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Beamteam in the News

November, 2016:

Neil Johnson's research on silicene is featured in the Star Phoenix

    Neil’s work on silicene is featured in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper as part of the Young Innovators series. You can read the article in pdf form here. Or take a look at the original article here.

August, 2016:

The beamteam’s work is featured in the cover story by Chemical & Engineering News

    Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) is a weekly magazine published by the American Chemical Society, providing professional and technical information in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering. It is the US largest magazine for Engineering news and is published weekly with over 155,000 copies. Read the article here, or download it as a pdf here.

April, 2016:

Berkeley National Laboratory Science Highlight

    Robert and Brett’s recent Physics Review Letters article is featured as a science highlight at Berkeley National Laboratory. Read the article here, or download it as a pdf.

March, 2016:

The Beamteam is featured in the Westgrid/Compute Canada Newsletter

    A portrait of the beam team was published in the Westgrid/Compute Canada Newsletter in March 2016. Read the Newsletter here, or download it as a pdf.

January, 2016:

Professor Alexander Moewes was selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the Physics & Engineering Physics Research Excellence Award.

September, 2015:

Neil Johnson’s second paper in Advanced Functional Materials is featured in the CLS news

    The publication investigates the electronic properties and stability of single layers of silicon atoms, known as silicone. A link to the article can be found here.

July, 2015:

Dr. Mark Boots receives a 2015 University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award

    The Alumni Achievement Awards recognize graduates of the University of Saskatchewan for excellence, leadership, and innovation in their achievements and in their contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of society, which positively reflect on the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association (see alumni website alumni.usask.ca/awards).

April, 2015:

Three Beamteam Members Awarded Provincial Scholarships

    Tristan de Boer, Thomas Tolhurst, and Brett Leedahl have been awarded Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity scholarships. The scholarships were established by the provincial government to "support innovative research in the University of Saskatchewan's signature areas to help build a strong future for Saskatchewan." Congratulations to Tristan, Thomas, and Brett!

April, 2015:

American Physical Society Promotional Video

    A promotional video for University of Saskatchewan's Physics Department featuring several member of the beamteam on APS TV can be viewed here, or on YouTube here.

February, 2015:

Advising Excellence Award

    Prof. Moewes has been awarded the 2015 Advising Excellence Award by the Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Saskatchewan. From the award: "This is in recognition of your good supervisory quality, exemplary mentoring skills and your superior leadership in your field”.

December, 2014:

Beamteam member Robert Green's work is featured in case study by OriginLab

    Former Beamteam member Dr. Robert Green has his work featured in a case study by OriginLab. Robert is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia. You can read the article the article here. Or read the pdf version of it here.

November, 2014:

Beamteam is featured in article on University website.

    Read the article here. Or read the pdf version of it here.

October, 2014:

Advanced Light Source Annual Users' Meeting Poster Competition

    Beamteamer Neil Johnson places second in the poster competition at the 2014 annual users' meeting of the Advanced Light Source, the synchrotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in Berkeley, California. The title of his poster is "The Nature of multilayer Silicene on Ag(111). You can see the award here. Congratulations Neil!.

September, 2014:

Beamteam member Neil Johnson's work on Silicene has been published in Advanced Functional Materials.

    This work has been featured as a highight of the Canadian Light Source, CLS. The CLS highlight link is here. Or to download the article directly click here. The CLS news release has been featured on a number of newsblogs, for example see the phys.org article here.

August, 2014:

Beamteam member Adrian Hunt's research on Graphene oxide which appeared in Advanced Material is featured in various news outlets.

June, 2014:

Beamteam member John McLeod receives the Governor General's Gold Medal, the highest U of S medal for excellence in Graduate Studies.

    From the convocation booklet: "John McLeod was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1984. He received a B.A.Sc. Honours degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto in 2007. John received a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2010 and 2013, respectively, while working under Professor Moewes' supervision. John used soft X-ray synchrotron radiation and computer simulations in his doctoral research to study the electronic structure of advanced materials. John has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships during his Ph.D. studies, including holding a NSERC CGSD-3 scholarship. He has presented his research at several international conferences and has authored or co-authored 23 peer-reviewed papers. John is currently an associate professor at the College of Nano Science and Technology of Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China."

May, 2014:

Beamteam Member Awarded National Scholarship

    Amy Pitman has been awarded a prestigious NSERC CGSM scholarship which is tenable from May 2014 until April 2015. Congratulations, Amy!

April, 2014:

Four Beamteam Members Awarded Provincial Scholarships

    Tristan de Boer, Brett Leedahl, Thomas Tolhurst, and future beamteamer Amir Qamar have been awarded Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity scholarships. The scholarships were established by the provincial government to "support innovative research in the University of Saskatchewan's signature areas to help build a strong future for Saskatchewan." Congratulations to Tristan, Brett, Thomas, and Amir!

October, 2013:

Adrian Hunt is featured in the Star Phoenix with his research on Graphene

    Adrian Hunt’s research on Graphene and Graphene oxide is featured in the Star Phoenix newspaper. Read the article here (in text). Or take a look at the original article (with photo) here.

