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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

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.  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.  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 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. 

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. 

 

For earlier News items, please see the Archive.