28 Feb 2017

February 2017 eNews

CLS strengthens ties with MAX IV Laboratory in Sweden

CLS CEO Dr. Robert Lamb, was in Lund, Sweden, on Feb. 22, to sign a memorandum of understanding with MAX IV Laboratory. The two research facilities will collaborate closely in a partnership that will continue to advance science and innovation in Canada.





CLS Mx Data Collection School

Our 7th annual CLS Mx Data Collection School will be held at the CLS, June 5-9, 2017. This intensive hands-on school equips participants to effectively collect macromolecular crystal diffraction data, both remotely and on-site.
Participants will attend a series of lectures and are actively engaged in data collection at CMCF beamlines. Attendance is limited so early application is encouraged. Application deadline is April 10.
Given enough interest, an optional introductory crystallography review will be offered June 4.


Scientists develop tool for studying ancient civilizations

Scientists have discovered a way to determine if lead found in bones is the result of contamination after burial or because of exposure during a person’s lifetime.

Prior to this discovery, researchers examining exhumed bones were unable to determine if the lead they were seeing in the bone had leached into the bone from the soil because they would see traces of lead contamination throughout the sample.



2017 Canadian Society for Chemistry Symposium

The full day symposium that had been planned for the 2017 Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) meeting in Toronto, May 28-June 1, 2017, has been cancelled. In its stead, there will be talks distributed across several different sessions, allowing for a broader and more diverse showcase of CLS science and applications across many different disciplines. We will also have a display booth in the trade show section, and we invite you to come and meet one of our scientists, to learn more about CLS capabilities, infrastructure development, and the latest scientific output.



Applications open for G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award

Each year, the CLS presents one user who has completed a PhD in the previous calendar year with the Bancroft Award. The winner receives a plaque and a $3,000 cash prize.

The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2017.



Student travel support program - Deadline today 

The application deadline for the Grad and Post-Doctoral Student Travel Support Program is today.

Don't forget to fill out this form, and email it to travelsupport@lightsource.ca by midnight tonight. 




CLS Summer School deadline soon

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


Nominations close this week for UAC awards

The Users' Advisory Committee of the CLS is accepting nominations for the Allen Pratt, User Support, and Young Investigator Awards. The deadline is this Friday, March 31.

The Allen Pratt Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the CLS and the Canadian synchrotron community by a current user or team of users who has made a significant, recent contribution.

The User Support Award is given to a CLS staff member who has provided outstanding help to visiting researchers.  

The Young Investigator Excellence Award is given to an individual who is an early-career researcher with an excellent publication and/or technical contribution in which the CLS has played a substantial role.


CLS in the news

Canadian Light Source signs memorandum of understanding with Swedish lab (The StarPhoenix)
Calgary students compete for physics prize (CTV Calgary)

Lighting the path for scientific solutions(Moose Jaw Times Herald)


Now hiring



Job Vacancies:

Job No. 889 - Systems Technology Team Lead 
Job No. 887 - Floor Coordinator (Term Positions) 

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