The ASI is pleased to announce the establishment of a new award, to be presented at each future annual Irish National Astronomy Meeting. The award will recognise the best contributions to INAM by a graduate student presenter.
The award is named after one of the most distinguished members of Ireland’s astronomical diaspora, Peter Curran, who did a BSc and MSc in University College Cork, a Ph.D. in the Anton Pannekoek Astronomical Institute of the University of Amsterdam, and went on to develop a strong research programme in GRBs at The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in Curtin University in Perth, following positions at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) of University College London, and the Service d’Astrophysique, CEA-Saclay near Paris.
There are two winners of the Peter Curran Award 2020 for best student talk. These winners are Emma Callis from UCD, who gave a talk on “SN2018zd – Rare signatures of interaction in a Type IIP SN”, and Shannon Matthews from QUB, who gave a talk on “High-resolution spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres using Doppler tomography”
Honourable mentions also go to Stephen Carolan, Seán Brennan, Aoife Curran, Camille Stock and Laura Murphy.