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Anima Sharma wins 1st prize for the best student presentation at the annual Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference

PhD student Anima Sharma, working with Gerald Gwinner in Physics & Astronomy, has won first prize for best student presentation at the annual Canadian Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference for her talk “Towards Atomic Parity Violation in Francium”. It was her first conference presentation as a graduate student.

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SPOT on – new science public online talk series launches

From Nobel prize winning discoveries, to harnessing life on the smallest scales, the origins and structure of our universe, augmented humans, and complex networks, it’s all part of a diverse and engaging series of free science public online talks offered by the Faculty of Science launching this spring. Designed to bring our community together and...

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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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Can we build a better MRI?

If you’ve ever had an MRI, you already know its challenges. Wait times for this diagnostic tool (known as magnetic resonance imaging) can be long, given the high demand. And the test itself is not entirely pleasant—you lie down in a confined space and are told not to move while the machine hammers loudly around...

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3MT Finalist Kyla Smith

Watch Kyla Smith’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) presentation to learn more about her ground-breaking work towards a better magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Can we build a better MRI?

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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...

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“Pre-selected optimist”: How hard work and determination led Dr. Michael Landry to some heavenly discoveries

JANUARY 23, 2018 — It’s been said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Dr. Michael Landry [PhD/00] is a testament to the truth of that concept. Current Director of the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, Washington, Landry still thrills to the memory of the two most exciting discoveries...

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Using supercomputers, math, and way-out-there thinking to study the big bang

There is a menu of theories to choose from for how the universe began, the most popular being the big bang option where every tiny part of every particle to ever exist was squeezed into a dot so compact it had no dimension at all. Then this “singularity” blew up and expanded. But it didn’t...