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January-December 2017

Congratulations to Mr. Anthony Vacarescu, M.Sc.

Congratulations to our newest Master's Degreee (M.Sc.) recipient, Mr. Anthony Vacarescu.  Anthony successfully defended his theis entitled, “Development and Implementation of an Ultrasonic Method to Characterize Acoustic and Mechanical Fingernail Properties,” on Friday, December 15th, 2017.  Shown after the defense with his thesis committee are (from left), Professor H. Zhang, Department of Biological Sciences, Anthony Vacarescu, Professor Roman Maev (thesis advisor) Physics, and Professor Dan Xiao, Physics. Congratulations, Anthony! 

Fall 2017 Awards

Several prestigious awards were celebrated at the Department's Holiday Party on Friday December 8th.

Head Secretary Kimberly Lefebvre was recognized for winning BOTH the Faculty of Science Impact Award (nomiated by the Department) and the Faculty of Science Leadership in Mentoring Award (nominated by the students of the Department.)  Shown is Kimberly receiving her medals from Dean Chris Houser.

Professor Rehse was honored for winning the Science Society Excellence in Teaching Award.  Shown is Dr. Rehse receiving this award from provost Douglas Kneale.

Physics and High Technology undergraduate student Taylor Tracey-Kyryliuk was the inaugural recipient of the $1000  Dr. Lucjan Krause Undergraduate Scholarship in Physics.  Shown is Taylor receiving her award from Dr. Rehse.

Also honored were the 2017 Nicolas Copernicus Scholarship winners: Erica Rustico, Robert Valente, and Tristhal Parasram.

Thank you to all the students, emeriti, faculty, and staff who attended the Holiday Party.  A great time was had by all...

Fall 2017 Science Olympiad

UWindsor Science Olympiad, hosted by the Faculty of Science, was held on Friday, October 13, 2017. Schools were allowed to register up to two teams of six students.  See this page for a full description of the event.

Representing the Physics Department at this event were representatives of the Physics Club.

  Pictured clockwise from upper left are: Alexi Jankulovski, Layale Bazzi, Naila Rahman, Candice Fast, Taylor Tracey Kyryliuk, Jacob Burling, Andrea Bisutti.  


Students competed in a projectile calculation competition.

Fall 2017 Convocation

On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, the University of Windsor celebrated its Fall Convocation.  Receiving their degrees from the Department of Physics were: Jacob Manolo MSc PhysicsRyan Peck MSc Physics, and Austin Docherty Honours Physics (Medical Physics).  Shown above is Jacob crossing the stage after recieving his degree from the Chancellor, the Honourable Ed Lumley, P.C., C.M.  Congratulations to all!

Baker Foundation Gift to Physics Honored

The Morris and Beverley Baker Foundation was honored at a gala hosted at the Caesar's Windsor on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 for all its years of philanthropy for the city of Windsor.  Of the recipients of the Baker Foundation’s generosity at the University of Windsor, the Department of Physics' “Baker Foundation Laboratory for Medical Physics Education” was specifically singled out.  Shown above are the President of the University, Dr. Alan Wildeman, and Medical Physics graduate Ms. Claire Coughlin (BSc. Medical Physics, 2013) as they make their remarks during the event.  Ms. Coughlin was asked to share her experiences in the Department and to express the gratitude we all feel for their generosity.  A short video of the importance of the Baker Foundation to Windsor Regional Hospital and the Cancer Centre, as well as the Baker Lab can be found HERE.

Phunky Physics at Windsor Children's Fest 2017




The members of the Department's Physics Club put on their Phunky Physics show at the 23rd Annual Children's Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.  The student volunteers amazed and delighted the assembled children and their parents.

Physics at Welcome Week 2017

Members of the Department's Physics Club welcomed incoming Physics Students at the Welcome Week Orientation before leading them to the welcome celebration with other new Faculty of Science students.  Welcome to everyone! 

Eclipse-Fever Rolls Through UWindsor

The University of Windsor Departments of Physics and Earth and Environmental Sciences, along with friends from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada hosted hundreds of eclipse viewers at the Windsor waterfront on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Telescopes were set up for public viewing, pinhole cameras were constructed and lectures about the eclipse were provided.  Shown above after the event are the volunteers from the Physics Department who participated.  Thanks to everyone for a great afternoon, and see you in 2024! 

Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Peck, M.Sc.

