Cassiopeia – Winter solstice d’hivers 2016


In this issue/Dans ce numéro:

Message from the president / Mot du président
Please don’t be a DOOFAAS
EPO Reporting Tool
EPO Update from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University
CRAQ Summer School: Exoplanet Atmospheres / École d’été du CRAQ: Les atmosphères des exoplanètes
BRITE-Constellation News
Canadian Gemini News / Nouvelles de Gemini de l’Office Gemini Canadien
Update from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) / Compte rendu de l’Agence spatiale canadienne (ASC)
Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Update
Nouvelles du CNRC Herzberg / NRC Herzberg News

Editors: Magdalen Normandeau & Joanne Rosvick

Cassiopeia is CASCA’s quarterly Newsletter, published on or near the solstices and equinoxes (March 21, June 21, September 21 and December 21).

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The Department of Astronomy and Physics at Saint Mary’s University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The anticipated start date is July 1st, 2017. The Department is particularly interested in applicants in the area of computational astrophysics but candidates from other areas of astronomy and astrophysics are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a related field and the ability to develop and maintain an innovative, externally-funded research program, and supervise graduate students. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and will be expected to play an active service role at the University.

Saint Mary’s University identifies astronomy, computational sciences, and subatomic physics collectively as one of its five major research themes. The Department of Astronomy and Physics is the centre for astronomy research in Atlantic Canada, and consists of ten full-time faculty members, all with active research efforts in observational astronomy, theoretical and computational astrophysics, and experimental subatomic physics. Additionally, the University hosts the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA), an institute focused on promoting computational astrophysics in the broadest possible terms, including the tackling of complex astrophysical phenomena through numerical simulation and advancing discoveries utilizing “big data” from large multinational observational facilities. Observational astronomers in the Department are eligible for Canadian time on observatories including Gemini, CFHT, ALMA, Astrosat, and JCMT as well as JWST and TMT while ICA members are active users of Compute Canada HPC facilities. Our subatomic physicists are frequent users of TRIUMF, Jefferson Lab, GSI, and other world facilities. The Department offers B.Sc. Major and Honours programs in Astrophysics and in Physics, and faculty members supervise graduate students in M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Astronomy and in Applied Science. For a more complete account of Department activities, please see

Saint Mary’s is located in the historic port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a vibrant, urban community of over 350,000 people that is a major educational and economic centre for Atlantic Canada and is home to five universities. The city is conveniently located close to recreational areas and major urban centres in Canada and the northeastern United States. A public university with over 7,000 students, Saint Mary’s offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University has gone through significant renewal in the past decade and has over 250 full-time faculty involved in innovative teaching, research, and service. For more information about the University and the Faculty of Science, please see

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. In keeping with Citizenship and Immigration Canada requirements, all qualified persons are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1st, 2017. Applications should include a cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s interest in working at Saint Mary’s University and detailing the applicant’s scholarly research interests; a CV; a research plan; a teaching dossier (including a teaching philosophy statement, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness); and the names and contact information of three references. Please arrange for the three recommendation letters to be sent directly to the address below.

Applications should be sent via email, as a single PDF file to
or via mail to:
Dr. Marcin Sawicki, Chairperson
Department of Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 3C3

Inquiries may be sent to:

2017 U of T Programme de recherche d’été de premier cycle en astronomie et en astrophysique

Le Programme d’été de Recherche pour premier cycle Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) en Astronomie et Astrophysique, à l’Université de Toronto est une chance unique offerte aux étudiants pour préparer leur carrière dans le domaine de la recherche scientifique.

Pendant le programme de 16 semaines, les étudiants pourront:

• Acquérir de l’expérience en vue d’une carrière en recherche scientifique, en conduisant un projet relié à la recherche effectuée à l’Université de Toronto (UdeT)
• Collaborer avec des astronomes de l’ UdeT
• Perfectionner leurs compétences informatiques
• Améliorer leurs compétences en matière de communication et rédaction
• Mieux connaitre les recherches effectuées à l’UdeT
• Participer aux activités d’information destinées au grand publique

Les étudiants obtenant une bourse du programme travailleront avec des astronomes de l’Institut Dunlap (Dunlap Institute), du Département d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique (Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics DAA), ou l’Institut Canadien d’Astrophysique Théorique (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics CITA), selon les intérêts des étudiants, leur choix de superviseur, et leur choix de projet de recherche.

Le programme SURP offre aux étudiants une opportunité unique de travailler dans un
groupe constitué de trois unités ayant des expertises complémentaires en recherche
observationnelle, en instrumentation astronomique (Dunlap), et en astrophysique
théorique (CITA).

Les étudiants recevront une indemnité de stage de $9000 CAD.

Le programme aura lieu du 8 mai au 25 août 2017.

La date limite d’application au programme est le 30 janvier 2017.

Pour plus de détails, merci de visiter les sites: