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PHAS researchers receive $14 millions from CFI Innovation Fund

Five projects led by PHAS scientists are among 15 funded at UBC by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The national investment was announced by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science on Thursday--more than $554 million in 117 new projects across Canada. "Our government understands that scientists need to have the best labs and tools if they're...
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Eng Phys student represented Canada at IAPS AGM

This past summer, UBC Engineering Physics Jenny Yang attended the International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS) from August 7-14, in Turin, Italy. She not only represented Canada / Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) at the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) Annual General Meeting, but also received 3rd place for the "Best...
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Stairs receives RSC Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics

Congratulations to Dr. Ingrid Stairs for receiving the 2017 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada! Ingrid is one of world’s leading experts on pulsars and has made significant contributions to radio astronomy instrumentation. In 2017, she was honored with a Martin Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society. She was involved...
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Physicist turned filmmaker explores hidden histories

(From UBC Science) Alejandro Yoshizawa (BSc’09) is a Vancouver filmmaker and UBC adjunct professor in Theatre and Film, and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration studies. His latest film, the award winning All Our Father’s Relations (2016), will premiere on CBC on September 30. The film chronicles the little-known connection between Chinese immigrants and the...
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Hinshaw elected to Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Hinshaw, who has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada! Astronomer and astrophysicist Gary Hinshaw is an expert in cosmology and cosmic background radiation. His work at UBC focuses on exploring the large scale properties of the Universe: its origin, evolution and ultimate fate. He is a member of the Cosmology Team of CHIME...
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Radio telescope to map largest volume of space ever surveyed

(From UBC Science) A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today installed the final piece of this new radio telescope, which will act as a time machine allowing scientists to create a three-...
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Eng Phys students received top honour at Spaceport America Cup

Congratulations to the UBC Rocket Engineering Design Team, including team members from the UBC Engineering Physics Program - Jordan Jones (Payload Team Lead), Arthur Chen, Maryam Baksh, Nishad Jamaldeen (Payload Team Members), Yuqing Du, Carly Jones (Avionics Team Members) and Simon Bambey (Team Captain) - for taking first place in the 10,000 feet...
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Are there other super-Earths in the outer Solar System?

The Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS) is a search for faint objects at the outskirts of our Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune. Since 2013, the survey has been running on the Canada France Hawaii Telescope, exploring the outer Solar System and discovering distant objects such as the new dwarf planet announced in 2016. Recently the OSSOS team...
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Milner lab grad theses receive international & Canadian recognitions

Two recent PhD graduates from Dr. Valery Milner’s group received top thesis awards from the American Physical Society (APS) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). Congratulations! Aleksey Korobenko graduated from the Milner group in 2016. In his PhD work, Aleksey studied the dynamics of molecular “super-rotors” – molecules spun up to extreme...
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Stairs receives 2017 CASCA Martin Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ingrid Stairs, who recently received the 2017 Martin Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). She was presented the award on June 1 at the annual CASCA meeting in Edmonton, Alberta. The Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement recognizes significant contributions to astronomical research by a CASCA member. The...
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