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Menlo Park, CA  8-10 October 2003


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Wednesday, October 8

Crystallography Beam Line Automation: Work Smarter Not Harder
Organizer: Aina Cohen, SSRL
Location: Research Office Bldg. #48, Redwood Room

New technologies for high-throughput crystallography at SSRL, ALS and other synchrotron facilities will be introduced focusing on the benefits and concerns of general users.

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Inelastic X-ray Scattering and Advanced Spectroscopy Facility for SPEAR3
Organizers: Uwe Bergmann and Anders Nilsson, SSRL
Location: Central Labs Bldg. 40, Orange Rm. 84

We are planning to build a dedicated facility for sub-eV inelastic x-ray scattering in the 5-15 keV range at SPEAR3. The techniques will include non-resonant and resonant X-ray Raman scattering, selective X-ray absorption and X-ray emission spectroscopy. In this workshop we will discuss scientific problems that can be addressed at this facility and the resulting beamline and x-ray optics parameters. The topics will include the study of low Z systems under ambient and extreme conditions and the study of 3d transition metal compounds.

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Synchrotron Techniques for Environmental Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
Organizers:John Bargar, SSRL, Scott Fendorf, Stanford U., and David Shuh, LBNL
Location: Panofsky Auditorium

Co-sponsored by SSRL, the DOE-NABIR program (Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research) and the ALS. Environmental microbiology and geomicrobiology have emerged as vibrant scientific fields with cross-cutting research themes emphasizing the interplay and energy flow between microbial communities, inorganic and organic contaminants, (bio)minerals, groundwater, and other solutions. Synchrotron (SR)-based techniques are beginning to play important roles in these research areas because of the utility of SR methods for characterizing metal ion and organic molecule speciation under in-situ conditions in complex environmental materials. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together scientists from the environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry, and synchrotron communities to share ideas. Introductory talks regarding the core techniques will be mixed with scientific talks (not limited to SR-based techniques) to foster interactions between attendees. Topics to be discussed include mechanisms of metal binding by bacteria, microbially mediated redox cycling of metals in the environment and their application to bioremediation, biomineral structures, compositions, and formation mechanisms, and competitive sequestration of metals by inorganic sinks (oxide, sulfide surfaces, solids) and bacteria.

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Joint ALS-SSRL Workshops

Probing Mechanical Deformation and Failure via
Synchrotron X-rays

Organizers: Apurva Mehta, SSRL, and Nobumichi Tamura, ALS
Location: SSRL Bldg. 137 (LOS) 3rd Floor Conference Rm.

This workshop will involve scientists interested in investigating mechanical properties of materials via synchrotrons. Sessions would discuss salient issues in mechanical deformation and failures, such as crystal plasticity models, fatigue, crack propagation, etc. A brief survey of relevant synchrotron methods - parallel beam geometry for mesodiffraction, microdiffraction, and phase contrast imaging, and talks on actual experiments done at synchrotrons would also be included. At the end of the day, we plan to brain storm future projects and developments.

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Recent Advances in Soft- and Hard X-ray Microscopy
Organizers: Greg Deanbeax, ALS, Gary Mitchell, ALS, Piero Pianetta, SSRL, and Katharina Lüning, SSRL
Location: ALS Bldg. 6, Rm. 2202

This is a joint ALS-SSRL workshop held at the ALS. Please register via the ALS Users' Meeting page.

In recent years there have been many advances in scanning and full field x-ray imaging techniques such as improved spatial resolution, more stable instruments for spectromicroscopy and time resolved microscopy, phase contrast imaging techniques as well as high resolution tomographic capabilities in absorption and phase contrast. These techniques enable novel nanoscale research in various fields of materials science, environmental science and biology. This workshop, hosted jointly by the ALS and SSRL, is to discuss these new capabilities and to identify the scientific direction for soft- and hard x-ray microscopy at both light sources. Time will be given for open discussion with feedback on possible future directions from workshop attendees.

Note: This is a 1˝-day workshop beginning the afternoon of Tuesday, October 7.

Thursday, October 9


In tribute to the late Iran Thomas of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, a special session has been organized to honor Thomas' interest in education and diversity. Thomas, who passed away on February 28, was a long-time director in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) who supported and enabled the development of new and innovative research programs, including the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and SSRL Gateway program. This special will be held as part of the users' meeting on Thursday, October 9th from 10-11:45 am. Overview remarks will be presented by Russ Chianelli, UTEP and Artie Bienenstock, Stanford University (Session Co-Chairs) as well as by Patricia Dehmer, Associate Director of Science for Basic Energy Sciences, DOE. Student presentations will include: Synchrotron Radiation Study of Pb and As in Air Filter Particulate Matter (Xiomara Kretschmer, UTEP); Cadmium Uptake and Translocation in Tumbleweed (Salsola kali), a Potential Cd-Hyperaccumalator Desert Plant Species: ICP/OES and XAS Studies (Guadalupe de la Rosa, UTEP); HRTEM, Synchrotron, and Simulation Techniques Applied to Activity and Selectivity Correlation in Hydrosulfurization Catalysts (Myriam Perez De la Rosa, UTEP).

Contact Cathy Knotts at
SSRL, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., MS 99, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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