Volume 13, Number 14  March 24, 2006

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Beamline gets matching funds

On a visit to campus March 20, the new provincial minister for Advanced Education and Employment announced Saskatchewan will match the $6.2 million already contributed by its federal counterparts to the Biomedical Imaging and Therapy beamline (BMIT) at the synchrotron.

Pat Atkinson said the contribution toward the $17 million project that is already under construction at the front of the Canadian Light Source (CLS) building will give a boost to the local economy by contributing both construction jobs and research-related positions.  These, she said in a release, will be jobs that “attract world-class faculty and provide important opportunities for graduate students.”

When complete in 2008, the facility will include two beamlines and laboratory space that will allow researchers to view living tissue in a new way and deliver precise beams of high energy x-rays for the treatment of cancer.

The provincial government contribution matches money already committed to the project through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.  Other contributors include the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan as well as the U of S and both the Saskatoon and Regina Qu’Appelle health regions.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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