Three Minute Thesis Competition
Nov
27
12:00 PM12:00

Three Minute Thesis Competition

Calling all grad students, co-op/undergrad students and postdocs:


It’s that time of year again: the GAPS Three Minute Thesis Competition is coming up! It will be held on Tuesday November 27th at 12 pm in the MOB auditorium. The basic idea is to present your research to a scientifically literate non-specialist audience in three minutes or less, using only one slide. The actual audience will be your fellow GAPS members, plus judges from the lab.


This is a great exercise in summarizing what you do in a concise and exciting way - very helpful in job interviews and in preparing for those dreaded “so what do you actually do?” questions from non-Physics family and friends.

And if you’re still not sold: We’ll be featuring cash prizes for first-place finishers in the "Students" and "Post-docs" categories, and for our People's Choice winner. 
If you would like to participate in the competition, please respond to this email with:

  1. Your name

  2. The name of your supervisor (so we can avoid conflicts of interest in
    our selection of judges)

  3. Whether you’re a graduate student, undergraduate student or postdoc

  4. The title of your talk (if you have one already - but this isn't necessary)

We’re looking forward to a great competition! May the odds be ever in your favour!


UPDATE —

Huge congratulations to this year’s winners:

Postdoc category: Bruno Olaizola

Student category: Aditya Babu

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GAPS Movie Fan Club Series
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

GAPS Movie Fan Club Series

Movie night is back!! Come appreciate a multi-award nominated movie in the Auditorium on TUESDAY 20th November at 6.30PM with PIZZA and your fellow GAPS! The film is about some non-descript engineers working at some space program. It's funny, educational and inspirational. Let us know you're attending so we order enough pizza!


Poll closed Monday 19th November 12noon.

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Talk:  From PhD to Data Science
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Talk: From PhD to Data Science

Place: MOB Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. Mirko Miorelli

Subject: From the PhD to the data-science industry

Mirko will tell us about his journey from a prize-winning PhD at UBC/TRIUMF to becoming a "Machine Learning Engineer" at the private industry market. He will offer his own tips and life-lessons and will be open to your questions and admiration.


Update: slide available here

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All-GAPS Meeting
Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

All-GAPS Meeting

On Thursday October 18th, 12 pm - 1 pm in the MOB auditorium, your Grads and Postdocs Society (GAPS) is holding the first annual All-GAPS meeting, and you’re invited.

What’s this all about? 

GAPS, together with TRIUMF management, would like to set up our goals for the next year(s). You are GAPS - so we need to hear what you want, and what is important to you!

In the first part of the meeting, the current GAPS organizing committee will quickly tell you what we have been doing over the past year. In this part of the meeting we'll also host a few representatives of TRIUMF management, who will briefly introduce themselves and share their view of GAPS.

In the second part - open to grads and postdocs only! - we’ll host an open discussion about life for you at TRIUMF. You’ll hear from your fellow grads and postdocs about their TRIUMF experience, and you’ll get to share your own. 

What can I do to make sure my voice gets heard? 

First, please take a minute to fill out this very short survey by noon, Wed. Oct. 10thhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3C7628T .

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Tour of TRIUMF's Proton Therapy facility
Sep
20
10:30 AM10:30

Tour of TRIUMF's Proton Therapy facility

Did you know that TRIUMF is house to the only proton therapy facility in Canada? This facility treats the dangerous ocular melanoma (a type of skin cancer in the back on the eye) by using high energy protons. This innovative method allows destroying the tumor while saving the eye.

If you are interested in learning more about medical physics (knowledge that will be handy next time your friends or family ask you if what we do at TRIUMF with their tax-money will ever be of any use), Dr. Cornelia Hoehr will give a tour of the facility this coming Thursday September 20 at 10:30 am. Spots are limited, so send an email to gaps@triumf.ca to secure a place.

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Tour of MMS facility at TRIUMF
Jul
24
12:00 PM12:00

Tour of MMS facility at TRIUMF

The TRIUMF Centre for Molecular and Materials Sciences (MMS) supports a μSR user
facility and a βNMR research program. An overview of this part of TRIUMF will be covered on this tour.  More info can be found here.

Limited spots! Only 20 people will be able to attend the tour. So please email rcaballero-folch@triumf.ca if you're interested in attending this tour.

