Published: Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Kudos to: Folsom's City Zoo Sanctuary, Chico's Bidwell Park and Patrick P. Fenwick, recreation and park administrator

Accomplishment: Inducted into California Park and Recreation, District 2, Hall of Honor

Details: The hall was established to honor professionals, programs, facilities, partnerships and foundations that have positively influenced the quality of life in the region. The district represents 19 counties and is a public advocate for the park and recreation profession.

Kudos to: Aerojet, aerospace and defense company

Accomplishment: Presented $100,000 to Powerhouse Science Center toward creation of the new Aerojet Challenger Learning Center

Details: In 1996, Aerojet led efforts to fund the existing Challenger center at the current Discovery Museum on Auburn Boulevard. The interactive space mission simulator experience includes a realistic Mission Control room. The new Aerojet Challenger Learning Center will showcase a cutting-edge NASA space mission program at the future Powerhouse Science Center.

Kudos to: Peter Hall, distinguished professor of statistics at UC Davis

Accomplishment: Named an officer of the Order of Australia

Details: Hall is a professor at the University of Melbourne and, since 2006, spends one quarter a year at UC Davis. Hall's work is said to provide the theoretical support for major new methods in statistics – especially "non-parametric statistics and bootstrap analysis." The Order of Australia was established in 1975, replacing the British system of awards and honors.

– Bill Lindelof

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