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P&A Undergrad Emma Mogus on the Tonight Show

P&A undergrad Emma Mogus recently appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. On the show, she demonstrated the TIC (tongue interface communication).  Her invention won her the 2016 Weston Youth Innovation Award from the Ontario Science Centre. You can watch the video here. You can read more in the Hamilton Spectator article.

Congratulations Emma!

Congratulations to Alex Dhaliwal on earning the Governor General's Academic Medal at the June convocation

Congratulations to Governor General's Academic Medal recipient Alex Dhaliwal. Alex just graduated from iSci with a triple minor in Biochemistry, Math and Physics. He completed his senior thesis in our Department with Dr. Maikel Rheinstadter and will now be pursuing a MD/PhD program at UofT where he will earn a PhD in Medical Biophysics. Way to go Alex! http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/…/getting-involved-and-giving…/

Congratulations to Gwen Eadie for her first place finish at CASCA!

At the CASCA meeting each year, the Board and students separately judge student oral and poster presentations.  At the close of the meeting, these groups each award those presentations they consider to be the best. Our very own Gwendolyn Eadie (supervisor: Bill Harris) placed first for the best student oral presentation as judged by the students and tied for first place as judged by the board. Her title was "Can we correctly infer a simulated galaxy's mass using a hierarchical Bayesian model?" Congratulations Gwen!

McMaster Students Win Big at the 2017 CAP Congress!

Congratulations to Jean-Christophe Ono-dit-Biot (supervisor: Kari Dalnoki-Veress) and Andree Khondker (supervisor: Maikel Rheinstadter) for finishing first and tying for second respectivley in the oral competition at the CAP Congres. JC's talk titled was "Rearrangement of 2D clusters of droplets under compression: transiton from crystal to glass" and Andree's was titled "Partioning of Caffeine in Lipid Bilayers Reduces Membrane Fluidity and Increases Membrane Thickness".  

Media Numeracy – New Course Offering for Winter 2017/18


“Twice as many people have been murdered in Toronto this year to date, as were murdered in Toronto at the same date last year.”

"New protocol 33% more effective in treating rare blood disorder."

You have seen similar claims. Consider: What role do these statements play in the stories containing them? What story does the quoted numbers tell? How can we evaluate and compare these two claims?

These are the questions that we will attempt to answer in Physics 2NM3 – Media Numeracy: Telling stories with numbers, a new course offered by the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Designed to give students insight on how numbers can be used and mis-used in the media, Physics 2NM3 will provide students from every academic background with simple, practical and understandable tools to allow them to interpret the vast majority of the quantitative statements that they encounter in media stories.

Media Numeracy: Telling stories with numbers – Physics 2NM3
Prerequisites: None

The course will be offered on Dean's Permission in Winter Term 207/18. More information about the course can be found here..

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

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Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24559
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24558
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca