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Girls in Science Day!

The 5th annual Girls in Science (GIS) Day will be taking place on Friday, April 27th, 2018. GIS Day is an outreach event aimed at tenth grade girls from area high-schools. The event is organized by the Graduate Women in Physics and Astronomy (GWIPA) society at McMaster University. The goal of GIS Day is to encourage young girls to be confident in themselves and foster a love of science by providing a non-intimidating, inclusive event filled with science-related activities. Participants will take part in science workshops, science demonstrations, tour research labs on campus, and hear a keynote presentation from a female faculty member in the Faculty of Science. By encouraging young girls to have a love for science, we are helping to recruit the bright students of the future and we are working towards addressing the gender bias that exists in STEM fields. Grade 10 is a pivotal year for students in Ontario, as students are required to take grade 10 science, but are not required to take any grade 11 science. We hope to inspire more girls to take high school science classes, and to encourage those who are already doing so to remain in the STEM fields. Check out the poster for the event .

We look forward to a fun-filled day of science with these young future scientists!  

Dr. Alannah Hallas, recent PhD grad, wins 2018 NSSA Prize for Outstanding Research

Congratulations to Dr. Alannah Hallas who has been awarded the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA) 2018 Prize for Outstanding Student Research. Dr. Hallas won the prize "for her exploration of new families of quantum pyrochlore magnets and elucidating their phase behaviour and excitations using forefront neutron scattering techniques". Dr. Hallas was jointly supervised by Dr. Graeme Luke, Dr. Bruce Gaulin and Dr. Chris Wiebe during her PhD at McMaster University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University. The full press release can be found here: https://neutronscattering.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/press-release-2018-v5.pdf.

Excellent work Dr. Hallas!

PNAS Cozzarelli Prize Awarded to Ben K. D. Pearce and Dr. Ralph Pudritz

Congratulations to PhD student Ben K. D. Pearce and his supervisor Dr. Ralph Pudritz who were awarded the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) Cozzarelli Prize for their paper entitled "Origin of the RNA World: the Fate of Nucleobases in Warm Little Ponds". This incredibly prestigious award is given to 6 papers in PNAS each year that are deemed to be of outstanding scientific excellence and originality. Ben will be attending the prize ceremony in Washington, DC at the end of April. A full press release which includes a link to the original paper can be found here: https://brighterworld.mcmaster.ca/articles/mcmaster-researchers-win-prize-for-ground-breaking-paper-exploring-origins-of-life-on-earth/.

Congratulations again to Ben and Dr. Pudritz!

Science on Tap Event - Wednesday, February 28th @ 7pm

Join scientists from McMaster University’s Department of Physics & Astronomy for an entertaining night filled with scientific discussion, trivia, and beer. At Science on Tap, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with researchers in various scientific fields as they present some of science’s most intriguing phenomena. There will be plenty of time to ask questions while the scientists are on stage, or afterwards over cold pints. Come try this educational twist on a night out at the pub.

When: Wed. February 28th, 7pm

Where: Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton, ON

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1561249020660762/

Cliff Burgess and Peter Hayman awarded 3rd place in Buchalter Cosmology Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Cliff Burgess and his PhD student Peter Hayman who were awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Buchalter Cosmology Prize competition for their paper entitled “Magnon Inflation: Slow Roll with Steep Potentials”. The full press release can be found here. Their paper was published in the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics and can be found on the arXiv here.

Congratulations Cliff and Peter!

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

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Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24559
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

Department of Physics & Astronomy,
McMaster University

ABB-241
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4M1

Contact Information

Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24558
Fax:
(905) 546-1252
Email Inquiries:
physics@mcmaster.ca