VANCOUVER, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - In his capacity as Chairman of the
Board of Directors of Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, University of
Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer today announced that TRIUMF's
director Nigel S. Lockyer has been selected to become the next director
of the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory, located outside Chicago. Lockyer is expected to complete
his work at TRIUMF this summer and begin at Fermilab in the autumn.
Paul Young, Chair of TRIUMF's Board of Management and Vice President of
Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto said, "Nigel was
selected from a truly outstanding set of international candidates for
this challenging and important position. Although it will be a
short-term loss, this development is a clear recognition of Nigel's
vision and passion for science and the international leadership taken
by TRIUMF and Canada in subatomic physics. On behalf of the entire
TRIUMF Board, we wish Nigel, TRIUMF, and Fermilab every success in the
Lockyer set TRIUMF upon a new course when he arrived six years ago,
focusing the team on "Advancing isotopes for science and medicine."
Based on TRIUMF's existing infrastructure and talent, this initiative
ranged from expanding the nuclear-medicine program so that it is now
playing a leading role in resolving the medical-isotope crisis to the
formulation and funding of a new flagship facility called ARIEL that
will double TRIUMF's capabilities for producing exotic isotopes used in
science and for developing tomorrow's medical isotopes. At the heart
of ARIEL is a next-generation electron accelerator using modern
superconducting radio-frequency technology.
Commenting on Nigel's leadership of TRIUMF, Paul Young added, "One look
at TRIUMF's current trajectory and you can see that this is a man of
great ambition and talent. Working with the Board and a great team at
the lab, he propelled TRIUMF to new heights. We have all been
fortunate at TRIUMF to have Nigel as a colleague and leader."
Reflecting on his time at TRIUMF and the upcoming transition to
Fermilab, Nigel Lockyer said, "Knowing that TRIUMF is in good hands
with a superb leadership team and seeing its growing string of
accomplishments has helped make this decision a tiny bit easier. The
laboratory's future is secure and TRIUMF knows exactly what it is
doing. I am proud to have contributed to TRIUMF's successes and it is
my hope to ignite the same energy and enthusiasm in the U.S. by heading
the team at Fermilab." He added, "I also expect to foster a new level
of partnership between the U.S. and Canada in these key areas of
science and technology."
"Nigel has had a profound impact on TRIUMF," said David B. MacFarlane,
chair of the National Research Council's Advisory Committee on TRIUMF
and Associate Laboratory Director at the U.S. SLAC National Accelerator
Laboratory. "He articulated an ambitious new vision for the laboratory
and energetically set it upon a path toward an exciting world-class
program in rare-isotope beams and subatomic-physics research. When
ARIEL comes online, the lab will be fulfilling the vision that Nigel
and his team boldly initiated." David MacFarlane added, "The TRIUMF
community will certainly miss his warmth, his insatiable scientific
curiosity, his creativity, and his faith in the laboratory and its
entire staff. However, I fully expect these same characteristics will
serve Nigel well in his new leadership role as Fermilab director."
As per standard practice, the TRIUMF Board of Management will announce
plans and timelines for the international search process and interim
leadership within the next few weeks.
For more about Fermilab and Lockyer's appointment, please see URL http://www.fnal.gov/pub/presspass/press_releases/2013/Lockyer-Named-Fermilab-Director-20130620.html.
TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.
Together with its partner AAPS, Inc., TRIUMF also seeks to
commercialize its technologies for the benefit of all Canadians.
Located on the south campus of the University of British Columbia,
TRIUMF receives operating support from the Government of Canada through
a contribution agreement via National Research Council Canada; the
Government of British Columbia provides capital for new buildings.
TRIUMF is owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of the
following Canadian universities: University of Alberta, University of
British Columbia, University of Calgary, Carleton University,
University of Guelph, University of Manitoba, McGill University,
McMaster University, Université de Montréal, University of Northern
British Columbia, Queen's University, University of Regina, Saint
Mary's University, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto,
University of Victoria, University of Winnipeg, and York University.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.triumf.ca.
SOURCE: TRIUMF (Canada's National Laboratory of Particle and Nuclear Physics)
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