Congratulations to our newest Master's Degreee (M.Sc.) recipient, Mr. Ryan Peck.  Ryan successfully defended his theis entitled, “Analysis of the 1/Z Expansion for the Ground State Energy of Two-Electron Atoms,” on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.  Shown after the defense with his thesis committee are (from left), Professor Myron Hlynka, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Ryan Peck, Professor Gordon Drake (thesis advisor) Physics, and Professor Chitra Rangan, Physics. Congratulations, Ryan! 

Welcome to Our Newest Faculty Members!

Dr. Dan Xiao joins us from the University of New Brunswick as the newest tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Dr. Xiao is an expert in magnetic resonance imaging.  

Dr. Shajid Haque joins us from the Perimeter Institute / University of Waterloo as a two-year Lecturer.  Dr. Haque is an expert in string theory and cosmology.  

Physics Retirement Party

Front row, L - R, Mr. Erik Classen, Dr. Shajid Haque, Mrs. Maureen McConkey, Dr. William McConkey, Dr. Wladyslaw Kedzierski, Mrs. Genevieve Isshak, Dr. Steve Rehse

Back row, L - R, Dr. Gordon Drake, Mrs. Mary-Lou Drake, Dr. Brian Atkinson, Ms. Kimberly Lefebvre, Mrs. Theresa Kedzierski, Dr. Dan Xiao, Dr. Chitra Rangan, Ms. Divya Rangan.

On Saturday, July 29th, 2017, a luncheon was held to commemorate the retirement of faculty members University Professor Dr. Gordon Drake (Below left) and Associate Professor Dr. Wladyslaw Kedzierski (Below right).  Shown above are members of the Department and Family at the luncheon.


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 ThesisMatthew Alexander Honours Physics with Thesis (Matthew also received a prestigious Board of Governors Medal), Austin Lindquist Honours Physics with ThesisMariam Al-Ansary Master of Science, PhysicsKatherine 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.

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" on February 21, 2017.  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. 

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. 

January-December 2016

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.

Congratulations to Chris Diloreto 

Many members of the Department of Physics attended the 2016 Canadian Association of Physicists Congress in Ottawa, ON, June 13-17, 2016. Amongst those presenting at the Congress were students Dylan Malenfant, Jacob Manolo, and Chris Diloreto who placed 3rd in the DAMOP-C Student Oral Presentation Competition. Shown is Chris receiving his award from Canada's newest Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Arthur McDonald.




Congratulations to our 2016 Spring Graduates 

We are so pleased to congratulate our Spring 2016 graduates who were recognized at the Spring Convocation on Wednesday, June15th, 2016.  Graduating this year were Cyrus Cercauskas (Honours Physics with Thesis); Alexander Chesnik, Justine Cunningham, Wesley Frowley, Anthony Piazza, Vlora Riberdy, Maha Sami, and Hassan Shazad (Honours Physics - Medical Physics); Alexandra Paulick and Daniel Venn (Honours Physics).  Way to go everyone!  We will miss having you in the Department and we look forward to all your future success.

Phabulous Physicists Put on Phunky Show for Science Rendezvous 

Members of the UWindsor Physics Club delighted a packed house with a dazzling array of physics demonstrations including diffraction gratings, lasers, liquid nitrogen, and of course the world–famous Fire Tornado on May 7th, 2016 at the Science Rendezvous.  An audience of all ages took in the show.



Liquid nitrogen!














Professor An-Chang Shi Visits.  

Physics +Chemistry +Biology = "Soft Matter"

Mark Lubrick 2015 OPUS award

Professor An-Chang Shi (Physics, McMaster University) visited with faculty and students on March 10th, 2016, delivering a "CAP Undergrauate Lecture" entitled "Soft Matter: Where Physics Meets Chemistry and Biology."  Professor Shi fascinated the audience with examples from nature and medicine that illustrate how the emerging subject of soft matter physics is one of the most intruiging research areas in modern physics.

January-December 2015

Mark Lubrick wins 2015 OPUS Faculty Award

Mark Lubrick 2015 OPUS award

Sessional Instructor, Mr. Mark Lubrick, received the Faculty Award at the OPUS awards gala, which is awarded to recognize and applaud the efforts of University of Windsor faculty members who unselfishly assist part-time students in their efforts to achieve academic excellence.  Mark is an alumnus of both our B.Sc. (Physics and High Technology) and M.Sc. programs.  In addition to teaching the Astronomy I & II courses, he works for the Office of Open Learning.

