New and Noteworthy

  • stock image - printed newspsper

    Read More

    Winter 2022

    Award and Research Highlights

    Innovations from faculty and students continued remotely as lockdowns and restrictions continued throughout 2021. Highlights include a Vanier Scholarship, the Pontifical Academy of Science, evidence of a fifth dimension, baryons, and qubits in space.


    Category: Feature New and Noteworthy
  • Christine Muschik, Zoya Leonenko, Matthew Robbins, Alex Krolewski, Frank Corapi, Donna Strickland, Crystal Senko

    Read More

    Winter 2021

    Honours and Awards

    Members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been recognized worldwide for their great research, outstanding teaching, and scientific community work.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • Rob Mann uses a demonstration he designed to expain spinors

    Read More

    Spring 2020

    Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

    Rob Mann was awarded the prestigious CAP Medal, 2019

    The Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching honours faculty members who have a comprehensive knowledge and deep understanding of their subject, and who possess an exceptional ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding in such a way as to lead their students to high academic achievement in physics. After decades of dedication to, and passion for, teaching in all aspects of training a physicist, Dr. Mann is recognized with the highest teaching honour that the CAP can bestow.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • COVID-19 looms over a laptop

    Read More

    Spring 2020

    Overcoming COVID-19 Through Online Learning

    COVID-19 has affected everyone and their daily routines. Although change can be a shock to the system, we live in a time where adapting to change has never been easier thanks to the technological advancements at our disposal. Read about how this shift towards online lecturing has changed the future of teaching in our department, and how we have leveraged various tools to prepare for upcoming online courses.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • collage featuring our award winners

    Read More

    Spring 2020

    Honours and Awards

    Members of the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been recognized worldwide for their great research, outstanding teaching, and scientific community work.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • cosmos

    Read More

    Fall 2019

    Let’s get Astrophysical

    New Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics looks to the cosmos to solve the greatest mysteries of the Universe

    The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) looks to the cosmos to solve the greatest mysteries of the universe. Here, world-class researchers and students come together in an atmosphere of curiosity, creativity and collaboration; exploring our cosmic origin to truly understand the physical processes at work in the Universe. From black holes to cosmology, we aim to understand what lies beyond the Earth. The possibilities for new discovery are limitless.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • Gingras & Strickland

    Read More

    Fall 2019

    New Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

    Two professors of the Department of Physics and Astronomy were named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • John Vanderkooy with the 2018 Peter Barnett Memorial Award

    Read More

    Fall 2019

    Highlights of a Career in Audio and Electroacoustics

    University of Waterloo Distinguished Professor Emeritus, John Vanderkooy, received 2018 Peter Barnett Memorial Award, for significant contributions to reproduced sound, and audio and electroacoustics education.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • Judy McDonnell

    Read More

    Spring 2019

    As one chapter ends, another begins

    Judy is packing up for retirement

    When we think of universities, we think of rules and regulations, budgets and buildings. But at their heart, universities are really groups of people. Whether things work, how things seem, how well we do; it all comes down to the people. In June 2019, Judy McDonnell, our graduate coordinator, will be retiring. She has been an integral part of the department and her warm smile and welcoming personality will be missed.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • Raymond Laflamme with Governor General

    Read More

    Spring 2019

    Quantum information research pioneer invested into the Order of Canada

    Waterloo physicist Raymond Laflamme has been invested as an Officer to the Order of Canada for his significant scientific and leadership contributions to the country.


    Category: New and Noteworthy
  • Rohan Jayasundera

    Read More

    Fall 2018

    36 years went by too fast!

    Join us on December 5th at 4pm to celebrate Rohan

    When asked what he would miss most about the department, Rohan replied that the support he received from all levels including the department chairs, and the administrative staff, but most of all, the students. Rohan is a special educator who has touched the lives of thousands of students and has left them with a positive memory of their time at the University of Waterloo.


    Category: New and Noteworthy Featured