APS User News-at-a-Glance
Issue 24: March 12, 2004

1. Message from Murray: Next Steps in Strategic Plan
Destination APS: A Sampling of Student and Faculty Tours
3. Minutes of Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Available
4. Proposals and Requests for Time Due March 17
5. Nominations Invited by March 15 for Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
6. Ready, Set, Register! Users Meeting Web Site Is Live
7. User Office Welcomes Nena Moonier
8. Briefly Noted (opportunities for hands-on training and tours)
9. Administrative Dates and Deadlines

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1. Message from Murray
(Contact: Murray Gibson, jmgibson@aps.anl.gov)

In our four-phase 20-year plan for upgrading the APS, presented to the Department of Energy in February 2003, I argued that we would achieve more than three orders of magnitude improvement in the performance seen by our users. Also, the improved performance and support embedded in the plan could triple the number of users of our facility over the 20-year period (see links at end of article). Our strategy was well received by DOE, and the purpose of this message is to describe two immediate steps we are taking to accomplish our goals.

The first step addresses Phases I and II of our plan. These phases include constructing the remaining beamlines, renovating existing beamlines, and tailoring insertion devices for each sector. They also include significantly increased staffing on the beamline operations and support side. We will move forward on these issues by holding a strategic planning meeting in Fontana , Wisconsin , from August 29 to September 3, 2004. The meeting will be the culmination of a study on “New Scientific Directions for the APS”, which is co-chaired by Gopal Shenoy, Senior Scientific Advisor, and Sunil Sinha, Professor at University of California, San Diego, with support from our Scientific Advisory Committee. This study is bringing APS users together with scientists from outside the synchrotron field in workshops to examine the most exciting opportunities. The Wisconsin meeting will conclude with a two-day summary discussion of the results of these workshops. A particular focus of the entire process will be developing strong ideas and user communities for the four remaining insertion device sectors. Compelling proposals for these sectors will give us the necessary ammunition to convince our sponsors to make the right investments for the future.

We want to hear from many voices in this process: employees, users, and scientists who are not experienced with synchrotron radiation. Many voices are equally vital for communicating to sponsors the need for financial resources to support these new directions. Attendance at the meetings may be limited for space reasons, but we wish to get input from all parties. Anyone who has suggestions or is interested in attending workshops or the strategic planning meeting should write to Gopal Shenoy, in care of Bonnie Meyer (bsm@aps.anl.gov).

Our second step puts in motion the planning for Phases III and IV of our long-range plan, targeted for 2010-2020. Phase III, beginning in 2010, would provide improved detectors, instrumentation, and automation to the beamlines. In Phase IV, beginning in about 2015, we would rebuild the storage ring and injector complex--the “APS upgrade,” which I would like to call APS2. Even though 2015 seems a long way off, it is by no means too early to start planning for this major change. I have appointed Dennis Mills, Deputy Associate Laboratory Director, and Kwang-Je Kim, Senior Accelerator Physicist, to head a study of APS2. The goal of this study will be to develop, within the next two years, a set of clear options for the upgrade. Guiding aims of the study will be (a) improved performance delivered to our existing user base through existing beam ports and (b) the possibility of novel designs, including a new injector, which could bring exciting fourth-generation capabilities to our users. Within those constraints, we should be open to all innovative ideas. The target is to hold a strategic planning meeting in the summer of 2006 at which we would discuss our ideas for APS2 with users and zero in on the best option. Following that we would make a case for strategic funding from the Laboratory to advance our plans.

Our success in the future is tied directly to the science done by our users. We look forward to exciting discussions on how to take the APS to the next level.

Twenty-year plan

User News summary of plan

Report of BESAC meeting

2. Destination APS: A Sampling of Student and Faculty Tours
(Contact: APS User Office, apsuser@aps.anl.gov)

APS is becoming an increasingly popular destination for student (and faculty) field trips. In fact, on Saturday, March 13 we will host three tours:
-- University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Members of the Society for Physics Students are taking a spring break trip to Fermilab (Batavia, Ill.) and Argonne, including APS.
--Northwestern University: Prospective incoming graduate students will be introduced to the various research opportunities that are available to them via Argonne National Laboratory's association with Northwestern.
--Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Local teachers will tour the facility and see a demonstration.

Among the groups that have visited recently were two dozen Northwestern University students from Prof. Michael Bedzyk's materials science crystallography and diffraction course. After finding out what it was like to have lunch surrounded by hundreds of scientists and engineers, they were then taken on guided tours of the APS by several scientists with different specialties ranging from accelerator physics to x-ray optics to surface science. From the evidence of a photo provided by Prof. Bedzyk, they had a great time! We invite any groups interested in visiting to contact the User Office at apsuser@aps.anl.gov or 630-252-9090.

3. Minutes of Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Available
(Contact: Susan Strasser, strasser@aps.anl.gov)

The APS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) held its second annual meeting on January 20-24, 2004. During this meeting, the SAC members listened to an review of scientific and technical highlights, discussed the eight sector reviews conducted during 2003 and formulated final recommendations to the APS for these sectors, discussed responses to the 2002 sector review reports, discussed various policy and procedure issues, and reviewed partner user proposals. Also included during the meeting was a full-day cross-cut review entitled “Science with Microbeams.” The full minutes of the SAC meeting can be found at http://www.aps.anl.gov/user/committees/sac/20040120.html.  A separate report on the cross-cut review is being prepared now and will be available shortly.

4. Proposals and Requests for Time Due March 17
(Contact: Jane Andrew, jandrew@aps.anl.gov)

The deadline to request general user and partner user time for Run 2004-2 (May 25 to August 25) is March 17. Note that the deadline is a Wednesday this time, due to scheduling issues. Please remember that even if you have an existing proposal, you must submit a beam time request for each cycle in which you want time. That way we know exactly what your intentions are. Note that technical and User Office support will not be available after 5:00 p.m. on March 17; please check that you have access to the system before that time. For assistance, please write to gu_program@aps.anl.gov. The proposal system is at http://beam.aps.anl.gov/pls/apsweb/gup0005.start_page.

