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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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International success for U of M robot team at FIRA HuroCup

The U of M Autonomous Agents Lab robot team did very well at the FIRA HuroCup, held August 11 – 16, 2019 in Changwon, Korea, placing third and fourth overall. More than 50 teams from 10 countries competed including: South Korea, Taiwan, Canada, China, India, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia. FIRA is a multi-sport...

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WISE Kid-Netic Energy inspires and fosters love of STEM for kids in Manitoba

Each year, WISE Kid-Netic Energy hosts hundreds of educational workshops in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) reaching over 30,000 Manitoba youth. Since 1990, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Kid-Netic Energy has traveled across the Province engaging with youth and leading workshops in a wide variety of STEM applications for all...

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UofM: 2019 Schulich Leader: Mia Battad

Drawn to technology from an early age, Mia Battad loved racing home from school to play on the family computer. Constantly trying to gain access to the newest Nintendo game or handheld console, Battad’s interest in electronic devices never waned. Rather, it developed into a curiosity of how videos games are made, which lead her...

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Science advisor receives 2019 Advising Excellence Award

Christine Adams [BA(Hons)/ 94, MEd/01] from the Faculty of Science is the winner of the 2019 Advising Excellence Award. This award is a way to celebrate the work of academic advisors, including the connections they make and the opportunities they create through their work with students. Adams was selected in recognition of her contributions to...

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STEAM program provides wellness opportunities for students and staff

Science is not only fun, it can make you feel better too. That’s the message the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, plus Art (STEAM) program is sharing with our campus community thanks to a Success Through Wellness Grant it received in 2018. Five grants valued up to $10,000 were awarded in its inaugural year to areas...

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Putting Family First: Professor Jane Waterman Study of the ‘Uber Social’ Cape Ground Squirrel

Google “Cape Ground Squirrel” and you’ll find plenty of images of adorable rodents munching on nuts or sitting together in cozy family groups. Found throughout South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, they are a desert-adapted species found in arid areas. They are undeniably adorable creatures, but for Biological Sciences Professor Jane Waterman, their true appeal lies...

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Global networking event, “empowering women in Chemistry”, comes to U of M

A mega year for chemistry, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the periodic table of chemical elements and the 100th anniversary of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) — the international authority on chemical terminology, naming, and standardized measurements. One of the key events set to take place amidst year-long celebrations is...

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Meet biotechnological entrepreneur, Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) who helped eliminate Rh disease

When Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) looks back over his career as a chemist and entrepreneur, he can do so with a great deal of pride, knowing that his most influential research virtually eliminated a once-deadly blood-borne condition. Known as Rh disease, the disorder occurs when an Rh-negative mother develops antibodies to...