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Congratulations 2019 Vanier Scholar Recipient Kyle Monkman

Congratulations to Kyle Monkman, a student in the department of physics and astronomy, one of a record six University of Manitoba graduate students to receive a 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. These awards, considered the Canadian equivalent of the United Kingdom’s Rhodes Scholarships, help recruit and keep in Canada top doctoral students from across the country...

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Insight into Black Holes

With the spectacular new images provided by the Event Horizon Telescope the first radio images of the event horizon of a black hole are now available, but what can we learn from these images? University of Manitoba Professor of Physics and Astronomy  Chris O’Dea explains on CBC Radio’s Up To Speed with Ismaila Alfa: What...

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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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Dark Matters at the Manitoba Museum

Join Michelle Boyce for an evening exploring the latest research regarding dark matter. The event includes a reception, a viewing of the Planetarium show “Phantom of the Universe”, and a paired presentation/Q&A session with Michelle. The reception kicks off the evening at 7:00 PM Thursday March 21, 2019 at the Manitoba Museum Planetarium.

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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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Physics and Astronomy Day – Schedule

Physics and Astronomy Day 2019 will be held 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM on March 16. The full schedule is now available on our website. To get an idea of what the day will be like, you can also look at an archive of photos and activities from previous Physics and Astronomy Days.

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Congratulations to our 2019 3MT competitors. 

  Wolfgang Klassen and Tyson Reimer gave excellent presentations in a highly competitive 3MT heat yesterday afternoon. Special congratulations to Wolfgang who earned a place in the 3MT finals which will take place on March 18 @ 7pm in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College.

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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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Faculty Outreach Awards

Congratulations to Ruth Cameron and Danielle Pahud for winning Community Engagement Awards that recognize efforts bringing Physics and Astronomy beyond the borders of the University!