‘Trailblazer’: Greek physicist Asimina Arvanitaki awarded medal for innovations

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Greek physicist, Asimina Arvanitaki, was awarded the CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal 2022 by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the TRIUMF particle accelerator centre in December.

Arvanitaki received the award for “innovative contributions to a number of areas of fundamental physics and in particular for identifying experiments that could test the underlying physics” according to the Greek Reporter.

The physicist is the Chair of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Aristarchus Chair in Theoretical Physics at Canada’s Perimeter Institute, one of the largest theoretic physics research centres in the world. She is the first Greek woman to be chairperson for the SNF at the Institute.

Asimina Arvanitaki. Photo: Perimeter Institute

The Perimeter Institute director, Robert Myers, said in a statement regarding the award, “Asimina is a trailblazer.”

“Her work developing new ways to detect fundamental particles is opening up exciting frontiers and inspiring the next generation of particle physicists. This is a well-deserved honour,” Mr Myers further added.

The Greek physicist is responsible for “devising small-scale—but precise—experiments that scrutinise the limits of major theories” the Perimeter institute said in the statement.

Arvanitaki said about her award, “I am extremely humbled to have received this award. It’s always special to be recognized by your scientific peers, and I would like to thank both the Canadian Association of Physicists and TRIUMF from the bottom of my heart.”

Source: Greek Reporter

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