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In a White House ceremony on Friday, February 1, President Barack Obama presented Perimeter Distinguished Visiting Research Chair S. James Gates Jr. with the highest honour bestowed on scientists by the US government.
Perimeter Associate Faculty member Maxim Pospelov and his collaborators say our solar system might be crashing through bubble after bubble in a foamy cosmos – and we might be able to detect bubble walls as we pass through them.
Perimeter Faculty member Robert Spekkens has taken the $10,000 first prize in the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) essay contest.
The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) in India is commemorating 50 years of creative science with a Golden Jubilee. The celebration, which includes a special conference and public events, will be held from January 2nd to 4th, 2013.
Forget solid, liquid, and gas: there are in fact more than 500 phases of matter. In a major paper in today's issue of Science, Perimeter Faculty member and the BMO Financial Group Isaac Newton Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute Xiao-Gang Wen reveals a modern reclassification of all of them.
2012 has been a good year for Perimeter Institute’s Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs (DVRC) program (formerly known as the DRC program). Four eminent scientists – Adrian Kent (University of Cambridge), Ramesh Narayan (Harvard University), Ashvin Vishwanath (University of California, Berkeley), and Steven White (University of California, Irvine) – have accepted DVRC appointments and an additional 11 have renewed their terms through 2015.
Davide Gaiotto, a Perimeter faculty member, and Stephen Hawking, a Perimeter Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, have both been awarded prizes from the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation. Gaiotto has won a $100,000 New Horizons in Physics Prize for emerging work as a young researcher, and Stephen Hawking was awarded a $3 million Special Fundamental Physics Prize for his work on black holes.
Perimeter Institute has received a $1.73 million grant from the Government of Canada to boost its educational outreach initiatives and further encourage youth to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The new grant will see a series of high impact activities for students, teachers, and families across southern Ontario that focus on critical thinking, careers and entrepreneurship in the STEM fields.
Paige Murphy from Campbell River, British Columbia is the 2012 winner of the Luke Santi Memorial Award for Student Achievement, presented by Perimeter Institute.
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A strange thing about black holes: they shine. The current issue of Science Express, the online advance publication of the journal, features a paper by the Event Horizon telescope team – a collaboration which includes Perimeter Associate Faculty member Avery Broderick – that may shed light on the origin of the bright jets given off by some black holes. In a world first, the team has been able to look at a distant black hole and resolve the area where its jets are launched from. This is the first empirical evidence to support the connection between black hole spin and black hole jets that has been long suspected on theoretical grounds.
Perimeter Postdoctoral Researcher Eugenio Bianchi has been awarded a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. The awards are given annually to elite postdoctoral researchers from across Canada and around the world. The program awards 70 new fellowships per year, each valued at $70,000 annually, for up to two years.
Perimeter Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc) in Chennai, India to encourage scientific exchange visits and collaborations between researchers at both institutes. Students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty of both IMSc and PI will be eligible for two- to four-week visits aimed at promoting progress in research areas of common interest and building academic ties between the two institutions.
Perimeter Distinguished Research Chair (DRC) Nima Arkani-Hamed has been awarded the Fundamental Physics Prize. Arkani-Hamed was one of nine recipients of the inaugural round of the prize, which recognizes transformative advances in the field.
Perimeter Associate Faculty members David Cory and Michele Mosca, both jointly appointed with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, have received major federal grants worth $1.65 million each to launch cutting-edge training and mentorship programs for young Canadian scientists.
The City of Waterloo has selected Perimeter Institute to receive its top Urban Design Award for 2012. This award is given to a project that demonstrates the "highest standard of urban design excellence as the best overall project in the city."
A team of scientists that includes a recent recruit to Perimeter's faculty has won a major cosmology prize. Kendrick Smith, who joins Perimeter's faculty in September 2012, is a member of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) team. The team has just been announced as the winners of the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize.
The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has selected the Stephen Hawking Centre at Perimeter Institute (SHC) for a major honour. Designed by Teeple Architects, the SHC is one of 15 structures from around the world that received a design excellence designation at the OAA's 2012 Awards ceremony, held on May 11.
We have a model for quantum gravity that would work in a simplified universe of two dimensions. For decades, researchers have been trying to create an analogous model that would work in the real universe. Now, a Perimeter researcher has made a discovery about models of random geometry that may get us there.
Expanding its international scope, Perimeter Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Centre for Theoretical Physics – South American Institute for Fundamental Research (ICTP-SAIFR). ICTP-SAIFR is a recently-created South American centre for theoretical physics located at the State University of São Paulo (UNESP) in Brazil.
Two Perimeter faculty members have been honoured with medals from the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP). Robert Myers has won the CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal, recognizing outstanding contributions to subatomic physics. Freddy Cachazo has been awarded the CAP Herzberg Medal, which honours outstanding achievement by a physicist early in their career.
Over the last few decades, it's become clear to astrophysicists that the parts of the universe we can see – stars and any other astronomical objects that are luminous – are not nearly massive enough to account for the way galaxies are structured.
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