July, 2013:

The Beamteam is featured in the journal “International Innovation“

    Check out the article with an in-depth portrait of the group’s research here.

December, 2012:

Dr. Israel Perez wins an award in an international contest organized by the Foundational Questions Institute

    The Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) in USA supports and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology. Since its inauguration the FQXi organizes an international essay contest on a topic questioning the foundations of physics. The topic for this year was: Which of our basic physical assumptions are wrong? Dr. Israel Perez, member of the beamteam, was awarded a fourth prize for his essay entitled: "The Preferred System of Reference Reloaded". Last November 30th the winners were announced. Take a look at his thought-provoking essay!

September, 2012:

Beamteam Members Win Awards at Poster Competition

    David Muir and Robert Green won awards at the College of Engineering Research Day Poster Event. The event was held in conjunction with the College of Engineering Centennial celebrations, with many alumni and faculty members on hand to view to the posters. David won the top prize for the Physics and Engineering Physics category as well as third place overall, while Robert won second place overall. Congratulations David and Robert!

June, 2012:

Beamteam Summer Student Receives 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction Award

    Amy Gryba, summer student and future beamteam member, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2012 YWCA Women of Distinction Youth Award in recognition of her contribution to the Saskatoon community through scientific and academic achievement as well as community involvement.

    Shaw TV Saskatoon was quick to catch her for an interview and the Saskatoon Express also featured Amy in an article honouring this year's recipients.

Beamteam Member's research featured in Metro newspaper

    The Metro newspaper featured a story about John McLeod's research into chemical adsorption on mesoporous silicon. The goal of this research is to characterize the effects of various explosives and non-explosive molecules after adsorption on a mesoporous silicon wafer, with the ultimate aim of developing a device that can detect trace quantities of explosives.

April, 2012:

Two Beamteam Members Awarded Provincial Scholarships

    Neil Johnson and Robert Green have been awarded Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity scholarships. The scholarships were established by the provincial government to "support innovative research in the University of Saskatchewan's signature areas to help build a strong future for Saskatchewan." Congratulations, Neil and Robert!

Beamteam Member Awarded National Scholarship

    Neil Johnson has been awarded a prestigious NSERC PGSD-3 scholarship which is tenable from September 2012 until September 2015. Congratulations, Neil!

January, 2012:

Dr. Alexander Moewes receives Tier 1 Canada Research Chair for Materials Science with Synchrotron Radiation



August, 2011:

Beamteam Members Featured in Huskies Central Video

    Professor Alex Moewes and Ph.D. students John McLeod and Robert Green were recently interviewed for an episode of Huskies Central. You can check out the episode below:



June, 2011:

Beamteam Member Wins Canadian Light Source Poster Competition

    Robert Green was one of three winners of the Student Poster Competition at the 2011 Annual Users' Meeting at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

    Over 60 posters were presented at the meeting, where an international group of scientists gathered to discuss the past year at the CLS. Robert won a cash prize for the category of Material Science and Instrumentation in the Canadian Institute for Synchrotron Radiation (CISR) 2011 Poster Competition. His poster was entitled "Chasing Down High-Speed Computing," and focused on his spectroscopic studies carried out at the Canadian Light Source and Advanced Light Source in the area of spintronics, a cutting edge computing technology.

    2011 CLS Users' Meeting Overview

November, 2010:

Two Beamteam Members have Scholarships Upgraded

    John McLeod and Adrian Hunt have had their NSERC scholarships ugraded from PGSD3s to CGSD3s. CGSD scholarships are prestigious national awards, providing $35,000 per year in funding. A list of this year's NSERC award recipients (current as of May, 2010) can be found here:

    NSERC Recipients 2010

October, 2010:

Beamteam Member Wins Berkeley Poster Competition


    Robert Green was the winner of the Student Poster Competition at the 2010 Annual Users' Meeting at the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley, California.

    Over 400 scientists attended the meeting and 74 posters were presented, of which 24 entered the student competition. Robert won a cash prize and the opportunity to present a talk at the users’ meeting. His talk was considered outstanding by the audience and according to meeting chair, David Osborn, we “should be justly proud of the job Robert did in representing his research group, the University of Saskatchewan, and himself." Robert's poster was entitled "Configuration of Dopant Sites in Spintronics Materials," and focused on his spectroscopic studies of new magnetic semiconductors useful for spintronics applications.

    University of Saskatchewan News Article
    2010 ALS Users' Meeting Highlights

April, 2010:

Four U of S Physics Students in "Beamteam" Research Group Awarded Major Federal Scholarships

July, 2007:

Beamteam featured in Making Waves

June, 2007:

David Muir wins best student presentation award

    David Muir was awarded the prize for best student presentation at the 2007 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) meeting for the Division of Instrumentation and Measurement Physics (DIMP).
    David also received an honourable mention in the competition between all CAP divisions.

March, 2007:

Regan Wilks recipient of two prestigious awards

December 2006:

Dr. Alexander Moewes' Canada Research Chair renewed

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