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American Astronomical Society Confers Highest Honor on McDonald Observatory Director David Lambert WASHINGTON, D.C. � Dr. David Lambert, director of The University of Texas at Austin�s McDonald Observatory, has been awarded the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, the highest honor that may conferred on an astronomer by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The AAS is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America, with about 5,000 scientist members. Lambert holds the university�s Isabel McCutcheon Harte Centennial Chair in Astronomy.
AEP Foundation Grants $30K to McDonald Observatory FORT DAVIS, Texas � The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation has granted $30,000 to The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory to provide teacher training in astronomy and Earth science to elementary and secondary teachers in Texas. McDonald Observatory has been holding professional development workshops for teachers at its remote mountaintop site since 1999. The funds from the AEP Foundation grant will contribute to this program � but with a twist.
UT observatory director honored David Lambert, director of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, has been awarded the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, the highest honor conferred on an astronomer by the American Astronomical Society. The society said Lambert is being recognized "for contributions in the field of stellar spectroscopy and abundances, which have profoundly influenced our knowledge of stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis, and their effects on the chemical evolution of the universe." In four decades of research, Lambert has published 450 papers on topics including the composition of the sun and molecular emission by comets. Lambert came to UT-Austin as a faculty associate in 1969 and was appointed to the Isabel McCutcheon Harte Chair in 1987. He has been director of the McDonald Observatory since 2003. — From staff reports
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