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Scholarship honors Md. physics prof known for offbeat lessons

FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University is announcing a physics scholarship honoring a late professor known for creating offbeat demonstrations.

The award is named for Stephen Luzader, who died in June at age 72. The university announced it on Monday.

Luzader taught at the university in western Maryland from 1990 to 2007. He was also a French horn player and an amateur astronomer, and he incorporated those interests into his teaching methods.

For example, he demonstrated acoustic principles by assembling various diameters of PVC pipe into a 12-foot alphorn (ALP’-horn), like those associated with Swiss mountain dwellers.

Luzader and his wife, physics professor Hang Deng-Luzader also established a summer program at Frostburg State to teach middle-school students about the physics of solar and wind power.