5. Nominations Invited by March 15 for Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award
(Contact: Susan Strasser, strasser@aps.anl.gov)

In conjunction with the Advanced Photon Source, the APS Users Organization has established the APSUO Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award to recognize an important technical or scientific accomplishment by a young investigator that depended on, or is beneficial to, the APS. The award is open to senior graduate students and those whose Ph.D. was awarded no more than two years prior to nomination.

Nominations for the award are due March 15. Instructions are at http://www.aps.anl.gov/conferences/2004um/award.htm.

The award, which consists of a plaque plus $1000, will be presented at the 2004 APS Users Meeting and the recipient of the award give a 20-minute talk on his or her research at the meeting. This new award will alternate with the Compton Award at subsequent Users Meetings.

6. Ready, Set, Register! Users Meeting Web Site Is Live
(Contact: Susan Strasser, strasser@aps.anl.gov)

Yes, folks, step right up and register! The 2004 Users Meeting web site is now open for business at http://www.aps.anl.gov/conferences/2004um/. Make note of these two dates: April 1 and April 19. April 1 is the deadline for poster abstracts and for registration by users who are not U.S. citizens. April 19 is the deadline for housing reservations and for registration without a late fee. The meeting itself runs Monday, May 3, through Thursday, May 6.

The schedule features four full-day workshops and four half-day workshops, as well as two poster sessions, in addition to the main scientific program. Registration is $200 for the APS meeting alone, or $225 for joint registration with the First Users Meeting for the Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials (May 3-4). Students get a reduced registration fee ($75), as well as a chance at the cash prize for the three best student posters.

7. User Office Welcomes Nena Moonier

On February 20, Nena Moonier joined the User Office as the APS/CNM User Administrator. Nena will be working with the Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials to develop the Center's user program. She will also be involved in developing user data systems and training for the APS and CNM, as well as the partner user programs for both facilities.

Nena holds a B.S. in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.S. in molecular biology from Illinois State University . Before joining the User Office, she worked for five years an APS floor coordinator at several sectors around the ring.

8. Briefly Noted

Sixth National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, August 15-29, 2004
(Contact: Dean Haeffner, APS/XOR, haeffner@aps.anl.gov)

The purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students attending U.S. universities on the use of major neutron and x-ray facilities. The school consists of tutorial lectures on the principles of scattering theory, the characteristics of neutron and synchrotron x-ray sources, and the application of scattering methods to condensed matter research, and well as hands-on experiments. Applications are due April 30. More information is at http://www.dep.anl.gov/nx/.

Workshops through American Crystallographic Association Meeting, July 17, 2004

On July 17, the APS will host four on-site workshops in conjunction with the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) Annual Meeting in Chicago . Details are in the call for papers at the meeting web site http://www.uic.edu/orgs/aca2004/index.htm. Visitor clearance and pass are required.

Hands On Workshop--MAD/SAD Phasing, Data Collection, Processing, and Structure Solution (WK.01) (Organizer: Jim Fait, SER-CAT, fait@anl.gov)

Small Molecule Crystallography at ChemMatCARS (WK.02) (Organizers: P. James Viccaro, CARS Executive Director, The University of Chicago, viccaro@cars.uchicago.edu; Victor G. Young, Jr., University of Minnesota, young@chem.umn.edu)

 GM/CA--Synchrotrons for the Biologist (WK.04) (Organizers: Janet Smith, GM/CA-CAT, smithj@purdue.edu; Ward Smith, GM/CA-CAT, wwsmith@anl.gov)

Advanced Photon Source /Intense Pulsed Neutron Source Tour (WK.05) (Organizer: Phillip Fanwick, pfanwick@purdue.edu)

9. Administrative Dates and Deadlines

A listing of technical meetings and workshops is available on the APS home page (http://aps.anl.gov) under the heading Meetings, Etc.

*New entry since last issue

Proposal system -- http://beam.aps.anl.gov/pls/apsweb/gup0005.start_page
Users Meeting -- http://www.aps.anl.gov/conferences/2004um/
NX School -- http://www.dep.anl.gov/nx/


March 15

Nominations due, Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award

March 17

Partner User proposal deadline

March 17

General User proposal deadline for Run 2004-2

March 22-24

APS exhibiting at American Physical Society meeting, Montreal

*March 31 APS/Users' Operations Monthly Meeting

April 1

Users Meeting registration deadline (non-U.S. citizens)

*April 1 Users Meeting poster abstracts deadline

April 19

End of Run 2004-1

*April 19 Users Meeting registration deadline (U.S. citizens)
*April 19 Users Meeting housing reservation deadline
*April 28 APS/Users' Operations Monthly Meeting
*April 30 Applications due, Sixth National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering

April 30

General User results announced (approximate)

May 3-6

APS User Meeting

*May 3-4 First Users Meeting for the Argonne CNM

May 4

Partner User Council meeting

May 5 Election deadline, APS Users Organization Steering Committee

May 6

APS Users Organization Steering Committee meeting

May 25

Start of Run 2004-2

*June 30 APS/Users' Operations Monthly Meeting
*July 16 Partner User proposal deadline
*July 16 General User proposal deadline for Run 2004-3
*July 21 APS/Users' Operations Monthly Meeting

July 22

APS Users Organization Steering Committee meeting

July 23

Partner User Council meeting

*August 15-29 Sixth National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering

August 25

End of Run 2004-2


October 29

Partner User proposal deadline

*October 29 General User proposal deadline for Run 2005-1