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APS User News-at-a-Glance Issue 38: August 23, 2006
Advanced Photon Source www.aps.anl.gov
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CONTENTS
MESSAGES FROM MURRAY
1. Planning for the APS Upgrade Makes Major Progress
2. Call for Insertion Device and Front End Proposals from Sectors, Due December 1

SCIENCE NEWS
3. Research Highlights
4. 2007 Crosscut Review to Feature Structural Biology
5. Report on the Fifth Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science (SRMS-5)

FACILITY NEWS
6. DOE Awards New Contract for Operation of Argonne

PEOPLE NEWS
--Goodbye, Elane Streets (GUP Administrator)
--Hello, Paul Rossi (ES&H Coordinator, XSD)

BRIEFLY NOTED
--Catalysis Interest Group Established
--Proposals Sought for Jazz Computing Cluster, due September 5 (or ongoing)
--Sub-Angstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
--Center for Nanoscale Materials Dedication, September 18

DATES AND DEADLINES

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MESSAGES FROM MURRAY

1. Planning for the APS Upgrade Makes Major Progress

There was an air of excitement at an APS Upgrade summary planning workshop held at Argonne on August 10th and 11th. Encouraged by our sponsor, the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, we presented users with a wide menu of options for upgrades to the APS. In addition to proposals for storage ring upgrades--from lower emittance lattices to added ID ports--we introduced the concept of upgrading the APS to an energy recovery LINAC (ERL). The ERL option generated particular excitement from the participants because it not only promises revolutionary performance improvements but also retains compatibility with the existing beamlines and offers an upgrade path without extended disruption to user operations. Several of the scientific workshop organizers, particularly those involved in ultra-fast science and imaging/nanoscience, were very enthusiastic about the potential for revolutionary capabilities offered by an ERL. You can find many of the presentations at our upgrade web site (http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Conferences/2006/APS_Upgrade/).

To help determine the upgrade options that best merit further consideration, we will assemble a machine advisory committee (MAC) of top international experts for a meeting late this year. We will developed feasible options in detail and present them to the MAC. For each option, the MAC will be asked to advise:

We encourage our users to engage closely in planning for the upgrade and assure them that their voices are being heard. User input has already had major impact on our direction, for example, by stimulating the emergence of a serious ERL option.

We will share each step with the user community as we flesh out our options and post up-to-date information on our upgrade web site. Once we have received input from the MAC, we plan to work in unison with the user community and our Scientific Advisory Committee to move forward quickly early next year in selecting the most favored machine approach for further development into a scientific proposal.

The proposal will succeed only if the revolutionary technical performance we seek can be shown to pay off in ground-breaking science, and for this evaluation we rely on our users to make their case and state their desires. We fully expect that the upgrade will include coupled major innovations for many beamlines--insertion devices, optics, detectors and software--to position us for truly revolutionary experiments. Questions or comments can be directed to APS Deputy Directors Denny Mills (dmm@aps.anl.gov), for x-ray science or Rod Gerig (rod@aps.anl.gov) for accelerators, or to myself, Murray Gibson (jmgibson@aps.anl.gov).

We will not wait for the upgrade project funding to begin research for the future. Resources permitting, we will upgrade beamlines and insertion devices (see item 2) to till new scientific ground. An important example presented at the summary meeting is a room-temperature RF crab cavity approach for pulse chirping on a single sector of the APS; we hope to implement this upgrade within a year. This change will provide a bridge to the ultra-fast science that will be made possible by the upgrade. More information on the picosecond pulse capability, is available from John Carwardine (carwar@aps.anl.gov).

Upgrade Web site: http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Conferences/2006/APS_Upgrade/

2. Call for Insertion Device and Front End Proposals from Sectors, Due December 1

The APS formally requests short letters of intent from existing independent APS sectors that have a strong scientific case to upgrade their insertion devices and/or front ends. (Proposals from X-ray Operations and Research (XOR) sectors will also be considered, but these must be submitted by the X-ray Science Division, although collaboration with partner users is strongly encouraged.) Upgrades could include a different period or configuration (canted or multiple in-line IDs). The deadline for submission is December 1, 2006. We intend to evaluate proposals through our Scientific Advisory Committee review process in the spring of 2007, with an initial priority list to be announced by May 2007. We hope to install the first new device in the fall of 2007.

The letters of intent need not be long. They should emphasize what can be done scientifically, what is needed to do it, and how it will be funded. The letters must make a compelling case that the proposed upgrade will increase the scientific impact of APS. This argument must be elaborated in the context of the APS strategic plan. We encourage close coordination from the very beginning with our insertion device experts (contact Liz Moog, moog@aps.anl.gov) and with our XOR strategic planning effort (contact George Srajer, srajer@aps.anl.gov).

Note that APS can support not only the cost of IDs and front ends for all sectors outside the life sciences (i.e., those not supported by the National Institutes of Health), but also development costs and cost sharing for exciting developments in life sciences. All decisions will be based on evaluation of scientific impact for APS as a whole, as recommended by our SAC.

Submissions: Susan Strasser, User Office, loi@aps.anl.gov

SCIENCE NEWS

3. Research Highlights

The following are some recent additions to the gallery of science highlights available at http://www.aps.anl.gov/Science/Highlights/.

