Reiner Kruecken (TRIUMF/UBC Physics & Astronomy) was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Mona Berciu was nominated for the 2010 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. "Dr. Paul Schaffer and his multi-disciplinary team of researchers that boasts expertise in fields including physics, chemistry and nuclear medicine. The award recognizes staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving UBC Science's mission. Physics is crucial to understanding how the universe functions, from atoms and subatomic particles to stars, galaxies and cosmological bodies. "The Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University selects its Faculty Fellows from among top scholars who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments or significant recognition.". Steacie Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship of the RSC comprises over 2,000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field. Physics 11 (BC secondary school) or equivalent is a prerequisite for all students entering the Faculty of Science. The IES appoints, on average, only 2 fellows per year. Read more... Jaymie Matthews received the 2016 Qilak Award for Astronomy Communications, Public Education and Outreach from the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). Gordon Semenoff received the 200 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal for his seminal contributions to the theory of Graphene and its massless quasiparticles. Richly deserved, Andrea! Harvey is among 30 UBC Science researchers elected to the society since 2000. Derek Gagnier was awarded the 2008 Physics & Astronomy Staff Service Award at the department's Christmas party on December 16, 2008 for outstanding undergraduate program support. These activities are meant to be fully self-guided by students above grade 8, but could also be completed by younger children with the some assistance from parents and teachers. Every two weeks, the Outreach Program will be sharing a physics or astronomy challenge that students can do at home. Jon Nakane has been named to receive a 2011 Faculty of Science Achievement Award. NEW December 16, 2020 Updates regarding 2021 Physics Olympics announced. Kris Sigurdson was appointed as an Early Career Scholar of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) for the 2008-2009 academic year and as a permanent faculty associate of the PWIAS. Monday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm The Carlyle S. Beals Award was established by CASCA in 1981 in recognition of the groundbreaking research of the late C.S. ", Ingrid Stairs received the 2017 Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada. Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) has been continuously making observations of the cosmic microwave background for 3 years. Ludovic van Waerbeke, renowned for his research in the detection of dark matter and related topics in cosmology and fundamental physics, receives the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He was selected “for scientific and technical leadership on the BaBar experiment which produced important results on CP violation, flavor physics, and many other areas.”, Alison Lister was awarded a prestigious Tier II Canada Research Chair this year. Learn more. More information. Congratulations to George Sawatzky who received the Henry Marshall Troy Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, The Academies of Arts, Humanity & Science this past weekend. Selections are made based on the number, quality, and timeliness of referee reports as collected in a database over the last 20 years. UBC Search. The award recognizes staff, students and faculty whose contributions in areas such as service, administration, leadership and outreach have had a significant positive impact in achieving the goals of the Faculty of Science. The Physics & Astronomy Department recruits faculty and research staff on an as-needed basis and any current openings with be posted here. Ian Affleck was appointed Foreign Associate of the French Academy of Sciences (Académie des sciences de l'Institut de France) in its 350th anniversary year. Kirk’s areas of research include condensed matter and atomic, molecular and optical physics. Tier 2 Chairs, tenable for five years and renewable once, are for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. The department received the UBC Alfred Scow Award on April 25, 2012. The award was established in 2009 upon a gift by Peter G. Martin, Past-President of the Society and Professor at the University of Toronto. Theresa Liao received the 2012 Faculty of Science Achievement Award in the staff category, for her promotion of the Physics and Astronomy Department to the public, and facilitation of an atmosphere of easy communication between physics undergraduate students and the department, as well as her guidance of the development of our new departmental website. