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Surveying the Universe (MSI Special Lecture)

Nov 17, 2020, MSI

On November 17, 2020, MSI had the honour of (virtually) hosting a public talk by Steven M. Kahn, Cassius Lamb Kirk Professor in the Natural Sciences, Stanford University, and Director of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Prof. Kahn described the design and development of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a new and unique major astronomical facility under development in Chile with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy. The Rubin Observatory is a large-aperture, wide-field ground-based telescope designed to perform a ten-year, time-domain survey of the entire southern hemisphere of sky in six optical colour bands. He walked us through how the observatory will photograph every part of the southern sky nearly 1,000 times over its planned decade of operations. He expects that it will discover nearly 20 billion new galaxies, and a comparable number of stars – the first time in human history when we will know of more objects in the Universe than there are people on Earth. A diverse array of distinct science investigations will be enabled by the resulting database, ranging from studies of small moving bodies in the solar system to the structure and evolution of the Universe as a whole. The talk was followed by a Q&A where we took questions from our very enthusiastic audience, so many that we ran out of time!

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CIFAR fellows narrow in on origin of Fast Radio Bursts

Sep 16, 2020, CIFAR

New results from fellows in CIFAR’s Gravity & the Extreme Universe program and the CHIME telescope collaboration continue to provide unique astrophysical insights

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Big telescope, big award

Jul 14, 2020, McGill Reporter

The CHIME radio telescope project, which includes leading astrophysicists from MSI, has won a 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award

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Provost awards 32 professors with McGill and Dawson Chairs

Jul 9, 2020, McGill Reporter

Prof. Vicky Kaspi was awarded a Distinguished James McGill Professors (DJMP) award for late-career researchers – McGill’s highest honour.

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Canada Research Chairs Program announces new and renewed chairs for McGill Profs

Jul 9, 2020, McGill Newsroom

Prof. Daryl Haggard & Prof. Nicolas Cowan received Canada Research Chairs. Prof. Haggard is the Canada Research Chair in Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (NSERC, Tier 2) and Prof. Cowan is the Canada Research Chair in Planetary Climate (NSERC, Tier 2). The CRCs aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

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Emerging researchers lauded at 2020 Virtual Convocation

Jun 25, 2020, McGill Reporter

Prof. Daryl Haggard among this year's three recipients of the 2020 Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researchers

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Three McGill researchers among 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows

Feb 12, 2020, McGill Newsroom

Prof. Adrian Liu received a 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship for extraordinary early career researchers from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Nature’s 10: Ten people who mattered in science in 2019

Dec 17, 2019, Nature

Prof. Vicky Kaspi named as one of Nature's 10 ‘people who mattered’ in science in 2019.

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Daryl Haggard, Simon Caron-Huot win 2020 Breakthrough Prizes for Physics

Nov 1, 2019, McGill Newsroom

Prof. Daryl Haggard is joint-recipient of the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as a part of the 347-member Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration Team that received this award for capturing the first image of a supermassive black hole, taken by means of an Earth-sized alliance of telescopes. The prize recognizes individuals or teams who have made profound contributions to human knowledge

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Canadian astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System

Aug 28, 2019, McGill Newsroom

Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life.

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