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A Word from Inna Vishik, 2023 Users’ Executive Committee Chair
Can you give a preview of some of the UEC activities coming up?
After ALS-U, many of the present experiments at ALS will be different. There will be a number of user forums for different beamlines and techniques that will be strongly affected by the upgrade. So, that’s something that the user community should look out for.
We’ll be returning to an in-person User Meeting for the first time in years. It’ll be great to recover these face-to-face interactions between researchers. The UEC has been championing enhancing education and accessibility related to synchrotron research. I’ve been a co-organizer of the Light Sources 101 tutorial for the past few years, and we have added a component to guide new users in the competitive beamtime proposal process, hoping new users can be brought into the fold more effectively. There are also efforts underway involving the UEC and other stakeholders to make the beamtime proposal review process more equitable.
More: Inna Vishik, 2023 Users’ Executive Committee Chair (ALS News)
ALS User Meeting 2023
September 11–15, 2023
This hybrid event will take place at Berkeley Lab and via Zoom
The 2023 ALS User Meeting & Visioning Workshops will be held as a hybrid event September 11–15, 2023. Join us in Berkeley or virtually as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of first light and look ahead to the future. The User Meeting will take place Monday and Tuesday, comprising a tutorial day, plenary talks, poster session, and awards dinner. The second half of the week will offer users, staff, and invited guests the opportunity to shape the facility’s future science directions and capabilities beyond ALS-U through visioning workshops.
Registration will open in late spring.
Register for the FLEXON workshop (January 26–27)
You can register for the hybrid FLEXON workshop on January 26–27, 2023 at the Advanced Light Source to help define the science conducted at the new ALS-U FLEXON beamline, dedicated to the spatio-temporal characterization of quantum materials
New ALS UEC members (2022–2024 term)
We are happy to announce that the three new members of the Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee for the term have been elected:
Aidan Coffey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Whitney Loo (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Devin Grabner (Washington State University, Student Member)
Leonid Sheps (Sandia National Laboratory)
Tamas Varga (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Alexander Baker (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
Sophie Morley ( Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory )
We would like to thank for their devoted service the outgoing committee members:
Rourav Basak (University of Califonia, San Diego)
Hope Michelsen (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Stephanie Gilbert Corder (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Yingge Du (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Matthijs van Spronsen ( Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory )
Read the ALS UEC charter here.
More information: New UEC Members for 2023 (ALS News)
Welcome to the new ALS Users' Executive Committee members!
August 2022 Message from the ALS UEC chair, Ming Yi
Thank you all for joining us at the virtual User Meeting, last month! We are excited to see how future meetings can bring science to more people through virtual and hybrid modes, while at the same time also look forward to potential in-person gatherings in the near future where we can shake hands again or sit down at tables and discuss science over drinks. On behalf of the UEC, I want to also give a big thanks to the entire team of ALS staff from the User Office and the Communications team for working so hard behind the scenes to make sure all aspects were run smoothly: Heidi Clark, Andrea Taylor, Angela Setiadi, Andi Jones, Amanda Espiritu, Shawna Vila-Flores, Paris Gordon, Cindy Lee, Lori Tamura, Ina Reichel, and Ashley White. A special shoutout also to Dula Parkinson for the characteristic poster slam and limerick slam, and to Andrea Taylor for the memorable performance.
We also want to thank you for your support of the letter to Congress seeking financial support for the ALS, which was sent and received by the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.
2022 User Meeting Highlights
The Advanced Light Source (ALS) User Meeting was held August 15–17, 2022. The event, co-chaired by Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) members Hope Michelsen, Yu He, and Rourav Basak, was convened on the virtual Zoom platform for the third consecutive year. A survey conducted during the meeting showed most attendees would prefer a hybrid mode for future meetings. Plenary session recordings are available online.
more: 2022 User Meeting Highlights
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Congressional Members Tour ALS
On February 25, the Lab hosted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Doris Matsui, UC President Michael Drake, and Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger. Lab leaders and researchers shared ways the ALS propels research in the fields of clean energy, microelectronics, human health, and more. View Wakelet for more photos.
more informartion: https://als.lbl.gov/speaker-nancy-pelosi-and-california-congressional-members-tour-als/
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi promoting the COMPETES act in front of the Advanced Light Source in February 2022