28 Apr 2017

April 2017 eNews

Catalyst developed by U of S researchers is better for environment

Using the Canadian Light Source, a chemical engineering team at the University of Saskatchewan has found a possible pathway to reduce production costs and improve environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands industry.

Post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sandeep Badoga and his supervisor, U of S chemical engineering professor Dr. Ajay Dalai, have developed a catalyst—a substance that increases the rate of chemical reactions— with improved capacity to remove sulphur and nitrogen during the hydrotreating process which turns bitumen into a synthetic heavy oil. Their findings were published in the industry journal, Fuel Processing Technology.


Science Odyssey celebrates discovery and innovation

Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and is sponsored by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

We are opening our doors to the public for free, one-hour evening and weekend tours on May 11, 12, 15 to 18 at 7 p.m.

We are also running tours on May 13 in co-operation with Science Rendezvous, an event organized by Let’s Talk Science at the University of Saskatchewan. People interested in the Saturday tours sign-up that day in the foyer of the biology building.

Art and science meet at Dans la Mesure/Within Measure exhibition

The Canadian Light Source provided the inspiration for an immersive video installation and experimental art-science exhibition now open at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon-based new media artist and sculptor Jean-Sébastian Gauthier adopted diverse forms of inquiry and experimentation as an artist-in-residence with Dr. Brian Eames, a faculty member in anatomy and cell biology at the U of S College of Medicine.

In creating Dans la Mesure/Within Measure, Gauthier used cutting-edge 3D synchrotron imaging techniques to create interactive representations of zebrafish, tiny and robust model organisms often used in genetic medical research.

Dans la Mesure/Within Measure is at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, 191 Murray Building at the University of Saskatchewan, until April 28. A public reception, including an artist talk, will be held on April 27 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Light and colour entertains air travelers of all ages

Flying from Saskatoon? Check out Innovation for All Ages, a fun “lite brite” interactive display, located in the departures area at the Saskatoon International Airport.

Co-sponsored by CLS, the  Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan, and the Saskatoon Airport Authority, the display aims to educate children and their parents about how light in all its forms and colours is essential for cutting-edge science, and has been used for some of the most exciting scientific discoveries in the world.


THRUST opens call for proposals

Training in Health Research Using Synchrotron Techniques (THRUST) is accepting limited time fellowship applications from promising current or prospective master’s students, PhD students or postdoctoral fellows from a variety of backgrounds related to synchrotron health research.

Candidates may apply for a THRUST scholarship/fellowship of up to 50 per cent from THRUST, to be matched from another source, which must be secured at the time of the award.

The deadline is Wed., May 10, 2017, at noon.

For more information, email d.kostuk@usask.ca.

CLS Summer School deadline is May 4

The CLS Summer School offers hands on, practical experience with various synchrotron techniques, sample preparation, data collection and analysis, proposal writing and case studies. This program is available to students, faculty, and industry scientists who wish to become CLS users.

Participation is limited to 20 people to ensure practical hands-on sessions. 

Date: Aug. 1 to 4
Cost: $400 ($250 for students)
Application deadline: May 4

New staff/now hiring



Roman Chernikov – Senior Scientist, BioXAS

Curtis Senger – Floor Coordinator (casual), HSE

Amanda McDonald – Floor Coordinator (casual), HSE

Summer students and interns will start work on May 1.

Job Vacancies:

Job No. 890 – Research Associate Plant Imaging P2IRC


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