APS User News
Issue 78, April 12, 2012

CONTENTS

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

APS Upgrade News by George Srajer, APS Upgrade Director

USER MATTERS
-- NUFO Goes to Capitol Hill: Promotes Economic Benefits of User Research
-- Winner of the 2012 Rosalind F. Franklin Award: Damian C. Ekiert
-- APS Debuts New Comprehensive User Portal
-- GM/CA Beamlines Join XSD; Bob Fischetti Named Associate Division Director for Structural Biology in the X-ray Science Division

BRIEFLY NOTED
-- X-rays in the Fourth Dimension -- Users Meeting Satellite Workshop May 5-6 at the Park Hyatt Chicago
-- Calling All Video Makers! Usies Videos: Deadline for Submission is April 27, 2012
-- Bikes Are Back!
-- 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting Important Dates
-- Call For Abstracts - MRS Symposium VV: Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons and Synchrotron X-Rays
-- Registration Open for the X-FEL School 2012 in France
-- Tax Presentation Available to View On-line until April 17
-- Next General User Proposal Deadline: July 13, 2012
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DIRECTOR’S CORNER
Over the past year, we've been working towards a plan for the future locations of beamlines and programs on the experimental floor at APS, known as the "Roadmap." Some of the new beamlines we plan to build, such as the 200-meter-long Wide-field Imaging facility that will extend well outside the experimental hall, have unusual footprints that fit best at certain locations or in concert with certain neighbors. Since we have only three undeveloped sectors left, many of the new programs will be accommodated by using canted undulators within a single sector, and the optimum combination of programs and beamline layouts must be considered.

We've used the following rationale for developing this long-term Roadmap:

a) Accommodate all of the new and upgraded beamlines within the base scope of the APS Upgrade project developed last year for CD-1;

b) Accommodate all of the programs that may be displaced by a);

c) Accommodate as many as possible of the potential new and upgraded beamlines that are in the contingent scope of the Upgrade, or have been approved by the Scientific Advisory Committee but have yet to secure funding.

We have been working with the various user communities to gather input on the pros and cons of potential future locations, and in the past month have been circulating a set of possible scenarios for comment (see http://aps.anl.gov/Upgrade/Forum/). The next step will be to evaluate these and others that may be proposed based on optimizing the new capabilities we are creating (including scope, cost, and schedule) while minimizing disruption or relocation to existing programs. This is a very important month for users and staff to provide feedback to assist in these decisions, which will allow us to move forward with a tremendous set of facilities that will take the scientific impact of APS to a new level.

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APS Upgrade News by George Srajer, APS Upgrade Director
It is my pleasure to announce that starting with this issue, the APS Upgrade will have a regular column providing updates related to Upgrade activities. I feel fortunate to lead the Upgrade because it will provide APS users with new and enhanced capabilities for many years to come. On behalf of the entire Project Team, I look forward to working with you.

Major recent activities included the incorporation of input obtained over the last several months to create new draft versions of the APS Roadmap, a long-term plan for the locations of current and potential future programs/beamlines at the APS. Although the current scope of the APS Upgrade includes six new and eight upgraded beamlines, the Roadmap incorporates not only the activities included in the base and contingent scope of the APS Upgrade project, but also proposed activities outside of the Upgrade. 

The rationale behind the Roadmap and ten possible scenarios were shown to the Stakeholders Committee on February 27, 2012. Subsequently, presentations were given to the Project Science Advisory Committee on March 7, the X-ray Science Division staff on March 8, resident users on March 14, and the Argonne Laboratory Director on March 19. In addition, as Brian mentioned in his Director’s Corner, a web page for feedback and comments was introduced (http://aps.anl.gov/Upgrade/Forum/). Following initial verbal and written feedback, a base scenario along with several options was presented to the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) on March 20. The SAC favorably responded to the process and encouraged us to select a scenario that optimally delivers the primary goals of the APS Upgrade as well as providing a strategy for the whole APS community. We will be continuing to refine the Roadmap and hold discussions with user groups over the next month, and will present the status at the Users Meeting in May.

The APS Upgrade project is busily preparing for the upcoming status review by DOE scheduled for June 13. The goal of this short review is to assess project’s readiness for the Critical Decision 2 (CD-2) “Approve Performance Baseline” review early in FY-13.

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NUFO Goes to Capitol Hill: Promotes Economic Benefits of User Research
Representatives from 45 national scientific user facilities converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 for an exhibition organized to recognize exciting science and promote the overall benefits of user research. Arranged by the National User Facility Organization (NUFO) in response to Congressional invitations, the exhibition included a poster from each NUFO facility plus posters describing industrial and small business research at NUFO facilities. More than 200 people–legislators, members of their staffs, funding agency representatives, and members of the general public–attended all or part of the two-day event, held on Wednesday afternoon in the Dirksen Senate Office Building and on Thursday afternoon in the Cannon Caucus Room. 

