Dans le cadre de ses travaux de doctorat, dirigés par le professeur Claude Carignan, Olivier Daigle a mis au point un dispositif d'imagerie numérique, appelé contrôleur de CCD (pour charge coupled device), qui permet d'améliorer grandement la qualité des images perçues par les caméras d'astronomie ou par celles d'autres instruments employés dans des situations de très faible luminosité. Ce dispositif a permis d’effectuer les observations astronomiques les plus précises jamais réalisées. Ce qui rend l’invention encore plus prometteuse, ce sont les applications qui peuvent en être faites dans d’autres domaines. Le dispositif permet, par exemple, de capter avec netteté le spectre lumineux particulier d’une tumeur cancéreuse, sans avoir recours aux isotopes médicaux radioactifs, pour lesquels il y a une grave pénurie au Canada et dans plusieurs autres pays.
Valerie did her PhD thesis under the co-supervision of Dr. Stéphane Charpinet (former member of the CRAQ) at the Université Paul-Sabatien (Toulouse, France) and Gilles Fontaine, member of the CRAQ and professor at the Physics Department of the Université de Montréal.
The prestigious Prix Marie-Victorin is awarded to the McGill Astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi. The CRAQ congratulates Prof. Kaspi for receiving this price, the highest distinction awarded by the Québec government in the domain of Natural Sciences and Engineering.
The program "Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship", of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), is awarded to a postdoctoral researcher whose work is judged particularly exceptional in relation with NASA's activities in the field of cosmic origins scientific research. In order to pursue his research at the Université de Montreal, Patrick Dufour had to decline the prestigious fellowship of the STScI because it can only be used to perform research in a U.S. university.
Anne Archibald, from McGill University, and Sandie Bouchard, from Université de Montréal, were the recipients of the Best Scientific Oral Presentation and Best Scientific Poster, respectively, during the 2009 Annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical society (CASCA), held in Toronto on the 26-29 of May 2009. Pierre-Emmanuel Tremblay, from UdeM, also received a distinction for his poster.
The Peter G. Martin Award for exceptional contribution to astronomical research is attributed to a Canadian astronomer or CASCA member in his/her mid-career. It is awarded every two years, during odd years. This award is presented during the CASCA annual meeting, during which the recipient is invited to address the Canadian Astronomical Society.
Robert Lamontagne, executive director of the Observatoire du Mont Mégantic is the laureate of the 2009 Excellence in teaching award of the Université de Montréal, in the category of course supervisor. This award was offered for the course he teaches since 2003, Astrobiology.
François Aubin, PhD student at McGill, is the recipient of a scholarship from the international internship program of the Fond Québécois de Recherche en Nature et Technologies (FQRNT) for his participation to the EBEX project (E and B Experiment). This research project is an international collaboration dedicated to the study of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) polarization using a balloon-born instrument to detect the gravitational waves emitted during the initial phase of the formation of the Universe.
For its 5th birthday on April 29th 2009, the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales de l’Université de Montréal (CERIUM, http://www.cerium.ca/) , Centre for International Research and Studies at UdeM) awarded its first Internationalist of the Year award to Claude Carignan, professor at the Physics Department of the UdeM and faculty member of the CRAQ. This award is granted to a Québécois for his/her exceptional contribution, within the past five years, to the production of knowledge (or skills) in the international community, to the dissemination of Québec's knowledge, or to the establishment of gateways and links between Québec and other countries.
The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP, http://www.cap.ca/) congress is the most important physics conference in Canada. This year, it will be held at the University of Moncton from June 7th to June 10th 2009. During the conference, the CAP offers a public talk, the Herzberg public lecture, given to honour Gerhard Herzberg, one of the ten Canadian Nobel laureate. This bilingual lecture is generally given by famous physicists of Canada. Several Nobel laureates have been invited to the CAP.
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