Volume 12, Number 3 September 24, 2004

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October declared Synchrotron Month

By Dale Worobec

In celebration of the Oct. 22 grand opening of the Canadian Light Source (CLS), October has been declared Synchrotron Month by the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan government.

Canadian Light Source
The CLS synchrotron officially opens Oct. 22.

Federal and provincial dignitaries, university presidents and leading scientists from across Canada have been invited to attend a special event to celebrate the opening. The ceremony will also pay tribute to the partnership among universities, government and industry that has led to this $173.5-million, U of S-owned national facility.

“ The launch of the CLS marks an historic occasion for the University of Saskatchewan,” says U of S President Peter MacKinnon.

“ This is a chance for us to both celebrate the opening of Canada’s synchrotron and look forward to the tremendous research and economic opportunities that will follow.”

Dignitaries joining MacKinnon and CLS Executive Director Bill Thomlinson at the opening ceremony will include federal finance minister and Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale, Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert and Canada Foundation for Innovation President and CEO Eliot Phillipson.

As many as 600 people are expected to attend a special gala dinner featuring National Science Advisor Arthur Carty. Ken Coates, former U of S dean of Arts and Science and co-author of a history of the CLS, will be master of ceremonies.

Two public lecture series and a public open house on Oct. 30 are among the activities planned to engage the university community and the public in the celebration. Other CLS-related events will include high school tours and a reception for the business community sponsored by the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority and the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.

The CLS will be a major boost to the country’s research capacity and an important addition to the university and city, says Thomlinson.

“ The fact it’s located here means that Saskatoon will benefit tremendously. We’re obviously very excited and would like to engage people in celebrating this national milestone,” he says.

The public is being encouraged to attend the CLS lectures, which will take place downtown on the first three Tuesdays of October (see details below).

Another set of events, the University of Saskatchewan Light Lectures, will celebrate the CLS launch with a series of five campus lectures by U of S faculty on the topic of light. The first is set for Sept. 23 (details below).

There is also expected to be extensive local and national news media coverage of CLS events and issues in the coming weeks.


Public lectures set for Synchrotron Month

Canadian Light Source Public Lectures
All lectures are at 7:00 p.m.,
Frances Morrison Library, 311 - 23rd Street East

X-Ray Vision: Imaging using Synchrotron Light
Tuesday, October 5
Speakers: Ingrid Pickering (Geological Sciences), Helen Nichol (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Gregg Adams (Veterinary Biomedical Sciences), Dean Chapman (Anatomy and Cell Biology)

Poisons, Plants and Paints:
Applications in Industry and Agriculture
Tuesday, October 12
Brett Moldovan (Cameco), Colleen Christensen (CLS), Jeff Cutler (CLS)

Molecules, Life and Death:
Synchrotron Applications in Life Sciences
Tuesday, October 19
Graham George (Geological Sciences), Louis Delbaere (Biochemistry), Bill Thomlinson (CLS)

University of Saskatchewan Light Lectures
All lectures are at 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More College Auditorium

The Northern Lights: Fear, Fascination and Fact
Monday, October 4
Jean-Pierre St.-Maurice (Physics and Engineering Physics)

Unweaving a Rainbow: Some Reflections on Light in Literature
Thursday, October 14
Peter Stoicheff (English)

Lighting up Saskatchewan: An Electrifying History
Monday, October 18
Bill Waiser (History)

SAD in Saskatoon: Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder
Monday, October 25
Lana Shaw (Psychiatry)


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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