Congratulations to Gwen Eadie for her first place finish at CASCA!
At the CASCA meeting each year, the Board and students separately judge student oral and poster presentations. At the close of the meeting, these groups each award those presentations they consider to be the best. Our very own Gwendolyn Eadie (supervisor: Bill Harris) placed first for the best student oral presentation as judged by the students and tied for first place as judged by the board. Her title was "Can we correctly infer a simulated galaxy's mass using a hierarchical Bayesian model?" Congratulations Gwen!
Media Numeracy – New Course Offering for Winter 2017/18
“Twice as many people have been murdered in Toronto this year to date, as were murdered in Toronto at the same date last year.”
"New protocol 33% more effective in treating rare blood disorder."
You have seen similar claims. Consider: What role do these statements play in the stories containing them? What story does the quoted numbers tell? How can we evaluate and compare these two claims?
These are the questions that we will attempt to answer in Physics 2NM3 – Media Numeracy: Telling stories with numbers, a new course offered by the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
Designed to give students insight on how numbers can be used and mis-used in the media, Physics 2NM3 will provide students from every academic background with simple, practical and understandable tools to allow them to interpret the vast majority of the quantitative statements that they encounter in media stories.
Media Numeracy: Telling stories with numbers – Physics 2NM3
The course will be offered on Dean's Permission in Winter Term 207/18. More information about the course can be found here..
Bruce Gaulin named to Distinguished University Professor
Yesterday, the McMaster University Senate voted to confer the title of Distinguished University Professor on Bruce Gaulin. This title is the highest honour that the University can bestow on one of its own members. President Deane said that the Senate took note of his reputation as a scholar who has put Canada on the world map in condensed matter physics.
The title will be formally conferred by the Chancellor at the Faculty of Science Convocation on June 15, 2017.
Congratulations to Bruce on this great achievement!
Congratulations to undergraduates Ahmad Mahmood and Diego Martinez on their win at the Western PhUnC
A heartfelt congratualtions to Diego Martinez who won 1st place overall and Ahmad Mahmood who won 3rd place overall at the annual Physics Undergraduate Conference (PhUnC) held at Western University
McMaster Physics PhD Charles-Philippe Lajoie Makes Astronaut Short-list
McMaster Physics and Astronomy PhD Charles-Philippe Lajoie has made the short-list for the next astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency. You can follow our canditate through the extremely competitive process here. The full story is available on the Daily News.
Dr. Cliff Burgess awarded 3rd prize in the 2016 Bulchalter Cosmology Prize Competition
Congratulations to Prof. Cliff Burgess whose paper entitled “EFT Beyond the Horizon: Stochastic Inflation and How Primordial Quantum Fluctuations Go Classical” was awarded 3rd prize in the 2016 Bulchalter Cosmology Prize Competition! The judging committee recognized the work as “a remarkable paper that sheds light on how quantum fluctuations exiting the Hubble scale are rendered into the classical large-scales of our Universe, detailing a process by which gravitational interaction triggers this transition.” You can see a link to this on the McMaster Daily News
. The full announcement can be found here