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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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When a film maker meets an astrophysicist: "Grand Unified Theory"

Question: What do you get when a film writer/director/producer meets an astrophysicist/movie buff?Answer: Grand Unified Theory. Not a hypothesis, but a film, where the quantum state entanglements of subatomic particles share the screen with agitated state entanglements of family, friends and lovers.The writer/director/producer is David Ray, an Adjunct...
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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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