By Lawrence Belanger
Local Journalism Initiative
Dr. Jason Rowe of the Bishop’s University Physics and Astronomy Department has been renewed for another five-year term as the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Exoplanet Physics. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, Nov. 25 in the campus’s Centennial Theatre Lobby, with Marie-Claude Bibeau, MNA for Compton-Stanstead and Lennoxville borough president Claude Charron in attendance.
Bibeau’s remarks praised the ability of smaller universities like Bishop’s to attract and conduct such stellar researchers (Bishop’s has four other CRCs in a variety of fields). “The renewal of this Research Chair for Bishop’s University demonstrates that regional universities are also able to attract leading thinkers such as Dr. Jason Rowe and are just as conducive to bringing together creative teams that can be leaders in physics and astronomy.”
“Dr. Rowe is one of the world’s authoritative experts on exoplanet astrophysics,” said university Principal Michael Goldbloom, adding that the sometimes mundane tasks of managing the institution are motivated in part by research like Dr. Rowes: “It’s really gratifying to, through that work, see your work.” Goldbloom also spoke to the importance of universities and government support for Rowe and his colleagues to do their work and answer questions about the universe.