UC Chancellor speaks at WWI memorial rededication
17 December 2015 The UC Chancellor has witnessed the rededication of a WWI Memorial Window, recalling its great historical and emotional resonance for the University. (read article)
Science study at UC doesn’t just take place in a lecture theatre or lab. Find out what Laura is researching at our Cass Field Station, an amazing facility for students.
Introduction to John Hearnshaw
John Hearnshaw is a professor of astronomy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. John's main areas of research are in stellar spectroscopy and detection of exo-planets.
Introduction to Cliff Franklin
Cliff Franklin is a lab technician at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Introduction to Karen Pollard
Dr. Karen Pollard is involved in researching 'The music of the stars' by looking at modes of non radial pulsations within the stars.
Introduction to David Wiltshire
David Wiltshire is a professor of physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. David's main area of research is on explaining dark energy and developing cosmological models that do not require its presence to drive an expanding universe.
Introduction to Anthony Butler
Dr. Anthony Butler works on the MARS project at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
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Department Seminars are held each Friday in Room 701, Level 7 of the Rutherford Building at 11am. See Upcoming Seminars for more details.
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Opportunity in Astronomy
Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer in Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. (Apply by 1 February 2016) This is equivalent to a (tenured) Assistant Professor in the US system. To be successful in this role you will hold a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in Astronomy and have demonstrated potential for research in observational optical astronomy that complements existing interests in Astronomy and Astrophysics and takes advantage of our research facilities.
Opportunites in Nanotechnology
Applications are invited for
- PhD scholarship in Physics - Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Topological Nanostructures (deadline 24 January 2016)
- Postdoctoral Fellow – Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Topological Nanostructures Department of Physics and Astronomy (deadline 10 January 2016)
The Townsend Teece Telescope- UC Alumnus helps save historic telescope
1 October 2015
The University of Canterbury has announced that the quake-damaged Townsend Telescope will again search the starry skies above the Arts Centre in central Christchurch, thanks largely to the generosity of an American alumnus.
UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr has announced that the telescope will be renamed the Townsend Teece Telescope. Based in Berkeley, California, noted economist and UC Alumnus Professor David Teece, his wife Leigh Teece and their family have donated funds to restore the historic telescope so that people will once again be able to view the stars above Christchurch city. “We like the fact that on Friday nights, and perhaps Saturdays too, it will bring young kids to the old gothic tower to view the heavens,” Prof Teece said. The Teece family was also pleased to be part of the Christchurch and University rebuild. “We are thrilled and grateful for the support that the Teeces and their family have given the University of Canterbury over many years,” Dr Carr said. “We hope to continue this close relationship and look forward to seeing the telescope restored to its rightful place in the University’s historic base in the central city.
Prof Teece studied at the old University town site and received an Honorary Doctorate from UC in 2007.
The funds to restore the telescope have been generously donated by UC Alumnus Prof David Teece but funds are still sought for education and outreach programmes and future maintenance.
You can donate to the future of the Townsend Telescope via the Townsend Observatory Restoration Fund on the Alumni and Fundraising donation page.
RSIC Construction Webcam and Timelapse of the Old Maths demolition.
Construction on the Rutherford Science and Innovation Centre can be viewed via a webcam in realtime here http://rsiccam1.canterbury.ac.nz and a timelapse of the demolition of the Old Math building can be veiwed here http://youtu.be/uordCOGzjug.
2014 Dept Group Photo
Here is the 2014 Dept group photo taken during the Annual Dept Conference held on 4th September. In the past the dept photo was taken on the steps of the Old Maths building however Old Maths was being prepared for demolition at that time and is now down. This year's department photo is the first of many to be taken in its new location on the steps of the Puaka-James Hight, Central library.
Get to know Department Staff with nUCleus
The aim of nUCleus is to provide a connection between the academic staff of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Canterbury to the wider public. In these videos on the nUCleus youtube channel you will be able to get to know the staff better, find out what goes on in the department and learn new and interesting facts regarding physics and astronomy.
PhD Studentship opportunities
Archive of Departmental conferences and other conferences hosted and/or sponsored by the Department
Sean Gourley (Dept Alumni) interviewed for "The Cashmere Circuit" produced by Cashmere Highschool. Article by Ella Jacobs