4. 2007 Crosscut Review to Feature Structural Biology

"Structural Biology at the APS" will be the focus of a daylong crosscut review by the APS Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on January 24, 2007. John Helliwell, SAC member, will serve as chair; he will be joined by the rest of the SAC members and by several invited external reviewers, including Dr. Sine Larsen from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The morning session, which is open to the scientific community, will include an overview of structural biology on the world scene. This talk will be followed by a presentation from each of the APS structural biology beamlines highlighting significant accomplishments and capabilities. Concluding the open morning session will be a panel discussion among invited reviewers. The lunch break will include a no-host luncheon and invited poster session. After lunch, the SAC will convene in executive session with the invited reviewers and the directors of the eight structural biology Collaborative Access Teams. Crosscut reviews, held annually at the APS in conjunction with the APS Scientific Advisory Committee meeting, are intended to provide the SAC with an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of broad scientific areas to enable the committee to effectively assist the APS in strategic planning.

5. Report on the Fifth Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science (SRMS-5)

More than 250 scientists from 22 countries gathered at the Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago , Illinois , from July 30 to August 2 to participate in the Fifth International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Materials Science (SRMS-5). The SRMS conference is held every two years, bringing together leading-edge researchers in the materials sciences making use of synchrotron radiation experiments. This year, the main organizer was the Advanced Photon Source, with a local organizing committee that included representatives from Northwestern University , the University of Chicago , the Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In all, there were 35 plenary and invited talks, 37 contributed talks, and 134 poster presentations. More than 80 attendees toured the APS at the conclusion of the meeting. Full color versions of the conference contributions can be viewed and downloaded from the meeting web site.

Meeting contributions: http://www.aps.anl.gov/SRMS5/Contributions

FACILITY NEWS

6. DOE Awards New Contract for Operation of Argonne

Beginning October 1, Argonne National Laboratory will be managed and operated by a new entity, UChicago Argonne, LLC. We expect that the transition period, which began August 1, will be transparent to users. The following is taken from the Department of Energy news release announcing the contract; the full text is available from the link at the end of the story.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new $2.5 billion, five-year contract for management and operation of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to UChicago Argonne, LLC, owned solely by the University of Chicago . The new independent entity was supported in its proposal by the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago , and Northwestern University , participating with the LLC in making significant financial commitments to support scientific activities at the laboratory.

Under the new contract, UChicago Argonne is also joined by industrial partners, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and BWXT Services Inc., who will play major management roles in business operations and nuclear operations, respectively.  Under the new contract, these firms have also made commitments to contribute services and other support to the laboratory.

DOE news release (July 31, 2006): http://www.doe.gov/news/3869.htm
Transition web site: http://www.anl.gov/transition/

PEOPLE NEWS

Goodbye, Elane Streets (GUP Administrator)
Elane Streets, for two years the APS general user program administrator, has departed to serve as the proposal administrator at the Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A search has begun for her replacement; interested candidates with a scientific background and experience in administration may contact the User Office manager, Susan Strasser, strasser@aps.anl.gov.

Hello, Paul Rossi (ES&H Coordinator, XSD)
The APS welcomes Paul Rossi as the environment, safety and health coordinator in the X-ray Science Division. He succeeds Jeff Alicz , who has moved to another organization within Argonne . Paul comes to us after 12 years as a health physicist at Michigan State University , where he was responsible for all aspects of safety at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Prior to that he was the assistant radiation safety officer at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility. Paul also served in the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for the radiological and chemical aspects of naval nuclear power plants. He holds a bachelor's degree in human resources management from the New School, New York, NY.

BRIEFLY NOTED

Catalysis Interest Group Established
The new catalysis interest group held its first meeting in June and will continue to meet at noon on the second Tuesday of each month in the LOM 433 conference room. This group is an outgrowth of a strategic planning workshop held in the fall of 2005.

Contact: Randall Winans, APS, rewinans@anl.gov
Planning workshop report: http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Conferences/2005/Catalyis_Workshop/
Other scientific interest groups and discussion opportunities: http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/Communications/

Proposals Sought for Jazz Computing Cluster, due September 5 (or ongoing)
Argonne's Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) seeks proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2007 allocations for its terascale Jazz cluster, a Pentium Xeon Linux cluster with 350 compute nodes. Jazz is designed to support science research as a production quality cluster. It is being made available to APS users interested in developing their projects to run on large parallel clusters. Projects must be submitted through Argonne staff; contact the LCRC for details. There is no cost to use Jazz, but users are requested to include an acknowledgment in related publications and to complete a brief annual project report. The deadline is close of business on Tuesday September 5, 2006, for initial FY07 allocations; however, proposals are also considered throughout the year.

Contact: Ray Bair, aps-request@lcrc.anl.gov
Process overview: http://www.lcrc.anl.gov/jazz/Projects/

Sub-Angstrom Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility
The Electron Microscopy Center at Argonne is building a new state-of-the-art laboratory space for advanced electron microscopy. Construction is underway and the facility will be available in FY2007.

User contact: Russell Cook, recook@anl.gov
Web site: http://www.msd.anl.gov/groups/emc/samm/

Center for Nanoscale Materials Dedication, September 18
A dedication ceremony for the Center for Nanoscale Materials will be held in the main lobby of building 440 at 10:30 on Monday, September 18. The CNM took occupancy of its new building in April 2006 and is moving toward full user operations in FY2007.

DATES AND DEADLINES

Regularly scheduled technical meetings -- http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Meetings/
Proposal system -- http://beam.aps.anl.gov/pls/apsweb/gup0005.start_page
Ops. Monthly meetings -- http://www.aps.anl.gov/News/Meetings/Monthly_Meetings/
User calendar (admin. meetings, reviews) -- http://www.aps.anl.gov/Users/General_Reference/Calendar/

Due to time constraints for this issue the calendar has been omitted and may be omitted in future. If you feel that this feature should be retained, please write to Jane Andrew, jandrew@aps.anl.gov.