Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — 7:00 PM EDT

Dr. Katie Mack, Physics at the End of the Universe

The Big Bang theory tells the story of the beginning of the Universe, our cosmic home for the last 13.8 billion years. But how does the story end? I’ll share what modern astrophysics tells us about the ultimate fate of the cosmos, and what the catastrophic destruction of all reality would look like to anyone still around to see it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 — 12:00 PM EDT

Ryley Hill - Resolving galaxy protoclusters from the cosmic infrared background

Bio: I just finished my Phd at University of British Columbia with Douglas Scott, and will be starting an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in September (location TBD).

Thursday, April 14, 2022 — 12:00 PM EDT

Quantum Perspectives: A Panel Series celebrates 20 years of quantum at the Institute for Quantum Computing. Over the past two decades, IQC’s leading quantum research has powered the development of transformative technologies, from ideas to commercialization, through research in theory, experiment and quantum applications.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Nicole Nesvadba, directrice de recherche at the CNRS, is an expert in galaxy evolution based at the Laboratoire Lagrange at the Observatoire de la  Côte d’Azur in Nice, France. Her main research interest are the rapid, vigorous, and transformative phases of galaxy evolution where large amounts of energy are rapidly being injected into the interstellar gas of galaxies, like starburst or sites of strong AGN feedback.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Ananth Tenneti - I completed my PhD in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in December 2016. I have studied intrinsic alignments of galaxies using cosmological hydrodynamical simulations. Intrinsic alignments are an important astrophysical systematic in the weak lensing analysis for upcoming surveys such as the LSST (Rubin) and Euclid.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 — 11:30 AM EDT

Serena Perrotta is an Assistant Project Scientist at the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences in the Department of Physics at the University of California San Diego. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Astrophysics from the University of Bologna (Italy) and her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy) in 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Nicolas Cowan is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Planetary Climate at McGill University. His group uses telescopes and models to study the climates of exoplanets. Cowan was previously an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Amherst College, and a CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Come join Women in Physics and Astronomy for a live viewing of the University of Waterloo's International Women's Day High Tea Social. This event will be hosted at the Graduate House (200 University Ave W.) and is a great opportunity to meet fellow physicists and enjoy some delicious snacks! 

If you have interest in attending, please fill out the survey below, and register for the event with the link provided. 

Additional Information on the Faculty of Science website

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Tom Rose is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Waterloo focusing on radio observations of massive galaxies and galaxy clusters. His principal work looks at the shadows of molecular gas clouds cast against the bright active galactic nuclei at the centres of these galaxies. This can tell us about the properties of the gas and how it relates to supermassive black hole accretion. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Andrew Wetzel is an associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on galaxy formation, through the use of cosmological zoom-in simulations, in particular, understanding the building blocks and formation history of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Ingrid Stairs obtained her B.Sc. from McGill University and her Ph.D from Princeton studying pulsars, then did postdoctoral work at Jodrell Bank and Green Bank before joining the faculty at UBC.  She was promoted to Full Professor there in 2012, and has won the CASCA Peter G. Martin Award for Mid-Career Achievement and the Rutherford Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Zhongxu Zhai is a postdoctral fellow at the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Caltech/IPAC. He obtained his PhD from New York University in 2018. His work focuses on the large-scale structure of galaxies and dark matter halos, and observational tests of standard Lambda-CDM cosmological model.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Peter Behroozi uses computational statistics to study links between dark matter halo assembly, galaxy formation, and the growth of supermassive black holes.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Carolina Cuesta Lazaro is a final year PhD student at Durham University working on Large Scale Structure modelling. She is interested in extracting as much cosmological information as possible from galaxy surveys to constrain General Relativity.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Shantanu Basu is an astrophysicist and Professor at Western University. He is known as an expert in studies of the early stages of star formation and protoplanetary disk formation and evolution.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 — 11:30 AM EST

Enrique Paillas is a postdoctoral fellow at the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. He obtained his PhD from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2021, where he studied the large-scale structure of the Universe through simulations and observations.

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