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NSLS-II Reaches Major Milestone


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved the start of routine operations at the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), beginning a period of significant transition in project activities from construction and commissioning to operations. Passing this milestone comes after many years of diligent planning, design, and construction by staff within the Lab’s Photon Sciences Directorate along with staff from many other Brookhaven Lab organizations, and will lead to an exciting new chapter of synchrotron science.

NSLS-II, a third-generation synchrotron light source, will be the newest and most advanced synchrotron facility in the world when it comes online later this year. As a DOE Office of Science User Facility, it will offer researchers from academia, industry, and national laboratories new ways to study material properties and functions with nanoscale resolution and exquisite sensitivity by providing state-of-the-art capabilities for x-ray imaging and high-resolution energy analysis.

The next steps for NSLS-II project staff include completing commissioning activities, continuing assembly of the first set of experimental stations (beamlines), and the official opening of NSLS-II which is expected to occur later this year.

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NSF Grant Promotes STEM Learning in Middle Schools

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Brookhaven Lab has been offering engineering workshops to students for many years.

Brookhaven National Laboratory will collaborate on a project to introduce STEM-based learning opportunities to middle school children through 25 Boys & Girls Clubs on Long Island and in the metropolitan New York area. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.5 million to the five-year project, to be based at Hofstra University’s Center for STEM Research.
The more than 6,000 children in the program will take part in hands-on engineering design activities using online animations, simulations, videos, and multi-media links. Presented in an informal learning environment, “Wise Guys & Gals – Boys & Girls as WISEngineering STEM Learners” will provide innovative academic challenges created to promote an interest in engineering and design, and an understanding of how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills can translate into careers. Afterschool programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs will involve hundreds of trained learning facilitators. 

Brookhaven’s role will be to help develop the hands-on curriculum and also to create a professional development framework for the teachers in order to make the program sustainable in future years. “We are excited to be working with Hofstra University on another NSF grant,” said Ken White, manager of BNL’s Office of Educational Programs. “Our previous work with Hofstra provided the Lab’s Office of Educational Programs an opportunity to develop sustainable middle school science programs that now bring thousands of students here every year. This project will also reach thousands of students and prepare afterschool educators to sustain science programs with the Boys & Girls Clubs long after project completion.”

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BNL Receives Grant for Life Science Studies

Life Science and Biomedical Technology Research Resource team

Brookhaven Lab team members who will run the new Life Science and Biomedical Technology Research Resource (LSBR) at NSLS-II.

Much of our understanding of how living things function comes from knowledge of structures – atomic details of enzymes that catalyze the processes of life, the receptors that are docking stations for viruses and messenger chemicals, and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA that carry genetic blueprints for building cellular machinery, to name a few. To give scientists unprecedented access to these structural details, a new grant just awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will fund the operations of a suite of powerful experimental tools at Brookhaven Lab.

The tools, being built with a previous award from NIH in 2010, are being installed at three beamlines at the NSLS-II, the nation’s newest and most advanced state-of-the-art synchrotron research facility and a DOE Office of Science User Facility, nearing completion at Brookhaven. The new five-year grant will create the Life Science and Biomedical Technology Research Resource (LSBR) to operate these new stations at NSLS-II and to develop new and improved technologies that will enable researchers to address challenging biological questions more effectively.

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