Public lecture -Living with a star in the era of data science - Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm in the John Meagher Auditorium - 215

Presentation by Ryan McGranaghan from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The connection between the Sun and the Earth is a complex one, involving interactions and variabilities across a dizzying spectrum of scales and systems. The result is a relationship between us and our star that is observable only through a fleet of instruments, methods, and technologies yet creates weather in the near-Earth space environment that is both life-sustaining as well as life threatening.  This relationship is colloquially known as space weather. This talk is intended to provide insight to and spark discussion around the characteristics of convergence and the role of data science, namely creating new progress and a new frontier through radical interdisciplinarity and methodology transfer.

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UNB ASTRONOMY NIGHT: January 25 (rain date - 26), 7:30-9:30 pm  
UNB Fredericton campus –
intersection of Montgomery St and College Hill Rd

Join us for a tour of the night sky. We're celebrating FROSTival by showcasing some of winter's best astronomical attractions. Some of the things we'll be observing through our portable telescopes are the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Pleiades open star cluster. We'll also show you how to spot some of the season's best known constellations as we do some naked-eye observing. We will have portable telescopes setup for observing the nights sky, feel free to drop by anytime between 7:30 and 9:30 pm.

Quantum Gravity & Quantum Cosmology

A lecture given by Dr. Edward Wilson - Ewing (UNB) on Friday, November 16 at 6 pm. It will take place in room 146 of Bailey Hall.

Astronomy night - Oct. 20, 8:00-9:30 pm (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)

Join us outside to celebrate international observe the moon night. We will have telescopes set up to view the moon and other objects in the night sky. This is a free form activity - feel free to drop by anytime. 

Nobel Prize in Physics

Congratulations to Donna Strickland (Canadian), Gérard Mourou (French), and Arthur Ashkin (American) for jointly winning the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half to Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”, the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses” ."

Astronomy night (Postponed due to weather)

First astronomy night of the new year coming up Sept. 26th (postponed due to weather)! This is a free public event at Queen Square Park. We will have telescopes setup for everyone to use and look at some of the seasons best sights. Come out anytime between 8:30 and 10 pm. No registration required.

Congratulations to our CAP winners!

CAP 2018

(Pictured: Amy - First row, third from the left; Jordan - Second row, third from the right)

Amy-Rae Gauthier won 1st place in the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Student Presentation Competition, held at Dalhousie University this week. Amy won her divisional competition before delivering an excellent presentation in the CAP final competition, which won her 1st place. Amy, who works with Ben Newling, talked about imaging velocity fields of turbulent flows with MRI. 

Also from UNB, Jordan Grattan took first place in the Division of Atmospheric and Space Research (DASP) Student Poster Competition. Jordan, who works with William Ward, presented on his work identifying the temperature and pressure sensitivity of measurements made with the MIADI Michelson Interferometer.

Congrats to all of our UNB Physics Department participants!

A UNB-FPInnovations team wins 2018 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award

Congratulations to a UNB-FPinnovations team made of Dr. Clevan Lamason (FOREM), Dr. Bryce McMillan (Physics), Dr. Bruce Balcom (Physics), Dr. Brigitte Leblon (FOREM) and Zarin Pirouz (FPInnovations) who recently won the 2018 L.J. Markwardt Wood Engineering Award of the Forest Products Society for best basic research paper during 2016-2017 in Forest Products Journal.

The article, “Magnetic Resonance Studies of Wood Log-Drying Processes“, was the result of a joint effort between the UNB Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, the UNB Department of Physics and FPInnovations. The team will be awarded the $1,000 prize on June 13 at the 2018 Forest Products Society International Convention in Madison, Wisconson. 

Congratulations to award winner Anthony McCaffrey

Recent Ph.D graduate Anthony McCaffrey has won the prestigious International Union of Radio Science (URSI) young scientist award. He will receive his award and present his work at the URSI Atlantic Radio Science Meeting in Gran Canaria May 28 - June 1. He is one of two Canadians to receive this award.

Observation Night - March 9th, 7:30 - 9 pm (cancelled due to weather)

Join us on March 9th at Queen Square Park where we will have portable telescopes setup and touring the nights sky. There is no fixed program for the evening but we will try and spot some of the seasons most interesting sights. Feel free to drop by and enjoy the sights with us. If the sky is not clear the event will be rescheduled. No registration required.

AUPAC Success!

This past weekend the AUPAC 2018 Organizing Committee successfully ran an excellent Atlantic Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Conference (, which showed off all kinds of research from around the region. Despite the weather the conference ran very smoothly and all of the Committee have invested substantial time and effort in bringing all the pieces together. I am sure that Science Atlantic are very grateful to the Committee, but so is the Department. It is always good news when we have visitors who enjoy and learn from a visit to UNB, which could not have happened on this occasion without the many hours that everyone put into making AUPAC 2018 a success.


Congratulations to Ryan Harvey!