News archive - January 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Novel sampling approach to determine extent of Alberta oil sands impact on the Athabasca River

An exposed bitumen layer along the Athabasca River (Photo credit: Mike Morin of Wood Buffalo Helicopter).

Normally, rivers are monitored for pollution upstream and downstream of a pollution source. But this method is problematic in an area like the Athabasca oil sands, where erosion of bitumen-rich riverbanks naturally releases substantial quantities of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and metals into the river.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Physicists Schuster and Toro Awarded 2015 New Horizons Prize

Adjunct professors Natalia Toro and Philip Schuster

Particle physicists Natalia Toro and Philip Schuster have won a 2015 New Horizons in Physics Prize for their development of a simplified model to interpret data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and for spearheading new experimental searches for dark matter and unknown forces.