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PHAS grad student placed 3rd in UBC 3MT competition

Congratulations to PHAS graduate student Ellen Schelew (supervisor Jeff Young) for placing third in the UBC 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. Ellen was among the 8 graduate students participating in the UBC final. Her talk, "Secure Communication with Quantum Information," also received People's Choice Award during the PHAS heat of the 3MT.  3MT is a...
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CFI funds astronomy, quantum science research

UBC Physics & Astronomy researchers Joshua Folk, Kirk Madison, and Ingrid Stairs received in total a million dollars in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R Evans Leaders Fund. They are among the 27 researchers at UBC funded through this funding opportunity.  The recipients were announced last week by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of...
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Unruh received Humboldt Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Unruh for receiving the Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany.  "The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue...
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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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