The J.S. Plaskett Medal is awarded annually by CASCA and the Royal
Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) to the Ph.D. graduate from a
Canadian university who is judged to have submitted the most outstanding
doctoral thesis in astronomy or astrophysics during the preceding two
calendar years. We are pleased to announce Dr. Andrew Richard Pon as
the 2014 recipient of the J.S. Plaskett Medal.
Dr. Pon completed his doctoral studies at the University of Victoria in
2013 under the supervision of Dr. Douglas Johnstone (UVic, NRC-Herzberg).
His thesis, entitled “Shocks, Superbubbles, and Filaments: Investigations
into Large Scale Gas Motions in Giant Molecular Clouds”, covers a wide
range of topics in star formation — including gravitational collapse,
turbulent heating, and Galactic ecology. This work bridges theory and
observations, and crosses traditional boundaries between the detailed
investigation of individual nearby star-forming regions and the much
larger scale studies of galactic-scale star formation.
Dr. Pon is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leeds,
where he is continuing his studies of turbulent dissipation and shock
heating in molecular clouds.
CASCA congratulates Dr. Pon on the receipt of the 2014 J.S. Plaskett medal.