UWindsor Faculty of Science Recognizes Excellence in Physics

Acting Dean of Science Dr. Charles Macdonald hosted a ceremony on Friday December 4th, 2015 to celebrate excellence in teaching and research within the Faculty.  Recognized from the Department of Physics were Professor Eugene Kim (pictured at upper left), faculty teaching score award; Dr. Robert Petro (pictured at upper right), Faculty of Science recognition award; and Mr. Mark Lubrick (pictured at lower left), sessional teaching score awards.  Congratulations to our three honorees.

ARRRRRRGGGGHHHH!   Physics Club Holds 2nd Annual Halloween Murder Mystery Night 

On October 30th, 2015, the undergraduate students of the Physics Club once again transformed our Department into the scene of a murder most foul!  This year, the students released their inner swashbuckler or bucanneer to celebrate Halloween with a pirate-themed Murder Mystery game night.   Dressed in costume, about 25 members of the Department and friends participated in the second annual event to solve the dastardly crime and catch the guilty while time ticked down  (pictures and a description of the inaugural event are on the News Archive page.)  

Thanks to the Physics Club and all its students for putting on another great night!  See below for a picture of all the "salty dogs!"

Physics Phlexes Their Mental Muscles!

Congratulations to the Department of Physics Trivia team, "The Uncertainty Principle" who were not at ALL uncertain in winning the First Annual Canterbury College TriviGala Trivia Competition on October 27th, 2015.  Shown below is the crack team of trivia masters posing with their hard-won trophy.

Congratulation to Summer/Fall 2015 Graduates

Congratulations to the recent Department of Physics graduates who participated in the Fall 2015 Convocation.  Pictured are (from right) Collin Tiessen (Honors Physics, Thesis) and Derek Gillies (Honours Medical Physics, Co-op).  Collin and Derek celebrated the day with Collin's advisor Prof. McConkey and Derek's advisor Prof. Rehse.  Not shown is Dennis Ceh (Honours Medical Physics).

A New Semester Starts!  Welcome!

The Physics Department welcomed 14 of its incoming students to a Welcome Week Orientation on Tuesday September 8th.  We are very pleased to have these newest physicists join us and wish them all the best during their first year of studies!

New Physics Club Officers.

New Physics Club officers took office this week.  From left are: Alex Leigh, Jake Burling, Vlora Riberdy, Wesley Frowley, and Anthony Piazza.  

Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research Celebrates Summer Research

Every year, a group of area high school and university students are part of a unique summer camp program at the University of Windsor's Institute for Diagnostic Imaging and Research, where they work alongside world-renowned researchers on a variety of projects.  The program, led by Dr. Roman Maev, lets students interested in exploring a career in science, computer science and engineering work on actual research and development projects while being mentored by staff researchers. Students work on bio-medical research, as well as in the areas of imaging diagnostics, industrial research and development, and art research.
This year there were 17 students working at IDIR from May until August.  On Friday, August 14th, these studentd showcased their work with formal presentations.

(Students listen to one of the many talks presented on Friday morning.

Budding physicists at UWindsor Science Academy

Thirty four students from 11 nearby high-schools flexed their Physics muscles at the second annual UWindsor Science Academy on July 9, 2015. Top secondary school science students were invited to the University of Windsor to get a feel for the science programs.  Guided by current undergraduate students, the students worked on a real-world problem - to find the ideal height of a roller coaster in order for a ball launched from the top of the track to hit a target-  as well as several other fun and stimulating physics activities.

UWindsor Physics at the CAP Congress

The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor was extremely well represented at the recent 51st Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB (June 15-19, 2015).

Along with presenting all of their exciting cutting-edge research and presenting numerous invited and contributed talks and posters, UWindsor representatives were honored for individual achievement:

Dr. Gordon Drake, receiving the 2015 CAP-COMP Peter Kirkby Memorial Medal for Outstanding Service to Canadian Physics.

Dr. Chitra Rangan receiving the 2015 CAP Medal for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Physics. 

Dr. Dmitry Gavrilov receiving the 2015 Canadian Journal of Physics Best Paper Award for the article, "A Review of Imaging Methods in Analysis of Works of Art: Thermographic Imaging Method in Art Analysis," April 1, 2014, D. Gavrilov, R. Maev, D.P. Almond.

The Physics team showcased our research at the University of Windsor's 6th Annual Research Showcase at Devonshire Mall on April 25th, 2015.

(Photo Courtesy: Dr. Bill Miller)

Physics Ends Another Phantastic Year!

It was with a heavy heart, but hope for the future, that we bid farewell to the graduating class of 2015 at a Farewell End of Term Tea Party, on Friday, April 17th.  

Among the students celebrated were:

Outgoing Physics Club officers (from left) Eric Lessard, Wesley Frowley, Derek Gillies, and Melissa Mathers. 

Incoming Physics Club officers (from left): Jake Burling, Anthony Piazza, Wesley Frowley, and Vlora Riberdy.

Scholarship winners Brendan Rhino (OGS) Anthony Piazza (NSERC USRA), and Vlora Riberdy (NSERC USRA) shown with Professor Rangan.


And of course, we do not forget all of our graduates and both the undergraduate and gradaute level who were lauded on this day.

UWindsor Physicists Win National Medals

UWindsor physicists have won two of the six medals awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists in 2015. 




The awards will be presented at the annual CAP Congress in Edmonton in June.   

Professor Mordechay Schlesinger (left) & Alumnus Dr. Robert Petro (right) were awarded a US Patent for developing a new process of depositing gold and gold alloys onto Silicon. Their work is expected to revolutionize the electronics and biomedical industries.

On March 4th, 2015 Professor Marshall McCall from the York University Department of Physics and Astronomy presented the Canadian Association of Physicists Student Lecture Tour 2015 entitled, "Structure in the Near Universe and its Relevance to Your Life."  

Shown above is Professor McCall advocating for the CAP and giving his audience its home address (note the "you are here" tag in the picture of the Milky Way in the upper right hand corner.) Approximately 40 people from the Physics Department and the campus community turned out to hear Professor McCall deliver his fascinating tour of the near universe.


January-December 2014

Halloween Murder Mystery Night 



On October 30th, 2014, the undergraduate students of the Physics Club transformed our colloquium room into "The Juice Joint," a Chicago speakeasy, circa 1925.  Dressed in costume, about 30 members of the Department and friends participated in the first Halloween Murder Mystery.  Flappers, gangsters, crooked cops, crooked politicians, sleazy hollywood producers and intrepid reporters all rubbed shoulders and sleuthed to figure out who committed a heinous murder right in our midst.  

Thanks to the Physics Club and all its students for putting on a great night!

Congratulations to Physics Lab Coordinator Aldo Dicarlo on winning the Mayoral election in Amherstburg!  We are so proud of you and wish you Good Luck!

Medical Physics Represents UWindsor in National Magazine 

In the 2014 issue of the Maclean’s “Canadian Universities Guidebook,” the authors 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.”

You can read the full Guidebook excerpt 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. 


UWindsor Physics Students Start a New Year. 

Welcome to all of our new and incoming students.  On Wednesday, September 3rd, many of these students and representatives of the Physics Club participated in the annual Pep Rally at the St. Denis Centre and entertained and educated hungry students with fascinating demonstrations at the Faculty of Science BBQ.

Physics Club members get ready to entertain the masses at the BBQ.  The demos, as shown below, were shocking and freezing!
At the Welcome Pep Rally, the Physics group proudly displayed their love of advanced mathematics and equations in a new art form: the helium balloon.


No, it's not "mo"vember yet!  But these physicists pay homage to Einstein and his famous "mo" during the Welcome Week pep rally.



Physics alum, Justin Teeuwen, has published his first book.
Entitled It’s About TIME: Achieving Your Personal Legend, the book outlines a four-step process to achieving your personal goals:
  • Transform your life;
  • Illuminate your potential;
  • Manifest your destiny;
  • Evolve into the new you.
Read about it in the Dean of Students' blog.  Congratulations, Justin!

On Wednesday July 9, 2014, the Physics Department hosted approximately 30 high school students at the University of Windsor’s “Science Academy.”  These aspiring young scientists were treated to research laboratory tours, career advice, and participated in teaching laboratories and demonstrations.  The Department would like to thank the Physics Club and all our student volunteers for providing such a great event for these students.
Undergraduate Melissa Mathers demonstrates a Tesla-coil-powered plasma ball.

Professor Elena Maeva explains her lab's activities to the students.


The Department of Physics at the University of Windsor is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Morris and Beverly Baker Medical Physics Teaching Laboratory on May 16th, 2014.

