NIST Laboratory Director Laurie Locascio Visits NSLS-II

Laurie Locascio, Michael Fasolka, Ron Jones enlarge

Laurie Locascio (center), the Material Measurement Laboratory Director at NIST, visited NSLS-II on Thursday, Aug. 24. Pictured here with Locascio are Michael Fasolka (right), NIST's Deputy Director of the Material Measurement Laboratory, and Ron Jones (left), NIST and NSLS-II's Beamline Liaison.

Laurie Locascio, the Material Measurement Laboratory Director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), visited the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) on Thursday, Aug. 24. Located at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, NSLS-II is one of the world’s most advanced synchrotron light sources and a DOE Office of Science User Facility. NIST funds the construction and operation of three beamlines (experimental stations) at NSLS-II and has a group of 11 staff members stationed at the facility.

“Our partnership with Brookhaven is one of the most important partnerships that NIST has,” Locascio said. “The scientists here are amazing and have been great collaborators all along the way. From the people who construct the beamlines to the project managers, it has been a great collaboration that makes our science better.”

After 30 years with NIST, Locascio is stepping down and Michael Fasolka, NIST’s current Deputy Director of the Material Measurement Laboratory, will be taking over Locascio’s role as interim director. They visited NSLS-II together as part of the leadership transition.

“It was a big priority for me to come back and to see all of the great things that came with the buildup of the beamlines, and to show everyone here at Brookhaven that NIST is committed to our partnership,” Locascio said. “For 35 years, Brookhaven has really been a home for us, and something that we value tremendously at our core. When we think about what’s next for NIST and how we’re going to push our science, Brookhaven is deeply in our thoughts.”

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