01 Mar 2014

March 2014 E-News

  1. Annual Users' Meeting: early bird April 8; abstract deadline April 1
  2. 1,000th peer-reviewed publication
  3. High school group publishes in Canadian Young Scientist Journal
  4. Seeing embryonic teeth in 3D
  5. CLS tours for school groups and the public
  6. Mx Data Collection School: June 9-13; application deadline April 11
  7. Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10-12
  8. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) July 20-25: application deadline May 15
  9. Now hiring


1. Annual Users' Meeting: early bird April 8; abstract deadline April 1

The CLS 17th Annual Users' Meeting will be held in Saskatoon May 1-2. Register before Tuesday, April 8th to get the ‘Early Bird’ rate.

This year's meeting will feature a full day of workshops, followed by a day of scientific presentations, including beamline and facility updates, latest results from the CLS, and young scientists' talks. Other events include a vendor exhibition, poster session and the closing banquet. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Adam Hitchcock, McMaster University.

Associated workshops include:

Opportunities for X-ray Spectromicroscopy in the "Tender” X-ray Range (1-4 keV)
Laser-based X-ray Sources
CLS Science Highlights

Submitting a Poster Abstract?
April 1 is the deadline for submitting a poster abstract with the option ‘to be considered to present a short talk’ during an AUM workshop. Successful applicants will be notified the week of April 14. Submit now.Travel subsidies for students or post-docs presenting a poster are available.

Please visit our website to register and for more details.


2. 1,000th peer-reviewed publication!

University of Saskatchewan researchers (r-l) Courtney Phillips and Derek Peak, along with the CLS Spherical Grating Monochromator (SGM) beamline scientist, Tom Regier, recently published the 1,000th peer-reviewed paper to come out of data collected at the CLS.

Peak and his team have been pushing synchrotron soil science forward since the facility’s earliest days.

Read the rest of the CLS science highlight.

Reference: Phillips, Courtney L., Tom Z. Regier, and Derek Peak. "Aqueous Cu (II)–Organic Complexation Studied in Situ Using Soft X-ray and Vibrational Spectroscopies." Environmental science & technology 47.24 (2013): 14290-14297. DOI: 10.1021/es401643e


3. High school group publishes in Canadian Young Scientist Journal

A group of high-school scientists from Uxbridge, ON, recently published an article on spider silk using data collected at the CLS SM and Mid-IR beamlines as part of the Students on the Beamline program.

Read the article in the Canadian Young Scientist Journal. 

Reference: Normandeau, J., et al. "Spider silk protein structure analysis by FTIR and STXM spectromicroscopy techniques." Canadian Young Scientist Journal 2014.1 (2014): 35-42. DOI: 10.13034/cysj-2014-006


4. Seeing embryonic teeth in 3D

A new 3D imaging technique could help prevent teeth and jaw problems through early intervention by identifying incoming wisdom teeth, crowded teeth, and malocclusion - all before they have time to start.

The findings lay the groundwork and could have future impact on oral health-related quality of life.

Working with scientists on the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron, Dr. Julia Boughner and a research group from the University of Saskatchewan observed, in microscopic detail, the 3D organization of young teeth within the jaw. The research was recently published in The Anatomical Record.

Read the rest of the story in the CLS news release.

Reference: Raj, Muhammad T., et al. "Technique: Imaging Earliest Tooth Development in 3D Using a Silver?Based Tissue Contrast Agent." The Anatomical Record 297.2 (2014): 222-233. DOI: 10.1002/ar.22845


5. CLS tours for school groups and the public

Are you curious about the synchrotron? Will you be in Saskatoon? Is your child’s teacher interested in connecting with us or bringing the students for a visit? Let them know there are resources available on our website and they are welcome to visit us! CLS is changing the scheduling process for these types of tours.

Members of the public are invited to attend a guided tour to learn about CLS research and see a birds-eye-view of the facility. Join us, Thursdays at 1:30pm and April 17 at 7pm.

Visits for grades 4 - 12 including customized, curriculum related topics and a hands-on activity will be scheduled Mondays @2; Tuesdays @1:30; Wednesdays @9; & Thursdays @1:30.

A visit to CLS can be requested on the website, by email, or phone: (306) 657-3644


6. Mx Data Collection School: June 9-13; application deadline April 11

The Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility is pleased to announce the 4th Annual CLS Mx Data Collection School, being held at the CLS June 9 – 13. This is an intensive hands-on data collection school intended to equip participants to effectively collect macromolecular crystal diffraction data both at the synchrotron and remotely.

This year's special topic will include the molecular replacement method, making effective use of COOT and structure validation, with invited speaker Dr. Trevor Moraes (U. of Toronto). Given enough interest, an optional introductory crystallography review will be offered on Sunday June 8. Attendance is limited so early application is encouraged.

Application deadline is April 11. Visit the school website for more information and to apply. Contact Dr. Pawel Grochulski for more information.


7. Applications of Synchrotron Imaging for Crop Improvement workshop: June 10-12

This workshop will explore the application of synchrotron light for imaging plants.

The workshop will look at ways plants can be structurally and functionally imaged, in-vivo to in-situ, and applying this information to aid in the development and selection of higher yielding crop varieties. It will also focus on imaging all components of the plant, from root to stem. It is anticipated that imaging will be a key tool in achieving the substantial increases in crop productivity to feed the world’s growing population.

Join researchers and industry partners for presentations, exhibitor booths, a poster session, networking events and a tour of the CLS. You will have opportunities to meet some of the world’s leading innovators in this industry, in both research and commercialization.

To register or for more information, visit the website, call (306) 668-2650, or email.


8. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) July 20-25: application deadline May 15

The Canadian Synchrotron Summer School (CS3) will focus on providing theory and practical experience for researchers interested in improving their imaging capabilities. This school will provide background theory and practical experience from proposal writing to sample prep through data collection, reconstruction and visualization. We invite scientists who have some experience with synchrotron based imaging to apply. Participation is limited at 20 to ensure everyone is able to gain hands-on experience. The deadline for early application is May 15th. If you are accepted, payment of the registration fee ($500 + GST, $350 + GST for students) is required to hold your spot.

For more details, visit the website or contact via email.


9. Now Hiring

The following job postings are currently available:

Job No. 752 - Controls & Instrumentation Manager
Job No. 755 - Industrial Science Associate - 2 Year Term
Job No. 747 - Industrial Science Research Assistant
Job No. 746 - BMIT Technical Assistant
Job No. 744 - SGM Software Developer

For more information, visit our careers page or contact: jobs@lightsource.ca


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