Some 34 members of the Qweak collaboration from all over North America, including Canadian members from TRIUMF, the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, met at TRIUMF from July 23rd to the 25th.
Stephan Ettenauer, a UBC graduate student working with TRIUMF researcher and adjunct professor Jens Dilling, is among the elite hundred or so graduate students across Canada that have been selected to receive the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, an award valued at $50,000 per year for up three years.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest particle accelerator and will be the highest energy collider ever built. Anticipating the exciting turn-on of the LHC this fall, the Theory Groups at TRIUMF and Carleton University organized a three day workshop to discuss the physics that could be discovered in the first year of LHC operation. The workshop took place April 27-30 at TRIUMF.
Joyce Murray, the twice-elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, paid TRIUMF a visit on April 14, 2009. Murray was greeted by Director Nigel Lockyer and then met several TRIUMF scientists for a discussion of TRIUMF's recent accomplishments and vision for the future. Murray is the Liberal Caucus Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for B.C., and the Vice-Chair of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Health.
MDS Nordion and TRIUMF announced on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, that they have signed an agreement to study the feasibility of producing a viable and reliable supply of photo-fission-produced molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) used globally for diagnostic medical imaging.
On Friday, April 17th, TRIUMF welcomed the Honourable Marc Garneau, a Canadian astronaut, engineer and politician. Currently serving as a Member of Parliament for Westmount-Ville-Marie, he serves as science critic for Parliament. The MP visited TRIUMF as part of a larger tour he is conducting of large science centres in Canada (he arrived in Vancouver straight from Saskstaoon and its Canadian Light Source).