APS User News
Issue 76, February 21, 2012

CONTENTS

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

Special Announcement: George Srajer Appointed Project Director for the APS Upgrade and Deputy ALD

USER MATTERS
-- Registration Open for 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting: Our User Science Shapes the Future!
-- CALLING ALL VIDEO MAKERS! Submit Your Films for the "Usies Awards"!
-- LCLS-II New Instruments Workshops March 19-22, 2012
-- NUFO Goes To Washington!
-- Tax Presentation Available

BRIEFLY NOTED
-- Recognitions and Honors
-- Users Meeting Satellite Workshop: "SAXS Software Packages Irena and Nika"
-- New Web Page Offers Quick Help Links for Users
-- New Mural Graces the Wall near Viewing Area
-- General User Proposal Deadline for 2012-2 Run: March 9, 2012
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DIRECTOR’S CORNER
It has been two months since our last User News, and I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday break, with a safe and enjoyable vacation. We have come through our December-January machine maintenance period, and have already entered the first user operations of the new year.

The final four-month operations cycle of 2011 featured record performance by the accelerator. The availability was the highest ever for a cycle (99.6%), and the mean time between faults was 220 hours. We had a month-long period from November 9 to December 10 (606 user hours) without a fault. Kudos go to the many dedicated APS staff for this outstanding success in delivering reliable x-ray beams to our thousands of users.

A present that Congress and the administration delivered on December 23 was a budget for FY 2012. The final bill was good for APS, providing full funding of $20M for the APS Upgrade project, with an operations budget somewhat lower than in FY 2011. While the reduced operations budget will delay the implementation of some accelerator improvements and opening of some new experimental capabilities, the net effect is very positive for the future of APS. Just this week we have seen the announcement of the President's proposed FY 2013 budget for the Department of Energy. It shows strong support down the line for the Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, scientific user facilities, and the APS. This support reflects our strong partnerships with the user community. With the current tight federal budget and competition among priorities, it will be especially important for the community to continue to communicate with our elected representatives and the public the high value and excellent return on investment of the scientific research carried out at DOE Office of Science facilities such as the APS.

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Special Announcement: George Srajer Appointed Project Director for the APS Upgrade and Deputy ALD
Effective immediately, George Srajer has been appointed to the position of Project Director for the APS Upgrade and Deputy Associate Laboratory Director of Facility Development for Photon Sciences. George has been with the APS since joining Argonne in 1991 during the original APS construction project. He has a strong background in developing and managing x-ray science programs and facilities, most recently as associate division director in the X-ray Science Division. George has served as the leader for Argonne's Hard X-ray Sciences Strategic Initiative. He has also served as a group leader for polarization studies and as a physicist and assistant physicist at Argonne. George received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brandeis University and performed postdoctoral studies at Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Materials Research Society. George brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will be key to the continued success of the Upgrade project.

Many thanks are extended to Derrick Mancini for his contributions to the APS Upgrade project over the past 20 months as its founding project director, including securing CD-1. Let’s all offer our support to George in his new position.

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Registration Open for 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting: Our User Science Shapes the Future!
The local organizing committees for the Advanced Photon Source, the Center for Nanoscale Materials, and the Electron Microscopy Center are actively working on the 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting! This year’s conference is focused on highlighting, promoting, and stimulating user science at these three outstanding research facilities. Visit the meeting web site at http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/ to see what's new--check back often as more information is being added daily! Registration for the meeting is OPEN! Register to attend at https://www.regonline.com/2012APS_CNM_EMC_UM. Register before midnight April 25 as the meeting rate will increase after that date.

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CALLING ALL VIDEO MAKERS! Submit Your Films for the "Usies Awards"!
Ready to walk the red carpet at a world premier screening of your own movie? The social event and associated dinner for the 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting will include the first-ever "Usies Awards" to recognize the best short videos submitted by users from the APS, CNM, and EMC. Videos will be judged by a guest panel.

  • Films should be one to two minutes maximum in length.
  • Films can be submitted by individual users or groups of users.
  • Awards will be presented for Facilities' Best films (one per facility) as well as in the categories of Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Documentary (a factual, real-life look at being a user).

Filmakers must ensure that they have permission to video in whatever areas they use for "on location" shoots. Videotaping is not permitted in any CNM laboratory spaces.

