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Greetings from the fun and fabulous Physics Department at the University of Windsor.  We are committed to our strategic priorities of Teaching Excellence, Research & Experiential Learning, and Community Engagement.  Our Department is uniquely known for the multiple genres of experiential learning opportunities we provide all our students.  Most students participate in research with our world-renowned faculty in the areas of Atomic, Molecular and Optical (AMO) Physics, Materials Science, and Biomedical Physics.  Our B.Sc. Honours program stream in Medical Physics has been featured as a 'standout program' in Macleans magazine in 2014, 2015 and 2016!  Explore these pages, and if you'd like to know more, request a tour of the Department by sending an email to physics@uwindsor.ca.

LATEST NEWS

Spring 2017 Convocation

On Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, the Department of Physics celebrated its Convocation.  Receiving their degrees were, from left: Beau Greaves Honours Physics (Medical Physics) with Thesis, Matthew Alexander Honours Physics with Thesis (Matthew also received a prestigious Board of Governors Medal), Austin Lindquist Honours Physics with Thesis, Mariam Al-Ansary Master of Science, Physics, Katherine Golden Honours Physics, Professor Steve Rehse, Jeremy Marvin Honours Physics (Medical Physics), Christopher DiLoreto Doctor of Philosophy, Physics, Professor Chitra Rangan.   Not pictured was Damjan Vukovic  Honours Physics (Medical Physics).  Congratulations to all!


On Thursday April 27th, the Department recognized some of its Spring 2017 graduates.  Shown at the recognition party are from left to right: Kate Golden (BSc), Beau Greaves (BSc), Austin Docherty (BSc), Christopher Diloreto (PhD), Mariam Al-Ansary (MSc).

Congratulations to Our Newest Doctorate Recipient

Ph.D. candidate Christopher Diloreto successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “Quantum Control of open Systems and Dense Atomic Ensembles,” on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017.  His thesis advisor was Dr. Chitra Rangan. Congratulations, Chris! 


Medical Physics - a standout program in McLeans again

For the third year in a row, Maclean's “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” has identified the Department's B.Sc. in Medical Physics as one of three “Standout Programs” at the University.  http://www.macleans.ca/schools/university-of-windsor/

Med Phys in Macleans again

The Guidebook advises that the degree will “…leave graduates well-positioned to move into programs in radiology or medical imaging.”  This conclusion can be quickly confirmed by taking a look at our recent undergraduate student co-op poster presentations, which show high-level research being conducted by our students in the areas of: transcranial ultrasonic imaging, ultrasound for chemotherapeutic dosage monitoring, developing phantoms for minimally invasive heart surgery, computerized validation of cancer treatment electron beams, analyzing phantoms for CT imaging, and the development of novel radiation dosimeters.


Summer Research Fellowships

The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor offers a Summer Research Fellowship for domestic students registering in thesis-based graduate programs in September. Fellowships are available on a competitive basis in AMO Physics, Materials Science and Biomedical Physics. Click here for details and application form.


Physics students win provincial and national graduate scholarships

Congratulations to winners of Ontario Graduate Scholarships: Jeffrey Dech (PhD student) and Matthew Alexander (graduating senior).

Congratulations to Matthew Alexander for winning a prestigious NSERC CGS-M scholarship.


Physics Students Enjoy Science Society Gala Fund-Raiser

Representatives of the Physics Department and friends enjoyed themselves and raised funds for a good cause at the first annual Science Society Charity Ball on March 24, 2017.  This year, funds were raised for Hospice Windsor.  Shown at the event are Andrea Bisutti, Brianna Boissonneault, Dr. Rehse, Jake Burling, and Natan Veinberg.


The Uncertainty Principal Repeats as Trivia Champions

The Department of Physics' first trivia team has repeated as the Champions of the Canterbury College "Trivigala."  The crack team of trivia-masters, named "The Uncertainty Principal," was composed of Professor Emeritus Brian Atkinson and his wife, Ann; graduate student Aaron Bondy, Department Head Steve Rehse and his wife, Genevieve; and Departmental Head Secretary, Kimberly Lefebvre.  The misspelling of "principal" in the team name is intentional, as last year the team also boasted the Canterbury College Principal, physics professor Gordon Drake.  Dr. Drake chose not to compete with our team this year, so a switch to the name the "Exclusion Principal" was considered, although ulimately rejected.  Congratulations! 


