FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2012
Synchrotron Hub of High School Student Research
SASKATOON, SK – High school students from three Canadian communities are performing cutting-edge scientific research at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron this week.
Members of the media are invited to interview the students while they conduct their experiments.
Students from La Loche Community School in La Loche, SK; Appleby College, a private school in Oakville, ON; and Saskatoon’s own Centennial Collegiate will be working on synchrotron projects on CLS beamlines this week.
Centennial Collegiate will be working late into the night on May 28 and 29, using synchrotron infrared light to investigate chemical differences in bovine ovary oocytes, a factor in successful in vitro fertilization.
The first students to use the purpose-built educational beamline IDEAS will be from La Loche on May 30. They will build on their previous research into the effects of acid rain on plants and soil that grow in the boreal forest around their community. At the same time, Appleby College will be at the facility to study zinc oxide nanoparticles in relation to sunscreens using the SGM beamline.
Monday, May 28: Centennial Collegiate students conducting experiments between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29: Centennial Collegiate students collecting data from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 30: La Loche and Appleby students conducting experiments between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 31: 10 am to 12 pm: students from La Loche and Appleby analyzing results, presentation at 3:30p.m.
The groups are part of the Students on the Beamlines program, which enables students to use synchrotron light to research advanced questions with advanced scientific techniques. The programme is supported by a PromoScience grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and by the CLS.
The Canadian Light Source is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and is a global leader and a recognized centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications. Since 2005 the CLS has hosted over 4,000 user visits from academic institutions, government, and industry, and delivered over 15,000 experimental shifts to users from across Canada and 18 other countries. CLS operations are funded by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Educational Outreach Coordinator
Canadian Light Source Inc
Ph: (306) 657-3525
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