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Halpern receives 2018 CASCA Beals Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Halpern, who will be receiving the 2018 Carlyle S. Beals Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). He will be presented the award during the annual CASCA meeting in Victoria, British Columbia from May 22 to 26. The Carlyle S. Beals Award was established by CASCA in 1981 in recognition of the groundbreaking research of...
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PHAS grad student Robertson awarded first place at UBC 3MT

Can you, in mere three minutes, explain your thesis while capturing the audience's attention? On March 15, eight graduate students - selected among dozens who particpated in preliminaries and semifinals - presented their research in this year's UBC Final Three Minute Thesis (3MT). Congratulations to PHAS PhD student Andrew Robertson for receiving the first...
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Virtual experiment pulls apart proteins to observe nano-glass

PHAS researchers Mona Habibi, Steve Plotkin, and Joerg Rottler pulled apart proteins to dissect their internal forces. Results from their study has been published in a recent issue of the Biophysical Journal. A protein is a linear chain of amino acids made up of about a couple thousand atoms, all of which are fluctuating around furiously in our bodies...
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Quantum mechanics runs hot in a cold plasma

(From UBC Science) PHAS researchers have found a new system that could help yield ‘warmer’ quantum technologies. Quantum technologies such as quantum computers have the potential to process information much more quickly and powerfully than conventional computers. That prospect has spurred interest in exotic, complex quantum phenomena, particularly a state...
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Rai and Xiao receive Dean of Science Excellence in Service Awards

We are excited to share that two PHAS members have received the UBC Dean of Science Excellence in Service awards! Congratulations to Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics (PITP) administrator Swarn Rai and 4th year biophysics student Hannah Xiao for their invaluable services to the Faculty and the Department! The award ceremony was hosted by the Dean of...
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Parachoniak & Machine Shop Technicians received staff awards

Congratulations to PHAS IT group manager Ron Parachoniak and the Department Machine Shop Technicians (including Nick Lemmel, Stephen Carey, Matthew Sluyter, Daniel Skjaveland, Mark Reynolds), for receiving the 2017 Physics & Astronomy Staff Award. The award, which recognizes staff members for their significant contributions to the department, is...
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Hinshaw receives 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

(From UBC Science) UBC professor of physics & astronomy, Gary Hinshaw, is one of the recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. He and colleagues from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) team, including UBC physics & astronomy colleague Mark Halpern, were awarded the prize for their work on mapping the early...
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Duo of Titanic Galaxies Captured in Extreme Starbursting Merger

(From UBC Science) New observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have uncovered the never-before-seen close encounter between two astoundingly bright and spectacularly massive galaxies in the early universe. These so-called hyper-luminous starburst galaxies are exceedingly rare at this epoch of cosmic history — near the time...
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Kruecken Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

Congratulations to Dr. Reiner Kruecken, who has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The number of elected fellows each year is very limited, so this is a prestigious recognition. He is also the only elected fellow from Canada this year. He is recognized "[f]or use of gamma-ray spectroscopy techniques to advance the understanding of...
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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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