APS User News-at-a-Glance
Issue 53, April 30, 2009
SPECIAL EDITION: APS User Meeting
1. Compton Award Winners Announced
2. Naji Sami Husseini (University of Michigan) Selected for Student Invited Talk
3. Voting in Progress for New APS Users Organization Committee Members
4. Renewal Session Features Outstanding Speakers, Feedback Sessions, Workshops
5. Registrations Still Being Accepted
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The 2009 Compton Award will be presented jointly to Simon Mochrie (Yale University), Mark Sutton (McGill University), and Gerhard Grübel (HASYLAB/DESY) for their pioneering efforts in x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS), which exploits the coherent properties of synchrotron x-rays to study the slow dynamics of condensed matter at short length scales.
Sutton, Mochrie, and colleagues first reported the technique for x-rays in Nature 352, 608 (15 August 1991). XPCS has since evolved into a sophisticated tool for studying a wide range of systems, including block copolymers, micellar systems, colloidal suspensions, liquid surfaces, molten polymer films, membranes and binary alloys.
Mochrie and Sutton were key contributors in the development of beamline 8-ID at the APS, which remains the only facility for XPCS in the United States. Grübel brought the technique to Europe, leading the development of the ID10 (Troika) beamline at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. All three have also exploited the technique to advance their own scientific disciplines. More information and citations to key papers are given in the full announcement.
Congratulations to Naji Sami Husseini, graduate student in Applied Physics at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) on being selected as the winner of the student invited talk at the Argonne Users Week meeting, which is being held at the Advanced Photon Source, May 4-6. His abstract "Phase-contrast Imaging of Superalloys Subject to High Cycle Fatigue at Extreme Temperatures" was chosen from a field of excellent entries for this year's talk. Mr. Husseini currently holds a MS in Electrical Engineering (concentration in Optics and Photonics), a M. Eng., Engineering Physics, and expects to complete his PhD in August 2010. He was recently recognized as a Michigan Outstanding Student Leader. Mr. Husseini's talk may be heard on Monday, May 4, 2009, during the Science Highlights segment, from 1:50 pm to 2:10 pm in the Bldg. 402 Lecture Hall.
Be sure to cast your ballot for new APS Users Organization Steering Committee members. Electronic voting will continue until 7:00 p.m. (Chicago time) on Monday, May 4, with the results announced on Tuesday, May 5, at the morning session of Users Week. The eight candidates are Dennis Brown (Physics Department, Northern Illinois University), Joseph Brunzelle (Dept. of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University), Jeremy Kropf (Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory), Wendy Mao (Geological and Environmental Sciences Department, Stanford University), Kirk Scheckel (National Risk Management Research Laboratory, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency), Frank Rotella (Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory), Alec Sandy (X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory), and Jeff Terry (Physics Department, Illinois Institute of Technology). A weighted system of voting is being used to elect four new members of the Committee. To vote, click on the link below, enter your user badge number (which will validate your ballot), and follow the instructions:
A major focus on this year's meeting is the APS renewal, with the Tuesday, May 5, session devoted entirely to this topic. The morning speakers will focus on new scientific possibilities, with a wrap-up session that includes short user vision talks. The afternoon's focus is on new techniques, with a similar user vision wrap-up session. The Wednesday workshops provide more in-depth looks into areas being pursued for the renewal. Brief workshop reports on Wednesday afternoon should provide additional input for the renewal proposal to the Department of Energy, which is due by late spring. To access the comprehensive meeting program, click on the link below:
It's not too late! If you want to hear about upcoming plans for the APS, as well as provide your ideas and feedback to the APS Renewal Steering Committee, you may still register to attend this year's meeting. To do so, simply click the link below: