APS User News
Issue 82, November 6, 2012
-- APS User Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
-- Physics, Picasso, and House Paint: X-rays Solve a Mystery
-- CALL FOR: APS Workshop Proposals and Invited Speaker Suggestions--Due January 11, 2013!
--"There's an app for APS!"
-- Welcome Susan White-DePace, Associate Manager for User Programs
-- Nature.com Launches Scientific Reports
-- Sidewalk Construction Begins from APS to Building 314
-- Newly Reduced Speed Limit in 201 Area
-- Upcoming Meetings of Interest
-- General User Proposal Deadline for Run 2013-2: March 8, 2013
-- Current APS Job Openings
-- Save the Date: 2013 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting Set for May 6-9, 2013
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The October 2012 issue of Physics World took a look at “Focus on Big Science: Challenges in building the next generation of physics facilities” with the help of APS Director Brian Stephenson. Read Stephenson’s opinion "Illuminating New Frontiers" on page 28 of the on-line publication at http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/fvx/iop/physworld/big-science12/ or click here for a .pdf of the article.
I'd like to congratulate Prof. Brian Kobilka from Stanford who, along with Prof. Robert Lefkowitz from Duke, won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on G-protein-coupled receptors, as described in the story below. Prof. Kobilka and his group were able to understand these critically important membrane proteins in part because of the microfocusing capabilities available at the GM/CA beamlines at Sector 23 of APS, which allowed detailed atomic structures to be obtained from the tiny crystals. The hard work and perseverance of Prof. Kobilka was complemented by the dedication of the staff that have made APS the forefront user facility that it is today. So I'd also like to congratulate the staff of GM/CA and of APS, who can deservedly feel proud of their contributions to this outstanding body of work.
This Nobel Prize is an illustration of how technical developments driven by the needs of one field can have widespread scientific impact across diverse areas. The continually improving ability to focus hard x-rays that has become so important in macromolecular crystallography also enables many other fields of science at the APS, advancing the forefront of materials science, high-pressure research, high-resolution spectroscopy, nanoscience, and cell biology, to name a few. Imaging and in situ studies with hard x-rays, the two overarching strategic themes identified for the future of APS and the central science drivers of the APS Upgrade, are both blossoming, helped by the revolution in focusing capabilities. We can confidently look forward to many more research triumphs in the coming years.
In closing, our hearts go out to our friends and colleagues on the East Coast who have been affected by the devastating storm, including those who work at our sister laboratory Brookhaven. We wish you and the region as speedy a recovery as possible.
APS User Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded to APS user Brian K. Kobilka (Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA) and Robert J. Lefkowitz (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC) for their groundbreaking insights into how our cells recognize their environment. The G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) studied by Lefkowitz and Kobilka are a class of proteins embedded in cell membranes that sense molecules external to the cell—almost half of all medications utilize these receptors!
In 2007, Kobilka headed a collaborative research group that solved the first-ever structure of a human GPCR. Then, in 2011, the team revealed the first high-resolution picture of transmembrane signaling by a GPCR complex between a GPCR and its G protein (published in Nature) with the help of the high-intensity mini-beam and rastering capabilities at the GM/CA-CAT beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source (see http://www.gmca.aps.anl.gov/news/Kobilka_2011_11.html).
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded 104 times to 163 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2012. A complete history of the chemistry prize can be found at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/.
Physics, Picasso, and House Paint: X-rays Solve a Mystery
The front page of the Chicago Tribune is perhaps an unlikely place to find a scientist from the APS and CNM’s X-ray Microscopy Group, but that is exactly where Volker Rose could be found on October 10, 2012. In a collaboration with the Chicago Art Institute’s Francesca Casadio (conservation scientist) and Allison Langley (paintings conservator), Rose helped answer a question that has long bothered the art world: Did Pablo Picasso use common house paint in his work?
CALL FOR: APS Workshop Proposals and Invited Speaker Suggestions--Due January 11, 2013!
The 2013 APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting is scheduled for May 6-9, 2013. The APS Users Organization (APSUO) Steering Committee is now calling for proposals for APS-specific workshops and APS plenary session speakers ideas. The workshop proposals should be no more than one page long and include a description of the workshop's scientific or technical focus, a list of suggested speakers (it need not be a final list), and the names of two workshop organizers.
Funds will be available to help cover costs associated with workshop organization, but identification of other support would be useful. The workshop schedule will be announced after the first APSUO Steering Committee meeting of 2013.
Have you heard any interesting talks lately or know of someone whose research would make for a fascinating invited talk in the APS plenary session? Please submit their name and a brief description of their possible talk topic. Please submit proposals and speaker suggestions to Connie Vanni (APS User Office) firstname.lastname@example.org.
