APS User News
Issue 83, December 20, 2012

CONTENTS

DIRECTOR'S CORNER

APS UPGRADE NEWS by George Srajer, APS Upgrade Director

USER MATTERS
-- 11-BM Beamline Featured in the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society
-- Sequestration a Potential Threat to U.S. R&D
-- Winter Shuttle Transportation Now Available Onsite
-- Congratulations to Glenn Decker, Named Fellow of the American Physical Society
-- Congratulations to Stephen Southworth, Named Fellow of the American Physical Society
-- Argonne Gets $120M New Batteries and Energy Storage Hub
-- Congressmen Highlight U.S. Investment in Research: The Year of the Federal Lab

BRIEFLY NOTED
-- Holiday Gate Closings
-- SAXS Software Packages Irena and Nika Winter 2013 Course
-- Don't Forget: Call for APS Workshop Proposals and Invited Speaker Suggestions--Due January 11, 2013!
-- Funny Holiday Song Lyrics
-- Nanoscience Program Restructured
-- Upcoming Meetings of Interest
-- General User Proposal Deadline for Run 2013-2: March 8, 2013
-- Current APS Job Openings
-- "Building on Success: Focus on the Future" APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting, May 6-9, 2013
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DIRECTOR’S CORNER
As I write this we are in the final hours of beam time for 2012, and it is a natural time to look back over the achievements for the year. This was a great year for science at APS, with more users, experiments, and publications than ever before. Research enabled by APS capabilities provided the insights needed across an ever-increasing range of fields, and our users received accolades, including a Nobel prize. Tremendous progress was made in developing plans for the APS Upgrade. All of this was achieved in concert with our best ever safety performance.
 
As our elected representatives grapple with the federal budget in the coming weeks and months, it is important that we communicate to them the value of scientific research in general and DOE Office of Science User Facilities such as APS in particular. These are excellent investments to address the major challenges facing our society in energy, the environment, and health, which will provide ample returns for future generations.  

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday break and look forward to a new year that is even more productive.

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APS UPGRADE NEWS by George Srajer, APS Upgrade Director
I am pleased to report the successful completion of the DOE CD-2 Review of the APS Upgrade that took place between December 4 and 6. The purpose of this review, chaired by Daniel Lehman, the Director of the Office of Project Assessment, was to determine if the APS Upgrade Project had fulfilled the requirements for CD-2, “Approve Performance Baseline,” and was ready to request CD-2 approval. The review committee was charged to assess the Project in areas of management; scope; cost and schedule; environment, safety and health; quality assurance; responsiveness to prior reviews; and documentation preparation. The overall assessment of the Committee was to recommend APS Upgrade for CD-2 approval.

During the course of the review, 26 reviewers heard 58 presentations spanning the scope of the Project and its relationship to the ongoing operations of the APS. The Committee made constructive recommendations and the Project will provide responses prior to CD-2 approval by the DOE Office of Science Energy Systems Acquisition Advisory Board (ESAAB).

The CD-2 review was the most important review to date and its successful outcome is a result of an extraordinary effort for all involved. I look forward to continue working with our user community to ensure future successes.

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USER MATTERS

11-BM Beamline Featured in the Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society
"Deciphering the discipline: First time with beam time" by Chris Turner The Bulletin of the American Ceramic Society (2012) vol. 91 (8) pp. 64. (http://americanceramicsociety.org/bulletin/2012_pdf_files/octnov_12/)

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Sequestration a Potential Threat to U.S. R&D
A recent briefing on Capitol Hill organized by the international non-profit organization The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) warned that the possibility of “sequestration” (severe, across-the-board federal budget cuts) portends possibly “crippling” impacts on the U.S. research and development—impacts that could last a generation. You can read more about the AAAS outlook on the sequestration story here.

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Winter Shuttle Transportation Now Available Onsite
The GreenLab Shuttle is now running onsite from December 3, 2012, through March 29, 2013. The shuttle provides employees and visitors with a safe, sustainable means of traveling from location to location. Using the shuttle rather than personal vehicles can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Taking the shuttle instead of walking from building to building also reduces the potential for slips, trips and falls during winter months.

The GreenLab Shuttle follows a predefined route and schedule, but riders can flag down the shuttle for pick-up anywhere along the route. The shuttle runs daily and has Main Gate (near the Argonne Information Center where users pick up badges/gate passes) morning pick-up times at 7:35, 8:15, and 8:55 a.m. and Main Gate evening drop-off times at 4:45 and 5:25 p.m. (all convenient for Pace bus route 715 commuters). The Argonne Guest House and the APS are regular stops on the route. View the schedule here.

