Thursday, September 5, 2019

Event Horizon Telescope team awarded 2020 Breakthrough Prize

Breakthrough Prize trophy; breakthroughprize.org

The 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, of which Dr. Avery Broderick is a member. The citiation reads "For the first image of a supermassive black hole, taken by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes."

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A first look at laser-cooled ions

Eight individual ions levitating in a near-perfect vacuum

The atomic ions here are laser-cooled close to the absolute zero temperature (at a few milliKelvin above the absolute zero temperature of -273.15 deg C or 0 Kelvin).

Pictured left: eight individual Ytterbium ions levitating less than 10 microns apart from each other in a nearly perfect vacuum

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Physics & Astronomy welcomes major award winning first-year student

By Natalie Quinlan
University Relations

Four exceptionally talented students are making their way to Waterloo with a prestigious scholarship in tow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

University issues statement on the Thirty Meter Telescope

Many of us in the Waterloo community are watching with great concern the developments in Hawaii around the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

The Waterloo physics community has been in dialogue over the last several days with colleagues from around the world. We have heard views expressed on our own campus from students and faculty members. Though many of us have deeply held beliefs about what should happen next, it is our very strong view that it is primarily up to Hawaiians to decide how - or if - they will “share the Mauna”, as eloquently ​expressed ​by master navigator Kalepa Baybayan in July.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Professor Donna Strickland awarded CAE Honorary Fellowship

Donna Strickland

As its highest honour, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) maybestow the title of “Honorary Fellow” on any individual who has made anoutstanding contribution to the profession of engineering in Canada, another country or globally. This honour is bestowed on an individual for contributions well above what is expected for a Fellow of the Academy.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Machine Learning: A Revolution in Artificial Intelligence

Roger Melko

There’s a new kind of student in town, and for Waterloo physics professor, Roger Melko, this student has the potential to spark a revolution in the world of quantum computing.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Farewell to Dr. Chiamaka Okoli

Chiamaka Okoli

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chiamaka Okoli, a brilliant astrophysicist and former PhD student at our department. Dr. Okoli successfully defended her PhD with the title “Dark Matter and Neutrinos in the Foggy universe” last December. Her PhD convocation at the University of Waterloo was scheduled for last week, on June 13th.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Doctoral student awarded Vanier Scholarship

Lei Yang

Lei Yang was awarded a 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. This three-year scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Up to 166 scholarships are awarded each year, divided evenly between three federal granting agencies.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rob Mann awarded the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics

Rob Mann

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2019 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics is awarded to Robert Mann, University of Waterloo, for his overall accomplishments in teaching, and the promotion of quality teaching both at his institution and through the CAP, which are exemplified by the instigation of an annual Teaching Retreat at the University of Waterloo and the implementation of the CAP's Award for Excellence in High School/CEGEP Physics Teaching.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Physics alumnus Robert Myers named new director of Perimeter Institute

Rob Myers

Last week, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics named Waterloo Science alumnus Robert Myers (BSc Physics - Co-op ‘82) as their new director. He succeeds the previous director, cosomologist Dr. Neil Turok, who held the position since 2008.

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