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NOAO: Dr. Malcolm Smith Receives IDA David Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

On August 29th, the lights went off and the stars turned on during a special event at Beijing Planetarium. As part of the meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), Dr. Malcolm Smith, National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) was honored for his long and substantial contributions to light pollution abatement on behalf of astronomical observatories and the community at large. Dr. David Silva (NOAO Director) and Bob Parks (International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director) presented Dr. Smith with the IDA David Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, in honor of the International Dark-Sky Association’s (IDA) co-founder and first executive director, recognizes those who have made substantial effort and change in light pollution abatement education.

The presentation was witnessed by a crowd of 100 people from the International Astronomical Union’s special session on light pollution. At the same event, a planetarium Public Service Announcement “sneak preview” on light pollution, created by Loch Ness Productions for IDA, made its world debut.

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