APS User News-at-a-Glance
Issue 51, January 30, 2009


1. Call for Nominations: Ninth APS Compton Award
2. New! Survey about Tutorials during Users Week
3. 2009 Users Week Planning

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1. Call for Nominations: Ninth APS Compton Award

The Compton Award, established by the APS Users Organization, is presented in alternate years at the spring APS Users Meeting. Nominations for this year's awardee(s) are now being sought. The award consists of a plaque and $2500 and the award recipient is expected to present a plenary lecture.

Nominations should include the following:

  • a brief (one page or less) nominating letter including a description of the work for which the award is proposed,
  • a statement describing the significance and impact of the work,
  • a short proposed citation for the award plaque, and
  • the names of two individuals who will provide supporting letters under separate cover. (The nominator is responsible for requesting the supporting letters.)
The deadline for the submission of all nominating information is Saturday, February 28, 2009. Nomination packets and supporting letters should be e-mailed to Susan Strasser (strasser@aps.anl.gov). You can read more about the Compton Award in issue 51 of User News.

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2. New! Survey about Tutorials during Users Week

Organizers for this year's Users Week need your opinions about the possibility of offering a variety of tutorials in conjunction with the more traditional meeting events and activities.

Tutorials would be offered on Sunday afternoon, May 3 immediately preceding the reception. Several possible tutorial topics are being proposed, and we are asking you to complete a very brief on-line survey to determine your level of interest and what topics are of most interest to you. The proposed topics are

  • Machine Physics
  • X-ray Optics
  • EPICS Controls
  • Small-angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS)
  • X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS)
  • Atomic Pair Distribution Function (PDF)
Please click here to participate in the survey. If you know of a student who is not on the distribution for User News, please forward this to them. The survey closes on February 28, 2009.

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3. 2009 Users Week Planning

Planning for the 2009 Users Week, scheduled for May 4-6, 2009, is underway. This year's meeting theme is “Focus on the Future: The APS Renewal.” The basic schedule of the week's events is available here.

Workshop topics are under development and include the following:

  • High-Speed Imaging Opportunities with X-rays
  • Imaging Structural Hierarchy in Biological Systems
  • Synchrotron Radiation in Chemical Science
  • High Pressure Synchrotron Science: Future Directions
  • Detectors for the Future
  • Optics for the Future
  • Nanomechanics

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