Past Grad Student Seminars

Fri, 2016-07-08 12:00 - 13:00
Alan Manning
ABSTRACT: Like it or not, every scientist is also an ambassador of science: it's up to us to make science relevant and accessible to the general public. Unfortunately, explaining your research to non-scientists can be difficult. We've all been on the receiving end of blank stares, mutters of "sounds complicated", and quickly-vanishing interest after our enthusiastic explanation. It's often a frustrating and demoralizing experience.
Fri, 2016-04-01 12:00 - 13:00
Damien Quentin
The development of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), like that of many instruments in physics, opens new windows to the physical world. The ability to resolve surface topographies on an atomic scale, and to produce energy spectra down to the μeV regime allows us to explore properties of exciting yet poorly-understood new materials.
Fri, 2015-10-30 12:00 - 13:00
Ricardo Chavez Gonzalez
Antoni Gaudi (1878-1926) was a catalan modernist architect. His work is a blend between the arts and nature, often with religious images. The power of his creations is not only great in concept, but also in dimensions. Geometry would play an essential role in his artistic view when designing buildings. Dense and complex, with unique aesthetics, Gaudi made of Barcelona a world reference for architecture. Examples of his work are the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera. UNESCO declared his work as world heritage sites.
Fri, 2015-06-05 12:00 - 13:00
Jeff Bale, Byron Wilson and Tristan Sullivan
Abstract: Three PHAS graduate students (Jeff Bale, Byron Wilson and Tristan Sullivan) will give practice presentations of their research projects which will be presented throughout the summer at CAP and medical physics conferences. Please join us for a diverse discussion on different physics topics and a constructive exchange on presentation tips and tricks. Snacks provided.
Fri, 2015-05-01 12:00 - 13:00
Ricardo Chavez Gonzalez

Muralism was used extensively across pre-columbian cultures all across America as a narrative but also as an educational resource to create identity and share culture among the citizens of a community. A noticeable example can be found in the mayan archaeological site Bonampak (or Painted Walls) in the border between Mexico and Guatemala.

In a similar way, many years later after blood spilled during the Mexican Revolution, intellectuals along with the government initiated a public funded artistic movement to define officially the identity of Mexicans.

Wed, 2015-03-18 17:30 - 19:30
Michael More

Are you wondering how your UBC PHYS / ASTR graduate degree (Masters / PhD) will help get you a job? Learn what key skills you need to develop to maximize the effectiveness of your job search. Understand what employers are actually looking for in the hiring process, and how you can decode job postings to better plan your resumes and cover letters. This workshop is hosted by the Graduate Career Advisor, Michael More

Registration is required - submit the registration form.

Fri, 2015-02-27 12:00 - 13:00
Theresa Liao, Eric Mills, Jared Stang

Blogging recently became a popular way of sharing thoughts and exchanging ideas. Many scientists blog about their science and the stories behind. In this seminar talk, 3 bloggers from the department will share best practices, experiences, and what you need to know to start your own blog. If you want to contribute but don't want to maintain a blog on your own, there are other opportunities within and outside of the department. The three speakers will each give a short presentation:

Fri, 2015-01-30 12:00 - 13:00
Jeff Maki

Are the myths of old purely fiction or do they have some element of truth?

Just like modern day media, myths do not have to be pure fiction. They can tell us important information about the culture and history of a society.

The question then is how to discern the elements of truth from those of fiction. In this talk, we examine some classic myths from ancient Greece in order to see how they paint a picture of Greece, the Minoans, and Troy.

Fri, 2014-11-21 12:00 - 13:00
Emily Altiere and Joshua Wienands
The motivation for the Ultra Cold Neutron (UCN) collaboration is to measure the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron. Previous measurements yield an upper limit of 2.9 x10-26 e cm, performed at ILL in 2006. UCN will further constrain the limit by minimizing the uncertainties from systematic effects. To reduce these effects, two atomic sources are introduced in the system, 199Hg and 129Xe. We are developing a UV laser to perform NMR measurements on the atomic sources to measure the magnetic field applied to the neutrons.
Fri, 2014-05-23 12:00 - 13:00
Theresa Liao

Whether or not you decide to stay in academia after your graduate program, science communication and outreach can play an important role in your future career. Where is science communication coming from, and where is it going? How will the changing landscape of science communication affect you? Theresa Liao will share her experience as the Communications Coordinator for the department, and the story of the unusual path she took from being a graduate student to finding a career in science communication.

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