2018 Department News

PNAS Cozzarelli Prize Awarded to Ben K. D. Pearce and Dr. Ralph Pudritz

Congratulations to PhD student Ben K. D. Pearce and his supervisor Dr. Ralph Pudritz who were awarded the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) Cozzarelli Prize for their paper entitled "Origin of the RNA World: the Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds". This incredibly prestigious award is given to 6 papers in PNAS each year that are deemed to be of outstanding scientific excellence and originality. Ben will be attending the prize ceremony in Washington, DC at the end of April. A full press release which includes a link to the original paper can be found here: https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-researchers-win-prize-for-ground-breaking-paper-exploring-origins-of-life-on-earth/.

Congratulations again to Ben and Dr. Pudritz!

Science on Tap Event - Wednesday, February 28th @ 7pm

Join scientists from McMaster University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub.

When: Wed. February 28th, 7pm

Where: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton, ON

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561249020660762/

Cliff Burgess and Peter Hayman awarded 3rd place in Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Cliff Burgess and his PhD student Peter Hayman who were awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Buchalter Cosmology Prize competition for their paper entitled “Magnon Inflation: Slow Roll with Steep Potentials”. The full press release can be found here. Their paper was published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics and can be found on the arXiv here.

Congratulations Cliff and Peter!

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