Congratulations to Our Newest Graduate Degree Recipient

M.Sc. student Mariam Al-Ansary successfully defended her dissertation entitled, “Development of a Post-Processing Algorithm for Accurate Human Skull Profile Extraction via Ultrasonic Phased Array,” on February 9th, 2017.  Her thesis advisors were Drs. Roman Maev and Elena Maeva.  Congratulations, Mariam! 


Physics Head Secretary Wins Prestigious Award for Service

On January 31st, Physics Head Secretary Ms. Kimberly Lefebvre was awarded the 2016 “U” Make a Difference Award.  In the words of the award, she was selected to win this award because she, "has performed a special act of kindness or service that has had a positive impact on others, has made a positive impact through on campus “call to action” activities designed to address the needs of individuals, families and/or the community, and has built the morale of others through her actions."  This award was very well deserved.

Congratulations, Kimberly!


Federal Innovation Minister Announces New Science Research Facility in Physics Lab

On Thursday, January 12th, 2017, the Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains (MBA 2001) announced that the Federal Government is contributing $14.95 million to help defray the cost of a new $30 million Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) in a press conference held in the Department of Physics.

The Department of Physics' new appointment in the area of advanced medical physics will have research space in this SRIF.  The full story may be viewed here. 


Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Graduates! 

Congratulations to the Physics students who matriculated at the October 15, 2016 Convocation Ceremony.  Pictured with the University of Windsor's ceremonial mace are (from left): Samuel Rusu, Spencer Percy, Professor Rehse, Ryan Alfano, Aaron Bondy, and Dylan Malenfant.  


Physicis Student Wins 2016 UWindsor "Why Humanities" Contest, Free Tuition! 

A huge congratulations to Physics student Layale Bazzi who won the 2016 "Why Humanities?" competition on Monday night along with a free semester of tuition.  You can read more about it here.  Layale writes, "It was a tough competition but it was great. A win for the Physics Department!"  A copy of Layale's Essay can be found here.  We should all be very proud of Layale's efforts, and this just confirms that the type of education we stress in physics is both technical and communication-based, along with the ability to construct solid logical arguments and convey them convincingly to a reader.  This is a great example of that. Way to go, Layale!  Shown above, accepting her award, are from left to right, Dr. Erica Stevens Abbitt (Director of Humanities Research Group), Layale Bazzi, UWindsor President Dr. Alan Wildeman and UWindsor Provost Douglas Kneale.


Welcome to the new incoming class of physicists, 2016! 

On Thursday, September 8th, 2016, the newest members of the Physics Department convened in Essex Hall for their first orientation of the year.  Welcome to everyone.  Shown on the steps of Essex are the incoming first year students, with representatives of the Physics Club: Beau Greaves, Taylor Tracey Kyryliuk, and Austin Docherty.


Congratulations to Dylan Malenfant, our newest M.Sc. 

Congratulations to Mr. Dylan Malenfant who successfully defended his Master's Thesis, "Influences on the Emissions of Bacterial Plasmas Generated through Nanosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy,"  on Tuesday, August, 2nd, 2016.  Dylan is on his way to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics at McMaster University.  Shown is Dylan explaining the finer points of CT (computed tomography) to the president of the University Dr. Alan Wildemann, Mr. Brian Masse (MP-Windsor West), and the former Dean of Science, Dr. Marlys Koschinsky at the opening of the Baker Laboratory for Medical Physics.


Congratulations to Brendan Rhyno. 

Congratulations go out to Mr. Brendan Rhyno who successfully defended his Master's Thesis, "Electronic Properties of Nanoscale Structures/Devices Atomically Engineered on Metal Surfaces."  Brendan is shown after the defense with his advisor, Dr. Eugene Kim at left, and members of his committee, Dr. Rangan and Dr. Rawson (Chemistry). Brendan is going on to pursue his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Illinois - Urbana.


Medical Physics Makes Maclean's UWindsor Top 3 Again! 

 

 

 

For the second year in a row, Maclean's “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” has identified the Department's B.Sc. in Medical Physics as one of three “Standout Programs” at the University.  The Guidebook advises that the degree will “…leave graduates well-positioned to move into programs in radiology or medical imaging.”

See the whole story here!

This conclusion can be quickly confirmed by taking a look at our recent undergraduate student co-op poster presentations, which show high-level research being conducted by our students in the areas of: transcranial ultrasonic imaging, ultrasound for chemotherapeutic dosage monitoring, developing phantoms for minimally invasive heart surgery, computerized validation of cancer treatment electron beams, analyzing phantoms for CT imaging, and the development of novel radiation dosimeters. 

 

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