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Physics professor shares machine learning knowledge with academic community

Physics professor shares machine learning knowledge with academic community

With the recent advances in machine learning techniques, Joel Zylberberg, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at York University, decided it would be useful to science students to understand these methods, so he developed a graduate course to share his knowledge. His course, Deep Learning for Physicists, made its debut in […]

Best of YU 2023

Best of YU 2023

We are proud to spotlight some of our Faculty’s top moments from 2023. New faculty members further York’s scientific innovation, impact The Faculty of Science welcomed 12 new high-calibre researchers and instructors to its five departments and one division. By recruiting talented faculty members with diverse backgrounds, world views and expertise, we are ensuring the […]

Night skies to deliver winter wonderland of light shows this holiday season

Night skies to deliver winter wonderland of light shows this holiday season

Media release from December 8, 2023 It may be wintertime, but the night sky is still alight with star gazing possibilities this holiday season, starting with the Geminid meteor shower. “This winter leading up to the new year looks to be a great one for astronomy. Although it gets quite chilly in Ontario, if you […]

Does an antimatter apple fall up or down? Scientists solve longstanding mystery

Does an antimatter apple fall up or down? Scientists solve longstanding mystery

Media Release from September 27, 2023 York University is part of an international collaboration that has resolved the enigma of whether antimatter follows the rules of gravity As Newton observed, an apple falls from the tree and hits the ground. But what would an antimatter apple do? That was the question an international collaboration with […]

Faculty and student bringing experiential education to quantum computing

Faculty and student bringing experiential education to quantum computing

York University Professor Randy Lewis and fourth-year student Sarah Powell – both from the Department of Physics and Astronomy – were invited to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in the U.S. to teach at a summer boot camp capitalizing on the growing interest in quantum computing. Lewis and Powell were invited to the facility […]

York astrophysicists take step forward in computer simulations of cosmology

York astrophysicists take step forward in computer simulations of cosmology

York University and an international team of astrophysicists have made an ambitious attempt to simulate the formation of galaxies and the cosmic large-scale structure throughout staggeringly large swaths of space. First results of their “MillenniumTNG” project are published in a series of 10 articles in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The […]

Professor awarded access to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Professor awarded access to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

Associate Professor in astronomy Adam Muzzin‘s successful application to use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to explore the depths of the universe was one of 1,600 project proposals submitted. He was also one of only 11 out of 54 applying Canadian principal investigators to receive approval, and his is the second-largest successful Canadian program […]