01 Sep 2014

September 2014 E-News

  1. Welcome Rob Lamb
  2. 2013 Research Report now available
  3. A successful call for proposals
  4. Implications for the fate of green fertilizers
  5. Teachers' workshop: Nov.29 - Dec.1
  6. Exploring the next generation of computing materials
  7. New staff and now hiring

1. Welcome Rob Lamb

We are very pleased to welcome Robert Lamb to the CLS. 

Rob has been a synchrotron light source user in Europe, US and Asia for over 25 years. He was also the founding director of the Australian Light Source.

Educated at Melbourne and Cambridge Universities, Rob has held academic appointments in England, Germany, the United States, Hong Kong and Australia, as well as senior administrative positions in both university and government. 

He works at the interface between physics and chemistry, has published over 200 papers and 39 patents, and trained 81 postgraduates. 

A major interest is in the way public and private sectors form relationships to translate science into technology. Along the way he has also been involved in the creation of four companies, the most recent in Hong Kong/China. 

Caption: Rob speaks at our staff welcome event, September 10.

2. 2013 Research Report now available  

The 2013 Research Report is now available. 

The report showcases the best scientific and facility highlights from the 2013 calendar year. 

Individual articles and the complete report are available on our website. 






3. A successful call for proposals

Cycle 21 call for proposals for scheduling of beam time for January-June, 2015 has been our most successful ever. We received over 300 proposals from 100 different institutions in 17 countries.

Thanks to everyone who applied. More information is available on our website.



4. Implications for the fate of green fertilizers 

The use of green fertilizers is a practice that has been around since humans first began growing food, but researchers from the CLS and the University of Saskatchewan are concerned that modern techniques for the creation of these fertilizers could have implications on soil toxicity. 

Read the complete story on our website.



5. Teachers' workshop: Nov. 29 - Dec. 1

Connect classroom science with science research at the CLS teachers' workshop. This will be an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian synchrotron research through hands-on activities.

Participate in synchrotron experiments, learn about novel research, network with scientists, explore the CLS and make connections to science curriculum. 

More information on our website.



6. Exploring the next generation of computing materials

As computer chips continue to get smaller and more powerful, the field of electronics is approaching some severe limits. 

“Once a device becomes too small it falls prey to the strange laws of the quantum world,” says University of Saskatchewan researcher Neil Johnson, who is using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to help develop the next generation of computer materials. Johnson is a member of Canada Research Chair Alexander Moewes’ group of graduate students studying the nature of materials using synchrotron radiation.

Read the rest of the science highlight on our website.

7. New staff and now hiring

We are pleased to announce employees who have recently joined the CLS.

Jessica Tremblay, User Services Assistant, joins the CLS from MGM Communications where she was an Advertising Account Executive and Media Buyer. 






The following job postings are currently available at CLS:

Job No. 770 – Outreach Student
Job No. 767 – Mechanical Engineer
Job No. 764 – Quality Assurance

Please visit our careers page for more information.


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