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University of Manitoba Joins World-Class Research Institute

News Release | For Immediate Release | March 20, 2009

The University becomes full member of a national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research.


(Winnipeg, MB) -- The University of Manitoba today became a member of TRIUMF, Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics stationed in British Columbia.

With the world's largest cyclotron, capable of accelerating 1,000 trillion particles per second, TRIUMF is one of three subatomic research facilities in the world that specialize in producing extremely intense beams of particles.

"The University of Manitoba is excited to be joining this facility,'' said Dr. Digvir Jayas, Acting Vice-President (Research) at the University of Manitoba. "By becoming a member of TRIUMF, the University of Manitoba has significantly enhanced its access to sophisticated, large-scale research facilities and to expertise in physical and life sciences."

TRIUMF began in 1968 when three Universities launched a local facility for intermediate-energy nuclear physics. TRIUMF has now grown to be a nationwide effort and the University of Manitoba, a longtime associate member,
today became a full member in the world-class institute.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have the University of Manitoba join the TRIUMF consortium as a full member," said Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, Chair, TRIUMF Board of Management. "It is a great affirmation of the value of this type of research and this type of shared endeavor. The Manitoba team brings great energy and enthusiasm to the laboratory along with some superb new initiatives for breakthrough discoveries. We look forward to making these become reality."

The University of Manitoba joins the seven existing member universities, and as part of this national team, the University of Manitoba will help to set the priorities of the research program.

As a member, the University of Manitoba has instant access to a network of international scientific leaders and decision-makers, cutting-edge research results and technology and highly skilled technical and engineering support.

For more information contact Janine Harasymchuk, manager, research communications & marketing, the University of Manitoba, 204.474.7300.


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