31 May 2017

May 2017 eNews

Scientists make important discovery around antibiotic resistance

Researchers from McGill University have discovered why superbugs are resistant to certain antibiotics and are one step closer to finding new treatments.

“Superbugs have different tricks up their sleeves on how to resist antibiotics. We became interested in looking at how they resist these macrolide antibiotics, like erythromycin ,” said Dr. Albert Berghuis, chair of the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.



Open SESAME: CLS and synchrotron in Middle East develop strong ties

The Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), located in Jordan, was officially opened on May 16.

Canadian Light Source CEO Dr. Rob Lamb is one of two Canadian representatives on the SESAME Council as Canada has observer status. Observer status opens the door to joint research initiatives for faculty and graduate students, exchanges, and training opportunities, including having SESAME researchers participate in CLS workshops and summer schools.




Annual award recipients announced

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards.

Allen Pratt Award – T.K. Sham (pictured here) Dept. of Chemistry, Western Ontario

The Allen Pratt Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the CLS and the Canadian synchrotron community by a current user or team of users who has made a significant, recent contribution.

User Support Award - Peter Blanchard, VESPERS

The User Support Award is given to a CLS staff member who has provided outstanding help to visiting researchers.

Young Investigator Award – Riccardo Comin, Dept. of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Young Investigator Excellence Award is given to an individual who is an early-career researcher with an excellent publication and/or technical contribution in which the CLS has played a substantial role. 

Research report now available

The 2016 Research Report highlights some of the best research conducted at the CLS in our four strategic areas: health, agriculture, environment and advanced materials.









Innovation150 expo a hit in Hamilton

The CLS was one of Canada’s national science facilities that showcased science and innovation at a pop-up science expo Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ont., on May 26. The inner city school won the In Every Class competition sponsored by Innovation150.






Protecting fisheries from disease: understanding infectious salmon anemia virus entry

Research led by University of Toronto graduate student Jonathan Cook and his supervisor Dr. Jeffrey Lee, employing CLS X-ray crystallography has provided a better understanding of how infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) attaches to cells and infects. These results illuminate a potential pathway to developing a vaccine to protect salmon populations from the deadly virus.





Foundations for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology now available

Nils O. Petersen, chair of the CLS board of directors, has written a new textbook aimed at junior graduate students engaged in nanoscience and nanotechnology research.





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CLS in the news

New staff/now hiring





Rob Roach – Manager, Systems Technology

Summer students:

  • Matthew Bazin – Chemical Reconciliation Program Assistant, HSE
  • Rachel Simes – Education Assistant, Indigenous Programs
  • Tylor Sove – Education Program Assistant, IDEAS
  • Mariana Castillo – AOD Assistant
  • Kate Christ – Administrative Assistant
  • Scott Barrie – Technical Assistant, BMIT
  • Eric Petro –Technical Assistant, Mid-IR/SyLMAND
  • Habib Sabiu – Data Analysis Software Developer, SGM
  • Mylyne Tham – Outreach Assistant, Communications & Outreach

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