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UM mathematician Julien Arino receives Radio-Canada Scientist of the Year Prize

JANUARY 18, 2021 — Dr. Julien Arino, in the Department of Mathematics, is one of four mathematicians awarded the CBC Radio-Canada Scientist of the Year 2020 prize for his work in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic. Dean Stefi Baum, Faculty of Science expands on the significance of the research, “We are justifiably proud of Julien Arino for the critical contributions...

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5 Days of Positivity

Join us for the 5-Days of Positivity Challenge next week January 18 – 22, 2021, on social media! Together let’s get our Winter Term 2021 off to a great start! Why Participate? The Science of Positive thinking is more than warm fuzzy thoughts! Research suggests that positive thinking can not only help you feel better...

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Building Better Batteries

The research into the batteries of the future and the work being done in Dr. Christian Kruss’s lab was profiled recently by Canadian Light Source. As Canadian Light Source reports: In the ongoing quest to build a better battery, researchers used the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan to identify the potential...

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Who was Galileo?

“Galileo is one of those larger than life heroes of our intellectual history,” says Astrophysicist and best-selling author, Mario Livio. The Faculty of Science was treated to a virtual public lecture on October 9, 2020, with Mario Livio, on the topic of his new book, “Galileo and the Science Deniers.” The book explores the life...

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Science and Art: Exploration, Imagination and Innovation – with Erwin Huebner

Please join Professor Emeritus Erwin Huebner on Wednesday, December 16th at 3:30 pm for his lecture, entitled “Science and Art: Exploration, Imagination and Innovation – Artist Books Inspired by Science”. Presented via Livestream, this public talk is part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Science. In addition to his presentation, Dr. Huebner will unveil his new book: “Celebrating the People of...

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Faculty of Science introduces the Wawatay program for Indigenous students

Dennis Ballard is working with Manitoba First Nations to recruit Indigenous students interested in becoming Indigenous scientists and supporting health, environment, technology and industry in their own home communities. Ballard is leading the new Wawatay program where the first cohort of UM Indigenous students will journey together through a bachelor of science degree. The long-term...

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Futurum: The science of the very small has enormous potential

Dr Wouter Deconinck, is part of the team working on the Electron-Ion Collider. Once built, the machine will be able to look inside the atomic nucleus, its protons and neutrons, and help to power the technologies of the future. As Futurum reports: EIC will, for the first time, enable scientists to build a collider where...

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UM astronomers take a closer look at powerful new ‘baby magnetar’ in Sagittarius

Astrophysicists Dr. Samar Safi-Harb of the University of Manitoba and Dr. Harsha Blumer have published their analysis of a “baby” cosmic object known as a magnetar. The object, named Swift J1818.0−1607 (J1818, for short), was discovered only this past March when it emitted powerful bursts of X-rays in our direction, detected by an instrument onboard...

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Ambassadors of science – new science communications course

In his 1374 epic poem “Troilus and Criseyde”, Geoffrey Chaucer offered up the following observation:  “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.” The idea that big things come from small beginnings is a concept of which Christina Penner is well aware. The Computer Science instructor received notice of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada...