The Nobel Prizes in Physics for 2018 were announced on October 2nd. Dr. Donna Strickland, associate professor at the University of Waterloo, was a co-recipient of the award for her work with her Ph.D. supervisor Dr. Gérard Mourou (also a recipient of the award) on chirped pulse amplification of lasers. Their work pioneered the creation of short energetic laser pulses that are now used in laser micromachining, laser surgery, medicine and fundamental science studies. Dr. Strickland is the third woman to ever win the Noble Physics Prize, and also the first female Canadian to win the prize. Interestingly, she receives the award for the work in her very first publication, perhaps at odds with the notion that breakthrough science only occurs late in a scientist's career. Also receiving the 2018 Nobel Physics prize is Dr. Arthur Ashkin for his work using these precise laser pulses to create optical tweezers for manipulating small atoms and objects.