The GreenLab Shuttle is part of the Argonne Sustainability Program’s green commuting strategy. GreenLab Shuttle will run during the cold season; Bike Share bikes are available to employees during warm weather months.

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Congratulations to Glenn Decker, Named Fellow of the American Physical Society
Accelerator Science Division Senior Scientist Glenn Decker has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (Division of Physics of Beams), an honor limited to no more than one-half of one percent of the society's membership of more than 50,000.

Decker is recognized for his "outstanding contributions to the design, commissioning, and enhancement of synchrotron light sources, and for innovative developments in the field of particle beam diagnostics. In particular for the accelerator alignment technique necessary to reduce stray radiation background signals from photoemission-type photon beam position monitors and for the subsequent development of the largest deployment in the world of such monitors in a global closed-loop orbit feedback system." The alignment technique is known as the "Decker distortion."

During the construction of the APS, Decker served as storage ring manager. He defined many of the technical specifications for ring components, including the structure of the orbit correction systems. He led the team that successfully commissioned the APS linac, positron accumulator ring, booster, associated transport lines and storage ring. He also fully integrated photon beam position monitors into APS orbit correction systems, which now have the largest complement of closed-loop insertion device photon beam position monitors in the world. He extended this technology to canted undulator beamlines.

He was awarded the University of Chicago Medal for Distinguished Performance in 1996 for his work as storage ring manager on APS design and commissioning.

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Congratulations to Stephen Southworth, Named Fellow of the American Physical Society
X-ray Science Division Senior Scientist Stephen Southworth has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics), recognized for  "pioneering the development of atomic and molecular spectroscopies with 3rd- and 4th-generation light sources including such new effects as higher multipole asymmetries, double K-shell photoionization, and femtosecond electronic response of atoms to ultra-intense x-rays."

Southworth is the leader of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Group in XSD. His work has had a major impact on the field of Atomic and Molecular Physics.  In synchrotron-based work, he did innovative experiments on the anisotropy of polarized x-ray emission from molecules, where distinctly different angular distributions were obtained for x-ray emission involving molecular orbitals of different symmetry. He also performed seminal experiments on double K-shell photoionization of Ne, non-dipole asymmetries in photoelectron angular distributions in argon, and the first observation of Compton double ionization of helium.  Two particularly challenging experiments included the development of an x-ray microprobe at the Advanced Photon Source, and the observation of ultra-fast laser induced x-ray transparency at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Steve was also a key player in the first experiment at the Linac Coherent Light Source LCLS, which studied femtosecond electronic response of atoms to ultra-intense x-rays. In this experiment, fully stripped neon was obtained in the course of a single femtosecond x-ray pulse, creating a condition of x-ray transparency induced by the intense pulse of x-rays.

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Argonne Gets $120M New Batteries and Energy Storage Hub
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded Argonne funding up to $120M to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, which will be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). This exciting scientific venture is focused on invention, innovation, and commercialization of revolutionary energy storage technologies with a goal of “Five-Five-Five” – creating batteries that are five times more powerful and five times less expensive within five years.

The Hub partners include, in addition to Argonne, four national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory), five universities (The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The University of Michigan, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and three industrial partners (Johnson Controls, Dow Chemical, and Applied Materials). The Clean Energy Trust is also involved.

You can read more about the project in the U.S. Department of Energy news release and in additional articles here and here.

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Congressmen Highlight U.S. Investment in Research: The Year of the Federal Lab
Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced legislation to focus on the critical U.S. investment in research by declaring 2013 the “Year of the Federal Lab." On November 16, House Resolution 815 was introduced, which states that federal laboratories have been and continue to be at the cutting edge of scientific and technological advancement.

From a press release published on Congressman Hultgren’s web site:
 
“National laboratories- such as our own Fermi and Argonne- are at the forefront of U.S. innovation, which ultimately creates jobs and strengthens the middle class,” Hultgren said. “In order to keep them there, we have to think long-term with our research funding.”
 
“All of our federally-funded labs, and there are more than 100 of them, deserve more credit and attention for their important role in keeping the United States as the world’s economic and innovation leader,” Fattah said. “Are we content to fall behind in the areas of energy, space, science, and technology, or will we make the necessary investments to win the future? …We cannot maintain world leadership on the cheap.”
 
The Resolution highlights all the national energy laboratories, as well as more than 100 other labs that serve as federally funded research and development centers, or are owned, leased, or otherwise used by a Federal agency and funded by the Federal Government.
 
Earlier this year, Congressman Hultgren was named a Champion of Science by The Science Coalition, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of the nation’s leading public and private research universities dedicated to sustaining strong federal funding of basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive America’s global competitiveness.
 
