28 Jun 2017

June 2017 eNews

UAC reorganization, changes to building access, Bancroft award winner, and more...

Users’ Advisory Committee reorganization update

The Users’ Advisory Committee (UAC) has recently been disbanded in preparation for a reorganization that we hope will give the user community a stronger voice. The decision to restructure this group was done after consulting with the CLS Board of Directors, the international Science Advisory Committee, as well as the executive of the UAC. 

A consultation process has already begun, with past chairs of the UAC, and will continue over the summer with a wider group, to envision what the new representative entity will look like. A key objective will be to increase the connectivity between the new group and various elements of CLS management, so that we may respond to the needs of the user community even more effectively.

We are very grateful for the work UAC members have done in the past and we hope some of you will agree to become involved in this next iteration. Please be assured, the CLS remains committed to serving the broad Canadian research community and to listening to the input and guidance of a strong user representative group. We welcome your feedback throughout this process, and we will keep you updated.

Dean Chapman
CLS Director of Science

3D imaging seeks to explain reason for higher DNA yields from smaller bones

Bones tell a person’s story long after they have passed away and researchers are learning that even the tiniest of bones shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Bone is a living record,” said Dr. Janna Andronowski, post-doctoral and CIHR-THRUST fellow at the University of Saskatchewan.

Based on research she and her team conducted at the Canadian Light Source, Dr. Andronowski, a forensic anthropologist and anatomist, is challenging a traditional forensics practice.





Changes to after-hours building access for users begin July 15

Several recommendations have been implemented over the last few months to improve facility security. In January, we added a security officer at reception outside normal business hours. This ensures we have a security presence in the building at all times, with the officer on site Monday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m., and around-the-clock on weekends and holidays. 
Starting July 15, we will implement the next set of changes, consisting of user access to the main entrance only outside of normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In order to facilitate user access in case of inclement weather and to avoid longer walks at nighttime while continuing to enhance security, users with valid access cards will be able to enter the vestibules at the SAL (closest entrance to the Light Source Guesthouse) and at BMIT (at the end of the parking lot, furthest from the main entrance). Once inside, users will be able to contact the security guard through an intercom to request entrance to the CLS. The security guards will allow access based on the user presenting a valid access card that includes a photo.

SyLMAND now accepting proposals from prospective users

SyLMAND, the Synchrotron Laboratory for Micro and Nano Devices at the Canadian Light Source, is now accepting General User proposals for polymer-based microfabrication.

The Canada 150 logo was micro-patterned at SyLMAND.

SyLMAND consists of a dedicated X-ray lithography (XRL) beamline and pre- and post-processing laboratories in a clean room environment. High aspect ratio patterning at the XRL beamline is typically based on PMMA photo resist and is applied for applications including micro optics and fluidics. Subsequent electroplating of the patterned polymer can be used to produce metal micro parts as used in various Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). Masks required in the XRL process can be fabricated based on user CAD layouts utilizing SyLMAND’s in-house mask making technology. Alternatively, a wide variety of user-owned XRL masks can be applied at SyLMAND. SyLMAND masks are fabricated using mask-less UV lithography, which can also serve as a stand-alone technique to pattern UV sensitive photoresists such as SU-8.

SyLMAND staff are available to discuss micro-patterning solutions in support of user research, including the entire process sequence or selected processing steps.

Concordia researchers make connection between the oceans’ organic carbon and iron

Concordia University researchers have a better understanding of why the world’s oceans are the largest carbon sink as a result of organic carbon remaining on the ocean floor rather than being released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

“When carbon and iron react and combine in certain ways, they create stable compounds which can persist for thousands of years in ocean floor environments, keeping carbon stored in the sediment,” says Dr. Yves Gélinas, professor of chemistry at Concordia University in Montreal.



CLS workshop for teachers still has openings

CLS is opening its doors to educators from across Canada for a unique opportunity. Teachers will participate in experiments, network with researchers, explore the facility, and connect with current research. This is professional development focused on experiential learning and inquiry-based pedagogy.

Only a few spaces are left for the Aug. 22 to 24 workshop. Limited funding is available.







CLS staff participate in Canadian Radiation Protection Association Conference

The CRPA annual national conference was held in Saskatoon earlier this month. One hundred twenty delegates attended, with representation from across Canada, as well as international attendees.  In addition to excellent scientific presentations, the meeting included an optional full-day tour of Saskatchewan uranium mines. 

CLS was well represented at the conference. Our CEO Rob Lamb provided a welcome address to the delegates that included an overview of CLS history and its current operations.  Our HSE team delivered four presentations and one poster, giving attendees an overview of the comprehensive CLS health and safety program and culture. Many of the delegates also toured the CLS before heading home

Bancroft award winner announced

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award. Dr. Neil Johnson completed his PhD at University of Saskatchewan.

The award is based on the quality of the scientific research within the context of the field, the importance of synchrotron radiation from the CLS for answering the scientific questions posed, and the quality and capability of the candidate based on their CV and the letter of recommendation




Research Computing Summer School coming to U of S

This July, WestGrid is bringing its new Research Computing Summer School to the University of Saskatchewan. All members of the broader research community, regardless of skill level, are welcome to register, including any faculty, students or staff in any discipline from any institution. Intermediate and expert courses will require some pre-requisite knowledge.

WestGrid is a regional consortium of Compute Canada and summer school participants will be able to use Compute Canada and WestGrid computing resources for many of the courses.

Researchers and individuals interested in building their knowledge and skills of tools and techniques used for computational research will find this to be a valuable week of instruction.

New hires

Sergey Gasilov – Scientist, Biomedical Imaging and Therapy Beamline

Viberly Ferrer – Guest Services Attendant, CLS Guest House

Lani Magnay – Guest Services Attendant, CLS Guest House

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