"There's an app for APS!"
An app is available for users of Android phones and tablets that allows monitoring the status of the Advanced Photon Source with updates at approximately one-minute intervals. Click-to-zoom plots give history data for the last 24 hours and the last week. In addition to the main app, there's a home-screen widget that gives a few key parameters and that changes color when there is a problem. The app is free of cost and free of ads. The only permission required is internet access.
To get the app, look for "APSStatus" (no spaces!) on play.google.com. Questions? Contact Michael Borland (email@example.com).
--Welcome Susan White-DePace, Associate Manager for User Programs
The APS User Office welcomes Susan White-DePace, the new Associate Manager for User Programs. Susan or “SWD” as she’s called to distinguish her from Susan Strasser (Manager, User Programs) has joined the APS from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) where she was the Manager of the Guest, User, Visitor (GUV) Center. Susan opened the GUV Center for the laboratory to provide centralized services for all users, guests, and visitors coming to Brookhaven. Throughout her more than 35-year career at Brookhaven, Susan made several major contributions including opening the user offices for the National Synchrotron Light Source (the first-ever user office for a national laboratory) as well as for the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and Alternating Gradient Synchrotron facilities! She was also the driving force behind the inception of the Association of Students and Post Docs at BNL.
--Nature.com Launches Scientific Reports
Nature.com has launched Scientific Reports, (http://www.nature.com/srep/index.html) an online, open access primary research publication covering all areas of the natural sciences. Scientific Reports is open to all, publishing technically sound, original research papers of interest to specialists within their field, without barriers to access. Papers are reviewed using an external editorial board and a streamlined peer-review system to ensure they are technically sound. The site also offers search capability, monthly journal-related statistical summaries, and a Twitter account to follow publications. More information can be found here.
--Sidewalk Construction Begins from APS to Building 314
Weather permitting, construction is set to start on Monday, October 29, 2012, on a sidewalk from LOMs 431 and 432 to Building 314 (high-bay lab space). Construction is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. Use caution when walking or driving in this area. If there are any questions or safety concerns please contact Ed Russell on pager 4-1852.
--Newly Reduced Speed Limit in 201 Area
Beginning the week of October 29, 2012, the speed limit on Inner Circle Drive will be reduced to 25 miles per hour (mph) from 30 mph. The Laboratory's Traffic Safety Committee conducted a study and determined that 25 mph is a more appropriate and safe speed limit for this area of the Laboratory due to the many buildings, parking lot entrances, pedestrians, and crosswalks. Please be vigilant for areas of reduced speed in this part of the Lab.
Other important reminders about driving on site at Argonne include the following: the use of cell phones or other mobile communication devices while driving on the Argonne campus is prohibited (the Argonne Protective Force will issue tickets to users who violate this rule); drivers must always yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing at marked crosswalks; and anyone operating a motor vehicle must have a valid driver's license or instruction permit, wear seat belts, obey traffic signs and signals, have liability insurance, and be alert for road hazards. Remember that the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code applies site-wide at Argonne National Laboratory.
--Upcoming Meetings of Interest
November 25-30, 2012: The MRS Symposium VV: Advanced Materials Exploration with Neutrons and Synchrotron X-rays at the MRS-Fall-2012 meeting in Boston, MA, USA (http://mrs.org/f12-cfp-vv).
November 30, 2012: Abstract submission deadline for the “Transport and Fate: Microorganisms, colloids, engineered nanoparticles, and emerging contaminants in the environment" session at the 2013 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting, July 21-24, 2013, in Kansas City, MO, USA (http://www.asabemeetings.org/call_for_papers.html).
January 23 - 25 2013: European XFEL Users' Meeting 2013 at DESY in Hamburg, Germany (http://www.xfel.eu/2013-users-meeting/)
March 12-14, 2013: School on High-resolution Neutron Scattering to MEasure SLOw Dynamics (MELODY), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA (http://neutrons.ornl.gov/calendar/).
April 7-11, 2013: 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition (Program Theme: Chemistry of Energy & Food). Abstract submission now open. Housing/Registration opens December 2012. (http://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/meetings/spring2013/index.htm).
December 2-6, 2013: Neutron Scattering & X-ray Studies for the Advancement of Materials at Thermec 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA (http://www.thermec.org/template3s/)
--General User Proposal Deadline for Run 2013-2: March 8, 2013
--Current APS Job Openings
There are a number of science and engineering positions available at the Advanced Photon Source. See http://www.aps.anl.gov/jobs/.
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