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Users in the News: A Roundup of ARC-Supported Research Making Headlines - June 2018

Our ‘Users in the News’ series showcases and celebrates researchers who have recently made headlines, from local papers to international newswires.

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Canada to lead ‘coldbox’ technology for high-luminosity LHC upgrade with $10M from Government of Canada

June 25, 2018, Vancouver Sun

The Canadian government is investing $10 million to support a major upgrade to the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), which supports a number of important physics research projects involving WestGrid and Compute Canada across the country. The upgrade will significantly increase the number of collisions, or luminosity, of the LHC, enhancing the probability of discovering new physics. The Canadian community will apply its world-leading expertise to tackle a mission-critical challenge for the upgrade: building five new particle accelerator components called crab cavity cryogenic modules. Read the full article here. 


Climate change has fish moving faster than regulations can keep up

June 14, 2018, UBC News

With climate change causing ocean water temperatures to rise, a recent study by a WestGrid user at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has shown some fish species are changing their migration patterns in search of cooler waters. Dr. William Cheung and his team at UBC created models that show climate change is driving marine species towards the poles. Read the full article here. 



CMOS 2018 Award Winners

June 13, 2018, Canadian Meterological and Oceanic Society (CMOS-SCMO)

Multiple WestGrid and Compute Canada users have received awards from the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic (CMOS-SCMO). WestGrid user Kristan Zickfeld from Simon Fraser University won the President's Prize award for her 2009 paper, “Setting cumulative emissions targets to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change”, and WestGrid user Alex J. Cannon from the University of British Columbia won the Andrew Thomson Prize in Applied Meteorology for his numerous contributions to the field. Compute Canada user Jinyu Sheng from Dalhousie University won the François J. Saucier Prize in Applied Oceanography for his work to improve our understanding of coastal, shelf and ocean dynamics, and Compute Canada user Chad Thackeray from the University of Waterloo won the Tertia M.C. Hughes Memorial Graduate Student Prize for his thesis “Using a hierarchy of climate models to investigate snow processes influencing surface albedo”. Read the full list of award winners and details on their work here.

DNA analysis of near-extinct tortoises leads to gold medal win

June 7, 2018, UBC News

Photo credit: Michael Russello WestGrid user and University of British Columbia - Okanagan PhD graduate Evelyn Jensen has won the gold Governor General award for her research on the Galapagos tortoises. Jensen was researching the genetic makeup of multiple generations of giant tortoises on Pinzón Island to compare the current generation's DNA with that of earlier generations, and provide a benchmark for evaluating the local management plan to reintroduce and grow the Island's tortoise population. Read the full article here.