Department of Astronomy & Physics


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September 13, 2017
2017/18 new astronomy faculty search
2017/18 tenure-track assistant professor in astronomy

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August 16, 2017
Aug 21 2017 solar eclipse viewing
Public solar eclipse viewing Aug 21

Ph. D. in nuclear astrophysics successfully defended
July 25, 2017
Ph.D. in nuclear astrophysics successfully defended
Ph.D. candidate working with Prof. Kanungo with TRIUMF facility successfully defends Ph.D. thesis.

Ritu TRIUMF result June 2017
June 29, 2017
Saint Mary’s University and TRIUMF project - reveals new insight on nature’s strong nuclear force
Saint Mary’s University and TRIUMF project - reveals new insight on nature’s strong nuclear force

2017 Honours Astronomy & Physics students
April 7, 2017
2017 Astronomy and Physics Honours students
2017 Astronomy and Physics Honours students

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December 14, 2016
Faculty Search 2017
Astronomy & Physics Tenure-track Assistant Professor search
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September 23, 2016
Size of proton distribution in exotic carbon isotopes revealed
Prof. Rituparna Kanungo: Size of proton distribution in exotic carbon isotopes revealed
2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
September 19, 2016
2016 Undergraduate Symposium
2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium

ASTRO-H X-ray telescope
February 5, 2016
Luigi Gallo and ASTRO-H
UPDATED: Science reporter Ivan Semeniuk interviews Professor Gallo about the X-ray telescope for The Globe and Mail

Robert Thacker
November 21, 2015
Thacker is Science Champion 2016
Dr. Robert Thacker wins the 2016 Science Champion Discovery Award.

Blackhole flare
October 29, 2015
New Blackhole Flare Observations Support Lamppost Model
Postdoc Wilkins and Prof. Gallo interpret X-ray observations from NASA's X-ray telescopes as evidence for the Lamppost Model.

Alex Filippenko
October 17, 2015
Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe
What is the origin of dark energy? In the first MacLennan Memorial Lecture in Astronomy, Dr. Filippenko will explain.

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October 9, 2015
Oscillating Neutron Halo
The IRIS research team has recently observed evidence of a new phenomenon, the soft resonance in a halo.

Jeremy Hansen
October 9, 2015
Canadian Astronaut Visits Department
Canadian Astronaut, Jeremy Hansen visited the Department of Astronomy and Physics recenty to talk to our students and to give a public talk.

SorbaMarcinPaper2015
September 1, 2015
Improving mass estimates of galaxies
Ph.D. graduate student Sorba and his research supervisor Dr. Sawicki's publish research on galaxy masses in MNRAS.

Liz Arcilia-Osejo_TN
July 30, 2015
Dead Galaxies
PhD candidate Liz Arcilia-Osejo is interviewed on CTV's Live at 5 about her research on dead galaxies.

ASTRO-H X-ray telescope
June 15, 2015
Prof. Gallo leads Astro-H
Prof. Gallo leads Canadian contribution to X-ray telescope.

Father Lonc
November 27, 2014
In Memoriam of Dr William Lonc
Fr. Dr. William P. Lonc, S.J. died on November 27, 2014; he was 84 years old.

Logan Francis
December 1, 2014
Best Undergraduate Science Paper
Logan Francis wins award for science project on physical random number generators.

New BGO Telescope with Mann
October 29, 2014
New Telescope
New 0.6m Medjuck Telescope unveiled at Burke-Gaffney Observatory.
October 30, 2014
Professor Deupree Retires
The Department of Astronomy and Physics, and the Institute for Computational Astrophysics (ICA) wishes Bob Deupree a fond farewell.
June 5, 2014
Demos on YouTube
Astronomy and physics video demonstrations are proving to be very popular.

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August 1, 2013
$1.6 million CFI Grant
Dr. Kanungo's Research Collaboration Receives $1.6 million CFI Grant

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August 28, 2013
Kirsten Bonson
Congratulations to Kirsten Bonson who successfully defended her MSc thesis...

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August 23, 2013
Mitchell Young
Congratulations to Mitchell Young who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis...

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August 22, 2013
James Wurster, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. James Wurster who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...

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August 8, 2013
Sherry Hurlburt, MSc
Congratulations to Sherry Hurlburt who successfully defended her MSc thesis...
June 7, 2013
Michael Gruberbauer, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Michael Gruberbauer who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...

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March 31, 2013
Dr. Chris Geroux, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. Chris Geroux who successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis...

