Science North recognized two of Sudbury’s scientists as Honorary Life Members.
Douglas Hallman, professor emeritus of physics at Laurentian University and director of communications at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and Amadeo Parissenti, scientist and principal investigator at the Health Sciences North Research Institute, a tenured full professor at Laurentian University and Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and chief science officer at RNA Diagnostics, were honoured at the celebration.
The two community leaders have contributed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in their fields of science.
Hallman was recognized for his work with the Nobel prize-winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory and in supporting Science North in communicating the complex science behind it. He was heavily involved in the development of the Secrets from the Sun and Between the Stars object theatres at Science North and the more recent New Eyes on the Universe travelling exhibition. All visitor experiences communicated the science of particle physics.
“Dr. Hallman was one of the founding members of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) scientific collaboration in 1984 and has worked tirelessly in many areas of the experiment, leading the Laurentian University scientific team. He was the communications director for SNO and collaborated with Science North on many exhibits including the original object theatre and the recent New Eyes on the Universe travelling exhibition. SNO owes a major debt of gratitude to Doug for his extensive contributions and I am really pleased that Science North is recognizing him as an Honorary Life Member,” said Art McDonald, 2015 co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics.
To mark this achievement, proceeds from the event will be shared between Science North and the Northern Cancer Foundation.