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Seminar Series 4: Dr. Chris Hearty

posted Nov 23, 2014, 10:09 AM by VP Academic

The last seminar of the term! Dr. Chris Hearty of TRIUMF will be speaking on "Belle II: searching for new physics in the heavy flavor sector" at 4pm in HENN 318 on Wednesday, November 26th. Come out for an hour of physics and snacks!

Belle II will probe the flavour sector of particle physics at the high-luminosity SuperKEKB e+e- collider, located at the KEK laboratory in Japan. The experiment has the goal of collecting thirty times the combined integrated luminosity of the two previous generation B-factories, PEP-II at SLAC and KEKB at KEK. This precision-frontier facility will open an exciting window on new energy scales beyond the reach of existing colliders, including the LHC, by virtue of quantum loop corrections that are sensitive to massive, and as yet undiscovered, particles. These hypothesized particles manifest themselves in precision measurements of processes involving bottom and charm quarks and tau leptons, such as CP violation and other asymmetries, rare decays, and processes that are forbidden within our current understanding of physics. This program is complementary to direct searches for new physics at the LHC.

The Canadian group is working on an upgrade of the electromagnetic calorimeter that will enable it to achieve excellent efficiency and resolution in the presence of very high luminosity-related backgrounds. It will use pure CsI crystals with fine mesh photomultiplier tubes and custom analog and digital electronics, which are being designed by the Canadian group.

In this talk, I will review the main physics motivations of the earlier generation of B factories, describe the physics program and status of Belle II, and present the Canadian calorimeter R&D effort.

Seminar Series 3: Dr. Andre Marziali

posted Oct 26, 2014, 8:19 PM by VP Academic

Come to the third seminar this term! Dr. Marziali will be talking about a new technology to detect and monitor cancer. This will be in HENN 318 at 4pm on Wednesday (October 29th). There will be snacks too!


We have invented a new method for enrichment and detection of DNA originating from tumor cells, that is accurate and sensitive enough to detect single molecules of tumor DNA in a patient's blood sample. This technology provides an opportunity for a simple blood test that would screen individuals for early signs of a broad range of cancers. In addition, it could be used to monitor cancer following surgery or during chemotherapy to reveal in real time whether the disease has been eradicated or whether it is responding to treatment.


We present the underlying technology, as well as technical and clinical data on its performance, and implications for changes in clinical treatment and detection of cancer.

Seminar Series 2: Dr. Joanna Karczmarek

posted Oct 5, 2014, 7:50 PM by VP Academic

Come out to the second lecture of the Seminar Series! Dr. Joanna Karczmarek will be speaking on Unification, Path Integrals, Renormalization and the Quantization of Gravity. This will be in Hennings 318 on Wednesday, October 15th at 4pm.
Here's the abstract:
In this lecture, I will explain why physics is not a finished theory yet: the paradigms of Quantum Mechanics and Gravity need to be reconciled. This reconciliation could be thought of as the last step in a long chain of unifications, starting with Einstein's theory of Special Relativity. I will explain what happens when Quantum Mechanics is reconciled with Special Relativity, and why reconciling Quantum Mechanics with General Relativity (gravity) is a much more difficult problem.

Seminar Series 1: Dr. Ingrid Stairs

posted Sep 20, 2014, 8:58 PM by VP Academic

Come out to the first of the Seminar Series of the year! The speaker is Dr. Ingrid Stairs, talking about Radio Pulsars.
When/Where: HENN 318, Tuesday (September 23rd) at 3:30pm

Here's the abstract-
Radio pulsars are the cores of massive stars that have undergone
supernova explosions. With one-and-a-half times the mass of
our Sun compressed down to the size of a city, and magnetic fields
many times stronger than that of the Earth, they represent an
extreme environment that we can't replicate in a lab on Earth.
But lighthouse-like radio "pulses" that we detect each time a pulsar
spins allow us to learn about the composition of these bizarre objects,
the history of stellar evolution and the structure of our Galaxy, 
carry out precise tests of Einstein's theory of General Relativity
and someday soon likely make a direct detection of gravitational
radiation. This talk will show how we observe these fascinating objects 
and explore this wide range of scientific areas.

