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Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
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From the Director

Dear Friends of Hawaii Astronomy,

Every morning at 10 a.m., people at IfA Manoa meet for morning coffee. It is a time to chat about what is going on. As is normal for an astronomy institute, a lot of the talk is about telescopes and their instruments, how the observing went, what the data means, and of course, what our competing colleagues at other institutions are doing.

However, in the last eight months, there has been a new topic of conversation. Now the talk is about running shoes, training distances, and strategies for upcoming races. It seems that the primary goal of publishing something ahead of our colleagues at Harvard has been replaced by the desire to create a team that will make it into the top ten in the Perimeter Run (see "IfA Runners" in this issue).

What has happened? Should the director worry? Not at all! He and Associate Director Bob McLaren are runners who participate in the Great Aloha Run every year. It's refreshing to see that members of the IfA staff are not "lost in space," but on the contrary, are firmly grounded in this healthy activity. The IfA community that works together, runs together, plays volleyball together, and parties together is extending its participation into the community at large.

We will keep on running, and all Friends of Hawaii Astronomy are welcome to join us!

Rolf-Peter Kudritzki
Director, Institute for Astronomy

Deep Impact Events

For more events related to the Deep Impact Mission, see "Look Up at Deep Impact on July 3" in this issue.



New Moons for Saturn
Look Up at Deep Impact on July 3
Pan-STARRS Prototype Being Built on Maui

Upcoming Events

AstroTalks about Deep Impact:
Monday, June 27, 7 p.m., UH Hilo, University Classroom Building (UCB), room 100. Maura Rountree-Brown, NASA JPL Deep Impact outreach officer.
Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m., UH Hilo, UCB, room 100. Todd May, manager of NASA Discovery and New Frontiers Program.
For more information, see the AstroDay Web site.

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