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Scott received UBC Killam Research Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Scott, who received the 2017 UBC Killam Research Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Each year, up to ten prizes of $5,000 each are awarded. Douglas' research area is Cosmology, looking at how structure in the Universe formed, and investigating the parameters which describe the entire...
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Hickson/MCAT Build Team Received NASA Group Award

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Hickson, who received the Group Achievement Award certificate from NASA on behalf of the Meter Class Autonomous (MCAT) Build Team.  "This prestigious NASA certificate is awarded to any combination of Government and/or non-Government individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that has contributed substantially to NASA's...
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Behind ALPHA - UBC PHAS ALPHA members' contributions

Since ALPHA – the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus Collaboration – first trapped and stored antihydrogen atoms in 2010, the international team has been making strides in advancing our understanding of antimatter. Just last month, results from their spectroscopic measurements were published in Nature. This brings us closer to learning why - if matter and...
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MSc student Michelle Kunimoto named Forbes "30 under 30"

Congratulations to PHAS student Michelle Kunimoto being named Forbes "30 under 30" in Science! Last year, she discovered four new planets beyond our solar system, one of which is in the habitable zone of its star where the temperature would allow liquid water and maybe even life. Michele completed her undergraduate honours degree in Physics and Astronomy...
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ALPHA team publishes laser measurement on antimatter atoms

(via UBC Science, TRIUMF) The ALPHA Collaboration, an international team of researchers from 15 institutions including UBC and TRIUMF, has released the first spectroscopic measurement of an atom of antimatter using lasers. This work represents a major step towards developing a very precise test of whether antimatter behaves differently than its normal...
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David Lindquist 1924 – 2016

Many of us remembering David’s wonderful work in our department were saddened by his death on October 11th, 2016 at the age of 92. David was born on October 28th, 1924 in Long Beach, California. As a child he moved to Burnaby to be looked after by his maternal grandparents. Soon after graduating from High School there, he joined the US army in 1944 and...
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CASCA establishes Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal

The Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA) has established the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal for Early Career Research in Astronomy. Dr. Harvey B. Richer is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. His research work focuses on stellar astronomy, with interest in what resolved systems of stars can tell us...
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Oser Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Oser, who has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This is a prestigious recognition by his peers at the APS, as the number of elected Fellows each year is very limited. He is recognized "for scientific and technical leadership in the study of neutrino oscillations in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, K2K...
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Astronomers discover new distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is about 700 km in diameter — roughly one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island— and has one of the largest orbits for a dwarf planet. Designated...
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Matthews received CASCA Qilak Award for Public Outreach

Congratulations to Dr. Jaymie Matthews, who received the 2016 Canadaian Astronomical Society Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education and Outreach! The astronomer who had a moon rock, the Mission Scientist for Canada's MOST (The Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars) telescope, and a Professor at UBC Department of Physics &...
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