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The GPSA went curling this March! Here are some of the photos– hopefully I managed to capture everybody. If there’s one that you like in particular, you can get a higher resolution copy from Hugh.

The 2014 Physics Symposium

We’re proud to announce the 5th annual Physics Symposium on Graduate Physics Research!

The symposium will take place place Thursday and Friday, September 25th and 26th in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), here at the University of Alberta. Keynote speaker Dr. Aephraim Steinberg will present a talk on “In Praise of Weakness: Nudging Back the Veil on the Mysteries of the Quantum World” on Thursday evening with a reception and physics demos following.  A keynote talk will be following on Friday. Please visit the  symposium page for more details.

The Symposium is here

The 4th annual Symposium on Graduate Physics Research is happening today and tomorrow here at the UofA! Later today keynote speaker Cliff Burgess will present the public lecture “What is the Universe Made Of? The Case for Dark Matter and Dark Energy”. After the talk have a number of awesome physics demos and lab tours lined up. Our symposium page has all the details.

On Thursday we’ll start out with the student poster session and the student talks. Have a look at the schedule and abstracts of the talks and posters for details. We’ll round the symposium off with Cliff Burgess’ colloquium-style keynote lecture “Finding the Gravity in any Situation: The potential impact of the AdS/CFT correspondence” at 5pm.

Symposium on Graduate Physics Research

We would like to invite you to our fourth annual Symposium on Graduate Physics Research! The symposium will take place on Wednesday September 18, 2013 and Thursday September 19, 2013 in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), here at the University of Alberta.

Keynote speaker Cliff Burgess will talk on “What is the Universe Made Of? The Case for Dark Matter and Dark Energy” on Wednesday evening, and on “Finding the Gravity in any Situation: The potential impact of the AdS/CFT correspondence” on Thursday. We will have some light refreshments and physics demos after the public lecture on Wednesday. On Thursday there will be student talks and a poster session before the keynote lecture. The symposium page has all the details.

Election results

Here are, belatedly, the outcome of our Annual General Meeting, held on March 20, and the results of the GPSA Council election, where the ballot was open from March 20 to March 27. First, the very good news is that the our new revised constitution was approved with 19 yes to 2 no votes. Second, the newly elected council is:

  • President: Roshan Achal
  • VP Academic: Allison MacDonald
  • VP Student Life: Kelly McPhee
  • VP Finance: Jin Xu
  • VP Communication: Taleana Huff
  • GSA Rep: Burkhard Ritter
  • Astrophysics and Space Physics Rep: Saeed Rehman
  • Geophysics Rep: Arif Rabbani
  • Particle Physics Rep: Nooshin Dehghanian
  • Condensed Matter Physics Rep: Tayyaba Firdous

Congratulations and good luck to the new officers! They have already been in office since April 1 and their term will end on December 31 this year. The turnout for the election was about 26%. Daniel wrote a report with more details about the voting process and the results.

Movie night: Inception

The GPSA is organizing a movie night this Wednesday, March 27 at 6pm in CCIS L2-200. We will be showing Inception (Trailer) and spice it up with cookies, chips and pop. All of you are warmly invited to join the event. See you on Wednesday!

Today: GPSA Annual General Meeting

The GPSA Annual General Meeting will take place today, Wednesday, March 20 at 4pm in the Avadh Bhatia Room (CCIS 4-218)!

We will provide free Pizza and pop to strengthen you for the hardships of the meeting! Here is the agenda:

  1. Short presentation by the Treasurer, Sohel Bhuiyan
  2. Short presentation by the President, Burkhard Ritter
  3. Overview of the proposed Constitution Amendments
  4. Vote on revised Constitution
  5. Candidates for the upcoming GPSA Council introduce themselves
  6. Nominations for the upcoming GPSA Council close
  7. Online ballot for the GPSA Council Election opens

For the revised Constitution to come into effect, it has to be approved by more than 2/3 of all voting graduate physics students. The proposed changes to the Constitution will be discussed and explained in more detail  at the meeting. They are also summarized in a short document.

Shortly after the meeting the online ballot for the election of the upcoming GPSA Council will open. All GPSA members will then receive an email with instructions on how to vote. The ballot will remain open for one week. Thus the results of the election will be announced next Wednesday night.

The candidates for the upcoming GPSA Council are:

  • President: Roshan Achal
  • VP Academic: Allison MacDonald
  • VP Student Life: Kelly McPhee
  • VP Finance: Jin Xu
  • VP Communication: Taleana Huff
  • GSA Rep: Burkhard Ritter
  • Astrophysics and Space Physics Rep: Saeed Rehman
  • Geophysics Rep: Arif Rabbani
  • Particle Physics Rep: Nooshin Dehghanian

The only position without a candidate is the Condensed Matter Physics Representative. Please let us know if you are interested in running for that position! Of course, also let us know if you would like to run for any of the other positions! (Yes, there can be more than one candidate per position.)

GPSA Annual General Meeting and Elections

The GPSA Annual General Meeting will take place next Wednesday, March 20 at 4pm in the Avadh Bhatia Room (CCIS 4-218).

At the meeting we will vote on a new revised constitution (not exciting, but important), candidates for the GPSA Council positions will be there and briefly introduce themselves, and last but not least, there will be free Pizza and everybody should come out and just have a good time.

The ballot for the actual GPSA elections will open shortly after the General Meeting. The online ballot will be open for one week and the votes will be tallied and the results announced on Wednesday, March 27.

We prepared a document outlining the proposed changes to the GPSA constitution. These changes should make the GPSA stronger and more effective. We will circulate the revised constitution itself early next week.

We are still looking for people interested in running for one of the open positions! Let me remind you that your term would run from April to December this year. The GPSA council positions are:

  • President
  • Vice-President Communication*
  • Vice-President Finances
  • Vice-President Academic*
  • Vice-President Student Life*
  • GSA Representative
  • Astrophysics and Space Physics Representative*
  • Condensed Matter Physics Representative
  • Geophysics Representative*
  • Particle Physics Representative*

The positions marked with a ‘*’ are without a candidate so far. Please let us know if your interested. Feel free to drop by my office (CCIS 3-198) to ask questions, get a better idea about what each position involves and arrange meeting the other candidates.

Update from the GSA

Colin has news from the latest GSA council meeting:

First, because of the (massive) budget cuts announced last week, the President will be holding a campus forum tomorrow (Wednesday) from 12-1 pm in L1-490 of ECHA. If you care about how the cuts will affect the university, and possibly the department, you should definitely go!

Second, there will be a UPass referendum sometime later this month (likely sometime after the 22nd, which was the original day). I don’t have any details, but please pay attention to your email for details!

Finally, I’ve been asked to circulate the message below regarding ABCampus, a rather delightful organization which tries to increase networking between grad students and industry. You should check them out!

Edit: Read more about the ABCampus elections on their website.