A repeating fast radio burst from an extreme environment


New detections of radio waves from a repeating fast radio burst have revealed an astonishingly potent magnetic field in the source’s environment, indicating that it is situated near a massive black hole or within a nebula of unprecedented power.

Kaspi awarded FRQNT’s 2017 Prix d’excellence


McGill’s Vicky Kaspi, renowned international astrophysicist and a leading expert on neutron stars, is one of two recipients of the 2017 Prix d’excellence of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies. Gilbert Laporte from HEC Montréal is the other winner.

Vicky Kaspi wins top Canadian science prize


NSERC has named Vicky Kaspi as this year’s recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, NSERC’s highest honour. Researchers Elena Bennett and Yasser Gidi were also honoured by NSERC.

Jan. 12: The Fast Radio Sky by Vicky Kaspi


Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, will deliver her official Killam Prize Lecture at Tanna Schulich Hall on Jan. 12.

McGill launches centre for space research

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Montreal’s emergence as a leading hub for space research took another big step forward today with the launch of the recently created McGill Space Institute (MSI).

Kaspi, Lock elected to American Academy


Vicky Kaspi and Margaret Lock have been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the United States. As announced earlier today, April 21, the pair are part of a 2015 cohort that includes some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

A stellar decade


The first cover of Headway, in 2005, featured McGill astrophysicist Vicky Kaspi. The Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics and her team had recently discovered 20 pulsars in a single star cluster in the Milky Way. Only 10 years later, Kaspi and her team have made several other major breakthroughs. Headway caught up with Kaspi, who holds the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology at McGill, to discuss what she’s looking into now.

Une décennie cosmique


La page couverture du premier numéro d’en tête, en 2005, mettait en vedette Vicky Kaspi, astrophysicienne à l’Université McGill. La titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada en astrophysique d’observation et son équipe venaient de découvrir 20 pulsars dans un seul amas d’étoiles de la Voie lactée. Depuis, Vicky Kaspi et son équipe ont réalisé plusieurs autres avancées scientifiques importantes. en tête a rencontré Vicky Kaspi, qui est également titulaire de la Chaire Lorne Trottier en astrophysique et cosmologie à l’Université McGill, pour discuter de ses projets.

Vicky Kaspi wins 2015 Killam Prize for the Natural Sciences


McGill professor Vicky Kaspi, a world-renowned astrophysicist known for her cutting-edge work on neutron stars and pulsars, was awarded the Killam Prize today, one of the country’s most prestigious awards for academic-career achievement. The $100,000 prize was granted for outstanding scholarship in the natural sciences.