Design a York U Physics T-Shirt

Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Let’s kick off 2015 with some new physics swag for the department: Custom York U Physics and Astronomy T-Shirts! What will they look like? Well, it’s up to you! We will hold a design competition in which you can submit a logo/picture/design that you want on the T-Shirt, and then we will have a vote to choose the winner. The design should be original, but can be based on other ideas. It can be humorous, serious, or whatever you want, but should have association with our York U Physics and Astronomy department. Ideally, it should be kept to 1-2 colours, preferably just black/white.
Once the votes are counted, the person who submits the winning design will get his/her T-Shirt for FREE! The cost of ordering the T-Shirts will be determined once we have chosen the design, but will likely be around $15 each.
Email us your design for the T-Shirt (in whatever file format works for you) within three weeks, by Friday January 30th.
And let us know if you have any questions!

Keynote Speaker at PAGE Conference: Itay Yavin

We are excited to have York U alumni Itay Yavin give an exciting Keynote talk at the PAGE Conference on Oct 31st 2014.

His talk will be at 11:30 – 12:30pm in LSB 106.


Title: Dark matter as a fundamental particle

Abstract: In this talk I will review past and present ideas about dark matter as a new fundamental particle, exploring both the underlying theoretical structures as well as the variety of experimental frontiers. Along the way I will try to give you a flavor of some of the most recent developments as well as future plans and prospects.


PAGE Conference Schedule

October 31st 2014 —- 10am – 4pm  —-  LSB 106

10:00 – 10:20:      Coffee, tea, snacks, and introduction by PAGE

10:20 – 10:40:      Talk 1: Mark Wurtz Heavy meson lattice spectroscopy
10:40 – 11:00:      Talk 2: Gabriel Palacino Magnetic monopoles: why and how we search for them
11:00 – 11:20:      Talk 3Matthew Baxter Correlation in Time-dependent Density Functional Theory Studies of Ion-Helium Collisions

11:20 – 11:30:      Break

11:30 – 12:30:      Keynote: Dr. Itay Yavin Dark matter as a fundamental particle

12:30 – 1:30:       Lunch in LSB 107

1:30 – 1:50:         Talk 4: Omid Rezania Squeezed vacuum state interaction with spatially confined atomic systems
1:50 – 2:10:         Talk 5: Dan Reynolds Non-Linear effects of initial conditions on the evolution of inflation
2:10 – 2:30:         Talk 6George Conidis Spin alignment in analogues of the local sheet

2:30 – 2:40:         Break

2:40 – 3:00:         Talk 7: Jesse Rogerson The Variability of AGN Outflows: Observations and Implications
3:00 – 3:20:         Talk 8: Eric Shear HYPATIA – Hydrolyzed Polar Terrain Ice Aerobot Mission Feasibility Analysis
3:20 – 3:40:         Talk 9Evan Eshelman Analysis of In-Situ Organic and Mineral Compounds Relevant to Martian Astrobiology Using 266 nm Raman Spectroscopy

3:40 – 3:50:         Deliberation by judges
3:50 – 4:00:         Announcement of Ralph Nicholis Award Winner



Calling all physics and astronomy grads to gather together for some food, drinks, and a chance to relax and hang out. Please join us on October 8th at 8pm in Shopsy’s in York Lanes. There will be tables reserved for us and FREE appetizer platters to share. It’s going to be a great night!

Please RSVP to