Martin Award

The Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement by a CASCA member in good standing is bestowed upon a Canadian astronomer, or astronomer working in Canada, within ten to twenty years of receipt of his or her PhD degree, to recognize significant contributions to astronomical research. The Award was established in 2009 upon a gift by Peter G. Martin, Past-President of the Society and Professor at the University of Toronto.

The Martin Award is considered every second year, in odd-numbered years. Presentation normally occurs at the CASCA Annual General Meeting, where the recipient is invited to address the Society. The nomination package must consist of a joint letter of nomination by at least two members in good standing of CASCA, the CV of the candidate, and three external letters of support (e.g., from international experts in the nominee’s field). No letter should exceed three pages in length. No other material should be submitted. Please submit nomination packages entirely in electronic form to the Chair of the Awards committee.

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Award is 15 December 2018.

2017 Peter G. Martin Award


CASCA is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Peter G. Martin award is Dr. Ingrid Stairs of the University of British Columbia.

After receiving her PhD in 1998 from Princeton University, Dr. Stairs went to the University of Manchester from 1998 to 2000 to pursue postdoctoral work. She then continued her research at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 2000 to 2002 as a Jansky Fellow. She joined the faculty at UBC in 2002 and became a tenured professor in 2007. The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research appointed her as Senior Fellow in 2014.

Dr. Stairs is one of world’s experts on pulsars and has made significant contributions to radio astronomy instrumentation. She developed the novel Princeton Mark IV back-end instrument for use at the Arecibo telescope for high-precision timing of relativistic pulsars that was used in the discovery of general-relativistic orbital decay of the binary pulsar PSR B1534+12. She made the first measurement of the Shapiro delay, which continues to enable multiple new tests of General Relativity. She is involved in the development of instrumentation for the upcoming CHIME radio telescope that will observe pulsars as well as the cosmological distribution of hydrogen. She is the Observational Coordinator for the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav).

CASCA congratulates Dr. Stairs on receiving the 2017 Martin Award for her fundamental contributions to radio astronomy instrumentation and the understanding of pulsars that have shed new light on General Relativity.

Recipients to date have been:
2017 StairsIngrid Stairs Pulsars and general relativity
2015 ferrareseLaura Ferrarese Massive Galaxies, Globular Clusters, and Everything In Between
2013 Victoria Kaspi ‘Grand Unification’ of Neutron Stars
2011 Roberto Abraham Some thoughts on galaxies and graduate students
2009 René Doyon On Infrared Instrumentation and Searching for Pale Red Dots

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