IfA Alumni Make Wish Come True
Paige Gonzalez with the Women's Adventures in Science book that features
IfA alumna Heidi Hammel. Photo by Gary Fujihara.
The office of Science Education and Public Outreach (SEPO) had the opportunity
to help fulfill a dream for Houston Make-A-Wish child Paige Gonzalez. The
nine-year-old's wish was to meet her idol, IfA alumnus and Gemini
Observatory astronomer Chad Trujillo, so SEPO coordinated a Mauna Kea Experience
program at the Visitor Information Station. Trujillo gave a personalized
presentation to Gonzalez and her family.
Inge Heyer, an IfA alumna and now public outreach officer with the Joint
Astronomy Centre in Hilo, joined the group for dinner at Hale Pohaku.
SEPO also presented a gift of the Women's Adventures in Science
book series. Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, `Imiloa Astronomy Center,
and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope also donated gifts.