The University of Illinois and The University of Chicago are members of The Science Coalition.

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BRIEFLY NOTED

--Holiday Gate Closings
Argonne National Laboratory and the Advanced Photon Source will close for the holidays at the end of the day on Friday, December 21, 2012. The APS facility and buildings will not be available to users at any time during the holiday closure, which runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

The Argonne Guest House will close at noon CST on Friday, December 21, 2012, and will re-open at 8:00 am CST on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Although the Laboratory resumes normal operations on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, the Advanced Photon Source will be in a maintenance period through 4:00 pm CST January 22, followed immediately by a machine studies period through 4:00 pm CST January 29. You can view the official APS Operations schedule at http://www.aps.anl.gov/Facility/Schedule/.

The staff of the Advanced Photon Source wish you and your families a happy holiday season!

Date

Main Gate

West Gate

East Gate

Monday, Dec. 24

Open 24/7

Open 5:45 am—
6:00 pm

CLOSED

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Open 24/7

CLOSED

CLOSED

Wednesday Dec. 26 thru Monday Dec. 31

Open 24/7

Open 5:45 am—
6:00 pm

CLOSED

Tuesday Jan. 1

Open 24/7

CLOSED

CLOSED

Wednesday Jan. 2

Laboratory resumes normal operations.

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--SAXS Software Packages Irena and Nika Winter 2013 Course
Successful small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) experiment requires appropriate data reduction and analysis tools. Igor Pro-based packages Nika (for SAXS data reduction) and Irena (for SAXS data analysis) were developed during the last 10 years at the APS. They are already being widely used for materials science SAXS at the APS and at other facilities worldwide. This hands-on SAXS short course is geared toward new SAXS users, starting with their own SAXS program, focusing more heavily on experiments, theory etc. Participants are expected to have a high level of SAXS experience and bring their own computers (Windows or OSX). In addition, they are encouraged to bring their own SAXS experimental results.

Taught by: Jan Ilavsky, XSD, APS
When: Thurs., January 31 - Fri., February 1, 2013
Times: Course will nominally run from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm each day
Where: APS Bldg. 402, E1100/1200
Number of participants: limit 20 attendees
Cost: free
Registration: http://www.regonline.com/saxssoftwarepackagesirenaandnika_winter

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--Don't Forget: Call for APS Workshop Proposals and Invited Speaker Suggestions--Due January 11, 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) vanni@aps.anl.gov.

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--Funny Holiday Song Lyrics
Enjoy these "non-traditional" holiday lyrics by Chris Jacobsen (XSD) and his wife, Holly:

To the tune of "Deck the Halls":
"Deck the walls with safety posters / fa la la la la / la la la la
Let's be zero-injury boasters / fa la la la la / la la la la
Don we now our safety goggles / fa la la / la la la / la la la
Many hazards brains do boggle / fa la la la la / la la la la

See the blazing lab before us / fa la la la la / la la la la
Pull alarm and run to forest / fa la la la la / la la la la
Follow me in merry measure / fa la la / la la la / la la la
While we sing of safety pleasures / fa la la la la / la la la la"

To the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree":
"Oh APS, oh APS, your beamlines they have branches.
Oh APS, oh APS, your photons they enchant us.
All through the year, your photons fly.
When your beam dumps, we weep and cry.
Oh APS, oh APS, your photons they enchant us.

Oh APS, oh APS, photons so energetic.
Oh APS, oh APS, beam time is always frantic.
The sample's bad, detector's dead.
But with Plan B, we'll plow ahead.
Oh APS, oh APS, photons so energetic".

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--Nanoscience Program Restructured
Effective December 3, The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) Division has been renamed the Nanoscience and Technology (NST) Division, and now contains two user facilities: the Center for Nanoscale Materials and the Electron Microscopy Center. There are no operational or organizational changes within the user facilities as a result of the new name.

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--Upcoming Meetings of Interest

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).

April 15-18, 2013: SPIE conference on "Advances in X-ray Free-Electron Laser Instrumentation." Deadline for registration and paper submission mid January 2013. Prague, Czech Republic. (http://spie.org/x25077.xml)

May 13-17, 2013: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) User Summer School. Application deadline April 7, 2013. Tallahassee, FL, USA (http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/usershub/summerschool/2013/index.html)

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/)

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--General User Proposal Deadline for Run 2013-2: March 8, 2013
http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/apply_for_beamtime.html

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--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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--"Building on Success: Focus on the Future" APS/CNM/EMC Users Meeting, May 6-9, 2013
The 2013 Users Meeting theme is "Building on Success: Focus on the Future." Bookmark the meeting web site http://usersmeeting2013.conference.anl.gov/ and check back in 2013 for updates!

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