2015 ALS UEC Members: (front row from left) Tanja Cuk, Tyler Troy, David Shuh and Brian Collins; (back row from left) Alessandro Sepe, Monika Blum, Scott Classen, Andreas Scholl, Chris Cappa, Peter Nico, William Chueh and Michael Makowski.

We represent the ALS User Community

The ALS Users Executive Committee (UEC) represents the interests of all students, post-docs and scientists who perform research at the ALS. We meet 3-4 times a year for a half-day meeting at which we discuss topics relevant to the ALS user community. The UEC provides a channel of communication between the ALS user community and ALS management, conveying the concerns and needs of the user community to management, and providing a means for management to update users on current and future plans for the facility. The UEC also facilitates communication between the ALS and other synchrotrons, and between users and federal funding agencies. With the support of the ALS staff, the UEC organizes and runs the annual ALS Users' Meeting, held each Fall at LBNL. Members are elected annually by ALS users and serve three year terms.

Current ALS UEC Members

  • Chris Cappa, chair, University of California, Davis (2012-2015)
  • Peter Nico, past chair, Earth Sciences, LBNL (2012-2015)
  • Monika Blum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2015-2017)
  • Artur Braun, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (2013-2015)
  • William Chueh, Stanford University (2015-2017)
  • Scott Classen, PBD, LBNL (2013-2015)
  • Brian Collins, Washington State University (2014-2016)
  • Tanja Cuk, University of California, Berkeley (2014-2016)
  • Micky Holcomb, West Virginia University (2014-2016)
  • Michael Makowski, (Student Member), University of California, Irvine (2015-2016)
  • Andreas Scholl, Advanced Light Source Division, LBNL (2014-2016)
  • Alessandro Sepe, Adolphe Merkle Institute / University of Fribourg (2015-2017)
  • David Shuh, CSD, LBNL (2013-2015)
  • Tyler Troy, Chemical Sciences Division, LBNL (2014-2016)

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! If you are aware of a topic that is of importance to the ALS user community and would like it to be addressed, either by action or by dissemination, please communicate your concerns and opinions to the UEC.

ALS UEC email: alsuec@lbl.gov

ALS User Meeting 2015: Call for Proposals to Host Workshops

Moni Blum and Will Chueh

A series of workshops will be held as part of the 2015 Advanced Light Source User meeting from Oct. 5-7, 2015. The ALS Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) is having an open call for proposals to host workshops at this meeting.

The workshops provide valuable forums for detailed presentations and in-depth discussions on issues related to synchrotron-based science. They can be focused around scientific topics, technique development, and photon-science theory. We are particularly interested in proposals on rapidly evolving scientific topics and future directions for the ALS. We would also like to encourage increasing student and postdoc participation in workshops, for example, by inviting them to give oral presentation.

In addition to the workshops we want to include a technique tutorial in this year's ALS Users Meeting. The tutorial should give an overview of all technique areas used at the ALS and is mainly intended for students.

We look forward to your suggestions for workshop topics or your contribution to the tutorial. For your tutorial contribution please send an email to the user meeting organizers (alsuec@lbl.gov) with your technique and a short description of your research field and work. Please submit your suggestions for workshops using the provided template also by email to the user meeting organizers.

Proposal template:

  1. Workshop title
  2. Organizers and their affiliations
  3. A short (one paragraph) description of the topical area, why it is timely, and the target audience
  4. The duration of the workshop (half-day, full-day, 1-1/2 day)

The proposals will be evaluated and selected by the UEC according to their perceived relevance. Given the limited number of workshop spaces available, we may work to combine proposals that have a similar theme. The deadline for proposed workshop submissions is Friday, May 15.

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