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Oser Elected Fellow of American Physical Society

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Oser, who has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This is a prestigious recognition by his peers at the APS, as the number of elected Fellows each year is very limited. He is recognized "for scientific and technical leadership in the study of neutrino oscillations in the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, K2K...
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Astronomers discover new distant dwarf planet beyond Neptune

An international team of astronomers including researchers from the University of British Columbia have discovered a new dwarf planet orbiting in the disk of small icy worlds beyond Neptune. The new object is about 700 km in diameter — roughly one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island— and has one of the largest orbits for a dwarf planet. Designated...
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Matthews received CASCA Qilak Award for Public Outreach

Congratulations to Dr. Jaymie Matthews, who received the 2016 Canadaian Astronomical Society Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education and Outreach! The astronomer who had a moon rock, the Mission Scientist for Canada's MOST (The Microvariability and Oscillations of Stars) telescope, and a Professor at UBC Department of Physics &...
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New UBC astronomy graduate discovers four new planets

(From UBC news) Michelle Kunimoto’s bachelor degree in physics and astronomy sent her on a journey out of this world—and led to the discovery of four new worlds beyond our solar system. The planets, designated “planet candidates” until independently confirmed, are exciting discoveries. Two are the size of Earth, one is Mercury-sized, and one is slightly...
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Affleck elected Foreign Associate of the French Academy of Sciences

We would like to congratulate Dr. Ian Affleck, who has been appointed as a Foreign Associate of the French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences de l'Institut de France) in its 350th anniversary year! Ian's research interests include low dimensional magnetism, topological materials, quantum wires and quantum dots. In the past few years, he has received...
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Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute launched with $11M gift

(From UBC News) Vancouver-based diamond pioneer and philanthropist Stewart Blusson and his wife, Marilyn, have donated $11 million to quantum materials research at UBC. In recognition of the gift, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute has been named in honour of the geology alumnus (BSc ’60). “This institute is already bringing the next generation of...
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Li receives Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award

If you are a PHAS undergraduate student, at some point in your undergrad student life you probably would talk to Salena Li about course requirements, getting into a lab session, and more. Since 2008, Salena has worked in the Department of Physics & Astronomy - first as the Department's Finance Clerk, and soon moved into the Undergraduate Program...
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38th Physics Olympics Welcomes BC Students and Teachers

Hundreds of high school students and teachers from across BC will arrive at UBC on March 5 morning to participate in the 38th Annual UBC Physics Olympics. This competition, organized by UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, is one of the largest and oldest high school physics competitions of its kind in North...
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Van Waerbeke receives Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Dr. Ludovic van Waerbeke, renowned for his research in the detection of dark matter and related topics in cosmology and fundamental physics, receives the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. The award is valued at €45,000; Ludo will also be invited to spend up to one year to work on a long-term project with other...
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Dr. Myer Bloom (1928-2016)

It was to our sadness that our wonderful friend and colleague Dr. Mayer Bloom passed away on February 9th. Myer joined the UBC Physics Department in 1956 and initiated a broad program in NMR that continues to this day. His retirement in 1993 was celebrated with a magnificent symposium at Whistler attended by a large number of colleagues from around the...
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