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Burt Lum

Burt Lum is a communicator, innovator, community builder, open data advocate, and sci/tech geek. He is the Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data, co-hosts Bytemarks Cafe on Hawaii Public Radio and the Geek Beat on Hawaii News Now. You can find him on Twitter at @bytemarks.

Civil Geeks: Aviation Museum Tackles Astronomy Alaina Haws

Civil Geeks: Aviation Museum Tackles Astronomy

The Pacific Aviation Museum program allows students to fly higher than the Earth's atmosphere through photography.
Civil Geeks: It’s Not Easy To Track Hawaii’s Beautiful State Insect Courtesy of CTAHR, UH

Civil Geeks: It’s Not Easy To Track Hawaii’s Beautiful State Insect

How one University of Hawaii researcher used "citizen scientists" to locate the habitat of the state insect, the Pulelehua butterfly.
Civil Geeks: When Science And Art Intersect Courtesy Rebecca Rutstein and Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Civil Geeks: When Science And Art Intersect

"We can reach a whole new audience," says a representative of one of the research projects hosting artists in residence.
Civil Geeks: Do-It-Yourself Disaster Preparation Burt Lum

Civil Geeks: Do-It-Yourself Disaster Preparation

Common items can be converted into tools to help you with that “camping trip you hope you never have to take.”
Civil Geeks: NASA Launches Hawaii Student Experiments Into Space Chris Koehler, Colorado Space Grant Consortium

Civil Geeks: NASA Launches Hawaii Student Experiments Into Space

Project Imua, a collaboration between four UH community colleges, will launch its second payload on a NASA rocket next month.
Civil Geeks: Recruiting The Next Generation Of Cybersecurity Pros Honolulu Community College

Civil Geeks: Recruiting The Next Generation Of Cybersecurity Pros

Protecting our data and traffic on the internet looks to be a growth industry for, well, forever.
Civil Geeks: 3-D Printing Brings Collections To Life Courtesy: Burt Lum

Civil Geeks: 3-D Printing Brings Collections To Life

The Bishop Museum uses 3-D printing to make sturdy objects with which visitors — especially kids — can interact.
Civil Geeks: Surveying The Skies To Safeguard Earth Rob Ratkowski

Civil Geeks: Surveying The Skies To Safeguard Earth

Scientists map "Near Earth Objects" to try to detect those that might strike our planet.
Civil Geeks: Taking Robotics Into Uncharted Waters Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Geeks: Taking Robotics Into Uncharted Waters

Intermediate and high school teams design remotely-operated robots that can do complex jobs underwater.
Civil Geeks: UH Gets $20 Million To Study Fresh Water Aquifers Nate Yuen, HawaiianForest.com

Civil Geeks: UH Gets $20 Million To Study Fresh Water Aquifers

The award, from the National Science Foundation, will be used to better map the flow of water through Hawaii's aquifers.
Civil Geeks: Hawaii Holds its First NASA Space Apps Challenge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Geeks: Hawaii Holds its First NASA Space Apps Challenge

Hackers, coders and science geeks dive into challenges for space and here on Earth.
Civil Geeks: A Promising Approach To Creating ‘Super Corals’ Hollie Putnam

Civil Geeks: A Promising Approach To Creating ‘Super Corals’

"We can assist the evolution of coral," says the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
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