Need some ideas to get your creativity going? How about short films like "From Beamline to Eternity," "The Microscopist of Oz," "User Without a Cause," "The Experiment Hutch Redemption, "One Flew over the RF Cavity," "Lord of the Storage Ring," and "Rear Beryllium Window." Videos can also be based on literature or music themes or any other creative way to document your experience as a user!

How to submit: Videos should be in .MOV, .WMV or Quicktime format. Be sure to include your contact information: name, organization, e-mail, and phone number. Since files of this size may cause problems with the Laboratory’s e-mail system, please use one of these methods to submit your video:

  • If you’re submitting from within the Lab, the best and simplest method is Argonne’s File Transfer Application at https://webapps.anl.gov/filetransfer. Enter "usies@aps.anl.gov" as the recipient.
  • Send on a CD or DVD to Connie Vanni, APS User Office, Building 401, Room B1164, 9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439. CDs and DVDs will not be returned.
  • Stop by with a flash drive at the office above or the office of either Linda Carlson (Building 401, Room B1163) or Carrie Clark (Bldg. 440, CNM User Office).
  • Upload your video to YouTube and notify us at usies@aps.anl.gov.

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LCLS-II New Instruments Workshops March 19-22, 2012
In April 2009, the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory began operations as the first hard x-ray free-electron laser (FEL). Based on the early scientific successes recorded by LCLS users, the U.S. Department of Energy has encouraged SLAC to develop the LCLS-II project, which includes the delivery of two new independent FEL beams — one for soft x-ray science and one for hard x-ray science — into a new experiment hall.

An important step in this process is the series of “LCLS-II New Instrument Workshops” to be held at SLAC on March 19-22, 2012. These workshops will be the forum for the scientific community to provide input regarding selection of new x-ray instruments for the LCLS-II. Individual workshops will present the science drivers and instrumentation needs for biology; materials and chemical sciences; and atomic, molecular and optical physics. Concepts for new LCLS-II instruments will be presented and talks will address the scientific opportunities with LCLS-II and the instrumentation needs to achieve those goals. The workshops will include ample discussion time for the community to provide critical input to the planning for new instruments. The report from these workshops will form the basis of an LCLS-II instrument proposal.

The workshop organizers encourage all interested researchers to attend and help define the priorities in building the next generation of x-ray instruments at the LCLS. In order to gather as much user input as possible, we welcome attendees to present a single viewgraph describing a scientific opportunity and the instrumentation tools needed to accomplish it. Don’t be afraid to think big and out of the box because we have witnessed astounding increases in LCLS capabilities and envision to have well controlled pulses with unprecedented intensities by the time LCLS-II is finished.

The contributed presentations should be sent to Phil Heimann paheim@slac.stanford.edu and Jerry Hastings jbh@slac.stanford.edu at the latest by Thursday, March 15 so that they can be uploaded for efficient presentation. There will be ample discussion time in addition to contributed and invited presentations. Please visit the workshops’ website, https://slacportal.slac.stanford.edu/sites/conf_public/lclsii_instru_2012_03/Pages/default.aspx to register and for more and updated information. 

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NUFO Goes To Washington!
The National User Facility Organization (a.k.a. NUFO) will be heading to Washington, D.C. on your behalf–not once but twice this spring. The first visit on March 28 and 29 is to Capitol Hill to hold an exhibition describing the research conducted at NUFO facilities by our user communities. This exhibition, organized at the invitation of representatives of Congress, is the second such event (the first was held last year in the Rayburn House Office Building). This year, NUFO will be showcasing user research in both the Senate Office Building and the House. On March 28 the exhibition will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (room SD-G50), and on March 29 it will be located in the Cannon Caucus Room in the Cannon House Building.

The public exhibits on each day will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., with special guest speakers from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The exhibits will include posters from each of the 44 NUFO facilities, as well as specialty posters on industrial involvement and small business interactions. Scientists from each user community will be available to answer questions and discuss their own research. If you are close to the Washington area and would like to participate, please contact Susan Strasser (strasser@aps.anl.gov) or Peter Eng (eng@cars.uchicago.edu).

NUFO’s second trip to Washington will be to participate in the Second USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 27-29, where volunteers from NUFO Facilities, including the APS and CNM will engage in hands-on activities with children and adults to promote science. Last year’s event attracted more than half a million participants. Interested in joining us this year? (It really is FUN!) If so, please contact Susan Strasser (strasser@aps.anl.gov) for more information.

