Director Akash Sherman's sci-fi drama Clara had it's world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is about an astronomer searching for life in the universe. Doug Welch helped to make sure the science in the film is accurate, you can read an interview in Scientific American here
with both Doug and Akash.
We are sad to convey that John Cameron, an emeritus member of our department has died. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances and his sons Richard (Alexa), Michael (Katherine) and James (Jason) and his five grandchildren Atticus, Audrey, Oona, Alasdair and Inigo. John received his PhD in nuclear physics from McMaster then went to Oxford on a Sloan Fellowship. He returned to McMaster as a member of the Department of Physics & Astronomy for 35 years. John was active in the community with the Westdale United Church and the United Way. He was a long time member of the Westdale United Church choir and sane with the Te Deum Singers. The Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday October 13 at Westdale United Church at 11am, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made to Westdale United Church (www.westdaleunited.ca
) or Medecins san Frontieres (www.doctorswithoutborders.ca
Condolences, memories and photos may be left at www.circleoflifecbc.com
Donna Strickland, a Professor of Physics at the University of Waterloo is one of three co-recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics. Donna is a 1981 Mac Engineering Physics B Eng graduate. She is the 1st female recipient of the Noble Prize for Physics in 55 years. Donna is being recognized for developments related to very short, very intense laser pulses ("Chirping" techniques). See the news release here
Dr. Kari Dalnoki-Veress' startup company MesoMat
competed in the 2018 Lion's Lair Competetion and won First Prize! LiON's LAIR is an annual competition which brings together the entrepreneurship and innovation community in Hamilton. Finalists prepare and present their buisness pitch in front of business experts for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and in-kind resources. Congratulations to Kari and his team! Check out their acceptance speech here