This new teaching space has been funded through a generous $125,000 donation from the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation as well as a $40,000 contribution from the University of Windsor’s Strategic Priority Fund.  The Baker Foundation contribution constitutes the largest single donation ever received in the Faculty of Science.

Although labs have been held in this space since January of 2013, this event marks the official opening of the facility.  Attendees at this event included local medical physicists, Windsor West MP Brian Masse, University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Wildemann, Faculty of Science Dean Dr. Marlys Koschinsky, and representatives of the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation.  A full CTV newscast of the opening is given here "CTV news, New hands-on lab unveiled at UW"

To read all about our fantastic new teaching lab, and see lots of cool photos, visit our Baker Lab for Medical Physics Education page.

UWindsor Physicists Attend National Congress. 

Greetings from Sudbury.  The 50th Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) was recently held in Sudbury, Ontario with many UWindsor faculty and students participating.  Our students won numerous distinctions for excellence in oral presentations and our faculty provided exciting contributions during the week-long event.  Graduate student Camille Estienne placed second overall in the prestigious student presentation competition.

Students Russell Putnam and Collin Tiessen show Professor Drake some of the intricacies of 3-dimensional tic-tac-toe during a social event at the Science North interactive museum.

UWindsor students (from left) Mike Busuttil, Chris Diloreto, Camille Estienne, and Collin Tiessen prepare for a plenary lecture.

Professor Rangan delivers a presentation on advanced teaching pedagogies.

Professor Rehse and student Russell Putnam hanging out by their poster presentation.

Congratulations to our Graduates! 

Six Physics graduates attended the University of Windsor's Spring 2014 Convocation.  Pictured are our two newest Ph.D.s, Drs. Dmitry Gavrilov and Robert Petro and four of our undergraduates (BSc), Ryan Woodman, Jonathan Krehling, Geoffrey Baran, and Dylan Malenfant.  Not pictured are our three Master's graduates (MSc) Michael Busuttil, Amirreza Moini, and Bartosz Slak.

Also at the Convocation, Geoff Baran (Honours Physics and High Technology - Medical Physics) was awarded a prestigious Board of Governors Medal.  Many Departmental participants got to enjoy the day, including returning almnus Dante Capaldi (Medical Physics 2013). 

The Physics Phamily!

Professor Kim Profiled in Daily News!  Physicist brings entanglement framework to realm of superconductors
Professor Eugene Kim was profiled in the June 12, 2014 UWindsor Daily News describing his groundbreaking work to develop a formula to measure entanglement - a fundamental property of quantum mechanics - in superconductors.  Read about it here.

Nano Ontario's 2014 Conference will be hosted by the University of Windsor.  Abstracts now being accepted!

Plan on joining us November 6 & 7, 2014 for the 5th Annual Nano Ontario Conference which will address issues relevant to innovation  and commercialisation
activities involving nanotechnology.

Conference Features:
• Industry panel discussion
• Highlighted presentations from the best contributed papers and invited talks from leaders in the field
• Interactive networking with the nanotechnology community from academia and industry
• Exhibition from industry and sponsors

Physicists at the University of Windsor settle great debate over two-electron atoms

Professor Gordon Drake and his students were featured  prominently in the April 28, 2014 UWindsor Daily News.  They have just published an article in the prestigious Physical Review Letters that describes how low the positive charge of the nucleus in two-electron atoms like helium can be, without those electrons flying apart from the nucleus around which they orbit. 

Read the full Daily News article here

Physicists use high-tech methods to analyze priceless art works

Professor Roman Maev and Dr. Dmitry Gavrilov were featured in the April 11, 2014 UWindsor Daily News.  Read about their non-destructive analysis of artwork which is garnering attention all over the world here.

Dr. Rangan appointed as U. Windsor's Teaching Leadership Chair

Professor Chitra Rangan is in the inaugural cohort of University of Windsor Teaching Leadership Chairs. The Chairs are full-time faculty members who, for a three-year period, will focus a portion of their considerable energies on leading and supporting teaching and curricular initiatives in their faculties and across campus.  Teaching Leadership Chairs are awarded to mid-career and senior faculty members with strong track records as innovative leaders in teaching and learning at the post-secondary level.

On the "cutting edge" of medical imaging technology... 

