2012 Award Winners
Dark Sky Defender
Science & Research
Outreach & Education
Preserving the Night
Losing the Dark
RASC/IDA DSP GOL
2012 Lighting Design Award
Dr. David L. Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award 2012
Dr. Malcolm Smith
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.
Dr. Smith, who served as Director of Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (a Division of NOAO) from 1993 to 2003, has been greatly involved in the world-wide effort to control light pollution as an environmental and astronomical imperative, along with the associated public affairs, outreach and education efforts. For 9 years he was on the Board of Directors of the IDA, the leading international body supporting the control of light pollution. He served a three-year term as President of IAU commission 50, which is in charge of the protection of existing and potential astronomical observatory sites, world wide. He was the first chairman of the IAU Commission 50 Working Group, which is charged with controlling light pollution around existing and potential observatory sites.
To read the full article visit NOAO's website for the press release.
Dr. Malcolm Smith (center) poses at the Beijing Planetarium with his award, presented to him by NOAO Director Dr. David Silva (left) and International Dark-Sky Association Executive Director Bob Parks (right). Image Credit: Sze-leung Cheung (Hong Kong University)
Hoag-Robinson Award 2012
Dr. Mario Motta
A cardiologist and amateur astronomer, Dr. Motta studied the effects of glare to better understand the impact of light pollution on vision. A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and elected member of the American Medical Association's (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health, Dr. Motta spent years encouraging members of the medical community to recognize the negative effects of glare. In 2009, his campaign bore fruit with the unanimous passage of AMA Resolution 516 officially supporting light pollution efforts and glare reduction efforts. IDA is honored to admit this longtime ally and medical expert to the Board of Directors. His presentation at the 2009 Annual General Meeting, "The AMA Recognizes Light Pollution," is available on the Annual Conference page.
Galileo Award 2012
Friedel Pas receives the Galileo Award from Bob Parks, IDA Executive Director at the 12th Annual European Symposium in Poland.
Friedel Pas has been fighting light pollution since 1990. In 1993, he joined the workgroup Werkgroep Lichthinder, which founded and still runs the pioneering lights out event, the Belgian Night of Darkness, which enjoys over 62 percent participation from Belgian municipalities. In 2004, Friedel became president of Preventie Lichthinder, which facilitated collaborations with the Belgian government and currently runs the Belgian Night of Darkness. As European Liaison to IDA, Friedel has organized and promoted IDA programs throughout Europe, including the annual European Symposium. Friedel received the 2008 IDA Hoag-Robinson Award and the 2012 IDA Galileo Award.
2012 Lighting Design Awards
Speirs and Major
For lighting design at Olympic Park in London.
Jim Benya & Chris Monrad
Exterior lighting design of Colonel Smith Middle School
For lighting design at Boca Raton Yacht/Racquet Club
Dark Sky Defender 2012 Awards
Science & Research
Christopher Kyba is a light pollution researcher working in Berlin, Germany, and currently the chair of IDA’s Night Sky Brightness Monitoring Committee. Mr. Kyba has published numerous light pollution related research on the ecological impact of artificial light, skyglow and night sky brightness monitoring. A newly elected director on the board, he aims to further extend IDA’s commitment to monitoring skyglow, particularly through increased engagement of citizen scientists and backyard astronomers. Christopher will provide the board with expert opinions regarding questions of skyglow quantification, as well as updates on the most current research. Christopher has been recently featured in IDA's Nightscape magazine with his article "Observing Light Pollution from Air & Space" based on his published research on the topic.
Outreach & Education
Mary Stewart Adams
Mary Stewart Adams is Program Director for Emet County's Dark Sky Park Program at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. In May 2011 she was honored by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council as an "Environmentalist of the Year." Mary continues to keep up interactive educational dark sky programming at Headlands while also creating new programs regularly. Recently, Mary oversaw the opening of the Dark Sky Discovery Trail. This is a 1-mile long paved trail from the entrance of the Headlands to the designated Dark Sky Viewing Area. Along the way, walkers will find cultural docents, indigenous artwork, and regional photography that interpret humanity's relationship to the night sky. Learn more about Mary's work on Headlands IDSP website.
James Fisher is chapter leader of the IDA Arkansas Chapter where he actively pursues dark sky legislation and events. James Fisher works with Arkansas Representative Stephen Meeks to adovate state-wide light pollution protection of Arkansas through the bill titled, "Arkansas Nighttime Environment Protection Act." Jim has taken his presentation "Protecting the Night Environment" on the road to present to the Memphis Astronomical Society. He is also a previous president for the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society and continues to remain active.
William Wren is a retired public affairs employee and astronomer of McDonald Observator. He reamins active in preservation of the area's dark skies. This has taken shape in the naming of Big Bend National Park as an International Dark Sky Park as well as strong lighting guidelines in and around the area protecting not only the cities but the dark skies over McDonald Observatory.
Jim Richardson helped bring about and took many of the photos for the feature article in the National Geographic article "Our Vanishing Night." This article was one that brought light pollution to the world's attention. Richardson continues to participate in dark skies awarness by recently participating in the Noche Zero event to speak about his photoraphy.
Preserving the Night
Xiaohua Wang is working towards darker skies in China by pursuing the creation of International Dark-Sky Association Approved Starry Parks and Reserves.
Stan Stubbe is chapter leader for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting council (POLC) IDA Chapter. Through this chapter he actively pursues darker skies in Pennsylvania and increased lighting regulation.
Kevin Poe is the Head Dark Ranger (a park ranger, but for dark skies!) at Bryce Canyon. He is to thank for many dark sky awareness presentations and programs. Currently, Bryce Canyon is planning an application to be named an International Dark Sky Park. Watch this video for a glimpse into Kevin Poe's adventures after the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo where he received his award.
Losing the Dark
Carolyn Peterson is an award-winning science writer and CEO of Loch Ness Productions. Lately, Carolyn has been working closely with IDA to create "Losing the Dark" a planetarium show publich service annoucement. This short, 5 to 7-minute show will be offered free to planetariums around the world in a variety of languages and will provide light pollution education globally. Carolyn's roll in this shows creation has been essential and will result in the effective introduction of millions to the topic of light pollution.
Paulina Villalobos oversaw the Noche Zero conference that recently took place in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This event brought together a variety of topics relating to dark skies and their importance for astronomy, ecology, medical concerns, culture & heritage, and the right to nature.
RASC/IDA DSP GOL
As a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Robert Dick developed Guidelines for Outdoor Lighting. Recently, Robert began working with IDA to synchronize these guidelines with the goals of IDA as well. Now, the guidelines will be the basis for both RASC and IDA because of his contribution.
Rising Star 2012 Awards
The Rising Star Awards are given to students achieving exceptional standards in raising dark skies awareness and facing the problem of light pollution head on. These students make a difference in their schools and communities. IDA applauds their efforts and impacts and anticipates the contributions they will make in the future.
Erin Rush is a 14-year-old 8th grader in Ojai, CA. She brought about a showing of the City Dark followed by a star party with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit's amateur astronomers. Approximately 100 people attend the event. After moving from Park City, UT to Ojai Erin was so impressed with the night sky that she wanted to celebrate them to encourage more people to control their lighting. Through Erin's iniative she has already brought about change in her school and community.
Britny Delp is a senior in the Physics Science Education Program at The University of Arizona. She worked with Steve Pompea through the STAR Teacher and Researcher Program at CalPoly to characterize the spectra of 35 different lights, focusing on LEDs and how their blue light emissions would influence night sky brightness. She is currently student-teaching in the Phoenix Union High School District and will begin a full-time position there in January, where she will continue to be active in citizen science programs.