05 Apr 2016

April 2016 E-News

Check out the new CLS website, register for the 2016 AUM, new research on airplanes and climate change, and more... 
  1. CLS launches new website
  2. CLS AUM (May 2&3) – register until April 20
  3. Airplanes and climate change
  4. Saving sunshine for a rainy day
  5. CLS and FSIN sign collaboration agreement
  6. Robert J. Sawyer returns to read from latest novel
  7. Grant Cubbon elected to CRPA BOD
  8. New staff and now hiring
1. CLS launches new website                            

The CLS website has been re-designed with a new look and feel, easier navigation, and more accessible information. 

The move to this new site was motivated by extensive analytics to support the user experience and to allow integrated features such as event registration, social media, news portals, image galleries, and e-payments. The new site is also mobile responsive and available in both English and French (Google translation). 

The website will be constantly improving and evolving, especially over the next few months. Contact the webmaster if you have any questions or comments.
2. CLS AUM (May 2 & 3) – register until April 20                           

The 2016 CLS 19th Annual Users' Meeting and associated workshops will take place in Saskatoon May 2 & 3 at Marquis Hall on the University of Saskatchewan campus. 

Registration closes April 20 at midnight, so sign up now.

The CLS Users’ Advisory Committee would also like to invite sponsors to participate in the AUM. Sponsors will be recognized in the weeks leading up to, and throughout the event. 

See you May 2... 

3. Airplanes and how they relate to Climate Change 

The long vapour trails that follow an aircraft’s exhaust are one of the largest sources of uncertainty in climate models, but a nanoscale look at their structure provides new insight into global environmental processes.

Condensation trails, more commonly known as contrails, follow aircraft's as water condenses into ice crystals around engine soot. In a recent study, Drs. Phillippe Parent and Daniel Ferry of Aix-Marseille Université revealed the unusual structure of aircraft soot, which helps explain how contrails contribute to climate change, especially improving models of light scattering in the atmosphere. 

Read the rest of the CLS science highlight on our website
4.  Saving sunshine for a rainy day

We can’t control when the wind blows and when the sun shines, so finding efficient ways to store energy from alternative sources remains an urgent research problem. Now, a group of researchers led by Professor Ted Sargent at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering may have a solution inspired by nature.

The team has designed the most efficient catalyst for storing energy in chemical form, by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, just like plants do during photosynthesis. Oxygen is released harmlessly into the atmosphere, and hydrogen, as H2, can be converted back into energy using hydrogen fuel cells.

Read the rest of the story on our website
5. CLS and FSIN sign collaboration agreement               

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the CLS have signed an agreement of collaboration in science with a focus on traditions and culture for First Nations students.

The signing event between CLS CEO Rob Lamb and FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron occurred March 15 during the annual Saskatchewan First Nations Science Fair.

The agreement will allow both parties to work together more closely to enhance science, education, and culture. 

Read more about this on our website
6. Robert J. Sawyer returns to read from latest novel 

It was a pleasure to welcome back science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer to read from his latest novel Quantum Night. 

Quantum Night takes places partially at the CLS where Sawyer was a Writer-In-Residence back in 2009. At least one CLS staff member (who has a fondness for loud Hawaiian shirts) is also a character in the story. 

During his visit to the CLS March 8, Sawyer told us a working title he had for the book was the "The Philosopher Zombie" but, "the book is about brains, not BRAIIIIIINS."

It was nice to see you again, Rob! 

7. Grant Cubbon elected to CRPA BOD

Grant Cubbon, CLS Manager of Health Safety and Environment (HSE) has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Radiation Protection Association (CRPA). 

The CRPA is the expert voice of Canadian radiation safety professionals both nationally and internationally, covering both ionising (e.g., x-rays, radioactivity) and non-ionising radiation (e.g., lasers, microwaves).

Check out a video about Grant and the work HSE does to keep our facility safe and efficient. 

Congratulations, Grant! 

8. New staff and now hiring

Welcome to new employees who joined us in March: 

  • Luke Robson – Mechanical Engineer
  • Brian Goertzen – Utility Person

The following job posting is currently available at CLS:

  • Job No. 853 - Administrative Services Lead
  • Job No. 852 - Research Associate - Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline (BMIT) - INTERNAL POSTING
  • Job No. 841 - Mid IR (CIHR-THRUST) Postdoctoral Fellow Research Associate (One Year Term)

Please visit our careers page for more information.

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