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Dr. Doug Simons

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Executive Director

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Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation
65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela , Hawaii 96743
United States


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  • Ph.D. , astronomy
    University of Hawaii
  • B.S. , astronomy
    California Institute of Technology
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Doug Simons, executive ..., 31 Aug 2015 [cached]
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 said. "That would be a huge loss."
Having lived on the Big Island for 30 years, Simons said he 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 said. "It could have been something else somewhere else in the islands."
Despite their disagreements about Mauna Kea, Simons said he 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 said.
June 2013 - CASCA, 1 June 2013 [cached]
At the CFHT Users' Meeting, the Director, Doug Simons, laid out a three-step plan for the telescope: 1) implement new capabilities to keep CFHT competitive in the very near-term; 2) expand the existing partnership; and 3) transform the telescope into a new facility.
Proposals for new capabilities for CFHT will be tended in August 2013, and a selection will be made in late fall/winter. Upgrades to the MegaCam and/or ESPaDOnS detectors, the purchase of narrow-band filters for MegaCam, a 4D Superconducting MKID Camera, and upgrades to the Pueo AO system are some of the ideas floated at the meeting. Before then, we can look forward to SITELLE, an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer with an 11'×11' field of view and wavelength range between 350 and 850 nm. SITELLE is scheduled to be delivered at the telescope this summer, and will be offered on a shared risk basis in 2014A.
Doug made it clear that the future of CFHT must proceed through expansion of the current consortium with a view towards exploiting the strengths and synergies of the existing facilities on Mauna Kea. CFHT has been working towards this goal for several years already, with Brazil, China, Korea and Taiwan currently buying nights on the telescope. Doug announced that China has expressed an interest of becoming a full partner.
Gemini Observatory - Directorate Staff, 8 Aug 2006 [cached]
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 ..., 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Gemini Director, Doug Simons, Steps Down. Fred Chaffee named Interim Director AURA News
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.
Dr. Simons 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, 20 Feb 2006 [cached]
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.
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