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The 2019 Walter Scott Houseton Award was presented to Richard Tresch Fienberg


The following is written on the award that was presented at Stellafane on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

WALTER SCOTT HOUSTON AWARD of the North East Region of the Astronomical League (NERAL)

Dr. Rick Fienberg, Press Officer for the AAS, has spent many years enlightening us, and educating the public.
He has done research on the aurora borealis, asteroids, planetary nebulae, active galaxies, and the center of the Milky Way.
The asteroid 9983 Rickfienberg was named in his honor. Is the Co-creator of the Galileoscope educational telescope kit, a cornerstone project of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy,
and the 2015 International Year of Light.
Rick is an elected fellow of the AAAS, and serves as President of the IAU Commission C2.
For 8 years was Editor in Chief at Sky and Telescope magazine.
He continues to make contributions to other publications.
In 2018, NASA awarded Dr. Fienberg the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for his tireless efforts in the public's safe solar viewing of the 2017 Great American Eclipse.
we hereby present this award to

Richard Tresch Fienberg

Presented this day, August 3, 2019 at Stellafane
In fond remembrance of Deep Sky Observer,
Science Writer and ATM Historian,
Walter Scott Houston.

Photo of Alan and Rick

On behalf of the North East Region of the Astronomical League, we are very pleased to give this award
Congratulations, Rick!
Very sincerely,
Alan Rifkin
Chair: NERAL
The North East Region of the Astronomical League
NERAL Regional Representative:TBD
NERAL Secretary:TBD
NERAL Treasurer:TBD

The NERAL Annual Business Meeting will be held at Stellafane
on Saturday at 5:00pm under the Food Tent.
The public is welcome to our meetings.
2020 Stellafane Convention will be held August 13-16, 2020 (Thurs-Sun)!
Check out 
http://stellafane.org for details!


The 3 previous NERAL Chairs were:
Maryann Arrien (2001-2016)
Richard Sanderson
Paul Valelli


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