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Kudos to Award Winners

Congratulations to the following IfA staff members who recently have been recognized:

photo of Emily Levesque with UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Lisa Kewley
After Emily Levesque's talk, "The Second Biggest Bang," at the IfA Manoa Open House, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw (left) surprised Levesque (center) with the University Research Council Student Award for excellence in master's level research. Also in the photo is Levesque's research advisor, Lisa Kewley. Photo by Jimmy Heasley.
Gary Fujihara and Scott Roberts with Fujihara's award plaque.
Gary Fujihara, left, and Scott Roberts, a member of the ASP board who nominated Fujihara for the award. Photo courtesy of Gary Fujihara.
Wesley Seto flanked by Katz Wong and Angel Asuncion
Wesley Seto flanked by Katz Wong and Angel Asuncion of Facilities Management at a special IfA coffee hour celebrating Seto's award. Photo by Amy Miyashiro.

Graduate student Emily Levesque, winner of a three-year Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and the University Research Council Student Award for excellence in master's level research. Her master's research studied galaxies hosting gamma-ray bursts and variable red supergiant stars in the Magellanic Clouds. She will be spending the next academic year as a predoctoral student at Harvard's Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and will return to the IfA to complete her PhD dissertation.

Assistant Astronomer Lisa Kewley for being named one of the "10 Rising Stars of Astronomy" by Astronomy magazine.

Graduate student Hai Fu, winner of the University Research Council Student Award for excellence in doctoral level research. In May, Fu successfully defended his dissertation, "Extended Emission-Line Regions: Remnants of Quasar Superwinds?" He will be leaving shortly to take up a postdoctoral position at the California Institute of Technology.

Graduate student Steve Rodney, the 2008 recipient of the Helen Jones Farrar Scholarship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation. This $5,000 scholarship is given annually to an exceptional UH astronomy graduate student who is working toward a PhD.

Science Education and Public Outreach Officer Gary Fujihara, recipient of the Las Cumbres Observatory Amateur Outreach Award on June 3 at the awards banquet of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) held at the St. Louis Convention Center.

Astronomer Brent Tully, winner of the 2008 Regents' Medal for Excellence in Research, which recognizes scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community.

Janitor Wesley Seto, recipient of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes his exceptional leadership and sustained service as a Buildings and Grounds maintenance employee.