2017 Department News

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..

Bruce Gaulin named to Distinguished University Professor

Yesterday, the McMaster University Senate voted to confer the title of Distinguished University Professor on Bruce Gaulin.  This title is the highest honour that the University can bestow on one of its own members.  President Deane said that the Senate took note of his reputation as a scholar who has put Canada on the world map in condensed matter physics.
The title will be formally conferred by the Chancellor at the Faculty of Science Convocation on June 15, 2017.
Congratulations to Bruce on this great achievement!
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