Three of our highly-talented undergraduates (shown at left) presented their co-operative work term research results to the Department on Thursday, Febrauary 6th, 2014.  All three are working at the intersection of physics and modern medicine to develop new ultrasonic imaging technology.  To learn more, click here.

Professor Rehse was honored along with other colleagues on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the 14th Annual Faculty of Science Celebration of Success.

He was one of two recipients of the distinguished 2013 Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award, as well as a 2013 Faculty Performance Award.  Shown here is Dr. Rehse with the teaching excellence award being congratulated by Dr. Chitra Rangan, Head of the Department of Physics, and Dr. Marlys Koschinsky, Dean of Science.


June-December 2013  

Congratulations to awardees at the Faculty of Science Celebration of Success.  From Physics:
- Mr. Brendan Rhyno, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship
- Dr. Steven Rehse, Roger Thibert Teaching Excellence Award
- Dr. Eugene Kim, Faculty Teaching Score Award
- Mr. Mark Lubrick, Sessional Teaching Score Award
- Dr.  Steven Rehse, Faculty Performance Award
- Dr. Eugene Kim, Physics Department Recognition Award


Impromptu Physics Alumni Get-together.  Physics alum visiting Windsor for Christmas got together for an impromptu reunion on Monday December 23rd, 2013.  A grand time was had by all. Impromptu alumni Christmas get-together

Celebration of Student Excellence 2013 First year students entering the University with an average of 90% or greater, and returning students named to the Dean's Honour Roll were recognized for their excellent academic achievement at the 11th annual Dean's Reception on November 15, 2013.

From Physics:
Zaki Ahmed BSC[H]- Physics & High Technology (Medical Physics) Co-op
Matthew Alexander BSC[H]- Physics
Ryan Alfano BSC[H]- Physics & High Technology (Medical Physics) Co-op
Geoffrey Baran BSC[H]- Physics & High Technology (Medical Physics) Co-op
Erica Bassakos BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Aaron Bondy BSC[H]- Physics with Thesis
Cyrus Cerkauskas BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Justine Cunningham BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Amalia Despenic BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Karlee Fischer BSC[H]- Physics (Medical Physics) Co-op
Wesley Frowley BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Derek Gillies BSC[H]- Physics & High Technology (Medical Physics) Co-op
Katherine Golden BSC[H]- Physics
Austin Lindquist BSC[H]- Physics
Dragan Lukic BSC[H]- Physics
Aaron Mascaro BSC[H]- Physics
Timothy Mlinaric BSC[H]- Physics & High Technology Co-op
Lucas Montcalm BSC[H]- Physics
Abbey Nicoletti BSC[H]- Physics (Medical Physics)
Alexandra Paulick BSC[H]- Physics
Anthony Piazza BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Vlora Riberdy BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Maha Sami BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]THS
Hassan Shahzad BSC[H]- Physics [Medical Physics]
Collin Tiessen BSC[H]- Physics Co-op
Travis Valdez BSC[H]- Physics
Natan Veinberg BSC[H]- Chemistry & Physics
Daniel Venn BSC[H]- Physics Co-op
Congratulations to all the honorees!


Dr. Schlesinger and Dr. Brown win Seeds for Hope funding for cancer research.  Their research investigates whether a tumour’s aggressiveness can be predicted through non-invasive examination of the tumour tissue’s interstitial pressure.  This was one of three University of Windsor cancer research projects that won grants from the Windsor & Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation.  [Windsor Star

Congrats Grads!  We celebrate the accomplishments of our students who graduated in fall 2013:  Mike Sullivan (PhD) seen with his advisor Dr. Tim Reddish, Aneesh Dhar (MSc), Andrew Ouellette (BSc), Dan Travo (MSc), Dante Capaldi (BSc), 3rd year student Anmol Dhar, Alumnus Matt Williams and Head of Physics Dr. Chitra Rangan.  Missing from this photo are Adrian Wydra (MSc), Zaki Ahmed (BSc) and Russell Putnam (BSc).

Welcome back Golden Grads!  Seen below with Dr. Rangan are two of the three graduates of the first graduating class in BSc Honours Physics from the University of Windsor.  1963 grads Dr. Cosmo Carlone and Dr. Emil Koteles came back to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University.  Missing from this photo is Dr. R.J. "Bob" Atkinson.


