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

  • 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.


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