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."
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.
Jules PierreJean Carbotte died April 5 at age 81 of complications of cancer.
Jules was born in Long Beach California, March 26, 1938 while his parents, Leon and Pauline Carbotte were on an extended winter vacation from their home in Frye, Saskatchewan. Jules was raised in the French Canadian community in Manitoba and had a classical secondary education from the Jesuits at College St Boniface. He met his wife Ramona, a bright and beautiful young woman from the farming community of Treherne Manitoba, in a first year summer school class in physics while they were both beginning their undergraduate degrees at the University of Manitoba. They married in 1959 and shared 59 years together.
Jules went on to complete a MSc and PhD in Theoretical Physics at McGill University, graduating in 1964 at the age of 26. He joined the McMaster University faculty in 1965, took a position at McGill University from 1967-1968, returning to McMaster in 1968 where he stayed for the rest of his career. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and awarded the CAP Herzberg Medal for Achievement in Physics in 1974, and the Steacie Prize in 1975. In 1996, he was named University Professor at McMaster and was later awarded four Honorary Degrees, from Waterloo University, the University of Manitoba, Sherbrook University and McMaster University.
Over his 55 year career, Jules worked broadly in the field of condensed matter physics with his most recent work in high-temperature superconductivity, graphene, and topological materials. Jules was a wonderfully gregarious and generous man, infinitely curious and with a deep passion for the mysteries of our world as revealed through science. Jules is survived by his wife Ramona (née DePauw), daughters Sr. Christine CSJ and Suzanne, son-in-law Bob Blaisdell, grand-children Max and Odette, his siblings Dom Marcel OCSO, Paul (Adeline), and Anne-Marie (Bernie). He is pre-deceased by his brother Roger (Florence). As per Jules' wishes there will no funeral service. His remains have been cremated and memorials will happen at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jules' name to the Juravinski Cancer Centre https://hamiltonhealth.ca/ Condolences, memories and photos may be left at www.circleoflifecbc.com
Using stunning images and video taken by NASA spacecraft, Laura Parker and Ralph Pudritz, both of McMaster’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, are teaming up with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s composer-in-residence Abigail Richardson-Shulte for a special talk that will not only feature Holst’s orchestral suite, The Planets, but will also explore the scientific discoveries that are shedding new light on the planets in our solar system. Read more here.