American Physical Society names eight CIFAR researchers fellows

Announcement Cosmology & Gravity Quantum Materials 17.12.2014

Eight CIFAR fellows have been named fellows of the prestigious American Physical Society (APS), which publishes journals including Physical Review and Physical Review Letters.
Researchers in four of CIFAR’s programs are on the list of 200 new APS fellows, with disciplines ranging from cosmology to the study of quantum phenomena.

From the program in Cosmology & Gravity, the society appointed CIFAR Associate Fellow Lars Bildsten (University of California Santa Barbara) for his work studying the astrophysics of stars, and Victoria Kaspi (McGill University) for advancing our knowledge of the ties between different types of dead stars, such as pulsars and magnetars.

CIFAR Advisor Terry Sejnowski of the program in Learning in Machines & Brains (formerly known as Neural Computation & Adaptive Perception) earned his fellowship for his use of computational biological physics to understand how the brain processes information, such as memories. CIFAR Global Scholar Alumnus Jay Gambetta (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center), from the Quantum Information Science program, is cited for theoretical advances to quantum information processing with superconducting qubits.

CIFAR Fellow Joseph Thywissen (University of Toronto) and CIFAR Senior Fellows Andrea Damascelli, Marcel Franz (both University of British Columbia) and André-Marie Tremblay (Université de Sherbrooke) from the Quantum Materials program, were named for their contributions to quantum science. Thywissen is cited for his research on neutral atoms and quantum gases, Damascelli for determining the electronic structure of one type of superconductor, and Franz for theoretical work in understanding topological states of quantum matter.

Tremblay, who received the appointment for his development of new methods to study strongly correlated systems, says his involvement with CIFAR contributed to this success.

“I see this nomination as recognition for the long term efforts my students, colleagues and I have invested in devising new mathematical methods that are needed and useful to understand quantum materials,” Tremblay says. “The long term commitment of CIFAR to this field has been instrumental in providing motivation, contacts, ideas and a spirit of collaboration that have, in the final analysis, made this possible. It is a privilege to be a member of this community.”

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