2019 Department News

Helena Koniar chosen as student delegate at 69th Lindau Nobel laureate meeting

We are very happy to announce that one of our graduating students, Helena 
Koniar (iSci/Biophysics '19), was chosen to be one of the few 
canadian student delegates at the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting, 
which will take place from June 30 to July 5 in Lindau, Germany.

This meeting is the opportunity for a handful of selected top young 
scientists to meet with Nobel Laureates. This year's meeting is focused on 
Physics and will be attended by Canada's two most recent Physics Nobel 
Laureates - Dr. Arthur McDonald and Dr. Donna Strickland.

You can read more about Helena, other canadian student delegates and the 
Lindau meeting on the McDonald Institute website:


Dr. Graeme Luke is awarded the 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal

Congratulations to our very own Graeme Luke for winning the very well deserved 2019 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal! The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in condensed mater physics by a Canadian physicist. From the press release:

"Prof. Graeme Luke is being recognized for a breadth of experimental studies on new quantum materials - new quantum magnets and superconductors with remarkable physical properties. Prof. Luke carried out these studies using both the Centre for Crystal Growth within the Brockhouse Institute for Materials at McMaster University, where the new materials were synthesized, and at the TRIUMF laboratories in Vancouver. Luke is internationally recognized for his ground breaking studies of new magnets and superconductors using beams of rare muon particles produced at TRIUMF."



Girls in Science Day 2019

GIS group shot 2019

Friday, April 26th, 2019 was the 6th annual Girls in Science Day. A huge success by all accounts. 105 Gr. 10 girls from 23 different area schools descended to campus for a day filled of science fun. Partipants were treated to a keynote lecture by Dean Maureen MacDonald, a visit to the McMaster LIVELab, Planetarium, and a variety of hands on workshops including a square bubble challenge and a pool filled with corn starch at water. The day ended with a bang with a chemistry demonstration. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers, especially GWiPA who organized the Day and have been fundraising with weekly bakesales for the past year. Thank you also for funding support from the Faculty of Science.  The McMaster Daily News covered the day, as did the Hamilton Spectator.

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