CASCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Ingrid Stairs from the University of British Columbia has been awarded the 2017 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada. The citation reads
“Ingrid Stairs is a leading world expert in finding and using radio emitting neutron stars (pulsars) to study and test theories of gravity. Pulsars, particularly those in binary systems, provide unique laboratories in which to study Einstein’s theory of gravity and any possible deviations from this theory. Professor Stairs has exploited this in numerous situations and continues to do so by developing sophisticated pulsar instrumentation.”
CASCA is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award, the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy.
The Richer Medal is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Professor Harvey B. Richer.
The Richer Medal will be presented in odd numbered years to an individual in recognition of significant and sustained early career research in astronomy.
The nominee will be a member of CASCA, and a Canadian astronomer or an astronomer working in Canada. The candidate will normally have received their Ph.D. within the previous ten years; allowances will be made for extended leaves of up to two years (e.g. maternity or paternity leaves, medical leaves, etc.)
Nominations for the 2017 Richer Medal are solicited at this time and can be tended until 15 January 2017. Details can be found on the Richer Medal page on the CASCA website: https://casca.ca/?page_id=7914
In May 2017, CASCA will present the inaugural Richer Medal at the society’s annual meeting in Edmonton.