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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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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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