Faculty of Science news
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.
Science undergraduates: Each day at lunch from January 8-12, 2007, you are invited to see and hear some of our newest professors give snappy presentations about their research. Then mingle over lunch, and find out more about their research and how you can participate. Come for the soup, stay for the science!
The recent retreat of Arctic sea ice is likely to accelerate so rapidly that the Arctic could become nearly devoid of ice during summertime as early as 2040, according to a new study by three researchers, including Bruno Tremblay of McGill University's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
McGill University astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi is the 2006 winner of the prestigious Steacie Prize in the Natural Sciences. The prize is awarded annually to a young scientist or engineer for notable contributions to research in Canada.
In late November, 18 McGill University researchers, led by Denis Thérien, vice-principal (research and international relations), visited India as part of the McGill Scientific Mission 2006. Their goal was to pave the way for future scientific partnerships with leading universities and institutions in such cities as Delhi and Bangalore, with the emphasis on the word "partnerships."
McGill University science and music student David Matthews has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. The world's oldest and most prestigious academic fellowship, the Rhodes is awarded annually to fewer than 100 students worldwide, only 11 of them in Canada.
Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Conference! The students' names are now announced on our website, where you can also view a webcast of the conference's keynote address by Science alumnus Dr. Rudolph A. Marcus (BSc'43, PhD'46, DSc'88, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry).
The Faculty of Science offers several seminar courses designed to help graduate students and post-docs develop their skills for writing in science. Focus is placed on principles and techniques for effective writing, as well as skills for writing and publishing in one's profession.