Beginning this January, a new course will be taught at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The course, “Accelerator Physics and Engineering: I. Electrons,” is part of a recent initiative to establish a graduate student program in accelerator physics.
Over 200 TRIUMF staff members and guests put in an appearance at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre on the evening of Saturday, December 6, for the annual TRIUMF Christmas party. The 2008 Christmas party marked an excellent occasion to celebrate the year as it comes to an end at TRIUMF.
On December 2, 2008, a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians, led by Dr. Keerthi Jayamanna, first accelerated a multi-charge stable ion beam of Ar7+ from the OLIS (“Off Line Ion Source”) facility through the ISAC acceleration system.
An international group of scientists led by researchers from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC), the University of Sevilla, and the University of Huelva recently completed a scattering experiment on thin lead targets.
Last Friday, January 9, 2009 Bruce Ralston, a Member of Legislative Assembly from Surrey-Whalley was a guest at TRIUMF's facilities. He visited to learn more about TRIUMF and its contribution to British Columbia.
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, visited TRIUMF on Friday morning, January 16. After announcing a $3.5 million investment for 31 research projects at UBC from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Gary made TRIUMF his next stop.
Stan Hagen was a great friend of TRIUMF and of science in British Columbia. He had a vision of the importance of what is now called a "knowledge economy" long before it was popular. He was an individual who wanted the best for British Columbia, and he had a major impact on the founding of several of its great institutions, including Science World and the University of Northern British Columbia, not to mention his role in the great success of TRIUMF.
The majority of medical radioisotopes used in the United States are produced using highly enriched uranium (HEU) reactors in Canada and Europe. Not surprisingly, this has led to serious tensions regarding the state of nuclear security and non-proliferation in the US.