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See the NEUDOSE satellite before it heads to space!

See the NEUDOSE satellite before it heads to space!

WhenMonday Nov 28th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm 

WhereBurke Science Building, Room 309 (BSB-309) 

HowSince the satellite is in a cleanroom, we can only accommodate up to 10 visitors every 15 minutes. If you’re interested, please use this Sign-Up sheet

What is NEUDOSE?  

NEUDOSE is the name of McMaster’s first satellite and, in 2018, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) selected the mission for the Canadian CubeSat Project. Once in orbit, the NEUDOSE satellite aims to further our understanding of long-term exposure to space radiation by investigating how charged and neutral particles affect astronauts that are living and working in low-Earth orbit. If you’d like to learn more about the NEUDOSE project, please visit our website at mcmasterneudose.ca and stay tuned for updates on how to get involved with our next satellite mission

When is it launching? 

NEUDOSE will be launching on February 19th, 2023, via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and we'll be hosting a launch viewing party closer to the date! However, before it launches, the satellite will have to be inspected and inserted into a special deployer that is provided by the CSA. A few of our student members will be visiting the CSA next week to hand over the satellite and perform the final integration checks. 

Here is a sneak peek of the NEUDOSE satellite and the Science Instrument!

Image of the NEUDOSE satellite

Outstanding CUPC Presentations

Many of our undergraduate students recently presented their research at the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference at the University of Guelph. A special congratulations to Taren Ginter won best talk winner in the combined category of Biological/Medical Physics, Nanoscience, and Materials Science for her talk titled “Dying to be Beautiful”. Taren (foreground right) is being congratulated by CUPC 2022 Co-Chair Wesley Schlenker (foreground left) in the photo. Fantastic work, Taren!

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group are TikTok famous!

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group have been researching the lead content in 18th century white lead makeup and have been creating TikToks as they go. Make sure to check out their channel and some of the most famous TikToks below.
Undergraduate student researcher Taren Ginter explains their motivation and the fun they have had:

With the tiktoks themselves, the main goal is to share fun and informative videos that give insight into our project and the lab itself. Since the project itself is so interesting and has many connections that extend beyond pure physics, we wanted to share our work with a wider audience! We started off with an instagram account, but realize that creating tiktoks would be more engaging. The videos cover a range of topics from cutting pigskin, to the historical context of the project, and even data analysis. We try to use popular sounds so that our videos can reach a larger audience, and then we just adapt them to suit work we do in the lab. Ultimately, the goal is to convey the science happening within the lab in a digestible, relatable, and fun manner! It’s also a lot of fun to make the videos, we love filming them because it’s a nice break from the more serious lab work and data collection. We’ve also learned a lot about content creation- cutting pig skin is weirdly popular, and controversy can result in way more engagement! One of the best parts has also been seeing engagement of Mac students that have seen our videos and ask about getting involved.

Some examples:

dancing with questions about work: https://www.tiktok.com/@toxicallure/video/7119120029387476230?_r=1&_t=8VsGYyR8B1i&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

cutting pigskin: https://www.tiktok.com/@toxicallure/video/7119120029387476230?_r=1&_t=8VsGYyR8B1i&is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1

check out the entire TikTok account: https://www.tiktok.com/@toxicallure?_t=8VsGYyR8B1i&_r=1


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