Brief remarks on Wednesday by Tony Lanzirotti, Chair of NUFO (The University of Chicago), Sam Aronson (Director, Brookhaven National Laboratory), Pat Dehmer (Deputy Director, Department of Energy Office of Science), and Steve Wasserman (Senior Research Fellow, Translational Science & Technologies, Eli Lilly) focused on the economic benefits to the nation of the partnership between government, academia, and the private sector.  Aronson began by commenting that the partnership between NUFO, the user facilities, and national laboratories is a great symbiotic relationship. Dehmer cited not only the Nobel Prizes won by users of the light sources for very fundamental work, but also current real-world applications. Drug manufacturers use light sources to design drugs, engineers examine engines non-invasively in real time, and high-performance computers enable real-world engineering designs. Dehmer concluded by stating that “research at the NUFO facilities now is allowing us to see, understand, predict, and eventually manipulate the world around us.” Wasserman commented that the concepts and insights that make technology start-up companies successful are invariably in place when the companies are founded and are often based on research conducted by users at national scientific user facilities–facilities that comprise a major component of the “unparalleled scientific infrastructure of the United States.” Wasserman noted, however, that, “with uncertainties in federal support for user facilities, organizations such as his are forced to examine options abroad.”

Remarks on Thursday by A. Paul Alivisatos (Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Guebre X. Tessema (Program Director, National Science Foundation) and Yan Gao (Senior Scientist, GE Global) echoed the theme of economic benefits of these private/public partnerships. Alivisatos stressed that a core mission of national laboratories is to provide access to research tools that are beyond the practical scope of universities or companies. Tessema concurred that NUFO facilities are a major part of the “innovation ecosystem,” and Gao continued by commenting that GE Global has such a broad range of research programs that access to the range of tools provided by NUFO facilities is critical to his company’s core mission. Gao concluded by saying, "Only the federal government can build facilities like the synchrotron and neutron sources. Even a large company like GE cannot do it. if the Manhattan Project played a key role in winning World War II, and if the Space Program in the 1960s helped win the Cold War, science and technology will be the key to winning the next round of global competition. And whoever wins it will need to have the best technology, the best talents, and the best TOOLS."

The more than 90 volunteers enjoyed the opportunities to share their research accomplishments and network with representatives from other facilities, funding agencies, and the public.

Argonne’s user facilities were well represented by the following individuals: For the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF): David Martin (ALCF Industry Outreach Manager), Paul Messina (ALCF Director of Science) and William George (NIST); for the Advanced Photon Source:  Susan Strasser (APS User Program Manager and NUFO Steering Committee member) and Peter Eng (CARS, The University of Chicago); for Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator System (ATLAS):  Daryl Hartley (U.S. Naval Academy) and Bill Walters (University of Maryland); for the Center for Nanoscale Materials: Kathleen Carrado Gregar (CNM User & Outreach Program Manager), Michael Zach and Corina Grodek (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point).

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Winner of Rosalind F. Franklin Award: Damian C. Ekiert
The APS Users Organization and the Advanced Photon Source is pleased to announce that the 2012 APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award winner is Damian C. Ekiert, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Nominated by Ian Wilson (Scripps), Damian carried out structural and functional studies of the influenza virus envelope glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) to understand how our immune system can neutralize the virus through interaction with the HA to prevent receptor binding and fusion. According to Wilson, Danian's thesis work was "simply spectacular and led to new optimism for development of a universal flu vaccine."

The Selection Committee had a very difficult time because all of the nominees were outstanding. The scientific community at the APS is fortunate to have individuals of this caliber among its young scientists. The APSUO thanks all the nominators for their time and effort in identifying and nurturing such outstanding young people.

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APS Debuts New Comprehensive User Portal
You’ll notice that the APS Home Web Page is sporting a new look!  Instead of the three,  big colorful buttons on the top right-hand side of the page, you’ll see the words “APS User Portal” in large type.  When you click on the words or the icon, you’ll see two options:  “Current User:  APS Portal Log-in” and “New User:  Registration and New User Process Overview.”

Once you’ve logged into the portal, you’ll be presented with a body of information about you and your interactions with the APS.  Your personal summary includes:

  • your biographical information (and a link that will let you update it)
  • your access status
  • your user training status (with links to update your training if any of your courses are expired)
  • your home institution’s user agreement status (with links to apply for a user agreement if your institution doesn’t have one), and
  • a list of the General User proposals and Experiment Safety Assessment Forms (ESAFs) on which you are listed. 

On a side bar, you’ll find links to all the interactive user systems (Beam Time Access System, ESAF system, End of Experiment System, etc.), all of which you’ll be able to access without an additional log in!

