04 Jan 2016

January 2016 E-News

Nominations for CLS awards, sub-zero bacteria could indicate life on Mars, Merck scientists gain insight into cancer treatment, AUM save the date, and more... 
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  1. Nominations open for Allen Pratt and Young Investigator Awards 
  2. Merck scientists gain insight into cancer treatment
  3. Sub-zero bacteria from Canada's north could indicate life on Mars
  4. CLS public tours: sign up today
  5. CLS AUM save the date: May 2 – 3
  6. Travel support for users
  7. New staff and now hiring
 
1. Nominations open for Allen Pratt and Young Investigator Awards


The Users' Advisory Committee of the CLS is accepting nominations for the Allen Pratt and the Young Investigator Awards.

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 (have) made a significant, recent contribution.

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

Please nominate a deserving candidate today. Nominations close March 31. More information on the awards page on the website. 
 
2. Merck scientists gain insight into cancer treatment 


A team of scientists at Merck in Kenilworth, NJ have used the CLS to collect data used to determine the structure of a brand new cancer-treating antibody, providing an unprecedented level of detail.

The antibody, pembrolizumab, works by increasing the ability of the body’s immune system to help detect and fight tumor cells.

Read the rest of the science highlight on our website.
 
3. Sub-zero bacteria from Canada's north could indicate life on Mars


Bacteria found to survive at extreme cold temperatures are giving scientists the hope that they will find life in outer space, either on Mars, Jupiter’s moon Europa, or Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

On a research expedition to Ellesmere Island, McGill University Professor Lyle Whyte was not expecting to find bacteria that could survive at temperatures well below zero. But that is exactly what he found, pointing to a possibility that there is life beyond this planet just waiting to be discovered.

Read more of this science highlight on the website
 
4.  CLS public tours: sign up today 
 

The CLS offers public tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. 

Arrangements can be made for large groups or special visits.  

To reserve a spot on one of these tours or to request another time, visit the tour page of the website. 
 
 
5. CLS AUM save the date: May 2 – 3                          


Save the date for the 2016 CLS Annual Users' Meeting and associated workshops in Saskatoon, May 2 – 3. 

More information on the website
 
6. Travel support for users


A reminder that all eligible and new users can take advantage of the travel support available to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows travelling to the CLS and CLS@APS for beamtime.

Find out how to apply on our website.

 
 
 

7. New staff and now hiring

Welcome to new employee John Campbell  who joins the CLS as a Project Scheduler.

CLS is hiring: 

  • Job No. 827 – Science Associate – Spherical Grating Monochromator (SGM)
  • Job No. 832 – Science Associate – CMCF (1 Year Term)
  • Job No. 835 – Research Associate – Soft X-ray Spectromicroscopy (SM) Beamline


Please visit our careers page for more information.

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