01 Apr 2014

April 2014 E-News

  1. G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award given to REIXS researcher
  2. Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10-12
  3. Science highlight: Diffraction-enhanced synchrotron imaging of bovine ovaries ex vivo
  4. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) July 20-25: application deadline May 15
  5. Changes to CLS graduate student support travel program
  6. New staff


1. G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award given to REIXS researcher Riccardo Comin

Every year the Canadian Light Source presents the G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award to a graduate student with the strongest published work using data collected at the synchrotron.

The award for the best published thesis during the 2013 calendar year has been given to Riccardo Comin, a PhD student and synchrotron researcher whose work focuses on correlated oxide materials and high-temperature superconductors.

Research Associate Ronny Sutarto (l-r), Bancroft Award Winner and Researcher Riccardo Comin, and Staff Scientist Feizhou He take a moment for a photo at the REIXS beamline during superconductor experiments.

For more information, see the Science Highlight on the CLS website.


2. Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10-12

This workshop will explore the application of synchrotron light for imaging plants, and the way plants can be structurally and functionally imaged, in-vivo to in-situ, as well as applying this information to aid in the development and selection of higher yielding crop varieties. It will also focus on imaging all components of the plant, from root to stem. It is anticipated that imaging will be a key tool in achieving the substantial increases in crop productivity to feed the world’s growing population.

Join researchers and industry partners for presentations, exhibitor booths, a poster session, networking events and a tour of the CLS. You will have opportunities to meet some of the world’s leading innovators in this industry, in both research and commercialization.

To register or for more information, visit the website, call (306) 668-2650, or email


3. Diffraction-enhanced synchrotron imaging of bovine ovaries ex vivo

Using the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline (BMIT), scientists have explored new synchrotron techniques for looking at bovine ovaries.

The objective of the study was to test the hypothesis that diffraction-enhanced imaging (DEI), a synchrotron x-ray imaging technique, would provide greater contrast for evaluating bovine ovaries compared with conventional diagnostic ultrasonography.

The contrast resolution of antral follicles in bovine ovaries was inferior using DEI compared with ultrasonography and histology. Alternative synchrotron techniques, such as phase-contrast computed tomography and DEI computed tomography, may prove more effective than DEI for imaging ovaries ex vivo.

Basnayaka, Upekha, et al. "Diffraction-enhanced Synchrotron Imaging of Bovine Ovaries Ex Vivo." Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (2014).


4. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) July 20-25: application deadline May 15

The Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) will focus on providing theory and practical experience for researchers interested in improving their imaging capabilities. This school will provide background theory and practical experience from proposal writing to sample prep through data collection, reconstruction and visualization. We invite scientists who have some experience with synchrotron based imaging to apply. Participation is limited at 20 to ensure everyone is able to gain hands-on experience. The deadline for early application is May 15th. If you are accepted, payment of the registration fee ($500 + GST, $350 + GST for students) is required to hold your spot.

For more details, visit the website or contact via email.


5. Changes to CLS graduate student support travel program

This program is designed to support students travelling to the CLS to conduct experiments allocated through the peer-review process. As of April 28, award amounts have been increased and students can now claim two trips per year.

To be eligible for a travel award you must:

Be a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian university or college
Be included in a proposal that has been allocated beamtime at the CLS
Agree to the Terms of the Travel Reimbursement:
Reimbursement is based on expenses for travel and room accommodation only, up to the maximum amount given below. Accommodation expenses are restricted to the CLS-operated residence (Ogle Hall).
The CLS will compensate students only for eligible expenses.

To find out more, visit the travel page on the CLS website.


6. New staff

The CLS is pleased to welcome Kee Eun Lee to the SXRMB beamline where she will be developing new synchrotron techniques related to the characterization of nanostructured catalysts under in situ conditions. She’ll also be working collaboratively with Dr. Robert Scott from the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Natalia Semagina from the University of Alberta. Kee Eun held a postdoctoral position at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan prior to joining the CLS at the beginning of March. Kee Eun obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at McGill University and her MSc. in Inorganic Chemistry at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.


The CLS is pleased to welcome Lucille McInnes who is covering Jordan Hamel’s Maternity Leave. Lucille brings years of experience in the field of human resource management, project management, as well as marketing and communications. Lucille is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) who obtained her B.Comm. with a major in Human Resources Management from the Edwards School of Business. She also has a B.Sc. in Computer Science, both degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.



Please visit the careers page on the CLS website to view future job postings.


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