New Eyes on the Universe - Opening ceremony

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Luminaries from Canada’s particle physics community gathered at Carleton University on Oct. 3 to officially open New Eyes on the Universe, a unique travelling exhibition showcasing monumental discoveries of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) and its successor, SNOLAB, a world-class science facility two kilometres below the surface of the planet at an active nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont. “It’s a real pleasure to be here and celebrate the contribution that Carleton has made to the SNOLAB program,” said the facility’s Director Nigel Smith. “One of the wonderful things about SNOLAB is that not only is it a great academic collaboration, but it’s also a great partnership with federal funding agencies and the commercial community. It shows what can be done when you bring all these stakeholders together.

Carleton President Alastair Summerlee admitted that physics was not his forte in high school. “If I had David as my teacher,” he said, “maybe my life would have been different.”

It’s important for researchers to explain why they do the work they do, said Summerlee, and the impact that this work can have on the lives of others.

He was struck by the fact that hundreds of people have contributed to the success of SNO and SNOLAB, and sees their collaboration as a metaphor for how we must work together to address the fundamental challenges facing the world today.

A series of special events will be held at Carleton to complement New Eyes on the Universe, which was first shown at Canada House in London’s Trafalgar Square on July 1, 2016.

There will be a Science Café with Carleton PhD candidate Andrew Erlandson — who is working on Carleton Prof. Mark Boulay’s DEAP-3600 experiment at SNOLAB — in Carleton’s Fenn Lounge at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11

Sinclair will deliver a lecture on the SNOLAB legacy, also in Fenn Lounge, on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., while internationally renowned theoretical physicist, Lawrence Krauss, a Carleton alumnus and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, will give a talk in the Kailash Mital Theatre on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

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