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Dr. Ingrid Stairs elected Fellow of American Physical Society

Congratulations to Dr. Ingrid Stairs, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society this year!  Because the number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership, it is a prestigious recognition for one's contribution to physics. Ingrid was nominated by APS Division of Astrophysics...
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Scientists develop a new way to remotely measure Earth’s magnetic field

(From UBC Science) Researchers in Canada, the United States and Europe have developed a new way to remotely measure Earth’s magnetic field—by zapping a layer of sodium atoms floating 100 kilometres above the planet with lasers on the ground. The technique, documented in Nature Communications, fills a gap between measurements made at the Earth’s surface and...
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UBC students collected four top-ten spots in CAP exam

Congratulations to students Chan Gwak, Pedram Amani, Hong Zhe Chen, and Matthew Ward for achieving four of the top ten spots in the 2018 CAP University Prize Exam! Standing: 1st – Hanzhen Lin, University of Toronto (cash prize) 2nd – Chan Gwak, University of British Columbia (cash prize) 3rd – Pedram Amani, University of British Columbia (cash prize)...
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UBC physicist among new RSC fellows

(From UBC Science) Congratulations to Dr. Andreas Damascelli, who has recently been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the sciences in Canada. Since 2000, 40 UBC Science researchers have been recognized by the RSC. Currently scientific director of UBC's Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute,...
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Canadian laser breakthrough has physicists close to cooling down antimatter

(From UBC Science) For the first time, physicists at CERN have observed a benchmark atomic energy transition in antihydrogen, a major step toward cooling and manipulating the basic form of antimatter. “The Lyman-alpha transition is the most basic, important transition in regular hydrogen atoms, and to capture the same phenomenon in antihydrogen opens up a...
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Planck Collaboration receives Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Congratulations to the Planck team, and its Principal Investigators Nazzareno Mandolesi and Jean-Loup Puget, for receiving the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Professor Douglas Scott from UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy was a Co-Investigator and member of the Editorial Board for Planck, who was among the indetified team members who shared the prize....
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Theory of general relativity succeeds yet again in new research

(from UBC Science) In a novel test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, an international group of astronomers has demonstrated that the theory holds up, even for a massive three-star system. Einstein’s theory states that all objects fall the same way despite their mass or composition, like a cannonball and apple falling off the Leaning Tower of Pisa...
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PHAS student sets youth up for success at university

(from UBC News) When Shawna Narayan looked back on her first-year, she realized that things would have been easier if she’d received a little advice from a local peer before even stepping foot on UBC’s campus. Determined to help the next generation of Surrey students get the information they need to be successful in the transition to post-secondary, Narayan...
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Boley receives Killam Teaching Award for Science instructors

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Boley for receiving the Killam Teaching Award for Science instructors this year. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions made by teaching faculty in Science. Nominations may be made by students, alumni or faculty.  Professor Aaron Boley is a dynamic teacher who takes risks to foster deeper learning processes in...
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Three UBC physicists receive national honours

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) awarded medals to three UBC physicists today, recognizing their work in quantum materials, particle physics, and theoretical high energy physics. It’s the largest number of CAP medal recipients the University has enjoyed in any one year. Andrea Damascelli, director of UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter...
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