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


Nobel Prize 2019 Streaming event - Congratulations Alumnus Dr. James Peebles

We will be streaming the 2019 Nobel Prize Lecture How Physical Cosmology Grew with Dr. James Peebles [BSc'58, DSc '89],...

Location: SSA Lounge,University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


NRAO: Image release: Giant magnetic ropes in a galaxy’s halo

NOVEMBER 26, 2019 — An astronomy composite image produced by professor Jayanne English, physics and astronomy, using radio data was released by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), on November 26, 2019 As the NRAO reports: This image of the “Whale Galaxy” (NGC 4631), made with the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), reveals...


Congratulations to Multi-Award Winner Gabrielle Fontaine

Congratulations to Gabrielle Fontaine who took home an incredible set of four awards from the Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC), These included Best Overall Student Oral Presentation, Best Student Oral Presentation in Medical Physics, the CEWIP Best Student Poster Presentation Award, and Second Place Overall Student Poster Presentation. A copy of her award winning poster can...


Café Scientifique November 28, 2019

November 28 – 7 p.m. McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg   2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Chemists have elegantly organized the 118 known elements into this table. Chemists and physicists have explained much of the underlying physics behind this grouping, while astronomers probed the astronomical origins...


Congratulations to Mainak Singha!

Congratulations to Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Mainak Singha who has been awarded the Faculty of Science Cangene Award!


Congratulations to Undergraduate Poster Prize Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the 2019 Undergraduate Research Award  poster competition. Representing Physics and Astronomy Nils Refvik won first place in the Natural Sciences category, while in the Applied Sciences category Jordan Krenkevich took home the first place prize! Representing the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Physics...


Congratulations to Sakib Rahman

Congratulations to Physics PhD student Sakib Rahman for winning the Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Sakib carries out research in parity violation electron scattering at Jefferson Lab, and has been active in student governance as the President of the Bangladeshi Students’ Association and as University of Manitoba Graduate...


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.