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Existential education, cosmic intelligence & the Colossus Project: Dr. Jeff Kuhn at TEDxHonoluluED

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Published on May 12, 2014

Dr. Jeff Kuhn got his PhD in physics from Princeton University in 1981, but he researches many branches of astrophysics ranging from theories of gravity to studies of the Sun. He joined the UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) 13 years ago at the Institute for Astronomy on Maui, where he built a world-leading research facility aimed at unravelling the mysteries of the Sun. His research is recorded in more than 200 publications and books and he leads or co-leads several efforts to build novel astronomical telescopes and instruments. The most important will be the world's largest Solar telescope, the Daniel K. Innoue Telescope now being built on Haleakala. He co-lead an important and effective undergraduate workforce development program on Maui (called "The Akamai Workforce Initiative") and he continues to explore active learning techniques in the astrophysics graduate courses he's developed over the last two decades. Dr Kuhn is the recipient of more than two dozen research grants, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and a Senior Humboldt Prize from Germany. He lives in Upcountry Maui, near the road to the summit of Haleakala.

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