01 Feb 2015

February 2015 E-News

  1. A message from the new directors, Dean Chapman and Les Dallin
  2. Register now for the CLS Annual Users' Meeting, May 4 - 6
  3. 5th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: June 2 - 6, 2015
  4. Making teeth tough: Beavers show ways to improve our enamel
  5. Bringing high tech down to earth: Soils and fertilizers on the cutting edge
  6. Surface Canada 2015, May 19 - 22, Saskatoon
  7. New machine status display
  8. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School, July 20 – 25, 2015
  9. New staff and now hiring

1. A message from the new directors

It’s a great honour and an exciting challenge to step into our new roles as the Science Director and the Machine Director. Between the two of us, we have over 60 years of experience working with synchrotron beamlines and accelerators.

The next chapter in our careers will be interesting. While we take a moment to celebrate 10 years of scientific discovery, it is the coming years that will continue to shape the CLS as a world-class research facility. Our focus will be on pushing the quality of research from our existing beamlines, continuing the progress in developing new beamlines, and ensuring we have a machine that will facilitate these endeavors.

We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to the years ahead.

Dean Chapman and Les Dallin

2. Register now for the CLS Annual Users' Meeting, May 4 – 6 

The 18th Annual Users' Meeting will be held on May 4 - 6, 2015 at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon. This three-day event will include an exhibitor show, a poster session, banquet dinner, as well as two full days of workshops.

The CLS is celebrating 10 years of operations in 2015, and workshops will look at the future of synchrotron science in Canada and how emerging areas of science can benefit from the use of synchrotron radiation.

If you are submitting a poster abstract, with the option to be considered to present, the deadline is April 1.

Register now and submit your application on our website.

3. 5th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School: June 2 – 6, 2015

The Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility is pleased to announce the 5th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School, being held at the CLS June 2 - 6, 2015.

This is an intensive hands-on data collection school intended to equip participants to effectively collect macromolecular crystal diffraction data both at the synchrotron and remotely.

This year's special topic will be an in-depth look at using Phenix during structure solution and refinement, with invited speaker Dr. Paul Adams (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory). Given enough interest, an optional introductory crystallography review will be offered on Monday June 1.

Attendance is limited so early application is encouraged. Application deadline: April 7, 2015. Visit the school website at for more information and to apply.




4. Making teeth tough: Beavers show ways to improve our enamel 

Beavers don’t brush their teeth, and they don’t drink fluoridated water, but a new Northwestern University study, with data collected at the Canadian Light Source, reports beavers do have protection against tooth decay built into the chemical structure of their teeth: iron.

This pigmented enamel, the researchers found, is both harder and more resistant to acid than regular enamel, including that treated with fluoride. This discovery is among others that could lead to a better understanding of human tooth decay, earlier detection of the disease and improving on current fluoride treatments.

Read the complete story on our website.





5. Bringing high tech down to earth: Soils and fertilizers on the cutting edge

2015 is the International Year of the Soils. Healthy soils are vital to sustainable food systems, clean lakes, verdant forests, and the health of our planet. In honour of the occasion, we offer you a profile of a scientist committed to studying the key elements in our soils.

“The concept that not all fertilizer is used by each plant has been known for decades,” Barbara Cade-Menun, a researcher for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), explained. “It’s something that we know is there and most people assume some of that will be available when they do their fertilizer assessments.”

While most farmers take into account previous rounds of fertilizer to plan their crop care, the estimates of key element levels, like phosphorus and nitrogen, are full of unknowns.

Read the complete story on our website.

6. Surface Canada 2015: May 19 - 22, Saskatoon

Surface Canada 2015, hosted by the CLS and the University of Saskatchewan, will take place in Saskatoon from May 19 - 22, 2015.

Surface Canada is the premier conference on surface science in Canada. This conference is interdisciplinary in nature, and will bring together world-recognized experts and young researchers from a broad spectrum of disciplines including physics, chemistry, material science engineering and many other fields and will cover a wide range of topics pertinent to surface science, from the fundamental to the applied. Surface Canada will provide an avenue for scientists from academic, industrial and government labs to meet and define the important problems in the field and to highlight emerging opportunities and potential impact to our society.

Find out more information on our website.

7. New machine status display 

As far as we know, the CLS is the only synchrotron with the wind chill displayed on our machine status.

The new display beta version can be seen here and comments or concerns can be sent to Rob Blyth, assistant director of research.



8. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School: July 20 – 25, 2015

The 2015 summer school will educate researchers and emerging scientists about the capabilities of the CLS. This year's program will focus on the use of synchrotron light in both plant and agricultural science, as well as art, art history and cultural heritage.

We invite scientists with little or no previous experience with synchrotron-based technology to apply. Participation is limited to 10 participants in each theme to ensure everyone is able to participate in hands-on sessions.

Early applications are due May 15. For more information or to apply, please visit our website.







9. New staff and now hiring

We are pleased to announce the following employee who recently joined the CLS:

Dorion Brady – User Services Assistant. Dorion joins the User Services team, bringing with her years of customer service and administrative experience. She has a passion for data mining and statistics, as well as graphics and web design. She obtained a degree in Sociology as well as an Interactive Visual Communications Diploma, here in Saskatoon. We are excited to have her on board in the USO, lending insight into data management and software tools.

Madison Adam – Mechanical Engineer. Madison is a familiar face around the CLS. He worked with the CLS, as a part of a fourth year design course, proposing an internal camera mounting system for the STXM endstation. Madison just completed his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in 2014. We look forward to utilizing his excellent project leadership and problem solving skills!

The Following jobs are currently posted:

Job No. 774 – MXSync General Manager
Job No. 761 – Casual Student Floor Coordinators

Please visit our careers page for more information. 


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