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Media Advisory - Queen's University launches new Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University is cementing its reputation as a world leader in astroparticle physics with the official launch of a new national research network dedicated to understanding some of the universe’s deepest mysteries.


The new Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute is a partnership of eight universities and five affiliated research organizations. Headquartered at Queen’s, the institute came to fruition as a result of the $63.7 million investment the university received in 2016 from the Government of Canada’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

Over the past year and a half, the institute has been building momentum, appointing a scientific director and recruiting 13 new faculty members (out of 15 designated positions) from around the world. In total, 100 people, including faculty, staff, and students across the country will be members of the institute, all working to advance its research and outreach goals.


Dr. McDonald was the co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of neutrino oscillations and is a professor emeritus at Queen’s University. The research projects he led proved that neutrinos have mass.


The media are invited to a special tour of the institute’s new Visitor Centre starting at 9 am on Thursday, May 10. Located in Stirling Hall, the Visitor Centre will feature a virtual reality setup that will allow guests to travel though space and experience a solar storm. The centre will also have an augmented reality sandbox that will teach guests about gravitational fields in an interactive and tactile manner.

The official ceremony starts at 10:30 am in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. After the official launch event, media will have an opportunity to interview Dr. McDonald and McDonald Institute Scientific Director Tony Noble, and masters student Liz Fletcher.

Please note, a shuttle bus will be available to media to transport them from the Visitor Centre to the Isabel Bader Centre.


Media interested in attending are asked to contact Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.

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