Welcome to Physics & Astronomy

We begin 2022 as we left 2021 with uncertainty about the course forward amidst the pandemic.  Before we proceed,  let us pause to remember our beloved colleague and friend, Firas Mansour, who passed away over the Christmas holiday.  His passing is a shock to the entire Waterloo community, particularly those who experienced his enormous energy and love for physics.  Firas was a marvelous colleague and friend whose dedication to teaching inspired us all.  I will update you about a formal remembrance of Firas later in January.

With the the January 4 shutdown announcement from the province, Physics & Astronomy will move forward with remote lectures and some in-person laboratory instruction as planned through January 27.

I wish you a healthy and productive 2022.

Brian McNamara
University Research Chair
Chair, Physics & Astronomy

The Physics & Astronomy department encourages an inclusive, tolerant, respectful, and diverse, intellectual environment.

  1. Jan. 5, 2022In memory of Firas Mansour

    Firas Kamal Mansour, 50, passed away on 29 December 2021. An exceptional teacher and colleague, Firas dedicated his professional life to physics education and to the well-being of his students. With a larger than life personality replete with wit and charm, Firas had a passion for physics and physics education.

  2. Dec. 8, 2021Two Waterloo Physicists win awards from the Canadian Association of Physics

    Congratulations to Professor Richard Epp for being awarded the 2021 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics, and to Professor Roger Melko for being awarded the 2021 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal.

  3. Nov. 16, 2021Three Waterloo scientists among top 1% of highly cited researchers

    Nine University of Waterloo professors are in the top one per cent of citations for their field of study and publication based on Clarivate Analytics’ 2021 Highly Cited Researchers list.

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