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Eclipse events abound at McGill

Mar 21, 2024, McGill Reporter

A series of eclipse-related events will be held on the Downtown campus, at Macdonald Campus, and the Gault Nature Reserve on Mont Saint-Hilaire. More than just watch parties, all three events have much more on tap, including educational fare, interactive activities, and lots of fun for young and old. The Downtown Campus event is organized by the TSI and the Department of Physics. The Eclipse Fair and Viewing Party will run from 1 to 4:30 pm on April 8th, with hands-on activities, demos, and booths for all ages to explore the science behind eclipses and other fascinating facets of solar physics. The Fair will include everything from a cloud chamber and make-your-own-pinhole-viewer kiosk, to a scale solar system model, and opportunities to view the sun through solar telescopes.

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Demystifying the mysterious fast radio bursts

Feb 13, 2024, The Tribune

On Feb. 7, 2024, the Trottier Space Institute hosted a public lecture on the mystery of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), fleeting blasts of cosmic energy that can outshine an entire galaxy, but only for a few milliseconds. They invited Duncan Lorimer, professor of Physics and Astronomy and Associate Dean for External Research Development at the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. He, along with his colleagues Maura McLaughlin and Matthew Bailes, first discovered FRBs in 2007. Thanks to this discovery, Lorimer’s team received the Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2023.

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Spotlighting McGill’s women in STEM

Feb 7, 2024, McGill Reporter

In advance of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb. 11), the McGill Reporter featured some of McGill’s talented female researchers who discuss their work, their inspiration, and their advice to women pursing a career in STEM. TSI Prof. Eve Lee is among those highlighted in this piece.

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M87* One Year Later: Proof of a persistent black hole shadow

Jan 19, 2024, McGill Reporter

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, including Professor Daryl Haggard at McGill University, has released new images of M87*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy Messier 87, using data from observations taken in April 2018. With the participation of the newly commissioned Greenland Telescope and a dramatically improved recording rate across the array, the 2018 observations give us a view of the source independent from the first observations in 2017.

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TSI Prof and AAS 243 Keynote speaker, Eve Lee speaks to AstroBites

Jan 8, 2024, AstroBites online post

Dr. Eve Lee, a distinguished astronomer at McGill University specializing in exoplanets, shared her captivating career journey, providing insights into her trajectory from an eager undergrad to a seasoned researcher.

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Crossing the generational divide: what established scientists and early-career researchers can learn from each other

Dec 18, 2023, Nature

The Shaw Prize Foundation awarded Kaspi and astrophysicist Chryssa Kouveliotou at George Washington University in Washington DC the US$1.2-million 2021 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for their work on magnetars. Last month, Kaspi attended the inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum alongside early-career researchers and 22 other Shaw laureates. The forum is designed to nurture connections and discussions between researchers at different stages of their careers through panel discussions, talks and social events.

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Nicolas Cowan wins Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship

Nov 1, 2023, NSERC

Prof. Nicolas Cowan was awarded the 2023 Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship from NSERC/CRSNG. His group has pioneered techniques to map the surfaces and atmospheres of exoplanets, led groundbreaking projects to determine how planets absorb and transport heat, and conducted the first studies comparing the climates of exoplanets. The Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship recognizes early-stage academic researchers in the natural sciences and engineering and supports them to enhance their research capacity, so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.

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Call For Applications: MSI Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

Oct 10, 2023, TSI

We are currently accepting applications for TSI Postdoctoral Fellowships. See job posting for full details. Deadline: 29-Dec-2023.

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The Experimental Cosmologist Hunting for the First Sunrise

Sep 20, 2023, Quanta Magazine

To catch even a whiff of the universe’s earliest epochs — an age of darkness, and one of new light — Cynthia Chiang builds her own equipment. Then she deploys it at the ends of the Earth.

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Natalya Gomez named recipient of 2023 AGU James B. Macelwane Medal

Sep 13, 2023, McGill Reporter

Professor Natalya Gomez of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences has been selected to receive the American Geophysical Union’s 2023 James B. Macelwane Medal, awarded annually to three to five early career scientists in recognition of their significant contributions to Earth and space science. AGU, the world’s largest Earth and space science association, annually recognizes a select number of individuals for its highest honors.

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