Ordre national de la L?gion d'honneur for Barbara Erazmus

Iva Raynova

During an official ceremony on the 29th of June, Barbara Erazmus was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour. It is the highest French order awarded for civil merits, established in 1802 by Napol?on Bonaparte.

The ceremony took place in the Academy of Sciences in Paris. The Legion was presented by Marie-Lise Chanin, Emeritus Research Director of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and member of the Academy of Sciences. Paolo Giubellino, ALICE Spokesperson, Yves Schutz, ALICE Deputy Spokesperson, and Michel Spiro, president of the CERN Council between 2010 and 2013, former director of Institut National de Physique Nucl?aire et de Physique des Particules  (IN2P3)  in Paris and currently President of the French Physical Society, were among the official guests of the ceremony.

Between 2011 and 2014 Barbara was a Scientific Associate and long-term visitor at CERN. She was Deputy Chair of the ALICE Editorial Board. Currently Barbara is helping with the supervision of an ALICE student from Nantes, whose PhD topic is focused on the isolated photons detection in the Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EMCal). She has studied heavy-ion collisions both at the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) in Brookhaven, and in ALICE. She has also been involved with the silicon strip detector development in both experiments.

She has worked in the CNRS headquarters in Paris as the Scientific Deputy Director (2005-2011) of IN2P3 for hadronic and theoretical physics. She has more than 200 publications and she has supervised ten PhD theses and three postdocs.

For the past two years Barbara has been Treasurer of the Executive board of the International Council for Science, a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies and International Scientific Unions.

“Working as part of an international and interdisciplinary community has been a fantastic opportunity. I owe this award to all the diverse relationships and fruitful collaboration with my colleagues from Subatech, IN2P3, CERN and the International Council for Science. For me the ceremony was the first opportunity to bring all these people from all the different domains into the same place, with the hope to create sparkles and generate future synergies” – said Barbara for ALICE Matters.

The ALICE Matters team and the Collaboration congratulate Barbara for this great honour.

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