Contact: Johanna Nelson Weker, UEC Chair
A year ago, I don’t think any of us fully understood the magnitude of change we would experience over the next few months. By now we’ve all found ways to adapt and become experts at this new way of doing science. But we are also eager to get back normal beamline operations and run our backlog of experiments that aren’t suited to remote or mail-in operations. As cases of COVID-19 continue to drop around the Bay Area and vaccine access continues to grow world-wide, the UEC is starting to ask what the path will look like to get users safely back on site. There are lots of unknowns, and many things are outside of the control of the ALS management. The path to normal user operations may be slower than some of us would like, but the continued safety of ALS staff and users remains the top priority. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any concerns or suggestions. As always, the UEC is here to help the ALS user community.
The UEC would also like to make the user community aware of the “Science enabled by ALS-U” seminar series. The next talk titled “Science program using coherent x-rays at the Sirius-LNLS synchrotron source” by Helio Tolentino will be Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12:10 p.m. PDT (room opens at noon). The link to the room is https://lbnl.zoom.us/j/
Since 2014, Helio Tolentino has been a researcher at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), one of the national labs of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) in Campinas, SP, Brazil. He became Head of the Heterogeneous and Hierarchical Matter Division (DMH) of the LNLS in 2020. Since 2015, he has coordinated the project and construction of the Carnaúba (x-ray nanoprobe) beamline for the new Brazilian synchrotron light source, Sirius. Its main research interests are in the physics and chemistry of condensed matter systems, with emphasis in heterogeneous and hierarchical materials for energy and photonics, and in the development of synchrotron radiation instrumentation for the study of several materials at the nanoscale.