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Gwen Grinyer Colloquium

Fri. Feb. 3 12:30 PM - Fri. Feb. 3 01:20 PM
Location: via Zoom (live-streamed in 3M69)

Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Regina

Isotopes and Identities: The physics of complex interactions

We are all star dust. Everyone we know and everything we see here on Earth are the leftovers of massive nuclear explosions that occurred naturally in our universe, a long time ago. Understanding the origins of the chemical elements, and how we came to be, requires detailed knowledge of the complex subatomic interactions between neutrons and protons that led to the existence of bound nuclei and stable atoms. As scientists, we are made of the same star dust that we wish to study and, while seeking answers to some of the most fundamental questions in the universe, some of us encounter barriers caused by complex social interactions that arise from our identities. In this presentation, I will describe how both kinds of interactions are at the heart of my research program and how I integrate nuclear physics with equity, diversity and inclusion to try and solve both many-body problems.

BIO: Dr. Gwen Grinyer (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Regina who researches a wide variety of topics in experimental nuclear physics including the structure of short-lived radioactive nuclei, neutrinoless double beta decay, and nuclear astrophysics. In addition to her physics research, she is a prominent advocate for women and 2SLGBTQ+ people in STEM fields and has done numerous outreach activities across Canada that have focused on visibility and inclusion of underrepresented identities in physics.

This talk will be given via Zoom. If you'd like to watch in-person, we'll stream the talk in room 3M69. For a Zoom invitation to this event, please email an.wiebe@uwinnipeg.ca.