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Tremaine Presents Tremaine Award to CITA Postdoc Mike Nolta

Nolta awarded for work on measuring Universe's fundamental parameters

Toronto, ON, Apr 2 -- The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, a nationally-supported research center hosted by the University of Toronto, recognized one its postdoctoral fellows, Mike Nolta, for having been `deemed to have reached the highest standard in his or her research work while at CITA'.

Nolta is the eighth recipient of the Beatrice D. Tremaine Postdoctoral Fellowship, given by the CITA council for outstanding research by a postdoctoral researcher. He was nominated for his work in analyzing data from the WMAP satellite experiment measuring the cosmic microwave background, the light echos of the first sounds in the Universe. Nolta's work especially focused on extracting from the data measurements of cosmological parameters such as the geometry of space and the age of the Universe.

The Tremaine fellowship was established by the father of CITA co-founder Scott Tremaine, Vincent Tremaine, in memory of Beatrice D. Tremaine to honour her lifelong interest in mathematics, science and learning. Scott Tremaine, who returned to CITA this week as the Raymond and Beverly Sackler visiting astrophysicist and who is to give a public lecture on Tuesday, presented Nolta with the award at a luncheon on campus. Mike Nolta's work had been recognized by the CITA council before, with promotion from a Postdoctoral Fellow to Senior Research Associate, made official in November of last year and to take effect in September 2007.

About the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. The Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) is a world-class, nationally supported, research center for studies in theoretical astrophysics and related subjects hosted by the University of Toronto. The primary missions of CITA are to foster interaction within the Canadian theoretical astrophysics community and to serve as an international center of excellence for theoretical studies in astrophysics. CITA receives research support from a collaborative special project grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). More information about CITA and the work of its researchers is available at

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Tremaine, right, presents Nolta, centre, with the award while CITA Director Murray, right, applauds.
Tremaine, left, presents Nolta, centre, with the award while CITA Director Murray applauds.
Published: April 02, 2007