Requirements: Have a TRIUMF dosimeter and access through the badge room.

 

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GAPS Summer BBQ
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

GAPS Summer BBQ

Come join us at our annual summer BBQ!

What: Potluck + BBQ
When: Saturday - July 21st, 4pm until whenever
Where: Locarno Beach Park (4445 NW Marine Dr)

Attached files you can find the photos from our summer BBQ last year! Lot's of fun, great food, awesome people, and 🍔☀

Potluck of salads and other sides are welcome as in last year's BBQ

We will collect 5$ for each adult & 2$ for each kid.

Please register at the poll below BY FRIDAY NOON (July 20th)!

https://doodle.com/poll/5khgpmprhyfcdyd5

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MITACS Info Session- Supporting Collaborative Research & Student Training
Jul
4
12:00 PM12:00

MITACS Info Session- Supporting Collaborative Research & Student Training

Are you interested in having industrial work experience through paid internships? Have a research project idea and looking for funding? Want to spend a few months abroad working with other labs or companies? MITACS shapes your career by providing funding and a lot of opportunities. Come out and learn about MITACS from Andrea Globa, business development specialist at MITACS, on Wednesday July 4 (12:00 - 1:00 pm) in the Auditorium. A Q&A session is also included.

Dr. Andrea Globa is a Business Development Specialist with Mitacs. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. In her role at Mitacs, Andrea helps university researchers access Mitacs funding, and she connects eligible non-profits and local businesses with UBC researchers for applied research projects.

Update: Presentation slides are now available here. Video of the presentation is available here.

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Sonification of Data w/ Leó  Stefánsson
May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Sonification of Data w/ Leó Stefánsson

 

MOB Auditorium

 

 

Leó Stefánsson is a creative technologist - an artist who uses such tools as computer programming, data acquisition, and LED constructs in his projects. In this presentation, he will give an introduction into data sonification, present some of the available software tools, show examples of his work, in particular - a representation of LHC data, and discuss possible applications.

The presentation will include a live demonstration of brainwave sonification resulting in a biofeedback loop.

Update: If you missed this fantastic presentation, members of the TRIUMF community can watch the recorded presentation!  Thanks again, Leó!  media link

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Introduction to TRIUMF Innovations
Apr
27
11:45 AM11:45

Introduction to TRIUMF Innovations

Our lunchtime TRIUMF Innovations event will be happening in the Auditorium on Friday April 27 (11:45 - 1:00 pm). Come out and learn about the commercialization arm of TRIUMF from Kathryn Hayashi, the President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIUMF Innovations!

Please fill out the doodle poll to let us know if you are interested in the free pizza lunch by indicating your preference for either vegetarian or meat pizza (or both).

 

https://doodle.com/poll/39gbf2msrw6gkwu8

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GAPS Movie Fan Club
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

GAPS Movie Fan Club

The rain is falling, the weather just won't warm up, exams are looming, and GAPS knows exactly what you need: a movie night. That's why we're planning one for all GAPS members! It'll take place next Wednesday April 11th, starting at 6:30 pm in the MOB auditorium. We'll be watching a non-descript, highly educational film. Don't miss it!  Please sign up at https://doodle.com/poll/du8wi6pvg2t5m248 and be sure to comment what kind of snacks you want!

F*ck it, Dude. Let's go bowling... - Walter

 

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Pi(e) Day!!!
Mar
14
4:00 PM16:00

Pi(e) Day!!!

This upcoming Wednesday is the long venerated Pi day,  March 14th (3.14 if you’re from this side of the pond)!  As a celebration, we are starting coffee time at 4PM for
maximum pi(e) time, and instead of cookies we will have PI(E)! If anyone
should wish to make a pi(e) to share with everyone (kind of like a pi(e)
potluck!) that would be greatly appreciated and you would most likely
become everyone’s favorite colleague. The more pi(e)s the merrier!

This message brought to you by GAPS and everybody's favorite transcendental number (sorry Euler's number), 3.14159265358979323846264338327950...

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WNPPC Practice + Pizza Event
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

WNPPC Practice + Pizza Event

GAPS organized a series of practice talks for the upcoming WNPPC in Mont Tremblant, Québec.  The Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference is the annual, national meeting focused on junior nuclear and particle physic researchers across Canada.

