Science & Technology


AstroMcGill Episode 69 – Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

We were visited by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars during her graduate studies in the 1960s. She talks to us about the still highly active field of pulsar astronomy and her varied career since their discovery. We also discuss her tireless advocacy for women in physics and astronomy.

Guest: Jocelyn Bell Burnell (Oxford University).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 20 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 11:03 am


AstroMcGill Episode 68 – Chiara Mingarelli

Chiara talks to us about how timing the rotation of pulsars can be used to detect gravitational waves–ripples in the very fabric of the cosmos.

Guest: Chiara Mingarelli (California Institute of Technology).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 19 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 11:00 am


AstroMcGill Episode 67 – Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

Enrico talks to us about the formation of heavy elements in the Universe through processes such as neutron star mergers.

Guest: Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (University of California Santa Cruz).

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Chitrang Patel.

Duration: 17 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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December 8, 2015 at 10:56 am


AstroMcGill Episode 66 – Bryan Gaensler

Bryan talks to us about magnetic fields in the Universe (and a little bit about cows).

Guest: Bryan Gaensler (University of Toronto, Dunlap Institute).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 21 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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June 8, 2015 at 11:07 am


AstroMcGill Episode 65 – Beth Wilman

We discussed how astronomers can studied cosmology, the formation and evolution of the Universe, by observing nearby dwarfs galaxies, instead of extremely distant galaxies at the edge of the Universe.

Guest: Beth Willman (Haverford College).

Hosts: Erik Madsen and Gabrielle Simard.

Duration: 23 minutes.

Production: James O’Callaghan.

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May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am


AstroMcGill Episode 64 – Jason Wright

We talked about exoplanets, detecting exoplanets through measurements of radial velocities, and what we can look forward to from this field in the near future. The two websites mentioned during the podcast are exoplanets.org and the Habitable Zone Planet Finder.

Guest: Jason Wright

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot and Erik Madsen

Duration: 40 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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March 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 63 – Kendrick Smith

We discussed the large-scale structure of the Universe and how we can understand it from observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background emission, the relic light from the formation of the Universe.

Guest: Kendrick Smith

Hosts: Robert Archibald and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 13 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 62 – Sara Ellison

The topic of this week’s podacst with Sara Ellison was the merging of galaxies.

Guest: Sara Ellison

Hosts: Sean Griffin and Gabrielle Simard

Duration: 19 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm


AstroMcGill Episode 61 – Laurens Keek

In this podcast, we talked about the nuclear explosion happening on the surface of neutron star, and how these objects located thousands of light years away can be used to better understand nuclear physics.

Guest: Laurens Keek

Hosts: Sebastien Guillot

Duration: 20 minutes

Production: James O’Callaghan

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February 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm


Trottier Symposium – Are We Alone?: The Search for Earth 2.0

This year’s Trottier Symposium narrows in on the topics of the origin of life on Earth as well as the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. The third speaker is Dr. Sara Seager (MIT) who was named in Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential in Space in 2012.

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December 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm