Professor Maria Drout awarded AAS 2024 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize12 Jan 2024
Professor Maria Drout was awarded the 2024 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
The 2024 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object, goes to Maria Drout (University of Toronto) for revealing discoveries of the evolution, influence, and end states of massive stars through the study of explosive transients and resolved stellar populations. Drout unveiled a class of rapidly evolving transients and the first known population of intermediate-mass helium stars stripped in binaries. She developed new techniques to identify and characterize evolved massive stars in elusive phases, thereby revising our views on how stars meet their final fates.