2014 Grad Photos

posted Sep 15, 2014, 5:32 PM by Fizz Computer Administrator

Attention all graduating students! Its happening, you're graduating Fizz! Evangelos Photography handles all the yearbook photos for us and all graduating students should make an appointment for photos. Appointments can be made online. Don’t wait until the last minute! Booking times become scarcer as deadlines approach so you should be booking 3-4 weeks in advance!

Book online at: www.evangelosphotography.com

Please Note: If you would like to cancel or change your appointment you must notify Evangelos Photography at least 2 business days prior to your appointment or there will be a cancellation fee of $15.99+tax. No exceptions.

Fizz Tutoring: PHYS 153 and 170

posted Apr 10, 2014, 6:16 AM by VP Academic

First year students,

Just like last term, Fizz is happy to bring you the PHYS 153 and PHYS 170 exam review sessions! These exam review sessions feature and presentation and worked examples from 4th and 5th year engineering physics students and are designed to help you to better understand the course material and do well on your exams. The 3-hour exam review sessions are free to attend, and we will be offering an optional printed exam review package for $10.

Here's the details:

Phys 153 Session 1: Electricity, Magnetism, Waves, and Interference
April 10, 2-5PM, in FSC 1005

Phys 153 Session 2: Circuits
April 11, 2-5PM, in FSC 1005

Phys 170
April 18, 12-3PM in FSC 1005

Each of the exam sessions will be held in the Forest Sciences Center, room 1005.

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Precision Engineering Seminar!

posted Mar 27, 2014, 11:46 PM by President UBCFizz

Seminar #6: Dr. Dan Gelbart, founder of Creo
                    >> Precision Engineering

Displaying dangelbart.jpgWhen: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5-6PM
Where: HENN 201

Interested in Precision Engineering?  Next week, Dan Gelbart will present a talk on the science of building high precision instruments and explain why it is the limiting factor in today's computer power.  

Dan Gelbart, co-founder of Creo, is an expert innovator and prototyper.  He is Technology Advisor for Kardium, and is an Adjunct Professor here at UBC.

  There will be demos and snacks!  All are welcome!

Fizz First Year Tutoring!

posted Dec 2, 2013, 12:26 AM by President UBCFizz

Hey First Years!

Do you want to have a great review of statics and dynamics? Or maybe your 153? From the best tutors in all the land (a.k.a. upper year Fizzers?)

If you said yes to any of the above, Fizz Tutoring is for you! We've got the best tutors from Engineering Physics going over theory and sample questions from past exams to make sure YOU are ready for your PHYS finals!

Here are the times and places:

PHYS 153
Dec. 2 AND 3
ESB 1013
Yes, different things will be covered each session!

PHYS 170
Thurs. Dec. 12
ANGU 254

For more information: http://www.ubcfizz.com/tutoring

Fizz First Year Tutoring!

posted Apr 7, 2012, 11:30 AM by VP Academic

Hey First Years!

Struggling with electrostatics? Wanting to know more about magnetics? Or do you just want to have a great review of statics and dynamics?

If you said yes to any of the above, Fizz Tutoring is for you! We've got the best tutors from Engineering Physics going over theory and sample questions from past exams to make sure YOU are ready for your PHYS finals!

Here are the times and places:

PHYS 170 - Statics and Dynamics
Tues. April 10 1-4PM
Thurs. April 12 1-4PM

PHYS 153
Mon. April 16, 10-1PM (Electrostatics) FSC 1005
Wed. April 18, 4-7PM (Magnetics) CHBE 101

For more information: http://www.ubcfizz.com/tutoring

11th Annual Engineering Physics Social Night

posted Mar 14, 2012, 5:07 PM by President UBCFizz   [ updated Mar 24, 2012, 11:38 PM by VP Events ]

When? Monday, April 2, 7-11PM
Where? Science World, Eureka Gallery (map)

Our annual networking night, the '11th annual Engineering Physics Social Night' will be happening from 7pm to 11pm at Science world. Tickets are $10 at the door, hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Business formal/cocktail attire is recommended.

In the place of a keynote speaker, we will be playing a slideshow of photos sent in from all attendees, so please send vpevents@ubcfizz.com ANY photo or video that you would like to share with your peers, so we can all get to know each other better! Come enjoy a night of socializing with fellow students, alumni, professors and friends. We hope to see you there!

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