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Kyla Smith

Can we build a better MRI?

July 2, 2018 — 
Graduate student Kyla Smith is developing a silent and more accessible solution

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Brad Cownden

Using supercomputers, math, and way-out-there thinking to study the big bang

June 25, 2018 — 
'There are amazing ideas in the pipeline'

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Elizabeth Skoropata is recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding achievement at the graduate level

2018 Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient

June 4, 2018 — 
Elizabeth Skoropata is this year’s recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal

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Black Holes Play Hide-and-Seek in Low-Luminosity Radio Galaxies

May 24, 2018 — 
Every galaxy is thought to harbor a supermassive black hole in the center, or nucleus, of the galaxy, and in active galaxies this black hole is fed by infalling matter. This “central engine” is typically surrounded by dusty molecular gas in a doughnut configuration, which hides the black hole and the infalling material from our view along certain viewing directions. The picture of a central engine plus obscuring doughnut is thought to apply to all accreting supermassive black holes, explaining the apparent variety of active galaxies from the very brightest quasars to the lower-luminosity radio galaxies under a single “unified scheme.”

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Yahoo!: Physicists Just Measured One of the Four Fundamental Forces of Nature. Now They’re Bummed.

May 23, 2018 — 
"This is the smallest and most precise asymmetry ever measured in the scattering of polarized electrons from protons," said U of M's Peter Blunden

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A partial view of the apparatus used at Jefferson Lab to measure the weak charge of the proton. The electron beam travelled down a vacuum pipe from left to right. Electrons scattered from the liquid hydrogen target were selected by a contoured shielding system and deflected radially outwards by an 8-fold symmetric magnetic spectrometer in the center of the figure; they were detected by an array of quartz Cerenkov bars forming the black octagonal structure at the far right. The Canadian group designed and constructed the magnetic field coils with support from NSERC and TRIUMF. U of M students and scientists played a key role in building and operating the electron detector array, which was surrounded by a heavy concrete shielding structure (not shown) during data taking.

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The weak side of the proton

May 9, 2018 — 
An international team, including several university of Manitoba researchers, have gained new insight into the most elusive of the four fundamental forces in nature

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Full STEAM ahead – Science Rendezvous!

May 8, 2018 — 
Science Rendezvous, a free day of fun and discovery returns to the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus Saturday, May 12

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Mathlete in the House: NFLer-cum-mathematician John Urschel to deliver public lecture at U of M

April 23, 2018 — 
When Stephen Kirkland, head of the Department of Mathematics, invited John Urschel, former NFL star, PhD student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), to speak at the U of M, the gesture, he confesses, wasn’t solely altruistic. There was a bit of self-interest at play as well.

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Putting the best research tools in the hands of Canada’s scientists

April 11, 2018 — 
More than $42 million in funding for research infrastructure projects across the country

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On April 14 Science marches on!

April 9, 2018 — 
For an event that only started a year ago, the March for Science has a lot of momentum behind it

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