The 2017 ALS User Meeting Awards were presented on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
The David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS went to Carolyn Larabell, “For pioneering soft x-ray tomography for imaging cells in their fully hydrated states.”
David Shirley was a Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and Director of LBNL from 1980 to 1989, and was instrumental in having the Advanced Light Source built. He is now retired from the lab.
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The Klaus Halbach Award for Innovative Instrumentation at the ALS was awarded to Dmitriy Voronov, “For pioneering work in the area of advanced x-ray gratings.”
Klaus Halbach was a senior staff scientist at LBNL who pioneered the development of undulators using permanent magnets, and other innovations in accelerator physics. Even though he retired from LBNL in 1991, he remained active in lab projects and student training until his death in 2000.
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The Tim Renner User Services Award for Outstanding Support to the ALS User Community was awarded to Sue Bailey, “For her leadership in developing the ALS User Portal—ALSHub—and its associated software suite.”
Tim Renner was a beamline scientist at the ALS who died at an early age, and who during his career touched everyone that knew him with his caring attitude to others and his larger-than-life personality. This award recognizes the services of others across the ALS organization who, like Tim, have made outstanding contributions to the ALS User Community.
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The Neville B. Smith Student Poster Award, First Prize, went to Natalie Larson (UC Santa Barbara) for her poster, “In-situ x-ray computed tomography of defect evolution during polymer impregnation and pyrolysis processing of ceramic matrix composites.” Second Prize went to Jessica Thomaston (UC San Francisco) for “X-ray crystal structures of the influenza A M2 proton channel bound to amantadine, rimantadine, and inhibitors.” Sam Schickler (Black Pine Circle School) was awarded Third Prize for “Using virtual reality to visualize 3D micron-scale data at the macro scale.”
Neville Smith was the Scientific Director for the ALS from 1994 until his death in 2006. He was known not only for his scientific expertise, particularly in photoemission spectroscopy, but also for his wicked wit. As a great supporter of young scientists, his contribution is acknowledged by the naming of the Student Poster Award in his honor, beginning in 2014.
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