Navigation Links
Canada awards top science prizes
Date:2/14/2011

This release is available in French.

This week, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded 12 prizes to outstanding researchers. With an annual budget of more than C$1 billion, the federal granting agency is the country's largest funder of advanced research and training.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning pioneer Geoffrey Hinton was honoured with the prestigious Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. The University of Toronto computer scientist has contributed major advances to the understanding of neural networks and cognitive neuroscience. His computer algorithms are used in a wide variety of applications from voice recognition and the reading of bank cheques to the monitoring of industrial plants for safety. The Herzberg Gold Medal recognizes his sustained research excellence and influence.

Astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi collected the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award, which is given to a researcher who has made a recent outstanding advance. The McGill University astrophysicist's team put Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to a unique and rigorous test. Dr. Kaspi's team also found a number of missing links between two classes of dense stellar objectspulsars and magnetarsand discovered the most rapidly rotating neutron star.

Electrical engineer Guy Dumont and anaesthesiologist Mark Ansermino, both from the University of British Columbia, received the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. Their collaboration yielded intelligent devices and systems that assist anaesthesiologists to monitor vital signs more effectively during surgeries.

Six rising international stars received E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships. These awards provide new opportunities for the winners to explore promising research avenues.

  • Andrea Damascelli, of the University of British Columbia, explores the new and unusual properties of quantum materials.

  • Mathematician Alexander Litvak, of the University of Alberta, is helping to resolve long-standing problems in the field of "high-dimensional phenomena."

  • Roberto Morandotti, of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, works on ways to transmit entangled photons that ensure the security of the information they carry.

  • Ruth Signorell, of the University of British Columbia, is involved in the detection and study of ultrafine aerosols in Earth's atmosphere.

  • David Vocadlo, of Simon Fraser University, studies the key role of carbohydrates in biological systems and devises novel disease treatment strategies based on this knowledge.

  • Oceanographer and marine biologist Boris Worm, of Dalhousie University, is helping to paint a comprehensive picture of the state of the world's oceans.

Three early career achievers were recognized. Rowan Barrett received the NSERC Howard Alper Postdoctoral Prize for research into the genetic basis of adaptation. Audrey Kertesz earned an NSERC Andr Hamer Postgraduate Prize for her work on the control of converters for solar panel arrays. Haley Sapers was awarded an NSERC Andr Hamer Postgraduate Prize for her explorations into the possibility that meteorite impact craters may have nurtured some of Earth's earliest life forms.

The award ceremony was hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony in Ottawa on February 14.


'/>"/>

Contact: Danielle Nasrallah
Media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
613-897-3703
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Report: For every 1 homeless person in Canada, another 23 live in inadequate housing
2. Severe Bacterial Strain Found in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada
3. Increased age of sexual consent in Canada may not protect teens at greatest risk: UBC study
4. Canada can learn from circumpolar neighbours to improve health care in the north
5. Canada needs to improve end-of-life care
6. New osteoporosis guidelines: Osteoporosis Canada
7. End-of-life care patterns shift for patients with heart failure in both US and Canada
8. Declining breast cancer incidence in Canada with declining HRT usage
9. Canada needs health-care leadership at federal level
10. U of A works with Health Canada to test residential indoor air quality
11. Colorectal cancer screening in Canada is cost-effective
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids this ... by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited about ... ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and the ... published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six children, ... in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ... introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad ... comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... HMP , a leader in healthcare events and education, today ... Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during the Eddie & ... award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of sectors. This year’s ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... In the ... a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, ... retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the relatively lower ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) ... developed an innovative way to use nonlinear optical imaging ... of new drugs. ... Conference will show how researchers from BioPharmX and the ... School used a suite of imaging techniques in what ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. ... injectable drug administration, today shared the results of a ... improving the intradermal administration of polio vaccines. The study ... in May 2017 by Dr. Ondrej Mach , ... Health Organization (WHO), and recently published in the journal ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017 OBP Medical , ... medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to ... surgical retractor with integrated LED light source and ... and exposure of a tissue pocket or cavity ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: