December 11, 2013
First, I want to quickly echo CFN Director Emilio Mendez’s message and thank you all for your contributions to the recent DOE review. We received valuable feedback, and my office is newly committed to helping improve operations here at CFN. The User Office has been hard at work over the past several months, and I am excited to share the strides we’ve taken and the opportunities ahead.
A quick, friendly reminder to our entire scientific community: Please keep us informed of your awards, honors, and publications. When we celebrate and publicize your discoveries and professional achievements, it raises the profile of CFN and helps us attract top scientists and secure ongoing funding.
The next Joint NSLS/CFN Users’ Meeting will be held May 19-21, 2014, with a theme of Science and Industry.
The planning committee for the 2014 Users' Meeting is requesting proposals for workshops. Workshops for the meeting are designed to showcase the current work of NSLS and CFN users, as well as the new techniques and scientific areas that we plan to explore in the future. Submit your workshop proposal by Dec. 8, 2013 at http://usersmeeting.ps.bnl.gov/workshops/proposal.aspx?year=2014.
The National Facilities User Organization (NUFO) is partnering with the DOE Office of Science and the National Science Foundation to sponsor a symposium at the 2014 AAAS meeting in Chicago, IL. The symposium, U.S. National User Facilities, a Major Force for Discovery and Innovation, will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 8:30 to 11:30 AM, in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The United States’ national scientific user facilities provide unique capabilities, instrumentation, and expertise annually to approximately 50,000 scientists and engineers from academia, government, and industry. This symposium will provide an overview of the capabilities offered by these national facilities and will highlight outstanding recent examples of discovery and innovation stemming from work at them, including the development of energy-harvesting “solar shingles,” the discovery of the structure of key biological molecules, the development of new drugs, and the contributions to our understanding of fundamental science.
The symposium will conclude with presentations by the major federal sponsors of the user facilities with reserved time for discussion on the policy challenges facing this key facet of the U.S. scientific enterprise. The speakers are Eric Isaacs (Director of Argonne National Laboratory and soon-to-be Provost of The University of Chicago), Roger Falcone (Director of the Advanced Light Source at LBNL), Stephen Wasserman (Senior Research Fellow, Eli Lilly and Company), Eric Gawiser (Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University), Patricia Dehmer (Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science, DOE), and F. Fleming Crim (Assistant Director for Mathematics and Physical Sciences, NSF).
If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by my office, send an email, or give me a call. Enjoy your holidays and have a great winter!
— Grace Webster
User Administration and Outreach
2013-4508 | INT/EXT | Media & Communications Office
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