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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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Are there other super-Earths in the outer Solar System?

The Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS) is a search for faint objects at the outskirts of our Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune. Since 2013, the survey has been running on the Canada France Hawaii Telescope, exploring the outer Solar System and discovering distant objects such as the new dwarf planet announced in 2016. Recently the OSSOS team...
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Milner lab grad theses receive international & Canadian recognitions

Two recent PhD graduates from Dr. Valery Milner’s group received top thesis awards from the American Physical Society (APS) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). Congratulations! Aleksey Korobenko graduated from the Milner group in 2016. In his PhD work, Aleksey studied the dynamics of molecular “super-rotors” – molecules spun up to extreme...
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Stairs receives 2017 CASCA Martin Award

Congratulations to Dr. Ingrid Stairs, who recently received the 2017 Martin Award from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). She was presented the award on June 1 at the annual CASCA meeting in Edmonton, Alberta. The Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement recognizes significant contributions to astronomical research by a CASCA member. The...
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PHAS alumnus Laura Kasian Q&A in Physics Today

Flipping through pages of the April issue of Physics Today, we noticed a familiar name - Laura Kasian! Laura did a Q&A session about her journey from physics and astronomy, to law, and to working as a Lead Production Pipeline Technician at Sony Pictures Imageworks. She shared her experience last year during our Annual Career Night event, but now you can...
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Fujimoto receives 2017 Killam Graduate TA Award

May is the month for graduation – celebrating another generation of physicists and astronomers wrapping up their studies at the University of British Columbia. Many PHAS students graduating this year would have been Derek Fujimoto's students when they first started at UBC. Derek has been TA’ing first year courses - PHYS 107/109/119 for 4 years now. In...
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2017 FYSRE - First Year Opportunities Propel Research Stars

Research job opportunities are hard to come by when you are a first year student. This is not exactly a surprise – the first one is always the hardest. What makes it even more difficult for these first year students is that most opportunities are very competitive, and well-qualified upper year students tend to have the experience and qualifications for them...
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2016 FYSRE recipient interview: Linh Phan

TRIUMF caught up with Linh Phan, recipient of the 2016 Erich Vogt First Year Science Research Experience, to learn about her 2016 summer project: “Mass spectrometry analysis for the electron beam ion trap at the TITAN experiment at TRIUMF” with Dr. Jens Dilling at TRIUMF. She works specifically with the EBIT trap (electron beam ion trap) at TRIUMF, which...
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2016 FYSRE recipient interview: Esther Lin

We caught up with Esther Lin, recipient of the 2016 Erich Vogt First Year Science Research Experience, to learn about her 2016 summer project. Esther is now a student in our Engineering Physics program. Can you give us some background on what you did? Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease that poses significant damage to our nervous system. Dr....
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Fluctuating space-time explains accelerating expansion of the Universe

(From UBC news) UBC physicists may have solved one of nature’s great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe? PhD student Qingdi Wang has tackled this question in a new study that tries to resolve a major incompatibility issue between two of the most successful theories that explain how our universe works: quantum mechanics and...
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