University of Saskatchewan

September 22, 2014   


September 07, 1999

Today the $173.5-million Canadian Light Source synchrotron project, currently under construction on the University of Saskatchewan campus, has both a new logo and a new leader. U of S President Peter MacKinnon said the CLS's dynamic new logo will give national science project a strong visual identity that will become recognized across Canada.

To view the new logo in color and read a description of the design rationale, please visit the U of S Research web site:

The suggestion of a maple leaf in the logo design is a reminder of the unprecedented pan-Canadian partnership - federal, provincial, academic and that will build the new research and development facility. In addition to the U of S, 18 Canadian universities have endorsed the project.

New Interim Director

The new CLS interim director is Michael Bancroft, a chemist from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) who is a Canadian leader in synchrotron-aided research.

Bancroft, who was born in Saskatchewan, is past president of the Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation that represents the more than 200 synchrotron users across Canada. He recently stepped down as president of the Chemical Society of Canada. He will be seconded for two years from UWO while an international search is carried out to find a permanent director for the CLS.

"Michael Bancroft is a Canadian pioneer in synchrotron research who has been in the forefront of efforts to have a synchrotron built in Canada," said MacKinnon. "In consultation with CLS board member and former CLS acting director Dennis Skopik, Prof. Bancroft will guide the project through the next two years of construction and his extensive network of contacts across the country will help give the project a national profile."

Bancroft led an initiative at the UWO that enabled Canadian researchers to install three beamlines at a facility in Madison, Wisconsin. Those beamlines will be moved to the CLS.

Skopik, who has opted to return to his prime area of research interest – subatomic physics, leaves this month to become deputy associate director of physics at the Jefferson Laboratory in Virginia. He has been appointed to the CLS board of directors to provide continuity during construction.

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