WATERLOO, Ont. (Friday, May 3, 2013)  - A professor of physics at the University of Waterloo has won the prestigious Brockhouse Medal, along with a professor from McMaster University, in recognition of their shared accomplishments in the field of soft condensed matter physics.

Professor James Forrest of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo shares the prize with Professor Kari Dalnoki-Veress of McMaster. They have collaborated numerous times on research projects, co-authored papers, and hosted each other's students in their labs, all while also maintaining their own independent research programs.

"This award acknowledges Professor Forrest’s commitment to excellence, and is indicative of both the importance of his work and the respect he has of other scientists in his field,” said Professor Terry McMahon, dean of the Faculty of Science at Waterloo. "The Faculty of Science appreciates his contribution, and I congratulate him on this notable recognition."

The Brockhouse Medal, which is sponsored jointly by the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), recognizes excellence in research contributions to condensed matter and materials physics. It is named in honour of Professor Bertram Brockhouse, whose outstanding contributions to research in condensed matter physics in Canada were recognized with the 1994 Nobel Prize for Physics.

"There are many talented researchers studying condensed matter and materials physics in Canada," said Professor Forrest. "It's a real honour to be selected from such an impressive list of scientists, and it means even more to share it with a respected colleague and friend."

Both professors will be presented with the 2013 CAP Brockhouse Medal on May 28 at the 2013 CAP Congress taking place in Montreal from May 27 through 31.

The Canadian Association of Physicists is a professional association representing more than 1,600 individual physicists and physics students around the world, as well as a number of corporate, institutional and departmental members. The CAP also undertakes many activities intended to encourage students to pursue a career in physics.

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