Award Description

The Allen Pratt Award for Synchrotron Community Service commemorates the contributions that Dr. Pratt (1959 - 2013) made to the Canadian Synchrotron radiation community. Dr. Pratt, in addition to being the first general user of the CLS, made important contributions to the development of the Canadian synchrotron community. He approached his work with alacrity and was always helpful to new users and colleagues. 
This award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the CLS and Canadian Synchrotron community by a current user (or team of users) who has (have) made a significant contributions to the CLS community. Previous award winners represent some of the most important people in the Canadian Synchrotron community, who have dedicated significant time and energy to the development of synchrotron science in Canada and to the development of the CLS. The Allen Pratt Award is awarded every year.

Examples of community service that this award recognizes include:

Note: Nominations must be for current contributions to the CLS community, in areas such as those listed.


Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria must be met for a candidate to be eligible for this award:

Nomination Procedure and Selection Information

Please forward the following material to clearly stating in the subject line "Allen Pratt Award".

Selection of the awardee will be based upon demonstrated contributions to the synchrotron community as outlined in the letter of nomination. An individual cannot receive this award more than once, though there is no limit to the number of times an applicant can be nominated (if unsuccessful in prior cycles). An award may not be awarded in certain years if a user having contributed significantly to the community has not been nominated.

Deadline: The CLS is accepting nominations for 2019 until midnight on Monday, June 15, 2020.

Previous Recipients of this Award:
2018 - No nominations were received for the award this year.
2017 – T.K. Sham, University of Western Ontario
Professor TK Sham has devoted himself generously to help design, build and promote powerful scientific national facilities in both Madison WI and Saskatoon SK. TK was Scientific Director of the extremely productive CSRF in Madison for eight years from 1997-2005, while simultaneously being a core member of the CISR (Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation) in the 1990s which led to the initial $150M funding of the CLS in 1998. As Beamline leader of three CLS beamlines (VLS-PGM, SGM and SXRMB) he has nurtured their development and growth to world class status and productivity. TK can rightly claim to be a major part of the success of the CLS and his cooperative spirit continues to influence the modern culture of the CLS.

2016 – Mirek Cygler, University of Saskatchewan

Professor Miroslaw Cygler was one of the founders of the Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CMCF) initiative during the early days of the CLS and currently serves as the CMCF beam Team Leader. He joined the Department of Biochemistry, University of Saskatchewan in 2011 as Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine Using Synchrotron Light. Prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan Mirek was the Principal Research Officer and Head of the Macromolecular Research Group at the NRCs Biotechnology Research Institute in Montreal, which he established. Most recently, Mirek, in collaboration with other Beamline Team members, has secured funding for the upgrade of the CMCF-ID Beamline. This CFI project is a major upgrade of the beamline replacing the undulator, monochromator and three mirrors and upgrading the detector to an Eiger 9M. Mirek's contributions to the CMCF beamline since its inception are a major reason behind its success and that of the CLS.

2015 – Adam Hitchcock, McMaster University

Dr. Adam Hitchcock
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