Our colleague Martin Aubé from Cégep de Sherbrooke, associate professor at Bishop’s University and Université de Sherbrooke and member of the CRAQ, is the 2019 recipient of the Denise-Barbeau prize awarded by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas). This prize aims to recognize his contribution to college research and his remarkable achievements.
Martin Aubé is a world leader in the quantification and modeling of light pollution. He has collaborated with manufacturers to develop new light-emitting diodes, he has advised observatories and cities on lighting and made public appearances, including several media interviews on light pollution.
Thanks to his many conferences and avant-garde articles on light pollution, Martin Aubé has made astronomers, biologists and town planners aware of its effects. His quantitative melatonin suppression index is used not only by astronomers and town planners, but also by biologists around the world. His efforts with elected municipal officials, including Montreal and Sherbrooke, have led to the emergence of an awareness of light pollution and the implementation of concrete means to protect our starry sky.
It is with great pride that the CRAQ congratulates Martin Aubé for this prestigious honor.
About the Denise-Barbeau Award
Sponsored by the Fédération des Cégeps and the Quebec Association of Private Colleges, the Denise-Barbeau Scientific Excellence Award is designed to recognize the exceptional quality of the research activities of a person from the college network. Created in 2014, the Acfas Denise-Barbeau Prize is awarded alternately from one year to the next in the field of human and social sciences, and health sciences – social dimensions; and in the field of natural sciences, engineering and mathematics, and health sciences – biomedical dimensions.
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