Finally, and very important, there is a Check-in Form you need to complete each time you plan a visit to the APS. By letting us know your arrival date and time, the APS can ensure that all necessary preparations have been made for your visit and your APS/beamline contact will be ready to greet you. (Contact: Susan Strasser, APS User Office, strasser@aps.anl.gov)

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GM/CA Beamlines Join XSD; Bob Fischetti Named Associate Division Director for Structural Biology in the X-ray Science Division
Effective June 1, the staff of the General Medical Sciences and Cancer Institutes (GM/CA) beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source will move to the X-ray Science Division in the Argonne Photon Sciences directorate (from the Biosciences Division in the Argonne Computing, Environment, and Life Sciences directorate). GM/CA is a national user facility funded by the two NIH Institutes providing world-leading capabilities for structural biology.

In its new home at APS, GM/CA will continue to be scientifically directed by Janet Smith of the University of Michigan and managed by Robert Fischetti of Argonne. Dr. Fischetti is an internationally recognized leader in synchrotron radiation facility design and operations, with broad knowledge of synchrotron science, beamline construction and instrumentation, and applications of synchrotron radiation in structural molecular biology. As part of the move to the APS, he will become the associate division director for structural biology in the X-ray Science Division.

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BRIEFLY NOTED

--X-rays in the Fourth Dimension -- Users Meeting Satellite Workshop May 5-6 at the Park Hyatt Chicago
Relative to space, the dimension of time has been underexploited in x-ray science. Interesting phenomena span a hierarchy of timescales, and the advent of new x-ray facilities brings a broad range of capabilities. The goal of this workshop is to assess the worldwide portfolio of x-ray sources and identify classes of experiments best done at complementary facilities (synchrotrons and XFELs). Attendees will brainstorm about potential experiments to interrogate dynamics in complex systems: materials, chemistry, condensed matter physics, atomic molecular and optical physics. Speakers include knowledgable, high-ranking representatives from the US (APS, ALS, SSRL, LCLS), Europe (ESRF, PETRA, Flash, XFEL, BESSY, SLS, SwissFEL, FERMI) and Japan (SPring-8, SACLA), leading scientists engaged in time-resolved studies using x-rays and thought leaders in condensed matter physics, materials, chemistry, and AMO physics.

Registration: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1064334

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--Calling All Video Makers! Usies Videos: Deadline for Submission is April 27, 2012
See http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/usies.php for all the details!

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-- Bikes Are Back!
Due to the early spring weather, the Bike Share bicycles have been brought out of storage early this year. The Bike Share Program provides free bicycles for employee use all over the Laboratory. It’s a healthy and fun way to travel around the Argonne site without producing carbon emissions.

APS users, non-employee students, and subcontractor employees are eligible to use the bikes after completing a required training course and signing a liability waiver (ANL-877). Users should send an e-mail to bikeshare@anl.gov to sign up for the required training. The bike safety training course (ESH561 – Bicycle Safety) is available online for employees’ convenience. The bike safety training course must be completed in order to use Argonne’s Bike Share Program.

Free bicycle helmets are issued after the completion of the bike safety training course. Employees will receive one bike helmet only. It is the employee’s responsibility to replace lost or damaged helmets. Drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are required to follow the Illinois Rules of the Road at all times. Bikes must stay within the Laboratory boundary; no forays into the forest preserve.

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-- 2012 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting Important Dates
Friday, April 13, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. CST: Deadline for submission of abstracts for the Poster Session (http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/Posters/)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012: Deadline for reservations at the Guest House at special meeting rate (http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/lodge_travel.php)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at midnight: Deadline for general registrations at the "early" meeting rate (http://usersmeeting2012.conference.anl.gov/)

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-- Call For Abstracts - MRS Symposium VV: Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons and Synchrotron X-Rays
The MRS Symposium VV: Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons and Synchrotron X-Rays will be held at the MRS-Fall-2012 meeting in Boston, November 25-30, 2012, bringing  together most modern and emerging characterization methods and materials scientists in a widest range. Please see the Call For Papers, listing more details and the scope of the symposium (http://mrs.org/f12-cfp-vv).

The Symposium is organized in the framework of the MRS Fall conference. Speakers must submit abstracts by the June 19, 2012, deadline. Abstract submission will run from May 19 - June 19, 2012. A joint session related to diffraction methods applied to amorphous substances is being offered with Symposium NN: Structure-Property Relations in Amorphous Solids (http://mrs.org/f12-cfp-nn).

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-- Registration Open for the X-FEL School 2012 in France
Registration is open for the X-FEL School 2012, which will take place June 4-8, 2012, at the Balcons du Lac on the shore of Lake Annecy, France. This school follows the first French X-FEL school held in Giens in October 2010.

The X-FEL school 2012 will give a comprehensive overview of the research opportunities offered by X-ray and XUV Free Electron Laser facilities. The main experimental techniques will be presented in detail during lectures and illustrated by scientific highlights. More information is available at http://xfel2012.grenoble.cnrs.fr. Deadline for registration is May 6, 2012.

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-- Tax Presentation Available to View On-line until April 17
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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-- Next General User Proposal Deadline: July 13, 2012
http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/apply_for_beamtime.html