Dave Williamson defence
January 18, 2013
David Williamson, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. David Williamson who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...

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January 14, 2013
Anneya Golob, M.Sc.
Congratulations to Anneya Golob who successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis...

Ritu attending Nobel Prize 2012
August 30, 2012
Prof. Kanungo presents at Nobel Symposium
Saint Mary's Professor, Rituparna Kanungo, Astronomy and Physics, attended the 2012 Nobel Symposium, Physics with Radioactive Beams, where she presented a paper, A New Picture of Nuclear Shells.

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July 7, 2012
Daniel Majaess, Ph.D.
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Majaess who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...
May 4, 2012
Jason Sharpe, M.Sc.
Congratulations to Jason Sharpe who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis, "Design and Construction Elements for Scintillating Fibre Tracking Detectors."
March 29, 2012
Patrick Fortier's poster wins top award.
At the annual Applied Science event held at Saint Mary's University, graduate student, Patrick Fortier, was awarded first prize for his poste...
March 1, 2012
2012 Graduate Students
This years graduate students pose for a class picture just before the start of Journal Club.
January 4, 2012
Applying to Our Graduate Program in Astronomy?
Application forms and procedures can be found at the Faculty of Graduate Studies web site:
January 5, 2011
Job Guarantee
96% Guarantee to get a job with a degree in Astonomy or Astrophysics.

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September 30, 2011
Liz Arcila Osejo, M.Sc.
Congratulations to Liz Arcila Osejo

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March 20, 2014
Michael Casey, Dr.
Congratulations to Mike Casey who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis...

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March 20, 2014
Top Awards
Robertson and Beslin Take Top Awards

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August 3, 2011
Larkin Duelge, M.Sc.
Congratulations to Larken Duelge who successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis, "Deepest Serendipitous Survey of the Intermediate Galactic Latitude from XMM-Newton."

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March 20, 2014
Jonathon Ramsey, Dr.
Congratulations to Jon Ramsey who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis.
July 14, 2011
Professor Luigi Gallo leads Canadian Astro-H astronomers
Saint Mary's Astronomy & Physics professor Dr. Luigi Gallo has been appointed to lead a team of Canadian scientists working on a Japanese-led space exploration program Astro-H.
June 2, 2011
Annual CASCA meeting
This year's CASCA meeting, held in London Ontario...
May 26, 2011
Graduate student Dan Majaess receives award.
At the joint AAS/AAVSO meeting in Boston Ph.D. graduate student Dan Majaess was awarded the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Graduate Student Award for his poster paper "Securing the Distance Scale Via a Universal Wesenheit VI Template and Deep Infrared ZAMS."
April 11, 2011
Exploring Neutron Rich Isotopes in our Universe.
We are proud to announce that Saint Mary’s University Physics Professor Rituparna Kanungo has been awarded an NSERC-DAS award (Discovery Accelerator Supplements) for $120,000...
February 9, 2011
3M National Teaching Fellowships
Dr. Adam Sarty has received one of ten 3M National Teaching Fellowships.
January 2, 2011
Supernova Discovery
A supernova was discovered by Kathryn Aurora Gray (age 10)...
November 20, 2010
Congratulations David Williamson
Congratulations to astronomy graduate student David Williamson...
October 27, 2010
Bobby Sorba
Recent SMU astronomy graduate Bobby Sorba has been working as part of a group commissioned by the Canadian Space Agency...

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October 25, 2010
Congratulations Masaki Uchida
Congratulations to undergraduate student Masaki Uchida
October 18, 2010
Graduate student Mike Casey
travelled to Vienna, Austria where he collaborated with Dr. Konstanze Zwintz...

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September 14, 2010
Congratulations to Andrew Marquis
for successfully defending his M.Sc. Thesis
September 10, 2010
Class Photo
The Astronomy and Physics Department gets its class photo taken.

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September 1, 2010
Big Move
We have moved!

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May 30, 2010
Best Poster
CASCA 2010 Best Poster

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March 30, 2010
CASCA 2010
Hosted the CASCA 2010 Meeting
March 4, 2011
Congratulations Damien Robertson
Congratulations to undergraduate Damien Robertson

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December 1, 2012
Prof. Turner's Work on the North Star Garners International Press
A new distance to the North Star (Polaris) by Saint Mary's Professor David Turner implies that the famed star is 30% nearer than inferred from existing satellite-based measurements.