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Dr. Daniel Banks, National Research Council

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

The Impact of Neutron Scattering on Research and Education: A View from The Chalk River Laboratories

The closure of the NRU reactor in Chalk River marks the end of over 70 years of Canadian neutron scattering centred at the Chalk River Laboratories. I will review some highlights of the history of the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC) from a programmatic perspective. I will summarize findings from two recent studies of the neutron beam laboratory and its user community commissioned by the CNBC. I will illustrate the findings with specific examples of research that have made identifiable impacts. These studies examined bibliometric data from publications arising from the CNBC, the scientific excellence of its user community, industrial research enabled by the CNBC, and its support for users in training of students. One of the studies examined the career paths of 300 former students using LinkedIn and other online resources, and interviewed a sample of these alumni.

Daniel Banks, PhD, MBA, is currently a corporate science professional with the National Research Council. Based at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, he has been working at the centre of strategic initiatives of the Canadian community of neutron beam users for the past decade. He has contributed to strategic initiatives in materials research and nuclear science fields by providing policy advice, engaging with stakeholders, and writing accessible research impact stories. His scientific and academic credentials include 15 scientific publications, including the 12th-most cited paper of all biophysics papers in Web of Science in 2005. He earned a PhD in physics in 2008, and a Master of Business Administration in 2018, both from McMaster University.

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