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CITA faculty Maya Fishbach receives the 2023 John Charles Polanyi Prize in Physics

By: Lyuba Encheva, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Assistant Professor Maya Fishback, one of the newest additions to the faculty of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, has been awarded the 2023 John Charles Polanyi Prize for “excellence and potential of research in Physics”. The prestigious honour recognises Fishbach’s pioneering research as…

2024 Sloan Research Fellowships awarded to Maya Fishbach, CITA, and Daniel Litt, Mathematics

Assistant Professor Maya Fishbach. Photo: Diana Tyszko.

February 20, 2024 by A&S News

Two researchers from the Faculty of Arts & Science have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Maya Fishbach is an assistant professor with the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) whose gravitational wave research is helping revolutionize our understanding of stellar evolution, t…

CITA astrophysicists have been awarded major grants to study how magnetic energy from neutron stars is converted to radiation.

By Lyuba Encheva, Communications and Events, CITA

CITA faculty Bart Ripperda and postdoctoral fellow Gibwa Musoke have been awarded 250,000 computing hours at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) for research on processes that power the extremely bright emissions that we see from neutron stars. The research project, which is a collaboration between CITA, University of Maryland,…

CITA celebrates the election of five CITAzens as Fellows of the American Physical Society


The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members of the American Physical Society who have made advances in physics through original research and publication, made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology or have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics.



Congratulations to this year’s APS…

CHIME radio telescope collaboration wins Brockhouse Canada Prize


A cross-Canada collaboration including the University of Toronto has won the prestigious Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) is a groundbreaking radio telescope — one of the most novel and…

Professor Juna Kollmeier selected 2022 Jacques Solvay International Chair in Physics

The Solvay Institutes have selected Professor Juna Kollmeier of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the University of Toronto as its 2022 Jacques Solvay International Chair in Physics. Prof. Kollmeier is the first scientist from Canada to receive this honour, whose past 16 recipients have included two Nobel Laureates.

Prof. Kollmeier is the Director of CITA and…

Dr. Jennifer Y.H. Chan CITA Postdoctoral Fellow, is awarded the 2020 Michael Penston Thesis Prize

Announced today, CITA fellow Dr Jennifer Y. H. Chan was awarded the 2020 Michael Penston Prize from the (UK) Royal Astronomical Society for her PhD thesis, “All-sky Radiative Transfer and Characterisation for Cosmic Structures”. This Prize is for the best doctoral thesis in astronomy and astrophysics in the UK.

“It is a privilege to do science research, and I am deeply honoured that…

CHIME Wins Prestigious Governor General’s Innovation Award

the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment

The team behind the Canadian-based radio telescope CHIME (the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) has been awarded the fifth annual Governor General’s Innovation Award.

Announced Tuesday by the Rideau Hall Foundation, these awards recognize and celebrate exceptional Canadian individuals, teams, and organizations who have “developed new or better ways of creating value and who…

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

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation [] 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…

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