CIAR congratulates Richard Bond on Herzberg Gold Medal

    Proud of recognition and research support for one of our own: Chaviva

    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - CIAR congratulates Dr. J. Richard Bond,
Director of the Institute's Cosmology and Gravity program, on winning the
Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, the highest
honour of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The
award includes $1 million in research funds to be directed by the winner.
    "Dr. Bond has invested over two decades in CIAR and has been the Director
of the Cosmology and Gravity program since 2002," said CIAR president and CEO
Chaviva Hošek. "His distinguished work and his commitment to making
Canada a leader in cosmology research make him most deserving of this award. I
have no doubt that this will be a tremendous boost to cosmology research."
    Dr. Bond is one of the world's leading cosmologists. He is an expert in
the physics of the very early universe and the history of cosmic structure,
dark energy and dark matter. In addition to working with CIAR, he is a former
director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and a
University Professor at the University of Toronto.
    Dr. Bond already has plans for new research projects, aimed at detecting
the impact of gravity waves created during the first moments that the universe
existed. The prize money will be used to hire young researchers to work with
Dr. Bond and fellow CIAR members Drs. Lev Kofman and Barth Netterfield.
    The Herzberg Gold Medal is considered Canada's most prestigious science
prize. The recipient is recognized for a body of work conducted in Canada that
has substantially advanced the natural sciences or engineering fields. In
addition to Dr. Bond, a second of this year's three finalists is also a CIAR
member. CIAR congratulates Quantum Information Processing program member and
Herzberg finalist Dr. Gilles Brassard. Dr. Brassard receives the NSERC Award
of Excellence, which includes $50,000 to be applied to new research.
    The Herzberg prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Ottawa on March 19.

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Communications, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, (416) 971-4152
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