31 Jan 2017

January 2017 eNews

Call for proposals issued

CLS allocates research time for general users through a competitive peer review that emphasizes the excellence of science where there is intent to publish scientific results. A call for proposals for experimental beam time is issued twice a year. 

The deadline for the current call for proposals is Feb. 22 at 12 noon CST.


CLS awarded $48-million to advance innovation

Canada’s Science Minister Kirsty Duncan announced on Jan. 9 that $328 million will be invested through the Major Science Initiatives fund of the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support operations at 17 national science centres over the next three to five years. The CLS was one of three University of Saskatchewan facilities to receive funding.


Commissionaires enhance after-hours security

A recent review resulted in several recommendations to improve facility security. Most changes are minor and will be phased in over the coming months. However, one improvement includes having an on-site security officer at reception outside normal business hours. This will ensure we have a security presence in the building at all times; it will not affect facility access for staff or users.
The officer will be on site Monday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. and around-the-clock on weekends and holidays. 
If you have any questions about this enhancement, please contact our Health and Safety Manager at grant.cubbon@lightsource.ca or 306-657-3515.


Users' Advisory Committee hosts call-in session

The Users’ Advisory Committee (UAC) has a two-day in-person meeting on Feb. 4 and 5 and the committee members want to hear from you. Please contact the member of the UAC closest to your field of research or UAC chair Grant Henderson to suggest topics for discussion and/or to raise matters you believe need consideration.

Alternatively, participate in a call-in session on Saturday, Feb. 4,  2:30 to 3 p.m. CSTSign up is required by to Friday, Feb. 3, at 12 noon.



Science minister visits CLS

We were thrilled to host the federal minister of science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan on Jan. 18!

We showed her the amazing work our scientists are doing in health, agriculture, environment, climate change, and advanced materials. We also hosted a round-table discussion on innovation in our province and Canada.



Mapping the inner ear

Researchers using the CLS to image the inner ear are working to help restore hearing to profoundly deaf patients.

The cochlea, the snail-shaped structure in the inner ear responsible for hearing, is very small and resulting images from clinical imaging devices tend to be fuzzy. Images lack details such as internal membranes and the actual length and size of the cochlea.

The high-quality imaging capability of the CLS is leading to the creation of a collection of maps of the cochlea that will enable surgeons to be more precise when performing the delicate surgery required to insert cochlear implants in the ears of profoundly deaf patients.


CLS Summer School keynote speaker announced

Dr. Justin Chalker from Flinders University in Australia will be this year's CLS Summer School keynote speaker. His address is entitled, "Laying Waste to Mercury Pollution: Sustainable Polymers Made from Industrial By-Products and Case Studies in Environmental Remediation."
CLS Summer School is an opportunity for students, faculty, or industry scientists who wish to learn how using the light source can enhance their research. They gain practical experience with various synchrotron techniques, sample preparation, data collection and analysis, proposal writing, and case studies.  

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

Date: July 31 to  Aug. 3
Cost: $400 ($250 for students)
Application deadline: May 4


We welcome Jeff Warner as the new industrial science manager

We’re pleased to announce that Jeff Warner has returned to the CLS, as manager of industrial science. Jeff previously worked with the group from 2004 to 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, he was the senior environmental geochemist with Cameco Corp.
In his new role as manager of the industrial science group, Jeff is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as attracting industrial users, doing some of the work for those clients, and making sure they are satisfied with the results. Strategic Canadian industries, including agriculture, mining and energy storage, are top-of-mind, as is growing the roster of international clients in the synchrotron community.
Jeff may be reached at jeff.warner@lightsource.ca


Feb. 28 deadline set for student travel support program

Students applying for financial assistance through the Grad and Post-Doctoral Student Travel Support Program are reminded to pay special attention to the new deadlines for applications!  The next deadline is approaching quickly – Feb. 28.




U of M to host mathematical imaging science workshop

The Manitoba Workshop on Mathematical Imaging Science will focus on the mathematical issues and computational techniques that lie at the heart of many problems in imaging science. An intense one-day immersion into the mathematical and computational sides of imaging science, the MWMIS will feature four high-profile invited lecturers to speak on their current research in mathematical imaging science, and will also include contributed talks on the workshop’s theme.


New Staff + Now Hiring

New Staff:

  • Heather Gordon-Paidel – HR and Quality Administrative Assistant
  • Lana Haight – Communications Coordinator
  • Thomas Roche – Finance/Accounting Intern
  • Jeff Warner – Industrial Science Manager

Job Vacancies:

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