The ALS Upgrade (ALS-U) Project has received federal “CD-2” approval for its budget, schedule, and technical scope. The upgrade will boost the brightness of ALS soft x-ray beams at least a hundredfold. Read more »
On January 26, the ALS held a town hall on the schedule for upcoming long shutdowns. The event provided up-to-date information on the schedule, explained the motivations behind decisions, and discussed principles and strategies for future decision-making. Slides and a recording from the event, as well as an FAQs document, are posted to the ALS website. Read more »
The ALS has refreshed its mission statement and established a set of core values. Developed through a collaborative process led by the ALS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Committee, the mission and values will guide ALS strategy and practices and shape our working environment and culture for staff, users, and other visitors who are part of our community. Read more »
The ALS will be shut down for the holidays and maintenance beginning Dec. 24; user operations are scheduled to resume on Mar. 30. The summer shutdown is expected to begin in early July and last approximately three months. Over the next few years, shutdowns will likely be longer than in recent years to allow preparation and installation associated with the ALS-U Project. Read more »
Compilation of all publications with 2020 Chemistry Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna as co-author which used the resources of the Advanced Light Source.
At this year’s ALS User Meeting, Tom Scarvie, head of the ALS Operations Group, was honored with the 2020 Renner Award. The ALS Users’ Executive Committee selected Scarvie “for coordinating all accelerator and beamline floor operator activities to provide reliable light to users safely.” Read more »
The Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) invites nominations for new UEC members. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 28. Following an election, five new UEC members will be selected for the 2020–2022 term. Read more »
The Society for Science at User Research Facilities (SSURF) sponsored a delegation of Congressional staffers to visit national user facilities in the Bay Area this week. On Tuesday, they stopped by the ALS to learn about our capabilities and scientific impact first-hand. Interested in volunteering to support SSURF and its mission to provide a consolidated voice for those interested in research conducted by users of U.S. national user facilities? Contact ALS Communications Director and SSURF Board Member Ashley White (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
The last day to register online for the 2019 ALS User Meeting is September 26. The event will feature news from DOE, keynote talks, updates on the ALS-U Project, 11 focused workshops and tutorials, a student poster “slam,” an exhibitor tent, and the presentation of awards at the annual banquet. To register and view the draft agenda and logistical information, visit the User Meeting webpage.
The ALS-U Project has been weighing which technology to implement to have the best chance of preserving the ALS’s highly valuable and productive tender and hard x-ray programs after the ALS is upgraded. Taking into account both user needs as well as the project’s technical risk, schedule, and cost, we have decided to move forward with permanent magnet (3.2 T) source points. Read more »