Many new faculty members arrived at the
Institute for Astronomy in 2003. Robert Jedicke arrived
in March to join the Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope
and Rapid Response System) project (see Na Kilo Hoku
no. 6, fall 2002). He studies near-Earth asteroids (NEAs),
the kind that may pose an impact risk to Earth.
Eric Tollestrup, who received his Ph.D.
from UH in 1987, returned to IfA in June as IRTF Deputy
Division Chief in Hilo. His interests include developing
instrumentation for infrared astronomy and studies of
Two recent postdoctoral fellows, Michael Liu and Fabio
Bresolin, now have permanent faculty positions
at IfA. Former CFHT resident astronomer, Eugene
Magnier, is now in Manoa to work on the Pan-STARRS
project. He grew up in Honolulu and graduated from
There are several new postdoctoral fellows: Paul
Price works on the Pan-STARRS data reduction
pipeline. Fabrizio Bernardi helps
David Tholen find near-Earth asteroids. Pablo
Fosalba studies the cosmic microwave background
and the large-scale structure of the Universe with
István Szapudi. Luca Rizzi assists
Brent Tully with the study of stellar populations of
Jan Kleyna is the Beatrice Watson Parrent
Fellow. His area of interest is galaxy dynamics. He has
also worked with David Jewitt to develop codes for the
real-time detection of moving objects such as Jovian
satellites. Crystal Brogan, the James
Clerk Maxwell Fellow, studies the interstellar medium.
She works at the IfA Hilo facility.
Tiziana Cherubini is the research meteorologist
for the Mauna Kea Weather Center located at the UH Department
of Meteorology. She received a Ph.D. in geophysics in
2001 from the University of L’Aquila in Italy.