Fund as a Key Provider of STEM Opportunities in Hawai`i
Andrew Repp (University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy) presents part 6 of TMT in the Community: The Thirty Meter Telescope and Hawaii Secondary Education

The presentation was well-received by the audience and the group had the chance to discuss the situation with many of their colleagues who have hesitated to take part in the conversation.

The 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society wraps up today, January 8.

Imua TMT will continue their work to spread awareness of local support for the telescope, giving a voice to the many native Hawaiians and Hawaii residents who want TMT to be built on Mauna Kea.