Are We Special: Humankind's Place in the Cosmos
Campton Public Library
Monday, August 13, 2018
Douglas Arion, PhD is Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Carthage College. At Carthage he founded the country’s first undergraduate science and technology entrepreneurship program, developed the physics research laboratory, and founded the college’s Griffin Observatory. His work now concentrates on public science education. He manages a partnership between Carthage and the Appalachian Mountain Club to engage the public with ‘environmental awareness from a cosmic perspective’. These programs address the multitude of ways that everything on Earth is connected to the entirety of the Universe, and how cosmology and the history of life on Earth are combined in one big, fascinating story that changes the way audiences interact with their environment. For the International Year of Astronomy-2009, he and business partner Rick Fienberg founded Galileoscope LLC to develop, manufacture, and distribute high quality low cost telescopes for worldwide promotion of science education and outreach. Galileoscope was also a worldwide cornerstone project of the 2015 International Year of Light, and continues to supply Galileoscope kits all over the world, along with free educational materials including lesson plans, observing guides, and instructions in many languages. More than 250,000 are now in use over 110 countries. Prior to his work at Carthage, Arion was head of the Applied Physics and Engineering Division and Assistant Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation, working primarily in national defense and nuclear survivability. He directed the design and testing of many systems, including spacequalified optics and high precision structural measuring systems. Arion is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has received the Distinguished Service Award from Sigma Pi Sigma (the physics honorary society), and the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Appalachian Mountain Club. He is a Lifetime member of the International Dark Sky Association, and serves on the American Astronomical Society and International Astronomical Union commissions on dark skies preservation.
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