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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hotspot discovery proves Waterloo astrophysicist’s black hole theory

Portrait image of Prof. Avery Broderick

The recent detection of flares circling black holes has proven a decade-old theory - co-developed by Waterloo physicist Avery Broderick - about how black holes grow and consume matter.

“It's extremely exciting to see our theoretical musing come to life and that tracking these types of flares about black holes is possible,” said Avery Broderick, an Associate Faculty member at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute, who predicted the flares 13 years ago with collaborator Avi Loeb. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning physics professor follows her gut

Smiling portrait of Donna Strickland in her lab

Donna Strickland joined the ranks of Marie Curie this week, becoming the third woman in history to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. But the Waterloo professor admits she’s not one for deep reflections on her long career.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning physicist helped make lasers ubiquitous

Donna Strickland leans on lab table with laser equipment.

Millions of people undergo what has become routine laser eye surgery. Tools such as laser-based cameras that can create super slow-motion movies of chemical and physical reactions are standard technology in laboratories around the world.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Waterloo professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Donna Strickland.

Photo credit: Peter Lee/Waterloo Region Record

Donna Strickland wins the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. She is the first woman to win the physics prize since 1963.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Two first-year Science students receive HeForShe scholarships

Group photo of all six HeForShe scholarship recipients.

Each year, the University of Waterloo awards HeForShe IMPACT scholarships to outstanding first-year students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The $12,000 scholarships are part of the University of Waterloo’s commitment to encourage more young minds to pursue careers in STEM, an area where those who identify as women or non-binary groups are currently underrepresented.