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Researchers who carry out biological studies at the APS were awarded four of the seven 2020 Protein Society Awards for their lasting impact on protein science.
Nestor J. Zaluzec (Photon Sciences Directorate) has been named the recipient of the 2020 Peter Duncumb Award for Excellence in Microanalysis by the by the Microanalysis Society for his long-term and sustained body of work and accomplishments in advanced x-ray and electron spectroscopy  of materials, including instrumentation development, methodology, software, and educational outreach to the worldwide community.
Information in the media about coronavirus (COVID-19) research at Argonne and the APS continues to mount.
A joint  National Institutes of Health-U.S. Department of Energy bioimaging working group has organized a dialog between their respective research communities. A public webinar series designed to inform the biological research community about advanced bioimaging capabilities and how to access them and describe associated data challenges has been scheduled. In parallel, the agencies are soliciting information from the research community about unaddressed research needs through a Request for Information that will be published later in March.
A potential drug target has been identified in a newly mapped protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The structure was solved by a team including the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
With funding from the DOE for a two-year pilot program, scientists from the five light sources have formed a Data Solution Task Force that will demonstrate, build, and implement software, cyberinfrastructure, and algorithms that address universal needs between all five facilities.
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Mark Beno, a senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, has been posthumously awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his expertise in chemical crystallography. 
The Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society has announced that Lin X. Chen has received the 2020 Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry. Chen is a senior chemist in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering division of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, as well as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University.
From "Trilobites" in The New York Times, January 13, 2020: Grasshoppers have to deal with blood pressure issues when they are upside down, according to research at the Advanced Photon Source.
From the Smithsonian Magazine SMARTNEWS: A team of researchers first stumbled upon their discovery while examining grasshoppers in the [Advanced Photon Source at] Argonne National Laboratory, a device that uses synchrotron X-rays to generate precise, high-quality images and video.
The 22nd National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering will be held on June 13-27, 2020, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Mark Beno joins the more than 400 new 2019 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science who “have earned the lifetime distinction of AAAS Fellow, in honor of their invaluable contributions to science and technology.” Dr. Beno passed away suddenly on August 24, 2019.
The ability to examine how specific antibodies react with the Ebola virus has led to the development of a promising drug with far higher survival rates. Scientists using specialized beamlines at Argonne’s Structural Biology Center (SBC-XSD), a facility for macromolecular crystallography at the APS, a DOE Office of Science User Facility, can examine molecular structures and interactions that could yield lifesaving medicines for various diseases.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of John Connolly, Deputy Associate Lab Director for Operations of the Photon Sciences Directorate, and Director of the APS Engineering Support Division, for the Oppenheimer Science and Energy Leadership Program (OSELP). Connolly will join the fourth cohort of OSELP, a DOE program to develop the next generation of science and energy leaders. (From an "Argonne Today" article)
With the use of advanced x-ray diagnostics, scientists have a better understanding of gas turbine combustor inlet conditions, which is critical for the design and development of engines for the next generation of Army aircraft. (U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs)
The awards recognize outstanding achievement in basic and applied science, exemplary service that has significantly contributed to Argonne fulfilling its missions and attaining its overall goals, and for achievements that significantly exceed normal requirements of an employee’s position, project assignment, and individual situation.
Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are using highly sensitive x-ray machines to study microstructures of the skull that are informing new military helmet designs. To date, it's the most detailed study of the human skull, according to Argonne, so we should expect better helmets to protect the tiny bones, as a result. (Popular Mechanics)
The human skull is extremely complex. To build helmets that protect it well, we need a detailed understanding of its structure and behavior.
The characteristics that truly set haute chocolate apart can be seen at the microscale thanks to pivotal research performed by researchers using the Advanced Photon Source.