2011 Awards


 2011 Award Winners



Congratulations, Jennifer! Extended coverage of Jennifer West and her Dark Sky Defender Student Award appears in the Winnipeg Free Press

Artificial lights do worse than just ruin the view By Nick Martin, July 10, 2011

Dark Sky Defender could be the title of the next summer superhero blockbuster.


It would sure look nifty on a resumé.


And it's especially impressive, though no less mysterious, when you're talking about Jennifer West, a University of Manitoba student who is this year's top student-category Dark Sky Defender on the planet.


This is serious stuff, said West, a PhD student in astrophysics and a sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba.

West received her award in New York City recently from the International Dark Sky Association, a worldwide group of academics in fields as diverse as the environment, education, biology, medicine and astrophysics. Read more >>


Dr. David L. Crawford Lifetime Achievement Award
David Toeppen

ConnieHoag-Robinson Award 2011
Dr. Constance Walker




Musco2011 Lighting Design Award
University of Arizona Stadium
Mark DeJong
Musco Lighting

Rising Star Award
Sarah Betti
Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Mariana Cabrera Figueroa
“One Light, One Star” Program


Dark Sky Defender
Communication Award
Ian Cheney 
“The City Dark”

Volunteer Award
David Ingram

Outreach Award
Adler Planetarium

Legislative Award
Gabrielle Giffords

Student Award
Jennifer West

Education Award
Nobuaki Ochi

IDSP Award
Steven Owens


Robert Wagner, Ian Cheney, and Bob Parks

Robert Wagner, Dave Ingram, and Bob Parks

Robert Wagner, Jennifer West, and Bob Parks





Robert Wagner, Steven Owens, and Bob Parks   

Robert Wagner, Nobuaki Ochi, and Bob Parks