News for Physics and Astronomy

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 | Founder, co owner of SlacklifeBC

Brent Plumely on a highline rope

A woman’s scream pierces through the rolling hum of cheers from the sidelines, and Brent Plumley, BSc ‘08 is all nervous smiles.  Bound tightly with a canvas cocoon to a zip line, 350 meters long and 70 meters above a pit of bright blue water of an abandoned copper mine, she clutches a yellow ball.  Her scream culminates into a loud whoop of victory as her ball plops just inside the boundaries of a red target below, ensuring her team’s success.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Science Faculty in its Element at Annual Science Open House

Child standing and looking at a mosaic of Dmitri Mendeleev.

This past Saturday, the University of Waterloo science buildings were filled with laughter, smiles, and exclamations of discovery, as families from the Kitchener-Waterloo community gathered for a day of curiosity-driven exploration and experimentation. The annual Science Open House and Gem and Mineral Show drew large crowds to UWaterloo.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Global Experience Course Pairs Science and Entrepreneurship in Israeli Setting

SCI 230 class in Israel

Walking the streets of Jerusalem, swimming in the Dead Sea, and visiting the Holocaust memorial museum Yad Vashem are not the typical types of experiences that come to mind when imagining an undergraduate business class. Yet these are some of the highlights of the new SCI 230 class offered through the Faculty of Science.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Let’s get Astrophysical

Meteorite in atmosphere

New Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics looks to the cosmos to solve the greatest mysteries of the Universe

By Sam Toman

University Relations

Astrophysicists can mostly agree that something called dark energy is expanding our Universe at an accelerating rate. That discovery was groundbreaking, but that’s only half the puzzle. Two of the top astrophysicists in the game, Waterloo researchers Will Percival and Mike Hudson, have been chipping away at the question of just how fast it’s accelerating for much of their careers.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Waterloo targets dark matter, dark energy and black holes with new astrophysics centre

The University of Waterloo officially launched its astrophysics centre today.

The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) is being launched to build on the University’s record of success in astrophysics, which includes the creation of the theories tested by the first-ever image of a black hole to be taken. The centre also aims to advance human understanding of phenomena such as dark energy, dark matter and the nature of supermassive black holes.