31 Jul 2017

July 2017 eNews

Annual highlights report, call for proposals, data analysis webinar, and more in the July 2017 eNews

Annual highlights report is now available

Our annual highlights report for 2016-2017 is now available. Check out some of the interesting research conducted at the CLS in the past year.










Call for proposals opens

The Call for Proposals for Cycle 27, which runs from January 2018 to June 2018, is now open.  The call will remain open until 12 noon CST on August 30, 2017.

Research time allocated through the General User mechanism is via competitive peer review emphasizing the excellence of science where there is intent to publish scientific results



New access card readers at SAL and BMIT entrances

The access card readers for the interior doors at SAL (closest entrance to the Light Source Guesthouse) and BMIT (at the end of the parking lot, furthest from the main entrance) have been activated for use after-hours, on weekends and on holidays.

Users can swipe their card at the exterior door in order to enter the vestibule. Once inside, they can use the intercom to call the Commissionaires who will meet them and provide access to the building. The Commissionaires will allow access based on the user presenting a valid access card that includes a photo. Users are encouraged to enter the building through the main entrance.


In the news




Fighting back: Researchers develop new approach to weaken ability of some viruses to evade the immune system

 Image courtesy of Ben Bailey-Elkin


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic fever virus and a number of other viruses have the ability to block the immune system during infection, but a novel approach to fight back could soon be available.

“Emerging viruses pose a tremendous challenge to human health,” wrote University of Manitoba researchers in a recently published paper.






Software developer from ESRF to teach pyMca method for data analysis

Vicente Armando Solé will lead a three-hour webinar on X-ray fluorescence data analysis using the pyMca toolkit developed at ESRF.

The free webinar is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. (CST).

Registration is limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Preference will be given to CLS users who have collected or planning to collect hard X-ray fluorescence data.






New staff/now hiring

New staff

  • Paul Aigbogun – Outreach Student, Communications
  • Na Liu – P2IRC Research Associate, Environmental/Earth Sciences

Job Postings

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