(52 Total References)
Doug Simons, executive ...
Doug Simons, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope already on Mauna Kea, is concerned that abandoning the project could prevent other Big Island students like Kaluna from educational opportunities in science.
Thirty Meter Telescope officials launched the Hawaii Island New Knowledge Fund for STEM education, a fund that will contribute $1 million annually for the 19-year Mauna Kea sublease with the University of Hawaii.
"We don't have that kind of philanthropy flowing into the school community," Simons
"That would be a huge loss."
Having lived on the Big Island for 30 years, Simons
sympathizes with protesters' cultural concerns.
"TMT and Mauna Kea have served as something of a focal point in a range of longstanding concerns within the Hawaiian community," he
said, adding that he
knows protesters are not against science, or the telescope itself.
"It happened to be a telescope," that protesters banded together to oppose, he
"It could have been something else somewhere else in the islands."
Despite their disagreements about Mauna Kea, Simons
has had a good relationship with the protesters who maintained constant vigil on the mountain to prevent construction from resuming.
"I've always been treated with respect and I've never felt threatened," he
Gemini Observatory - Directorate Staff
Doug SimonsDoug Simons is the Associate Director of Instrumentation.He received his B.S. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in 1985 and Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Hawaii in 1990, before working as a staff astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope for 4 years.Principal areas of interest include infrared instrumentation and infrared studies of the Galactic center, low mass stars, and star formation regions.Doug joined the project in May of 1994, and can be reached at dsimons at gemini dot edu.
Gemini Director, Doug ...
Gemini Director, Doug Simons, Steps Down. Fred Chaffee named Interim Director
Gemini Director, Doug Simons, Steps Down.
Today the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy announced that Doug Simons, Director of the Gemini Observatory, will step down at the end of his term on May 18, 2011.
Appointed for a five year term in 2006, Dr. Simons
has directed the Gemini Observatory
through an extremely challenging period in which the nature of the Gemini partnership changed radically with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom.
will take on new tasks within the Gemini Observatory
that include creating a more active synergy among the Mauna Kea observatories.
Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Chair of the AURA Board, said " Doug has been a tremendous asset for AURA and I look forward to his continued contributions in Gemini.
AURA and Gemini Observatory Announce New Director | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference
Dr. Douglas A. Simons has been appointed the next director of the Gemini Observatory effective June 1, 2006.
..."I am thrilled that Doug will continue to move Gemini forward to become the leading ground-based astronomical observatory with this appointment," said AURA President Dr. Bill Smith.
...Dr. Simons is preceded by Professor Jean-Ren¨¦ Roy who has been the acting director after Gemini's former director of almost 11 years, Dr. Matt Mountain, took the directorship at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute on September 1st 2005.
...Dr. Simons obtained a Ph. D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu in 1994.He then joined the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT) on the Big Island as resident astronomer.In 1994, he came to the Gemini Observatory where he has served as Gemini's Associate Director for Development, overseeing the observatory's world-class instrument program.Dr. Simons
played a leading role in steering the "Aspen Process" that defined the future generation of Gemini instruments
and in implementing this ambitious instrumentation program.
"It's an enormous pleasure, after participating in the construction of the Gemini
8 m telescopes, to now guide the Gemini Observatory
into its next great phase - a mission of scientific discovery.Steering the flag-ship of the fleet in ground based infrared astronomy is truly the opportunity of a lifetime," said Simons
In addition to Doug's professional background in astronomy (infrared studies of brown dwarfs and the Galactic center) and infrared instrumentation, his
young family (his wife Judy and 3 children, Kristie, Chris and Jacob), extensive fine woodworking projects and bird hunting augment his
days that typically begin well before sunrise."Doug
is strongly committed to the observatory, its multinational partnership and its user community.
Maunakea Management Board | Office of Mauna Kea Management
Douglas Simons - Douglas Simons is the Executive Director for the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope (CFHT) on Maunakea.
After receiving his Ph.D. in astronomy from the Institute of Astronomy at UH Manoa, he began working as a staff astronomer for the CFHT.
He later joined the Gemini 8-meter telescope project as a systems scientist and eventually was named manager of Gemini's instrument development program.
In 2006, he was appointed Director of Gemini, but in 2012, he returned to CFHT as its executive director.
He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Waiakea Elementary and High schools and serves as guest lecturer in the classroom on astronomy and other science fields.
He has been an advocate for the University's management of Maunakea including providing supporting testimony on the Comprehensive Management Plan, and has volunteered on several occasions with the Office of Maunakea Management's volunteer invasive weed pulls at Halepohaku.
Dr.Simons presents a balanced perspective of advancing astronomy on Maunakea with an approach that does minimal harm to the resources.