2007 News Archive
2007 Department News
December 12, 2007
The Department of Physics and Astronomy teams up with the Department of Chemistry to offer Physical Sciences@Mac hands-on activities to high school students as part of the outreach program.
December 5, 2007
Department of Physics & Astronomy professor Ethan Vishniac is profiled on Daily News.
November 29, 2007
Sergey Mashchenko, James Wadsley and H.M.P Couchman (all from our Department) published a research paper titled “Stellar Feedback in Dwarf Galaxy Formation” in Science (appeared online on www.scienceexpress.org on 29 Nov. 2007, –abstract).
November 8, 2007
Cliff Burgess, professor in subatomic physics at McMaster and a member of the Perimeter Institute, is the co-author with Fernando Quevedo, of the article “The Great Cosmic Roller-Coaster Ride” in the November issue of Scientific American.
October 29, 2007
Michael Massa, graduated in 2006 from our Ph.D. program, supervised by Kari Dalnoki-Veress, has been awarded the 2006-2007 Governor General’s Academic Medal. The Governor General’s Academic Medal is awarded to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in his/her graduate degree program.
October 22, 2007
Congratulations are in order for Sara Cormier and Rob Welch as they were awarded third and first place respectively for their talks at the recent 43rd annual Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference held this year in Vancouver. Sara, in second year and currently supervised by Kari Dalnoki-Veress, won for her talk “Ellipsometry investigations of a morphological transition in thin diblock copolymer films” and Rob Welch, supervised this summer by Kari and now studying at the University of Toronto, won for his talk entitled “Plateau-Rayleigh instability as a probe for the mechanical properties of confined thin polymer films“.
October 18, 2007
Christine Wilson, professor in the department of Physics & Astronomy, will be giving a talk on Oct 21 at the Science on Sunday lecture series on hosted by the Royal Canadian Institute.
October 3, 2007
Kari Dalnoki-Veress, associate professor and associate chair, has been awarded the 2008 John H. Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society. This medal was established by the Division of Polymer Physics in 1983 “to recognize outstanding research accomplishments by young polymer physicists who have demonstrated exceptional research promise early in their careers” (10 years or less since PhD).
The citation for Kari’s medal will be “For significant and innovative experiments in glass formation and polymer crystallization at the nanoscale.” He will address the Division of Polymer Physics in a Medal Lecture at the 2008 APS March Meeting. Congratulations to Kari on being awarded this prestigious international medal.
October 2, 2007
Dr. Claudia de Rham, currently a postdoc at McMaster and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, is the subject of an article in this month’s Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. She is working on aspects of braneworld cosmology with Professor Cliff Burgess.
(with kind permission of JRASC)
June 6, 2007
Graduating student Matt Farrar received the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal as well as his bachelor’s degree yesterday at the Faculty of Science Spring Convocation. The Silver Medal is awarded to the undergraduate who achieves the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program.
Our heartiest congratulations to Matt!
June 6, 2007
The honorary degree of Doctor of Science was conferred on physicist William Unruh from the University of British Columbia at McMaster’s Spring Convocation for the Faculty of Science on June 5, 2007. The degree is another in a long line of awards that include a Sloan Fellowship, Rutherford Medal, Herzberg Medal, and the Steacie Prize. His research has contributed to the areas of gravity, black holes, and quantum mechanics, and where the three mix in quantum gravity theory.
May 14, 2007
The Origins Institute presents Mysteries of the Dark Universe on Tuesday, May 15 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning & Discovery, Room 1305/1307.
April 27, 2007
February 23, 2007
Two Department of Physics & Astronomy professors, Bruce Gaulin and Bill Harris, have received Killam Research Fellowships awarded to scholars to enable them to devote two years to research free of teaching and administrative duties. They join Cliff Burgess, professor, subatomic physics, to make three fellowships awarded to members of the department in the last two years.
February 22, 2007
SHARCNET was thrilled to be a recipient of a national award at the Canadian Information Productivity Awards (CIPA) at their gala event in Toronto on November 1, 2006. CIPA is Canada’s highest-prestige and longest-running IT awards program which recognizes Canadian organizations for their innovative use of technology. SHARCNET was selected as a Silver Award of Excellence winner for Efficiency and Operational Improvements in the not-for-profit category based on an entry which outlined its use of high performance computing technology over an advanced fibre optics network.