The secrets of the Universe and active earth forces are revealed at behind-the-scenes visits to observatories and research facilities on this unique program. Gain unparalleled access to the Mauna Kea Observatory Complex on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Haleakala Observatory Complex at the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, where a variety of telescopes, and computing facilities searches the sky for new asteroids, comets, variable stars, exoplanets, and other celestial objects. The program also provides plenty of time to experience Hawaii's natural history with a whale-watching cruise, mountain trail walks, and a geologist-led exploration in Volcanoes National Park.
Day 1: Fly into Maui
Day 2: Wailea
Day 3: Haleakala National Park
Day 4: Kilauea
Day 5: Volcanoes National Park,
Day 6: South Kohala
Day 7: Mauna Kea
Day 8: North Kohala
Day 9: Departure
Professor Ryan Hickox is an observational astrophysicist with primary interests in supermassive black holes and the evolution of galaxies. An author on more than 100 refereed journal articles, Prof. Hickox holds a B.S. in Physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. He held postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Durham University in the UK, and joined Dartmouth College in December 2011. His research has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation (including a CAREER award), and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.
Hickox has appeared on The Universe, a History Channel television series, and was the author of the astronomy chapter in Dartmouth Professor Dan Rockmore's What Are the Arts and Sciences?: A Guide for the Curious (2017). Professor Hickox also serves as the House Professor for West House, one of Dartmouth's new residential house communities, which opened in fall 2016. He was previously a member of the Presidential Steering Committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward, for which the creation of the new House system was top recommendation.