The ALS Users’ Executive Committee invites nominations from everyone—including students, postdocs, PIs, and staff—for the 2019 ALS User Meeting Awards. Consider preparing a brief nomination for a deserving colleague. In addition to the award plaque, there will be a cash prize associated with each award. Read more »
Congratulations to Maggie Zhuyun Xiao, who earned the award at the Joint MMM-Intermag Conference for her presentation, “Single Domain Magnetoelastic Terfenol-D Microdisks for Particle and Cell Manipulation.” Maggie is an ALS Doctoral Fellow in Residence working with ALS Senior Scientist Elke Arenholz.
Former ALS Deputy for Scientific Support Zahid Hussain was honored with a Department of Energy Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award. The award is one of the highest scientific honors given by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, recognizing “continuous and distinctive achievements.” Read more »
ALS staff were recognized by Berkeley Lab Director Mike Witherell at the annual director’s awards ceremony on November 30. Zahid Hussain received the Berkeley Lab Citation; Ethan Crumlin was recognized for receiving a DOE Early Career Research Award earlier this year, and also received the Director’s Award for Exceptional Early Scientific Career Achievement; Carolyn Larabell received the Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement; and Christine Beavers, Dula Parkinson, Ina Reichel, Tom Scarvie, Doug Taube, and Ashley White received the Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Outreach. Read more »
The 2018 Klaus Halbach Award for Innovative Instrumentation at the ALS was presented at the annual User Meeting to the COSMIC ptychography team “for the development of the microscopy endstation at the COSMIC beamline, featuring an ultra-stable x-ray microscope, computational methods for data reconstruction, and a high-speed data acquisition system.” Read more »
Zahid Hussain, recently retired deputy for the former ALS Scientific Support Group, will receive the American Physical Society’s Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science in Spring 2019. Ashley White, ALS communications director, will be presented the Materials Research Society’s Woody White Service Award at the Fall 2018 meeting.
Bob Gassaway was awarded the 2018 Tim Renner User Services Award for his longstanding commitment to simultaneously supporting the ALS user community and advancing electrical safety at the ALS. Gassaway is an electronics engineering technologist who has been at Berkeley Lab for 30 years. Read more »
Past, present, and future converged at the 2018 ALS User Meeting, where attendees celebrated the 25th anniversary of first light and CD-1 approval of the ALS Upgrade project. Planned with the next generation of users in mind, this year’s meeting emphasized tutorials on a wide variety of ALS techniques for both new and seasoned users. Read more »
Two ALS scientists have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society. Mike Martin, a senior scientist and operations lead for the Photon Science Group is recognized “for the advancement of synchrotron infrared spectroscopy including the development of synchrotron infrared nanospectroscopy and 3D FTIR tomography.” Hendrik Ohldag, a staff scientist who joined the ALS earlier this month, is recognized “for contributions to unique insight into complex magnetic materials with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution using novel x-ray techniques.” Read more »
Pupa Gilbert, professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is the 2018 recipient of the David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS, “for her development of polarization-dependent imaging contrast mapping to image the orientation of carbonate nanocrystals in marine biominerals.” Read more »