Jean-Francois Cossette (CRAQ and UdeM) and Jean-Francois Robitaille (CRAQ and ULaval) are the recipients of the international internship scholarship program from the Fonds Quebecois de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT)
The NSERC John-C. Polanyi Price is attributed to the team of astrophysicists composed of Prof. Rene Doyon and his former PhD students David Laferniere and Christian Marois, who are now a postdoctoral fellow at UdeM and a researcher at the NRC, respectively. The Polanyi price rewards a remarkable advancement performed in Canada. The three astrophysicists are honoured for the first imaging of an extrasolar planetary system.
Holder of the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill University, Victoria Kaspi, member of the CRAQ, has been elected member of the Royal Society, the oldest and the most renowned science academy in the world. Created in 1660, the Royal Society is the national academy of sciences of the United Kingdom.
After receiving the "Prix du Public Québec Science Discovery of the year 2009", Olivier Daigle, PhD student in astrophysics and member of the Centre de Recherche en Astrophysique du Québec (CRAQ), receives another distinction with the title of Personality of the Week La Presse/Radio-Canada (Personalité de la semaine). He gained recognition from scientific journalists and medias these last two years for his conception of the most sensitive astronomical camera which future is extremely promising.
Holder of the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill University, Victoria Kaspi, member of the CRAQ, has been elected member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. This distinction is one of the most honorific recognition that can be granted to a scientist in the United States. With more than 2000 exceptional laureates, the list of members composing the Academy is breathtaking. With this election, Professor Kaspi joins the 180 Nobel laureates still alive today as well as world-renowned scientists including Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, all members of the Academy.
Astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi receives elite award for her research.
The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded a Killam Research Fellowship to Dr. Victoria Kaspi for her astrophysics research. Kaspi may spend her time among the stars, but she's got her feet firmly on the ground when it comes to her work. "I am extremely honoured that my project A New Window on the High Energy Universe was selected by the Council. Moreover, the award will provide a wonderful boost to this field of research that is pushing the boundaries of our knowledge," she said.
Matt Dobbs, astrophysicist at McGill University and member of the CRAQ, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. Dobbs, a Canada Research Chair in Astro-particle Physics, investigates a big subject: the origins and evolution of the universe.
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