You are here

Increasing Community Interest in TRIUMF

28 November 2008

Local publication Vancouver Magazine has featured TRIUMF and Director Nigel Lockyer in its December issue, “Vancouver Power 50”. The article, titled, “The Time Machine”, summarizes the highlights of TRIUMF’s work over the past few months and combines them with a biography of Dr. Lockyer.

“The Time Machine” summarizes a busy few months for TRIUMF, which has made the news within the province, across Canada, and around the world for the important work being done here. The article also draws attention to the fact that TRIUMF “belongs not to UBC but to the national—and to some extent the international—scientific community,” while at the same time recognizing the benefits of TRIUMF as part of the local community by placing it in its City Life section.

The article provides an excellent overview of the busy season that TRIUMF has experienced this year. It covers TRIUMF’s contributions to the ATLAS detector at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Europe, the Five-Year Plan, including the International Peer Review of TRIUMF in September, and TRIUMF’s recent plans for medical isotope production. In addition, the article’s author, Bruce Grierson, interviewed and profiled Director Lockyer, helping personalize this large facility and demonstrating the importance of his leadership. The article also describes TRIUMF’s positive impact on the community, such as the production of medical isotopes for life-saving cancer diagnoses and treatment.

TRIUMF is also gaining attention in the national and international communities with the recent publication of the Report on Alternatives for Medical-Isotope Production. TRIUMF has been featured on the front page of the Ottawa Citizen, as well as been the focus of articles in Maclean’s magazine in Canada and Physics World in the UK. Most recently, medicalphysicsweb dedicated an editorial to TRIUMF and the findings of the Taskforce for Alternatives for Medical-Isotope Production.

TRIUMF plays an important role in Canada, and articles such as the latest feature in Vancouver Magazine demonstrate an increasing recognition of TRIUMF’s achievements. At the same time, in its profile of Director Lockyer, the article also reveals the more personal aspects of the people working here, and, through the interview with him, some of the concerns that drive the work at TRIUMF: “My interests are purely scientific. I always come back to ‘How did the universe begin?’”



Kaitlan Huckabone
TRIUMF's Communications Assistant