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Hilo resident Simons among three finalists for Institute for Astronomy director

Three finalists have been identified for the position of director of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The finalists are each scheduled for virtual visits throughout a three-day period with participants on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii and Maui. The visits include department discussions; meetings with senior administrators, faculty, staff, students and internal and external constituents; and a public presentation.

The decision to meet with the finalists virtually was made to protect the health and welfare of the community, according to a statement from UH. The candidates will participate from their home institutions, with each session hosted by UH/IfA. Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend the public presentations.

The campus visits of the three candidates have been scheduled as follows (the first day will be with participants on Oahu, the second day with participants on Hawaii Island and the third day with participants on Maui):

Dr. Laura Ferrarese, visiting Nov. 4-6

• Principal research officer (and former director, Gemini Observatory), Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre.

Public presentation: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4.

ZOOM ID/PASSWORD: 974 7871 5868 / 568520

Dr. Kenneth Chambers, visiting Nov. 17-19

• Astronomer and director, Pan STARRS Observatory

Public presentation: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.

ZOOM ID/PASSWORD: 973 2455 1101 / 560806

Dr. Douglas Simons, visiting Nov. 23-25

• Executive director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.

Public presentation: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 (note different time).

ZOOM ID/PASSWORD: 961 8964 7585 / 003806

Following the visits and review of the feedback from the Search Advisory Committee and others, Provost Michael Bruno will make a recommendation on this appointment to UH President David Lassner.

For more information about the search process, including candidate biographies and their daily meeting schedule, and a list of the members of the Search Advisory Committee, visit the search website at https://manoa.hawaii.edu/executivesearch/ifa. Members of the community can provide feedback on the search through the link on this page.

For more information about the IfA, visit http://ifa.hawaii.edu.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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