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Professor honored at physics conference for outstanding service

December 03, 2012

Professor Douglas Arion, who teaches both physics and astronomy and entrepreneurship at Carthage, received an Outstanding Service Award at the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress.

Douglas ArionDouglas ArionThe event, hosted by physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma, was held Nov. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla. Prof. Arion also spoke at the gathering, as co-presenter of a workshop titled “Connecting Academia & Industry.”

According to the citation presented by the society’s at-large chapter, Prof. Arion was recognized for “his commitment to mentoring students in both science and business, establishing the unique ScienceWorks program …, for providing the entire world with Galileoscopes to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy, and for sharing his insights with the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress.”

Prof. Arion’s leadership in the Galileoscope initiative, in which more than 200,000 of the low-cost telescopes have been delivered to more than 100 countries, elicited another professional honor. The Ministry of Education of Mexico has invited him to speak in Merida, Mexico, on Dec. 18 at the dedication of its new science education program. The Galileoscope is to be featured as the project keystone.