APS/User News

Stephen Streiffer,  Director, Advanced Photon Source, Associate Laboratory Director, Photon Sciences.

Director's Corner

These Director’s Corners are usually an opportunity to share good news (and there is plenty of that; see Stuart Henderson’s APS Upgrade report for news on BESAC prioritization of the Upgrade). But this time I would like to concentrate on safety, because nothing – nothing – is more important than the safety of our users, resident users, and staff.

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Stuart Henderson.

APS Upgrade News

It’s hard to believe that this year is already half over. The past six months have seen a whirlwind of activity and accomplishment here at the APS Upgrade Project.

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John Connolly, Director of the APS Engineering Support Division.

John P. Connolly Appointed Director of the AES

John P. Connolly joined the Argonne Photon Sciences Directorate as Division Director of the APS Engineering Support (AES) Division as of March 14, 2016.

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Sasha Zholents,  Director of the Accelerator Systems Division.

ASD Director Zholents to Return to Full-Time Research

After six years of service as Director of the Accelerator Systems Division at the APS, Sasha Zholents has asked to transition from his management role to a full-time research role.

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May 11, 1995, representatives from PNC-CAT including PNC-CAT Director Edward Stern, met with David Moncton, Associate Laboratory Director for the APS, to formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding, becoming the 11th APS CAT to do so. From left in the photo: Stephen Ellis, Edward Stern, and Alvin Kwiram, all from the University of Washington, discuss scientific opportunities with David Moncton (APS) following the signing of the PNC-CAT MOU. Click image to enlarge.

Dr. Edward A. Stern, September 19, 1930–May 17, 2016

Edward A. Stern, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, and founding Director of the Pacific Northwest Consortium Collaborative Access Team at Sector 20 of the APS, passed away on May 17, 2016.

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Phase-Out of Micro-Diffraction Experiments at 2-ID

Since the construction of the 2-ID beamline, the µ-XRD community has been very productive and has made significant technical and scientific contributions at 2-ID.

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APS Upgrade Project Announces Beamline Proposal Selections

With the selection of nine exceptional beamline proposals, announced on July 20, the APS Upgrade Project has taken an important step toward our goal of making the Advanced Photon Source the most...

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Avoiding Slips, Trips, and Falls

Here are four easy ways to reduce the likelihood that you will have a serious slip, trip, or fall.

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Hazardous material is not allowed on commercial airlines.

Hazardous Materials Should Not Be Transported in Luggage

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was fined $56,000 after Transportation Security Administration agents discovered hazardous materials in a student researcher’s checked luggage.

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The Argonne Guest House

Argonne Guest House and Restaurant to Temporarily Close

The Argonne Guest House will be closed beginning on August 29, 2016; the Restaurant will close beginning on August 30. Both will reopen on September 5, 2016.

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Fig. 1. RSMap3D user interface. Top: Interactive view of the full scan space imported from acquisition data given in the dialog to the right. Via the interface users select scan geometry and image files, and instrument configuration settings. Bottom: View of a smaller scan space selected based on parameters in the adjacent dialog. Users set the bounding region of the scan area to map, select individual images to include or exclude from space-mapping, and view parameters associated with individual images.

General-purpose Reciprocal Space Mapping Software for Use at the APS

The impressive variety of world-leading techniques performed at the APS coupled with the facility’s diverse user-base naturally leads to a demand for a variety of different software tools.

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Andy Stevens (FMS) and one of the new 9,000-gallon LN2 tanks. Click image to enlarge.

The LNDS is Now A-OK

The upgrade of APS liquid nitrogen distribution system (LNDS) is almost complete, making it more robust than it has ever been and further improving the availability of x-rays to APS users.

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A Rigorous Upgrade of APS Personnel Safety Systems

An internal review of first-generation personnel safety systems at the APS resulted in an upgrade path for the 44 beamlines utilizing the generation 1 systems.

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Neuqua Valley High School students at the APS. (Photo by Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory) Click image to enlarge.

High Schoolers Study Ancient Pottery at the APS

The experimental facilities of a typical high school physics classroom don't usually include a synchrotron.

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Researchers Determine Key Zika Virus Structure

Researchers Determine Key Zika Virus Structure

A new study by researchers using the APS reveals the molecular structure of a protein produced by the Zika virus thought to be involved in the virus's reproduction and with the immune system.

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User Access Start and End Dates

In order to document consistent start and end dates for all users, an important programming effort impacts several aspects of a user’s experience, including site access.

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Demystifying User Agreements

What are user agreements? How do they affect users? What are the differences between the types of agreements? How are agreements administered? This information will help answer those questions.

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Chris Jacobsen, Argonne National Laboratory

Chris Jacobsen Recognized as 2016 Argonne Distinguished Fellow

Argonne Distinguished Fellows represent only three percent of research staff at the facility, making the award the highest scientific and engineering rank at the laboratory.

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Haidan Wen

Haidan Wen of XSD Wins DOE Early Career Award

Haidan Wen of the APS received a DOE Early Career Award, which bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years.

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Ling Li, Harvard University

Ling Li is the Recipient of the 2016 APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

The 2016 APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award went to APS user Ling Li (Harvard U.) for developing a fundamental understanding of the design of biological materials.

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Tobin Marks

Tobin Marks wins the 2017 Priestley Medal

APS user Tobin J. Marks (Northwestern U.) was selected as the 2017 winner of the Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor.

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Kirsten Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, with the European Powder Diffraction Conference Award for Young Scientists.

Kirsten Jensen Receives the European Powder Diffraction Conference Award for Young Scientists

APS user Kirsten Jensen (U. Copenhagen) given the European Powder Diffraction Conference Award for Young Scientists.

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Video: Using the APS to Study Veterans’ Unexplained Illnesses

What are the underlying causes for an unusual increase in pulmonary disease in U.S. soldiers returning from military service in the Middle East?

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