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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Three Minute Thesis Competition
Oct
24
12:00pm12:00pm

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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Invited Talk: Naomi Galinski
Nov
1
12:00pm12:00pm

Invited Talk: Naomi Galinski

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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Aug
28
12:00pm12:00pm

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
12:00pm12:00pm

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
2:15pm 2:15pm

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
2:15pm 2:15pm

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
2:15pm 2:15pm

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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May
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

Creativity Unleashed

Join us for this *free* event hosted by CBC journalist Paolo Pietropaolo
in downtown Vancouver on 10th May, "Creativity unleashed".

The discussion panel includes TRIUMF's very own Beatrice Franke as well
as other local talent. GAPS will also be represented.

Please register here:
https://triumfcreativityunleashed.eventbrite.ca

More details below!

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Abstract:
From science to music, to product design, to community building, to
entrepreneurship - go behind the scenes of the creative process as we
explore ways that we can harness curiosity to unleash creativity. This
dynamic living room-style conversation hosted by journalist,
broadcaster, composer and writer Paolo Pietropaolo will bring together a
mix of talented personalities from a wide range of disciplines to help
us unshroud the creative process in its many forms. As the conversation
unfolds, you may even discover new ways to let your curiosity come out
and play and hack your own creative potential.

The panel:
Beatrice Franke – TRIUMF Research Scientist
Alexandra Greenhill – Founder of myBestHelper
Pat Christie – Creator of SPACE
Jordan Nobles – Juno winning composer


Facebook & Twitter Posts:
#discoverTHIS: Curiosity Unleashed explores what happens when we let our
curiosity come out to play. Free tickets: http://ow.ly/foBu30balOH


#discoverTHIS with @paolopp asks: how do we unleash curiosity and ignite
the creativity within each of us? Free tix: http://ow.ly/foBu30balOH

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Poster Link: Here

 

 

 

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Mar
28
9:00am 9:00am

Entrepreneurship Workshop

The second workshop in the IsoSiM Entrepreneurship workshop series will
take place on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017, 9am - 12pm in the Auditorium. The
facilitator will be again Blair Simmonite, Director of the
Entrepreneurship program at UBC and lecturer in Entrepreneurship and
Innovation at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Blair has more than 30
years of experience in the technology industry, spanning startups to
multi-nationals.

More details on the workshop will follow. For the moment, please mark your
calendars and spread the word around!

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Feb
14
1:00pm 1:00pm

Hot-Spots Tours: Introduction

TODAY at 1pm Matt Pearson will be giving an introductory session towards the
2017 Hot-Spots Tours, aimed to provide an overview of the areas that will
be visited in the tour and to provide time for some Q&A (without the
radiation exposure).

Time:  Tuesday Feb 14 at 1pm
Place: TRIUMF Auditorium

This session will be open also to people who are not attending the tour.

It will cover all the areas involved in the production of beams
used in experiments at TRIUMF - areas which are not accessible to
anyone during the Cyclotron's operation.
This is a great opportunity to have a better understanding of our facility.

This time we will not be providing pizza, only knowledge.
 

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Feb
10
12:00pm12:00pm

WNPPC Pre-Conference Symposium

For those thinking of attending the Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference (WNPPC) in Banff this year (Feb 16-19, 2017), GAPS has arranged for practice talks the week before the conference on 10 February from 11:30-1:30 in the auditorium. Please send us a title and abstract and we'll do the rest!

Judges will be on hand to give feedback.

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Jan
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

GAPS Trivia Night

GAPS Trivia Night!
Tuesday, January 31
Questions starting at 7:00pm

If you haven't signed up already, email gaps@triumf.ca to sign up your
team of up to 5 people or to put your name in for a pickup team.  Or, if
you don't want to commit, just show up.  If you don't have a team, please
check in with Doug or Ragnar when you arrive and you will be placed on a
team.

Our reservation starts at 6:00pm at the Wesbrook Village Biercraft.
The games will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

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