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Jan 03, 2018

Malcolm Graham Donation of Works on Physics

Last year Professor Emeritus Malcolm Graham donated his collection of works on Physics to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Nov 14, 2017

Luyi Yang named Canada Research Chair in Ultrafast Dynamics of Quantum Materials

Twenty U of T scholars, whose expertise ranges from the neural basis of music recognition to Indigenous methodologies, were named new Canada Research Chairs by the federal government this fall.
Personality types and student performance in an introductory physics course Oct 30, 2017

Personality types and student performance in an introductory physics course

Jason J. B. Harlow, David M. Harrison, Andrew Meyertholen, and Brian Wilson from UofT Physics and Michael Justason from McMaster have published this study in the "Physical Review Physics Education Research" magazine. Personality type is correlated with student performance in an introductory physics course.
The Effect of El Nino on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide - new research made possible by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Oct 13, 2017

The Effect of El Nino on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide - new research made possible by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

A NASA satellite has found another thing to blame on El Nino — a recent record high increase of carbon dioxide in the air. The super-sized El Nino a couple of years ago led to an increase of 3 billion tons of carbon in the air, most from tropical land areas. The El Nino made it more difficult for plants to suck up man-made carbon emissions and sparked fires that released more carbon into the atmosphere.
UofT theorist David Curtin featured in "Quanta Magazine" Sep 27, 2017

UofT theorist David Curtin featured in "Quanta Magazine"

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, has failed to find any of the hoped-for particles that would lead physicists beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. But it’s possible that the LHC has been producing such pivotal new particles all along, and that we’re just not seeing them.
U of T Physics Climate Change Scientists Fight to Save PEARL Sep 26, 2017

U of T Physics Climate Change Scientists Fight to Save PEARL

Without funding, atmospheric research station at Eureka, Nunavut, set to be mothballed in the spring
Is the Force with Us? Our Professor Aephraim Steinberg helps explain in Through the Wormhole! May 12, 2017

Is the Force with Us? Our Professor Aephraim Steinberg helps explain in Through the Wormhole!

Professor Steinberg was filmed for a segment in season 8, episode 1 of Through the Wormhole. A show on the Discovery Channel that is hosted by Morgan Freeman.
The 2017 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal  is awarded to Yong-Baek Kim May 01, 2017

The 2017 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to Yong-Baek Kim

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2017 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to Yong Baek Kim, University of Toronto, for his leading work on the effects of large spin-orbit coupling on exotic ground states in geometrically frustrated and highly correlated quantum materials.
Apr 10, 2017

Former graduate student, Feihu Xu recognized by the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers.

Feihu Xu is a former graduate student of Professor Hoi Kwong Lo and he has been named a co-winner of the inaugural Outstanding Dissertation Award (ODA) by the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers.
U of T Physics Alumni Zen Mariani is now among 32 candidates shortlisted in the CSA's Astronaut Program Mar 15, 2017

U of T Physics Alumni Zen Mariani is now among 32 candidates shortlisted in the CSA's Astronaut Program

Zen Mariani was featured on CTV news on March 13, 2017 talking about his experiences during the selection process for the Astronaut Program.
U of T physicists discovered a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes Feb 23, 2017

U of T physicists discovered a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes

University of Toronto researchers have found a way to increase the resolution of microscopes and telescopes beyond long-accepted limitations by tapping into previously neglected properties of light.
Graduate Student Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher among this year's NSERC award recipients Feb 07, 2017

Graduate Student Madeleine Bonsma-Fisher among this year's NSERC award recipients

We go to the gym, count calories and take our vitamins — all in an effort to stay fit and avoid getting sick. But are we actually healthy? Our bodies are filled with bacteria and viruses that attack them, known as phages. Some of these tiny organisms float harmlessly along while others are ticking time bombs that could cause infections, diseases and even obesity. This microscopic community, called the “microbiome,” is unique to each person, and diversity and adaptation among bacteria and phages make it difficult to say for certain what a healthy microbiome looks like.
Feb 02, 2017

U of T Physics alumni shortlisted in the CSA's astronaut selection process!

U of T Physics alumni continue to do great things. 3 graduates are among the 72 candidates shortlisted for the Canadian Space Agency's astronaut selection program.
Jan 23, 2017

Certainty with complex scientific research an unachievable goal: U of T study by David Bailey

Physics professor says study can help researchers better analyze their data and encourage more realistic expectations by both scientists and the public about the accuracy of scientific research
Prof. Hoi Kwong Lo and Prof. Joyce Poon show a quantum key distribution experiment with a silicon chip transmitter for the first time. Oct 31, 2016

Prof. Hoi Kwong Lo and Prof. Joyce Poon show a quantum key distribution experiment with a silicon chip transmitter for the first time.

The work demonstrates the potential of using silicon photonics to dramatically lower the cost of quantum key distribution and bring it to the mass market in future.
A new heart for ATLAS - with help from Professors Richard Teuscher and Robert Orr Oct 27, 2016

A new heart for ATLAS - with help from Professors Richard Teuscher and Robert Orr

The world’s largest, most powerful, and most famous particle accelerator is getting a new heart, thanks to a collaboration between our very own Professors Richard Teuscher and Robert Orr and the Canadian arm of global manufacturer Celestica Inc.
T2K Presents First Comparison of Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations Aug 08, 2016

T2K Presents First Comparison of Neutrino and Antineutrino Oscillations

University of Toronto physicists are key participants in findings reported by the T2K collaboration on a comparison of neutrino and antineutrino oscillations. Such comparisons between particles and their antiparticle counterparts are sensitive to violation of “CP symmetry”, differences in the behavior of matter and antimatter.
Effective student teams for collaborative learning in an introductory university physics course Jun 17, 2016

Effective student teams for collaborative learning in an introductory university physics course

In this study publised by Physical Review Physics Education Research Jason Harlow, David Harrison, and Andrew Meyertholen studied the types of student teams that are most effective for collaborative learning in a large freshman university physics course.
Canada's Minister of Science greets T2K during visit to Japan May 24, 2016

Canada's Minister of Science greets T2K during visit to Japan

Canadian and Japanese collaborators present the Belle II and T2K experiments, tour the KEK Experimental Hall, and officially open the TRIUMF/KEK office with Dr. Duncan
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