Physics and Space Science News and Events

In memoriam: Dr. Rodney Harris-Lowe.

2020-02-14

We have received sad news that Dr. Rod Harris-Lowe (Space Science and Physics Dept.) passed away suddenly on February 10, 2020.

Rod was a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and in 1965, he returned to the College and the Department of Physics as a Professor.  He served as Head of the Department from 1986 until 1991.

Rod was also greatly involved with the Canadian Military College Faculty Association (CMCFA) for 17 years. He held the position of President during the certification process of the CMCFA.  He also held positions of Vice-President, Executive Secretary and Chair of the Grievance Committee.  In addition, he served on the bargaining team for numerous negotiations.

Space Day 2019

2019-04-08

Tuesday, 30 April
Currie Hall

The RMC Department of Physics and Space Science is honoured to welcome Canadian Space Agency President Sylvain Laporte and DG Space Director Space Strategy and Plans LCol Catherine Marchetti on 30 April 2019 for RMC Space Day.

Both guests will deliver presentations describing their agency’s strategic plan and recent developments. All RMC cadets, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Schedule:

  • 10:00: College-wide presentation by CSA President Sylvain Laporte: "Exploration Imagination Innovation"
  • 11:00: Coffee
  • 11:30: Sylvain Laporte face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)
  • 14:00: College-wide presentation by LCol Catherine Marchetti: "Defence Space Program"
  • 15:00: Coffee
  • 15:30: LCol Marchetti face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)
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Read the article: "Space Day 2019 at the Royal Military College of Canada" in The Maple Leaf.

Study of water flow in Picton Bay

2019-03-26

Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell of The Department of Physics and Space Science have published a study of water flow in Picton Bay.

 
Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell on Picton Bay
 

Using GPS-powered drifters, researchers have been able to obtain measurements of how water moves through the bay. The drifters are pulled around by the local currents and continually broadcast their locations over the internet.

Municipal water intakes, located about 3.3 meters under the surface near the South end of Picton Bay, are vulnerable to risks from contamination, harmful algal blooms, and other water quality threats from a changing ecosystem due to climate change.  Drifter measurements, combined with water-flow models, allow for better management of these risks.

For further information, see the Water Quality Research Journal, and Protecting Drinking Water in the Bay of Quinte With Help from GPS Drifters.

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