01 May 2015

May 2015 E-News

  1. Join the CLS Open House and Partners in Science Festival: June 27
  2. User proposal results: July-December (cycle 22)
  3. Users' Advisory Committee nominations for new members
  4. CLS main entrance moved during lobby upgrade
  5. Thank you, follow-up, and award winners from the AUM
  6. Nanosilver and the future of antibiotics
  7. Revealing a dead man's story through his bones
  8. From plant matter to jet fuel: streamlining the production of ultraclean fuel
  9. Tackling transfusion with a universal blood type
  10. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School: July 20 - 25
  11. New staff and now hiring

1. Join the CLS Open House and Partners in Science Festival: June 27

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we are opening our doors to the public in an unprecedented way.

Enjoy self-guided tours of our mezzanine overlooking the experimental stations. Chat with scientists about their research. See our new interactive touchscreens playing videos and animations. And we are proud to host our Partners in Science Festival with hands-on activities for kids and adults alike.

Visit our website for more information and to sign up for behind-the-scenes guided tours of our experimental stations. Experience science at the synchrotron: See you June 27!


2. User proposal results: July-December (cycle 22)

To The general user competition results for July-December, 2015 (cycle 22) are now available.

Proposals for beamlines (other than CMCF) were reviewed and scored by the peer review committee and at least three external reviewers. Beam time was allocated based on each proposal's ranking in relation to all other proposals for a given beamline. 151 of the 259 proposals received were awarded beam time and recipients have been notified.

If you have questions, please contact our Users' Office. For complete results and to learn more about the peer review process, please visit our website.


3. Users' Advisory Committee nominations for new members

The UAC is seeking nominations from the user community for the election of four new regular members for the September 2016 to August 2019 term.

The UAC is currently composed of 12 members of various backgrounds. Details on current UAC membership, terms of reference, elections, and meetings are available on the website.

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, June 15. Please forward your nominations to Jeff Warner, incoming UAC Chair and/or to the CLS UAC. 


4. CLS main entrance moved during lobby upgrade

Please note that the main lobby is undergoing renovations and will be closed until June 10. All visitors are asked to use the west entrance of the building, as marked with signage on the perimeter of the CLS grounds.

Tour groups can still access the CLS on the north entrance. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we complete this upgrade.  For a map indicating the entrances, visit the website.




5. Thank you, follow-up, and award winners from the AUM

Thanks to everyone who attended the 18th Annual Users' Meeting and associated workshops in Saskatoon, May 4-6. If you would like to provide comments, please email the Users' Office, we welcome your comments.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

User Advisory Committee User Support Award (sponsored by Johnsen Ultravac): Ning Chen, CLS Staff Scientist (HXMA)
G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award: “Molecular Strategies for Active Host Cell Invasion by Apicomplexan Parasites,” Michelle Tonkin, University of Victoria
Materials Science Poster Award: “An Investigation of CH3NH3PbI3 Degradation Rates and Mechanisms in Controlled Humidity Environments using in situ Techniques,” Jinli Yang, Braden Siempelkamp, Dianyi Liu, Timothy Kelly, University of Saskatchewan. 
Geological/ Environmental Poster Award: “Vanadium geochemistry of petroleum coke at an oil sands mine in northern Alberta, Canada,” Jake Nesbitt, Matthew Lindsay, University of Saskatchewan
Biological/ Life Sciences Poster Award: “Detection of a therapeutic ultrasound generated cavitation bubbles using a synchrotron imaging technique,” Zahra Izadifar,  Paul Babyn, University of Saskatchewan; Dean Chapman, George Belev, CLS. 
Macromolecular Structures Poster Award: “Functional dynamics of an enzyme,” Pedram Mehrabi, Tae Hun Kim, Zhong Ren, Scott Prosser, Emil Pai, University of Toronto

6. Nanosilver and the future of antibiotics

Precious metals like silver and gold have biomedical properties that have been used for centuries, but how do these materials effectively combat the likes of cancer and bacteria without contaminating the patient and the environment?


These are the questions that researchers from Dalhousie University and the Canadian Light Source are trying to find out.

Read the full story on our website.


7. Revealing a dead man's story through his bones

Little is known about the Royal Naval Hospital’s cemetery in Antigua, and with little but the bones themselves to go on, researchers turn to synchrotron imaging to uncover the histories of the men buried there.

The Naval Hospital served naval personnel, enslaved labourers, and the general public from 1793 to 1822. The region was an important outpost for the British in the West Indies, and Antigua itself was an important military site at the time. The cemetery was moved due to modern construction, making some human remains available for study.

