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Faculty of Science Alumnus wins Nobel Prize in Physics

The Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today that a UM graduate, acclaimed cosmologist Dr. James Peebles, has won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Peebles, 84, professor emeritus at Princeton University, was cited for “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology,” and shares the award with two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor, 77, and Didier Queloz, 53, who discovered...

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UM researchers create “Romulan Cloaking Device”

On Star Trek, Captains Kirk and Picard often had to contend with their Romulan adversaries who possessed a “cloaking device” that rendered their ships invisible. Back on Earth, cop shows on TV often show suspects in an interrogation room with an interviewer while others outside watch behind a two-way mirror that seems like a regular...

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Connecting Heaven and Earth: UM Researchers Have Highly Anticipated Nuclear Experiment Underway

Neutron stars were recently in the news because the gravitational wave observatory, LIGO, detected a neutron star merger.  Neutron stars are very interesting objects.  A teaspoon of neutron star matter is so dense it would weigh about 10 million tons!  The remnants of supernovae explosions, neutron stars tell us about the origin of matter in...

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Remembering Ken Standing, emeritus physics professor

Alumnus and professor Kenneth G. Standing [BSc (Hons)/48, DSc/09], recognized worldwide for designing and building tools to study large biomolecules, especially proteins, died Mar. 21 in Winnipeg. He was 93. Standing and his team of researchers made important advances in the use of time-of-flight mass spectrometry—a scientific tool that can identify the chemical composition of...

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UM Today: Come cheer on this year’s 3MT finalists on March 18

From health to the humanities, the finalists for this year’s 3MT competition are demonstrating how graduate student research at the University of Manitoba benefits our greater community. Seventy-three students applied, 36 competed in three heats, and the judges narrowed it down to 14. Those finalists – both masters and doctoral students – are now gearing...

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UM Today: A kilonova in our neighbourhood

FEBRUARY 4, 2019 — As UM Today reports: An international team of researchers, led by U of M astrophysicist Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, proposes that the merging of two neutron stars relatively near the Earth has created a “kilonova remnant” – opening a new window to studying this astrophysical phenomenon. Safi-Harb notes: “The X-ray emission from the kilonova...

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Understanding the evolution of galaxies

You might say that Professor Chris O’Dea is a “big picture” kind of guy. For an astrophysicist, that’s a good thing. Possibly the biggest phenomena O’Dea has studied in his long career is Abell 2597, one of the universe’s most massive structures. Located a billion light-years from Earth, this giant elliptical galaxy is surrounded by...

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2018 Faculty of Science Awards

Celebrating those who inspire. Recognizing excellence in teaching, research, service, and mentorship.  The 2018 Faculty of Science Awards were distributed to six exemplary faculty members. In many cases, the recipients were nominated by their peers, students and colleagues. The awards represent the best in contributions to scholarly work and commitment to the pursuit of higher...

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Can we build a better MRI?

KYLA SMITH 2018 THREE MINUTE THESIS (3MT®) COMPETITION. If you’ve ever had an MRI, you already know its challenges. Wait times for this diagnostic tool (known as magnetic resonance imaging) can be long, given the high demand. And the test itself is not entirely pleasant—you lie down in a confined space and are told not...