Robert Lamontagne, executive director of the Observatoire du Mont-Megantic, lecturer at the physics department of the Université de Montréal, and member of the CRAQ, is one of the recipient of the grade of Knight from the Order of La Pléiade for 2013 (Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade, in french).
Victoria Kaspi, professor at the physics department of McGill University and member of the CRAQ, was awarded two prestigious awards in February.
Gilles Fontaine, his research team at the Université de Montréal and researchers at the Université de Toulouse (France) detected two Earth-sized planets around an old star, namely, a post red-giant star. Published in Nature, the discovery is particularly exciting for several reasons. "These planets are the smallest, the hottest, the closest to the host star, and the fastest that have been observed until now", said Gilles Fontaine. Many of the researchers involved in this discovery are former students of Prof. Fontaine, including Stéphane Charpinet, from the Université de Toulouse, who was leading the work. The two discovered planets are probably the remains of gaseous giant planets, like Jupiter, orbiting close to the host star when it was still burning hydrogen, in other words, before the star became a red giant. Gilles Fontaine and his team are in the 2012 annual top-10 of the journal Quebec Science.
With this scholarship, Sebastien will collaborate with the astrophysics group at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA), in Boulder, Colorado. Sebastien will work with Dr. Rosalba Perna, a world-renowned researcher in the fields of neutron star and gamma ray bursts research, as well as cosmology. Sebastien will focus on the determination of fundamental parameters of ultra-dense matter, almost exclusively composed of neutrons, and impossible to reproduce in Earth laboratories.
Dorion Pirot is the recipient of the 2012 Eurêka! public prize from the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) for his scientific illustration of the magnetic Sun.
Martin Aubé, professor at the physics department of the CEGEP of Sherbrooke, and associate member of the CRAQ, was awarded the "Prix Raymond-Gervais" for his exceptional contribution to the teaching of science and technology at the college level.
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