APS User News-at-a-Glance

Issue 1; September 20, 2000




1. Electronic Bulletin Established for APS Users

This issue of APS User News-at-a-Glance is the first of periodic electronic news bulletins for APS users. If you've received this issue by direct e-mail, you are already subscribed and need to do nothing further to receive future bulletins. If you prefer not to receive these messages, you can unsubscribe by replying to this e-mail and placing the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line of your e-mail reply.

2. Web-based Independent Investigator Proposal Submission Goes "Live"

This fall, IMCA-CAT, UNI-CAT, and SBC-CAT will join SRI-CAT in accepting proposals from Independent Investigators (IIs) to conduct research at their beamlines. According to APS policy, Collaborative Access Teams (CATs) are required to make a minimum of 25% of their beam time available to IIs selected through a proposal process, with II time allocations beginning one year from the time each beamline or station is declared operational.

Individuals can apply for beam time as IIs if they are not members of the CAT that owns and operates the beamline they wish to use AND if the intellectual origin of the proposed research is independent of the CAT. Although proposals can be submitted at any time, individual CATs often establish their own deadlines for proposal submission and review. Click on this link: http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/Scientific_Access/Becoming_A_User/ to access the APS Independent Investigator Proposal Submission and Review Web page and follow the instructions there to obtain information about specific CATs and/or submit a proposal.

After each proposal is submitted, it will be reviewed according to the review process designated by the prospective host CAT, and the CAT will decide whether to accept the proposal and schedule beam time. If the proposal is accepted, the CAT will contact the II with specific instructions and notification of scheduled beam time. Operational considerations, technical support, required experimental equipment, and training (except General Employee Radiation Training and the standard APS user orientation) will be coordinated between the II and the host CAT. If the proposal is rejected, the CAT will notify the APS User Office, which will contact the II to explain options (submission of the proposal to another CAT, revision and resubmission to the same CAT, withdrawal, or appeal).

If you have further questions, please contact Susan Strasser in the APS User Office (strasser@aps.anl.gov; 630-252-5981).

3. Call for APS User Publications

All APS users are obligated to notify the APS and their host CATs of any publications resulting from work conducted wholly or in part at the APS. The APS User Information Web page (http://www.aps.anl.gov/ui) contains a publications data-entry form (downloadable in Word or .pdf format). Users are asked to complete this form for each publication and fax or mail it to the APS User Office (fax number: 630.252.9250; address: APS User Office, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 So. Cass Ave., Argonne, Illinois 60439).

If you want to know whether your publication has already been submitted to the APS, you can search the APS publications database at the following Web address: http://beam.aps.anl.gov/pls/apsweb/pub_v2_open_0001.display_page?i_pid=91300200057058

Please note that publication listings are an important measure of APS productivity and used extensively by review panels and funding agencies. The APS appreciates your cooperation in assuring that these listings are as complete and current as possible.

4. Reminder: APS Access Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

Special permission must be obtained from the Department of Energy (DOE) before non-U.S. citizens are permitted to come to Argonne National laboratory and the APS. The APS User Office requests this permission as soon as it receives a registration form. However, it may take up to 16 weeks for permission to be granted. If you are a non-U.S. citizen who plans to come to the APS to conduct experiments, please register with the APS User Office as soon as possible at the following Web address: http://www.aps.anl.gov/xfd/user_reg_form.html.

As soon as access permission is received, User Office staff will notify the user by e-mail and schedule an appointment for orientation and badging. APS user orientation (which must be renewed every five years) must be completed before any hands-on work can be conducted at the APS. At this session, a prospective user must also complete General Employee Radiation Training (GERT) unless he or she has taken this course at another DOE facility within the past two years. Additionally, a signed User Agreement must be in place between the user's home institution and the APS. A current list of signed agreements can be found at the following Web site http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/Become_A_User/Before_You_Arrive/User_Agreements/, together with instructions in the event the prospective user's institution is not listed there

5. APS Program Evaluation Board meeting, October 11-13, 2000

The APS Program Evaluation Board (PEB) will meet on October 11-13, 2000, to conduct scientific, commissioning, and construction progress reviews for 10 of the 18 APS CATs. In addition, the PEB will be reviewing new Letters of Intent and proposals from prospective CATs, and receiving status reports from prospective CATs with approved proposals. All CAT Directors have already received the working agenda and review guidelines.

6. Highlights of the Up-coming User Run

The next APS user run will begin on Thursday, November 2, 2000, and continue through Thursday, December 21, 2000. One week of the run (Tuesday, December 5 through Monday, December 11) will be devoted to top-up operations, with the final nine days of the run (Wednesday, December 13 through Thursday, December 21) scheduled as the hybrid fill special operating mode

The APS User News-at-a-Glance is a periodic electronic news bulletin for APS users. If you've received this issue by direct e-mail, you are already subscribed and need to do nothing further to receive future bulletins. If you prefer not to receive these messages, you can unsubscribe by replying to this e-mail and placing the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line of your e-mail reply.