Special thanks to the speakers:

Danika MacDonell "Calibration of SuperCDMS Dark Matter Detectors for Low-Mass WIMPs"
Robin Hayes "Scale Factors for the ATLAS Muon Triggers",
Konstantin Lehmann "Electrical Isolation of ITk Strip Sensors"
Yukiya Saito "Decay Spectroscopy of Neutron-rich 129-Cd with GRIFFIN spectrometer"
A. DeHart (TBD)

 

Update Feb 19, 2018:  A hearty congratulations to all the participants of the WNPPC and especially to Konstantin and Robin who were selected respectively for No. 1 and No. 3 best talk awards at the conference!

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Hot Spot Tour 2018
Jan
29
11:00 AM11:00

Hot Spot Tour 2018

Thanks to Matt Pearson, Doug Preddy, and Roger Caballero-Folch for organizing these tours of the hottest spots in TRIUMF.  We got to visit:

- Cyclotron vault
- Cyclotron vault basement (RF system)
- Mass Separator Room
- ISAC Target Hall
- Remote Handling Cyclotron Mock-up

Photos by Michael Blessenohl
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Post-academic Career Opportunities
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Post-academic Career Opportunities

GAPS is excited to present a talk given by Naomi Galinski on opportunities outside of academia. Naomi did her PhD at TRIUMF, and has a unique perspective working in "the real world" after getting her PhD. The auditorium is booked for this event. Look for more details and pizza poll in an email from GAPS once we are closer to the event date! 

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Three Minute Thesis Competition
Oct
24
12:00 PM12:00

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The basic idea is to present your research to a scientifically literate non-specialist audience in three minutes or less, using at most one slide.

This is an excellent way to hone your "elevator speech", which is useful in job interviews and outreach, and it can help you remind yourself why what you do is so cool.

If you're more into financial incentives, be advised that there will be cash (or nearly cash) prizes for the best presentations. This year we’re going to run separate categories for students (graduate and co-op) and post-docs, so your chances to win are even better.

If you are interested in presenting a talk, please reply to rhayes@triumf.ca. It’s helpful if you can identify yourself as a student or post-doc, but no need to know exactly what you’ll talk about yet.

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Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference
Oct
20
to Oct 24

Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference

The 53rd Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) will be held at Carleton University, October 20 - 24 2017. Registration for the largest undergraduate physics conference in North America is now open through September 26th.

The CUPC is a non-profit annual research conference organized by students, for students. The organizers are planning for 300 physics undergraduates gather at CUPC to present their research, socialize, and network with the physics academia and industry. CUPC features lab tours, plenary lectures, and a graduate fair to encourage engagement amongst all levels of the physics community.

The Canadian Institute for Nuclear Physics (CINP) is making available four student travel awards of up to $500 towards student travel expenses to attend the 2017 Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC). More information available at CAP's website.

The CAP is pleased to be a partner of this year’s conference. Visit us at www.cap.ca/programs to learn how the CAP supports university students and the larger physics community.

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Aug
28
12:00 PM12:00

Gaps Seminar: Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM)

What is AQM?

Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM) is a rigorous 10-month program designed for highly quantitative graduates, postgraduates and experienced professionals interested in making the transition to the lucrative field of Data Science.

Team members are immediately immersed into handling complex, real-world data while undergoing training in all aspects of Data Science from data storage, data processing and cloud computing to computational statistics, machine learning, and visualization. After 4 months of intensive training, the AQM team embarks on exciting value-added projects with some of Canada’s largest companies.

Seminar Summary

The seminar will offer an inside look at some cutting-edge Natural Language Processing (NLP) methods currently being employed by AQM, the details of which are outlined below:

1) Word2vec and Word Embedding
Word Vector Embedding is an unsupervised technique which maps words to finite-dimensional, real-valued vectors. The vectors give semantic meaning as a linear combination of 'semantic basis vectors'. We will show how to load a pretrained Word2vec Embedder in Python and use it as a preprocessing step in more advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks, such as classification and the Word Mover's Distance calculation.

