Awards

CITA Professor Peter Martin named Officer of the Order of Canada

CITA Professor Peter Martin has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. The formal citation was “For his innovative research on interstellar matter and for establishing two world-renowned institutes of astronomy and astrophysics.”
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding…

CITA Prof. Pfeiffer and Former Postdoc Van Waerbeke Win the Humboldt Foundation’s Bessel Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation [www.humboldt-foundation.de] grants about 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards annually, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, to internationally renowned academics from abroad in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for the future. Award winners are invited to to spend…

Daniel Tamayo is the recipient of the 2015 Jeffrey L. Bishop Fellowship

Daniel Tamayo was awarded the Bishop fellowship for his work in orbital dynamics, particularly his recent research elucidating how forming planetary systems evolve to create the diversity of orbital architectures we observe around other stars today.

In the last twenty years, researchers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. The results are surprising, with about half of…

Professor J. Richard Bond Receives an Honorary Degree from SMU

On January 23, 2016, CITA Professor J. Richard Bond was one of two exemplary individuals presented with an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s University. He was bestowed a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa degree from SMU to recognize his outstanding contributions to the field of cosmology.
A glowing account of Prof. Bond’s many accomplishments was published on SMU’s news webpage. SMU’s president…

Aaron Zimmerman is the recipient of the 2014 Beatrice and Vincent Tremaine Fellowship

Aaron Zimmerman is the 16th recipient of the Tremaine Fellowship which is awarded annually at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. He was selected for his outstanding work in analytic studies in general relativity. In particular Aaron studies how black holes respond to perturbations and emit gravitational waves; he has also helped to develop novel methods to visualize curved…

Cristobal Petrovich is the Recipient of the 2015 Gruber Foundation Fellowship

The 2015 Gruber Foundation Fellowship recipient is Cristobal Petrovich from Chile, who will spend the fellowship period at CITA (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics) and the Center for Planetary Science at the University of Toronto, where the study of exoplanets is a very active research field. He plans to extend some of the theories of planet migration by taking into account t…

Peter Martin awarded CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service

Dr.  Peter G. Martin has been awarded the CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service for 2014.

“The CASCA Executive Award for Outstanding Service is awarded to an individual who has made sustained contributions in service that have strengthened the Canadian astronomical community and enhanced its impact regionally, nationally and/or internationally. This may include, but is not limited to,…

Professor Harald Pfeiffer Awarded Ontario Early Researcher Award

University of Toronto Professor Harald Pfeiffer is a recipient of the Ontario government’s Early Researcher Award. Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation made the announcement May 1st, 2014.

The Early Researcher Award recognizes recently appointed, promising scientists in Ontario. The award comes with prize money to help build a team of support, including undergraduat…

CITA co-founder, Professor Peter G. Martin, FRSC, is honored

CASCA recognizes Martin with the 2014 Executive Award for Outstanding Service for his sustained contributions to astronomy in Canada 

The Canadian Astronomical Society President Laura Ferrarese made the announcement today with evident pleasure. “For more than four decades, Dr. Martin has been a driving force and steadfast supporter of astronomy in Canada,” she said. “In bestowing t…

Marcelo Alvarez is the recipient of the 2013 Jeffrey L. Bishop Fellowship

Alvarez was awarded the Bishop Fellowship for his outstanding work in cosmology, particularly his recent research on how the universe was re-ionized by energetic small galaxies so efficient they eventually could no longer form. He explained his work this way:

“We think the universe was re-ionized about a billion years after the Big Bang which meant that the first stars that formed heated a…

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