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Tax Presentation Available
On January 31, Fermilab’s UEC hosted a tax presentation by KPMG providing guidance on US tax issues that might affect Argonne users visiting the U.S. in 2011 in B-1, Visa Waiver, F, J-1 or other temporary visa statuses.  A recording of the presentation, as well as a copy of the Powerpoint and a link to the IRS Publication 4011 for Foreign Students and Scholars, now is available online at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/visas/taxes/2011.html.  These materials will remain online only until April 17, 2012. 

There also are more tax-related materials and links at http://wdrs.fnal.gov/visas/taxes.html.

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BRIEFLY NOTED

-- Recognitions and Honors
Argonne physicist Efim Gluskin (currently the Magnetic Devices Group Leader in the Argonne Accelerator Systems Division and an Argonne Distinguished Fellow) has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS announcement of  Gluskin’s election noted his role as one of a handful of scientists who were instrumental in "the development of ultra-bright X-ray sources utilized at third generation synchrotron sources and X-ray lasers, used by thousands of scientists from around the world."

Argonne X-ray scientist Chris Jacobsen has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Jacobsen is an associate division director at the Advanced Photon Source for Imaging and Microscopy in the X-ray Science Division (XSD), as well as a professor in physics and astronomy at Northwestern University. Jacobsen has been involved in developing X-ray microscopy methods and applications in biological and environmental since graduate school, and has pursued projects in X-ray holography and scanning microscopy. He is currently working with coherent diffraction imaging, X-ray fluorescence and tomography.

Esen Alp (Senior Scientist, X-ray Science Divison) was elected Vice-chair for the Forum on International Physics of the American Physical Society. The Forum is a voluntary association of APS members who are interested in advancing the knowledge of physics and its diffusion by fostering cooperation and communication among physicists of all countries.

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-- Users Meeting Satellite Course: "SAXS Software Packages Irena and Nika"
The APS SAXS Special Interest Group (SIG) is organizing this specialized, hands-on, course specifically on the SAXS software Nika and Irena. Details about the course can be found at http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/saxs.php. Registration for the course will be opening soon.

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-- New Web Page Offers Quick Help Links for Users
A new web page has been posted to help users quickly find useful information about the proposal system and other tips and resources : http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/Help/index.html.

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-- New Mural Graces the Wall near Viewing Area
The next (or the first) time you’re in the long hallway between the APS Main Control Room and the Visitor’s Viewing Gallery in the Central Lab/Office Building, be sure to notice the mural on the east wall. Actually, it’s hard to miss the nearly life-size, computer-aided-design (CAD) rending of one “sector” of the APS storage ring that now stretches the length of that hallway.
The mural’s genesis was a request from APS Director Brian Stephenson, who made note of two facts: High-level visitors to whom he gave tours of the facility were disappointed at not being able to see the storage ring; and there existed a long, blank wall on the tour route where a full-scale image of a storage ring sector would serve as a virtual “visit” to the ring and help convey the type of sophisticated, complex technology that is the heart of the APS.

After deciding on a CAD rendering as the best way to portray a sector (as opposed to a series of photos), the project was taken up by the Design and Drafting Group in the APS Engineering Support (AES) Division. Group leader Brian Rusthoven tasked Designer Michelle Givens (with an assist from Associate Engineer Tom Buffington) with producing the rendering.
The final rendering is slightly below full scale due to size limitations imposed by the location. The rendering also appears, at the moment, to be “floating” above the baseboard. This will be rectified when new, higher baseboards are installed as previously planned.

A diverse team of people were responsible for turning the drawing into a wall mural. It was printed by Digital Imaging Resources, Inc. (DIR) of Chicago, which was ably represented by Alan Kay and Allan Cerkan.  DIR was sourced by Mary Jo Koelbl, Manager of Argonne’s Creative Services and Production (CSP) Group in Communications, Education, and Public Affairs. CSP Administrative Assistant Debbie Ritchie served as the Lab’s interface with DIR, handling the paperwork and scheduling safety training and site access for the mural installer, Thomas Wood, whose APS point of contact for the actual work was Ed Russell of the APS Site Operations Group in AES. The project was managed by Rick Fenner of Scientific Information Services in the APS Director’s Office. Elroy Chang, the AES ESH Coordinator, handled safety assurance for the installation.

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-- General User Proposal Deadline for 2012-2 Run: March 9, 2012
The submission deadline for 2012-2 run cycle is March 9, 2012. The on-line proposal submission form can be found at http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/apply_for_beamtime.html.

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