2) Word Mover's Distance (WMD)
The WMD is a generalization of the vector euclidean distance between the embedded word vectors of a sentence or document. Unlike methods such as cosine distance, WMD preserves the semantics of a sentence or document. WMD works by minimizing the mass-distance product of two collections of embedded words. We will use a pretrained word vectorizer and WMD to write a simple document similarity tool to help us search for similar documents.

3) TDF-IF Clustering
Term Document Frequency-Inverse Frequency (TDF-IF) is a similarity metric used on a 'bag of words' (BoW) model that can be used to cluster documents. TDF-IF has the advantage of being simple and fast to use. We will take a look at how we can combine K-Means and TDF-IF to cluster a collection of documents based on word TDF-IF similarity.
 

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GAPS Wellness Event
Aug
9
12:00 PM12:00

GAPS Wellness Event

GAPS is pleased to announce the following workshop tailored specifically
for graduate students and post docs at TRIUMF, presented by Sarah Joosse
from UBC's Student Wellbeing Promotion:
*Thriving @ TRIUMF: Strategies to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Enhance
Wellness*
   > Develop a common understanding of what wellness means
   > Discuss what impacts graduate student and post doc fellow wellbeing
   > Increase self-awareness of imposter syndrome and approaches to reduce
feelings of imposter syndrome
   > Identify proactive strategies to enhance wellness (includes reducing
stress and practicing self-care)

This event will take place on Wednesday, August 9th, from 12-1:15pm in the
Main Office Building Auditorium. A healthy lunch will be provided to those
who register:https://doodle.com/poll/3xdh8qynfisxgshm. Registration is
open through August 4th.

At the end of this workshop, interest will be gauged for holding further
workshops organized through UBC's Student Wellbeing Promotion such as
"Time Management" and "Live Well to Learn Well" which go into more depth
about stress, sleep, etc. Please feel free to bring your own
ideas/suggestions as well!

We hope you can make it!

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Jun
16
2:15 PM14:15

Postdoc Lecture Series: Lecture 3

Quantum Field Theory
Level: First year graduate student
Recommended prerequisites: Quantum mechanics, special relativity, classical mechanics, all at the upper-division undergraduate level.

Course Description
An introduction to and introduction of quantum field theory. This course
will cover what would typically be covered in the first course of a year
long sequence of courses at a university. At the end of this course, one
should be able to understand the field content of a Lagrangian, understand
the interactions dictated by the theory, and calculate tree level
processes of the theory.

Course topic lecture plan:
1. Free scalar and fermion fields in QFT.
2. Interactions and tree level matrix elements.
3. Feynman diagrams and scatter processes.
4. Vector fields, gauge symmetries, and path integral formulations.

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Jun
9
2:15 PM14:15

Postdoc Lecture Series: Lecture 2

Quantum Field Theory
Level: First year graduate student
Recommended prerequisites: Quantum mechanics, special relativity, classical mechanics, all at the upper-division undergraduate level.

Course Description
An introduction to and introduction of quantum field theory. This course
will cover what would typically be covered in the first course of a year
long sequence of courses at a university. At the end of this course, one
should be able to understand the field content of a Lagrangian, understand
the interactions dictated by the theory, and calculate tree level
processes of the theory.

Course topic lecture plan:
1. Free scalar and fermion fields in QFT.
2. Interactions and tree level matrix elements.
3. Feynman diagrams and scatter processes.
4. Vector fields, gauge symmetries, and path integral formulations.


We hope to see you at the lectures.
Sincerely,

Your GAPS committee

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Jun
6
2:15 PM14:15

Postdoc Lecture Series: Quantum Field Theory (Alex Wijangco)


Quantum Field Theory
Level: First year graduate student
Recommended prerequisites: Quantum mechanics, special relativity, classical mechanics, all at the upper-division undergraduate level.

Course Description
An introduction to and introduction of quantum field theory. This course
will cover what would typically be covered in the first course of a year
long sequence of courses at a university. At the end of this course, one
should be able to understand the field content of a Lagrangian, understand
the interactions dictated by the theory, and calculate tree level
processes of the theory.

Course topic lecture plan:
1. Free scalar and fermion fields in QFT.
2. Interactions and tree level matrix elements.
3. Feynman diagrams and scatter processes.
4. Vector fields, gauge symmetries, and path integral formulations.


We hope to see you at the lectures.
Sincerely,

Your GAPS committee
 

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