Alumnus wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Jim Peebles [B.Sc. (Hons)/58, D.Sc./89], Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus, Princeton University

The weak side of the proton

An international team, including several university of Manitoba researchers, have gained new insight into the most elusive of the four fundamental forces in nature, the weak force, through research they undertook as a member of the Q-weak collaboration. The experiment they carried out revealed one of the weak force’s secrets: the precise strength of its grip on the proton

Understanding the evolution of the galaxies

Using new observations gleaned from the world’s most expensive ground-based telescope in operation, U of M researchers published their findings on a supermassive black hole that powers the celestial equivalent of a colossal fountain.

Radio Data Centre

U of M Astrophysicists together with colleagues from six other Canadian institutions, and a host of international partners have received $10 million in new CFI funding to create an innovative astronomical data system and usher in a new era of discovery.

2018 Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient

Elizabeth Skorpata made a big impression for her work on nanomaterials she was the 2018 recipient of the Governor General’s Award, awarded for outstanding achievement at the doctoral graduate level.
Observational Astronomy

Open House

Last Wednesday of the month, Room 240 University College, 7PM

Canada’s Most
Powerful Women

Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Canada Research Chair in Supernova Remnants Astrophysics, Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner in the ‘trailblazers and trendsetters’ category.

News and Events


Social Insects - Dr. Stephen Pratt, Arizona State School of Life Sciences

Join Stephen Pratt for a Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary Lecture. Dr. Pratt studies the emergence of complex social behavior in...

Location: Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre University of Manitoba - Fort Garry Winnipeg MB


Astronomy Open House - with Guest Chelsea Braun


Dr. Justin Nodwell, University of Toronto, Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

Join the Faculty of Science for an exciting talk with biochemist, Dr. Justin Nodwell, Professor, University of Toronto.

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry,Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre University of Manitoba - Fort Garry Winnipeg MB


Mass Spectrometry at the University of Manitoba

The development of mass spectrometry has been a key theme of research carried out in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for over 50 years. You can learn more about the history of mass spectrometry at U of M and U of M’s role in the global development of mass spectrometry in this story prepared...


Nobel Laureate Inspires Physics and Astronomy Students

Students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy shared the inspiration imparted to them after discussions with Nobel Laureate and U of M alumnus James Peebles with CBC news. Read about it here.


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...


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...


Can-Ming Hu Elected APS Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Can-Ming Hu for being elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society. Prof. Hu has been elected “For outstanding contributions to the fields of cavity spintronics and cavity magnonics, and for significant contributions to the development of electrical methods for studying magnetization dynamics.”


Michael Kossin’s Science Photography in Bloomberg Magazine

Michael Kossin is an MSc candidate in subatomic physics at the University of Manitoba with a passion and talent for capturing photographs in the lab. His natural colour long-exposure photograph of  the FrPNC laboratory at TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Nuclear and Particle Physics, caught the eye of Bloomberg Businessweek magazine where it is now showcased, paired with...


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...


Congratulations 2018 University Merit Award Recipient Khodr Shamseddine

The Department of Physics and Astronomy would like to congratulate Dr. Shamseddine for receiving the 2018 University Merit Award for a “Combination of Teaching, Service and Research, Scholarly Work and Other Creative Activities”