MSc student Russell Putnam (BSc UWindsor Physics, 2013) won two awards at the recent SciX 2013 Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: a Society for Applied Spectroscopy Student Travel Award and a NASLIBS Student Poster Award for his poster, “Oscillator Strength Measurements in Lanthanides and Transition Metals Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.”   Below is Russell receiving his award from Conference Chair Jose Almirall.

Congratulations!!! to undergraduate Collin Tiessen (BSc Physics) on winning an NSERC USRA award. He will be working with Dr. McConkey during his award term.

(Left)  Collin with Dr. McConkey in the lab.

PhD student Eva Schulhoff won 2nd place in the prestigious student poster competition at the 2013 Canadian Association of Physicists' Congress (AMO division) in Montreal.  Congratulations, Eva!

Convocation: June 2013!

Congratulations to all our fantastic Physics graduates this year.  Shown at left are Thersa Spanjers (M.Sc.) and Dr. Lauren Moffat (Ph.D.) after the ceremony with Professors Rangan, Drake, and Rehse.

Also recognized at Convocation was Daniel Travo (M.Sc.) for winning a Board of Governors Medal for achieving the highest standing in the program.


Remembrance: Ian Bruno

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of alum Ian Bruno (BSc PHT 2004).  Ian was a versatile, multifaceted individual with an astonishing range of interests and achievements (see:  He will be dearly missed by all.


Physics shines.  Bearing the homemade flashing and chirping Departmental banner, Physics students gathered attention wherever they went, showing their enthusiasm and pride at the 2013 Welcome Week Celebration at the St. Denis Centre.


WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS!!!     Incoming first year Physics majors received a program orientation from faculty and current undergraduates as part of the UWindosr Welcome Week activities, on September 4th, 2013. 


January-June 2013  

Two Department of Physics Faculty Recognized with UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity On February 28, 2013, Dr. Michael Siu, the UWindsor Vice-President, Research, recognized two of our faculty with Special Honors.  Associate Professor Elena Maeva was recognized for a FedDev/Ontario Brain Institute Award and Assistant Professor Steve Rehse was recognized for a Canada Foundation for Innovation - Leaders Opportunity Fund award.  A full list of honorees can be found here.


Undergraduate Co-op Presentations
A special poster session was held on January 29th, 2013 to celebrate the achievement of our undergraduate student co-op participants.  A link to their posters is available here.


Employee of the Month            Martha Hiuser who is covering for Kimberley Lefebvre as Department Head Secretary was awarded employee of the Month from Express Employment Professionals.


Brain research news  Dr. Elena Maeva, an associate professor in physics, is leading a project with industry partner Tessonics Inc. to develop a mobile device to diagnose head injuries on the site of accidents.  The project is supported via an investment by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to the Ontario Brain Institute. [link to article]
July - Dec 2012  
École Secondaire Michel-Gratton Visits Physics Department   Physics and Mathematics teacher Dr. Karim Battou brought his Grade 11 and 12 Physics students to tour the Physics research labs on Thursday, Dec. 6.  Shown at right are pictures of the class talking physics with Professor McConkey, graduate students Dan Travo, Theresa Spanjers, and Rob Petro, and Professor Kedzierski.  If you would like to bring your class to tour the Department and see physics "in action" email Professor Rehse to arrange a visit. 
Cancer research news  Thanks to work done by a UWindsor physics professor emeritus Mordechay Schlesinger and his PhD student Long Jian Liu, oncologists may soon be able to quickly determine if certain tumours will resist chemotherapy.  Their model mathematically illustrates how fluid pressure is distributed between cells inside a tumour, an essential measure used to determine whether chemo will be effective.  Read more.
École Secondaire Michel-Gratton Visits Physics Department   Physics and Mathematics teacher Dr. Karim Battou brought his Grade 11 and 12 Physics students to tour the Physics research labs on Thursday, Dec. 6.  Shown at right are pictures of the class talking physics with Professor McConkey, graduate students Dan Travo, Theresa Spanjers, and Rob Petro, and Professor Kedzierski.  If you would like to bring your class to tour the Department and see physics "in action" email Professor Rehse to arrange a visit. 