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years. The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC is noted for the excellence of its research and its high academic standards and integrity. Accordingly, if you would like to connect with our staff, please contact them by email rather than dropping by their office on campus as they may be working from home. Chris Waltham received the 2009/2010 Faculty of Science Achievement Award (Faculty). Event Location: This is a prestigious recognition by his peers at the APS, as the number of elected Fellows each year is very limited. UBC WMAP members include PHAS professors Mark Halpern and Gary Hinshaw. The Gravity Research Foundation was established in 1949 to encourage the study of gravity. Department of Physics & Astronomy. Normally this requirement is met by taking PHYS 100. This is the fifth Sloan Fellowship awarded to faculty members in our department over the past 3 years. Gordon Semenoff was named one of the Officers of the Order of Canada in 2013. The purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to subatomic physics. Theresa was recognized for "outstanding leadership in communications and outreach" and Mandana for "playing a transformative role in experimental cosmology. Doug Bryman received the 2011 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions made by teaching faculty in Science. Anna Celler received the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering together with Paul Schaffer (TRIUMF), François Bénard (The University of British Columbia), Michael Kovacs (Western University), Thomas J. Ruth (TRIUMF), and John Valliant (McMaster University). Gordon Semenoff received the 2012 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics, for his seminal contributions to quantum field theory, statistical mechanics and condensed matter physics. Features. Aaron Boley was appointed a Peter Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. They will share the $500,000 award with NASA Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) lead Charles Bennett and other colleagues from the team. Learn more about the Outstanding Referee program. It is awarded based on special distinction of intellect with due regard for sound character and personal qualities. James Charbonneau and Simon Bates received the 2016 Killam Teaching Awards for Science instructors to. The medal was awarded for "for his original and influential contributions to the theory of condensed matter systems, particularly in the application of conformal field theory techniques to the Kondo effects and quantum impurity problems and advances in the theory of quantum magnetism in low dimensions." Only 22 such awards were given to physicists across North America this year, and Scott received one of only two awarded to researchers at Canadian Universities. Physics explores the most fundamental measurable quantities of energy and matter and their patterns and relationships in time and space, translating into theories, formulas and laws. With a strong foundation of academic courses, project courses, and co-op work experience, the five-year Engineering Physics program provides you with the skills and experience needed to develop new technology and interdisciplinary engineering projects. WMAP and Planck collaborations were awarded the 2019 Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize by the European Physical Society "for providing high-precision measurements of the cosmic microwave background temperature anisotropies, leading to detailed information on properties of the universe and tests of cosmological models and fundamental physics." ENPH 253 Robot Summer 2020 @ home edition Our Corporate Supporters "This award is granted to an outstanding individual (student, faculty, or staff) who has made a contribution to student development and the university community in honour of Margaret Fulton’s commitment to university access and student learning. We appreciate your interest. He was awarded for his long-standing dedication and innovative work in the undergraduate teaching labs, from the 4th year advanced lab to designing and refining experiments for the new 1st year programs. The Department of Physics and Astronomy has a strong outreach program that helps run events such as the UBC Physics Olympics, the Michael Smith Challenge, and the Canadian Physics Olympiad. "This election reflects the high esteem the members of our academy have for you and for your scientific work," said the French Academy of Sciences. Nominations may be made by students, alumni or faculty. They will share the $500,000 award with NASA Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) lead Charles Bennett and other colleagues from the team. Fellows of the Royal Society are elected for life. Because the number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than one half of one percent of the membership, it is a prestigious recognition for one's contribution to physics. Gordon has been a professor at UBC since 1990. Learn More. Engineering Physics Staff Listing In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, UBC staff are working remotely where possible. Beals. 