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Dr. Doug Simons

Executive Director

University of Hawaii

Direct Phone: (808) ***-****       

Email: s***@***.edu

University of Hawaii

200 W. Kawili St.

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

United States

Company Description

The University of Hawaii at Manoa serves approximately 20,000 students pursuing 225 different degrees. Coming from every Hawaiian island, every state in the nation, and more than 100 countries, UH Manoa students matriculate in an enriching environment for... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

Advocate for the University's Management

Mauna Kea

Affiliations

Committee Member
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory

Education

B.S.
astronomy
California Institute of Technology

Ph. D.
astronomy
University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy

Ph.D.
astronomy
Institute of Astronomy at UH Manoa

Ph.D.
astronomy
University of Hawaii

Web References (109 Total References)


Maunakea Management Board | Office of Maunakea Management

www.malamamaunakea.org [cached]

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.


President’s Reports - CASCA

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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.


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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.


Doug Simons, executive ...

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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.


Maunakea Management Board | Office of Mauna Kea Management

www.malamamaunakea.org [cached]

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.

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