APS User News-at-a-Glance

Issue 3; December 13, 2000




All of us at the Advanced Photon Source wish you a happy holiday season and a scientifically productive new year!

1. New Argonne Director Tours APS

(Contact: gks@aps.anl.gov)

Photo of Hermann GrunderDuring a recent tour of the APS, Hermann Grunder, newly appointed Director of Argonne National Laboratory, expressed great enthusiasm for the quality and diversity of scientific research being conducted here. Grunder walked the complete accelerator complex, beginning in the Linac, viewing the Low Energy Undulator Test Line, walking through parts of the booster tunnel and storage ring, stopping in the control room, and covering the entire experiment hall floor. As he stopped and spoke with various users, he expressed his eagerness to know more about each of their scientific programs and reiterated his excitement about the world-class science taking place at the APS.

Grunder came to Argonne from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, where he served as the director from 1985 until November 1 of this year. Prior to 1985, Grunder was the deputy director of general sciences at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California. He has published extensively in the areas of nuclear physics, high-energy and heavy-ion accelerators, applications of accelerators in medical research, and accelerator technology, and holds a doctorate in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Basel and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

In describing his vision for Argonne and the Advanced Photon Source, Grunder stated that we should have "one goal and one goal only: to do the best science and technology that we know how."

Holiday Closings Announced

(contact: apsuser@aps.anl.gov)

Argonne National Laboratory will begin its annual holiday shutdown following close of business on Thursday, December 21, 2000, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2001. The current user run also ends on Thursday, December 21, with the next user run beginning on Wednesday, January 17.

The Argonne Guest House front desk will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, and will reopen on Wednesday, December 27. From December 27 through December 30, the front desk will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Guest House will be closed entirely on December 31 and January 1 and will reopen for the year on January 2 at 8:00 a.m. No food service will be available in the Guest House from 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 22 until January 2; the 5 to 9 Grill will also be closed after 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, reopening at its regular time on January 2.

First APS User Activity Report Posted on the Web

(Contact: vanni@aps.anl.gov)

Check out the link below to view the complete on-line version of the first APS User Activity Report:


The full report includes 284 submissions in the disciplines of applied, biological, chemical, geological, materials, and nuclear sciences, as well as instrumentation and techniques. The site is searchable by the last name of the primary author, CAT, beamline, and scientific discipline. The report includes research conducted between "first light" (March 1995) and the end of 1999.

4. APS User Statistics

(Contact: strasser@aps.anl.gov)

A decade after the initial ground-breaking for the APS, which took place on June 4, 1990, the APS user community is nearing 3000 (with 2914 badged users as of December 8). More than half of these users, 1527, were on site during the past year, with almost a third of them "first-timers" at the APS. Twenty-four percent of the users here this year were graduate or undergraduate students, 17% were post-docs, and the rest were faculty members at universities or colleges or research scientists at private, national, or industrial research laboratories.

Research in biological/life sciences and materials science accounted for almost three-quarters of all user research this year, but experiments in physics, chemistry, medical applications, earth and environmental sciences, optics, engineering, and instrumentation or technique development also produced significant results. (Check our the current User Activity Report at the Web site listed above for some of these highlights.) Publications in refereed journals resulting from APS user research in the past two years number 385, 59 of which were in Science, Nature, Nature/Structural Biology, Physical Review Letters, or the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

5. Be Generous this Season: Share Your Research Results with Others!

(Contact: fenner@aps.anl.gov)

In keeping with the prevailing spirit of this holiday season, the APS invites you to share your research results with others. Specifically, we're looking for items to include as research highlights on the APS Web home page, as well as longer, more comprehensive articles to include in our periodical, Advanced Photon Source Research. Research highlights are brief abstracts of published research featured for a defined period of time and then archived. (To see samples of completed highlights, go to http://www.aps.anl.gov/highlights/hilitesarchive.html and click on any link.) Articles for Advanced Photon Source Research should be written at the level of Scientific American and directed toward colleagues in the international x-ray research community, scientific and technical press, and interested legislators and legislative staff. If you have material that you are willing to contribute for either of these venues, contact Rick Fenner (fenner@aps.anl.gov), who will help you prepare the material.

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