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CINS Long-Range Plan

 

Annual General Meeting

The CINS AGM this year will be held at the University of Saskatchewan from November 13 - 14, 2015. This is a very important meeting for the neutron beam community for discussion of both science and policy, especially in the light of the expected closure the NRU reactor in 2018. We would like to encourage all CINS members to attend (along with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows).

More details on the 2015 AGM page.

Investments in Canadian labs win Nobel Prizes

October 6, 2015

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Kajita for their discoveries of neutrino oscillations and neutrino mass. Dr. MacDonald performed much of his prize work at Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and began his work at Chalk River Laboratories.

Chris Wiebe, CINS President, writes in the Globe and Mail:
"We, as Canadians, should be proud of his accomplishments, which were made possible only with key investments in national laboratories. Canada has a proud tradition of supporting such large science initiatives, which have paid off in not only Nobel Prizes, but also in the advancement of knowledge and the development of new technologies."

Read the full article.

The NRU Reactor Will Shutdown in 2018

Monday, February 9, 2015

On Friday, the Government of Canada announced that Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) will operate the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor until March 31, 2018, subject to relicensing. "At the conclusion of this period, the reactor will be placed in a state of storage with surveillance until decommissioning," said Bob Walker, President and CEO of CNL.

In response to this announcement, CNL has communicated that it is conducting an assessment of the business case for a new neutron source and is planning for a ‘neutron gap’. It further plans to take full advantage of the remaining three years of NRU operations to maximize benefit from the reactor, and will continue operating the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC). It is expected that the CNBC will continue to offer access to neutron beams to the user community, to maximum extent possible through March 2018.

CINS is monitoring developments and will communicate with members as more details become available.

- Professor Chris Wiebe, CINS President

Using neutrons to understand magnetic nano-structures will enable further advancement of computer memory.
Using neutrons to understand magnetic nano-structures will enable further advancement of computer memory.

Using neutrons to analyze polymer nano-coatings on implanted heart valves will minimize the chance of post-operative stroke or death.
Using neutrons to analyze polymer nano-coatings on implanted heart valves will minimize the chance of post-operative stroke or death.

Using neutrons to measure stresses in railroad tracks with neutrons will help to prevent train derailments.
Using neutrons to measure stresses in railroad tracks will help to prevent train derailments.