2036 Main Mall. Perimeter's Press Release. Twenty-nine current and past UBC researchers will each take home a modest share of the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics announced yesterday at NASA Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California. Bill was nominated by the University of Duisburg Essen, and will be spending up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues there. Browse . Ludovic Van Waerbeke was named by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies as a 2010 Early Career Scholar. For more information about the Killam Teaching Award, visit the Faculty of Science website. Gary Hinshaw is one of the recipients of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Mona was nominated by APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics and elected "For outstanding contributions to the theory of dilute magnetic semiconductors and polarons." Andre Marziali received the 2011 LifeScience BC award for Innovation and Achievement award. Meetings start with lectures. For more information about the Killam Teaching Award, visit the Faculty of Science website. The fellowship program is the oldest program of the New York-based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The prizes are awarded annually, from the Killam Endowment Fund, to faculty nominated by students, colleagues, and alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching. He was recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. JOIN THE UBC Engineering Physics Linkedin group, a forum for alumni, current students, and program administrators to view and post jobs and discussions and receive news about social nights, sponsoring opportunities for projects and other program initiatives. The $10,000 award was presented for A Powerful New Device and Method for Detecting and Concentrating Nucleic Acids from Complex and Dilute Samples. The team includes PHAS physicists Dr. Walter Hardy, Dr. Takamasa Momose (associate from chemistry), along with Nathan Evetts, Andrea Gutierrez, Mario Michan and Sarah Seif El Nasr. Alison Lister, an associate professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy, is an experimental particle physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to search for evidence of physics beyond the Standard Model. Each year a small percentage of our 42,000 referees are to be selected and honored with the Outstanding Referee designation. Bridget was awarded for her twenty-three years of dedicated service as the Departmental Receptionist; Bernhard was awarded for his outstanding service to the Engineering Physics Program as the Engineering Technician. Whether you’re looking for a job at UBC or you’re already employed as a faculty or staff member, you’ll find links to the information you need to work at UBC here. The award is sponsored by the Physics of Quantum Electronics (PQE) conference and presented at its Winter Colloquium in Snowbird, Utah. Beals. Lorne Whitehead was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Ariel Zhitnitsky received the 2018 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics for his ground-breaking contributions to theoretical high energy physics. This carries with it an award of $20,000 that Aaron is using to host a major conference on planetary science. ", Mona Berciu was awarded this year’s CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. The Breakthrough Prizes will recognize the world’s top scientists. He was recognized for fostering deeper learning processes in astronomy through the uses of peer discussions and entertaining but effective in-class demonstrations. of Physics […] Engineering Physics Program Coordinator Eileen Campbell and Human Resources Manager Derek Gagnier received the 2018 Staff Service Awards in recognition of outstanding departmental support. "The IES Fellow designation shall be awarded to a Member of the Society for valuable contribution to the technical activities of the Society; to the art or science of illumination; or to the related scientific or engineering fields.". Current and past UBC researchers receiving a portion of the award are: Frank Berghaus, Sophie Berkman, Daniel Brook-Roberge, Tudor Costin, Reena Meijer Drees, Salvador Gil, Simon Hastings, Chris Hearty, Jaret Heise, Blair Jamieson, Jiae Kim, Brian Kirby, Robert Komar, Thomas Kutter, Thomas Lindner, Mark McCarthy, Christian Nally, Hui-Siong Ng, Christine Nielsen, Scott Oser, Yevgeniy Petrov, Alan Poon, Shirin Sabouri, Hirohisa Tanaka, Shimpei Tobayama, Yaroslav Tserkvonyak, Tyron Tsui, Chris Waltham, Juergen Wendland, and Joanna Zalipska. For each Tier 2 Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years. His research interests have been in superstring theory and duality of string theories with strongly coupled gauge field theories and in quantum gravity. Killam Faculty Research Fellowships are awarded to assist promising faculty members, who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave. Douglas Bonn received the 2012 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal for his contributions to the field of high temperature superconductivity. Mark Halpern and Gary Hinshaw of UBC Physics & Astronomy have been awarded the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their work as part of a 2003 NASA mission that pinpointed the age of the Universe at 13.75 billion years. Mark Halpern and Gary Hinshaw of UBC Physics & Astronomy have been awarded the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their work as part of a 2003 NASA mission that pinpointed the age of the Universe at 13.75 billion years. Douglas Bonn, Mark Halpern, Walter Hardy, and Gary Hinshaw were named on the Global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List by the Clarivate Analytics. We are constantly rated as one of the top Physics & Astronomy programs in the world. Bill Unruh received the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics. This story was covered by the UBC Reports. Nominations may be made by students, alumni or faculty. 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