Read the complete story on our website.




8. From plant matter to jet fuel: streamlining the production of ultraclean fuel

Plant materials are one of the oldest renewable energy sources, and today scientists are working to produce ultra-clean fuels from them using refined chemical techniques, work made possible by Canadian Light Source techniques.

University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research scientists Burtron Davis, Gary Jacobs, and Ramana Pendyala are experts in harnessing synchrotron research to refine the processes used to convert plants to gas to usable liquids.

Read the rest of the story on our website.



9. Tackling transfusion with a universal blood type

Researchers have developed a technique to turn nearly any blood into a universal type resembling O-type blood, a development which could transform blood transfusion and human health.

Stephen Withers and David Kwan, University of British Columbia researchers, used a technique called directed evolution along with synchrotron-based structural imaging to develop an enzyme that removes A and B type antigens from blood.

Read more on our website.



10. Canadian Synchrotron Summer School, July 20–25

The 2015 summer school will educate researchers and emerging scientists about CLS capabilities. This year's program will focus on the use of synchrotron light in both plant and agricultural science, as well as art, art history and cultural heritage.

We invite scientists with little or no previous experience with synchrotron-based technology to apply. Participation is limited to 10 participants in each theme to ensure everyone is able to participate in hands-on sessions.

For more information or to apply, please visit our website.






11. New staff and now hiring

We are pleased to announce a number of new employees who recently joined the CLS:

Jake Pushie, BioXAS Research Associate – Jake is a familiar face around the CLS as he has worked with a couple of different research groups on a variety of beamlines prior to his term here.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Calgary in Physical Bioinorganic Chemistry and was most recently employed as a Research Officer in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.?




Victoria Martinez, Communications Coordinator – Victoria is back at the CLS, bringing her enthusiasm for science communications. She worked at the CLS as a part of the educational outreach team a couple of years ago and has since been working for the past year in Montreal as a freelance writer. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Physics and English.?




Amanda McDonald, Accelerator Operations Assistant – Amanda joins the CLS for the summer, assisting the AOD group.  In the fall, she will return to her studies at the University of Saskatchewan and plans to specialize in Nuclear Physics.???





Shashank Verma, Electrical Engineering Intern – Shashank joins the Engineering team for a 16-month internship.  He recently completed his third year at Ryerson University in Toronto and is majoring in Energy Systems.  When he isn’t busy studying, he enjoys the occasional sky diving adventure!!?




Miranda Kei, Mechanical Engineering Intern – Miranda joins the Engineering team for a 16-month internship, as well.  She has completed her fourth year in Industrial Engineering at the University of Regina.??





Gillian Walker, Science Associate – Experimental Floor – Gillian joins the HSE group and brings with her years of involvement in the scientific community.  She recently graduated from the U of S with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.





Kate Christ, User Services Assistant – Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Kate has been adventuring around Ontario for the past few years.  She decided to come back to the prairies and put up some roots in Saskatoon.  While out east, she obtained her degree in Linguistics from Carleton University.??





Tyler Morhart, Mid-IR Technical Assistant – Tyler joins the CLS for the summer assisting on the Mid-IR beamline. Despite having a degree in Chemistry, he is bored by all chemical synthesis that does not end in beer or food. ???





David Forseille, BMIT Technical Assistant – David joins the BMIT team for the summer. He recently worked with the Grosvenor group on a variety of beamlines here at the CLS and has volunteer experience working in the medical community.  David is currently working towards his degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.





Also, welcome back to the following summer students:

Iain Workman – Programming Intern
Jinru Lin – HXMA Technical Assistant
Zachary Arthur – HXMA Technical Assistant
Eric Peach – Mid-IR Technical Assistant
Graham Kerr – BMIT Technical Assistant
Michelle Hogan – Outreach Assistant

The following job postings are currently available at CLS:

Job No. 796 - REIXS XES Research Associate 
Job No. 795 – Medical Isotope Production – Science Associate – 2 Year Term (internal posting)
Job No. 794 - Medical Isotope Production - Operations Engineer
Job No. 791 - Controls Analyst 
Job No. 790 - Outreach Student (Casual) 
Job No. 789 - Postdoctoral Fellow - Agriculture Innovation Program 
Job No. 781 - Project Delivery Manager
Job No. 774 - MXSync General Manager
Job No. 761 - Casual Student Floor Coordinators

Please visit our careers page for more information.


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