Faculty of Science news
Congratulations to the Department of Physics, whose "Homer's Physics" seminar series won National First Prize in the Canadian Association of University Business Officers' annual Quality and Productivity Awards.
NSERC summer undergraduate research students and other students conducting summer research with a Faculty of Science professor are invited to a "Workshop on Writing in Science" with Prof. Linda Cooper.
Congratulations to Amanda M. Feige, Lili Gao, Crystal P. Mann, David Matthews and Finn Upham! They were named to the Scarlet Key Society in 2007 in recognition of how McGill and its students have benefited extraordinarily from their involvement.
Congratulations to Crystal Mann, a 2007 Scarlet Key awardee. Since 1925, the Scarlet Key has been awarded to over 1,500 individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership at McGill University. A Scarlet Key recipient is an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty, is committed to the McGill community, and inspires passion and creativity. Crystal is a doctoral candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences, investigating the "Contribution of mafic magma to the ongoing eruption at the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, West Indies" under the supervision of Dr. John Stix, and for several years she has played a major role in the student-organized Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research Symposium.
Professor Robert L. Carroll (Redpath Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology) comments on a 125-million-year-old Chinese fossil lizard with rib-supported wings that allowed it to glide through the air, and its unlikely relation to modern gliding lizards. Read the article in the March 19, 2007, issue of New Scientist.
The Montreal Gazette reports that the research team led by Dr. David Burns has designed a non-invasive procedure for women using in vitro fertilization that will reduce the likelihood of multiple births. Dr. Burns is professor of chemistry and associate dean research in the Faculty of Science.
He worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana before swapping rock for research. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin recently spoke to the Sunday Telegraph (UK) about the meaning of music. (Article: Rockin' Boffin Science. He worked with Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison and Santana before swapping rock for research. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin talks to Susan Dominus about the meaning of music. Sunday Telegraph, 18 March 2007.) Users connected to the McGill network may consult an electronic version of the article through Factiva on the McGill Library website.
Interest in Canada's north has never been stronger, but McGill scholars have long been active in the Arctic. Discover the nordic research interests (and personal connections!) of professors Wayne Pollard (Geography), James Savelle (Anthropology), Lyle Whyte (Natural Resource Sciences), George Wenzel (Geography) and Bruno Tremblay (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences) in the current issue of the McGill Reporter.
McGill astrophysicist Matt Dobbs recently spoke with CTV's Canada AM about the South Pole Telescope. "We expect to find between 2,000 and 4,000 galaxy clusters that no one else has ever seen before. This telescope is going to provide us with a really new and novel way of looking at the history of universe," Dobbs told Canada AM. "We'll be able to learn a lot about the expansion history of the universe -- how the universe grew and how it grew to be the way it is today."
McGill University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is extremely pleased to announce that Professor Bob Martin is the 2007 recipient of the J. Willis Ambrose Medal from the Geological Association of Canada. The Ambrose Medal, named for the first GAC president, is awarded to an individual for sustained dedicated service to the Canadian earth science community.
McGill University is proud to announce that four of its Faculty of Science researchers have been named 2007 recipients of the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship. The winners were announced by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on February 20.
An international team of physicists including researchers from McGill University has uncovered a rare mechanism that produces a single top quark, the heaviest known particle in nature — a breakthrough that brings the international physics community a step closer to its Holy Grail.
For McGill University astrophysicist Matt Dobbs, January 29 was just another day at the office. At least during the final weeks of assembling the South Pole Telescope (SPT), Dobbs has been working in conditions that most North Americans would find daunting, if not unbearable. But most North Americans don't spend their days preparing to explore the nature of dark energy, the unexplained phenomenon responsible for the observed acceleration in the expansion of the universe.