Physicists at the University's Retiree's Dinner
Thursday November 1st, 2012
Sarah & Mordechay Schlesinger, Maureen & Bill McConkey (standing) Bobbye & Bill Baylis, Chitra Rangan, John & Connie Huschilt, Anne & Brian Atkinson

2012-2013 Nicholas Copernicus Award Winners  Aaron Bondy, Geoffrey Baran, and Jonathan Krehling were recognized as the winners of this year's Nicolas Copernicus Award.  Instituted by the Polish community in Windsor, this award recognizes high academic standing and a demonstrated commitment to Physics research.  Aaron Bondy receives the recognition from the Dean of Science, Dr. Koschinsky at the Holiday luncheon.
2012-2013 Physics Faculty Entrance Scholarship Winners Erica Bassakos, Cyrus Cerkauskas, Jeremy Marvin, Anthony Piazza, Vlora Riberdi, Samuel Rusu, Maha Sami, and Hassan Shahzad were recognized at the Holiday Luncheon.  Jeremy Marvin represented the entering class, shown here with the Dean of Science, Dr. Koschinsky and the Head of Physics, Dr. Rangan.

Dr. Steve Rehse wins Faculty Performance Award  Grants of $1,000 are given to recognize five regular faculty members in Science judged as having made the greatest contribution in the past year in research, teaching and service. Dr. Rehse was recognized at the Faculty of Science Celebration of Success.
Dr. Elena Maeva won the Physics Faculty Teaching Score Award yet again!  She was recognized at the Faculty of Science Celebration of Success.  Also recognized were Mr. Mark Lubrick, winner of the Physics Sessional Instructor Teaching Score Award, GA Ms. Theresa Spanjers for winning the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship in Science and Technology.
Theresa Spanjers wins the 2012 GA/TA Award in Educational Leadership at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence
The citation read 'Theresa’s leadership, her breadth of teaching and assessment methods, use of feedback for course improvement, and her personal efforts to help students develop multiple skillsets positively impact the educational culture of her department. She is a leader in the classroom and across campus." Theresa is the third graduate student from Physics to win a GA/TA award in the last three years!
Launch of F.O.R.C.E. lesson packs
Graduate student Theresa Spanjers and Dr. Chitra Rangan present Physics lesson packs with a Focus On Reaching Curricular Expectations.  These in-class kits will help 11th & 12th grade science teachers to present modern physics topics such as quantum mechanics, special relativity and green energy to their classes.  The lesson packs will be premiered at the Science Teacher's Association of Ontario conference on November 17th.

Click above to download

Article in Windsor Lance Dr. Steve Rehse & undergraduate Derek Gillies appeared in the University of Windsor's student newspaper, the Lance, to discuss the LIBS bacterial identification project.  Read the article and watch a video of Professor Rehse explaining the project here.

Members attend Diversity Training
Faculty, staff and students participated in a Diversity Training Workshop on Nov 2nd, 2012. The Department of Physics seeks to be a leader in the University of Windsor for the implementation of the Ontario Human Rights Code.  The event was sponsored by the Faculty of Science and organized by Windsor Pride.

The 'Phunky Physics Show' was premiered at Rotary Club's Children's Fest on Sep. 13th.  Physics Club volunteers put on a grand show that included the world-famous fire tornado.

See photos here.

Free seminar on Higg's boson discovery
Robert Harr, a professor of physics at Wayne State University and a member of the Collider Detector at Fermilab experiment discussed the implications of the Higg's boson discovery in a free public seminar entitled “Sighting the Higgs boson: a field guide,” Thursday, September 13, at 2:30 p.m. in room 108, Odette Building.


Welcome new students!
40 undergraduates (Class of 2016) and 2 graduate students were welcomed at the Physics welcome party. As always, we have a very strong cohort of students and we look forward to celebrating their successes.

Dr. Eugene Kim publishes a paper in Nano Letters. 
Physics bid farewell to our graduating students at our Farewell Party.  Check out our yearbook scrapbook in the Department main office.
Aneesh Dhar won the Board of Governor's Medal for Physics in the Spring Convocation.  Congratulations Graduates.

MSc student Theresa Spanjers and PhD student Anthony Karloff were married on July 28th.  Congratulations Theresa & Anthony!

Recent PhD graduate Dr. Arathi Padmanabhan won the prestigious 'G. Michael Bancroft Ph.D. Thesis Award' for 2012 awarded by the Canadian Light Source.  Arathi was a doctoral student of Physics professor Dr. Tim Reddish who nominated her for the award.  The award consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $3000.  Each year, the CLS will present the G. Michael Bancroft Ph.D. Thesis Award to the Ph.D. thesis judged to be the best published in the last calendar year. 

Arathi Padmanabhan receiving Bancroft award from Tom Ellis