SSRL Events & Presentations

SSRL Users Have It Made in the Shade

Tue, 2012/11/20 - 6:50am
by Lori Ann White

Completion of a multi-year project to ensure steadier electron beams and software and hardware upgrades at several beamlines promise a productive run at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

Two major multi-year projects reached successful conclusions during the annual shutdown of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

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From the Director: Interim Leadership for SSRL and Photon Science

Fri, 2012/11/02 - 6:55am
by Chi-Chang Kao

Yesterday, I began my new role as SLAC Director, and the first thing I want to do is to address the vacancies left by my appointment. These include the roles of associate laboratory director for the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, acting ALD for Photon Science and acting director of Photon Science’s Chemical Science Division.

Yesterday, I began my new role as SLAC Director, picking up where Norbert Holtkamp capably left off after his short time as interim laboratory director.

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From the Incoming Director: Looking Forward

Fri, 2012/10/26 - 6:55am
by Chi-Chang Kao

Two days ago, I had the great privilege of being named SLAC’s fifth director by Stanford President John Hennessy. It is a tremendous honor to be asked to lead such an incredible laboratory, and to follow in the footsteps of such an exemplary predecessor as Persis Drell.

Two days ago, I had the great privilege of being named SLAC’s fifth director by Stanford President John Hennessy.

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Word of the Week: Agonist

Fri, 2012/10/19 - 6:30am
by Glenn Roberts Jr.

"Agonists" play a leading role in signaling cell functions.

In a melodrama, the protagonist is typically the lead or hero role and the adversary is the antagonist.

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Users' Meeting and Workshops Draw Hundreds to SLAC

Mon, 2012/10/15 - 6:55am
by Glenn Roberts Jr. and Lori Ann White

Three hundred participants learned about the latest scientific capabilities at two of SLAC’s premier experimental facilities during the 2012 LCLS/SSRL Users' Meeting and Workshops. One highlight: presentation of the Lytle Award to SLAC’s Clyde Smith.

Three hundred participants learned about the latest scientific capabilities at two of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's premier experimental facilities for visiting researchers – the

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Synchrotrons Play Role in Nobel Prize Research

Fri, 2012/10/12 - 6:45am
by Glenn Roberts Jr.

Synchrotrons played a key role in the research that won Brian Kobilka of the Stanford School of Medicine the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Although the research was conducted mostly at Argonne National Laboratory, early work to develop the necessary techniques took place at SLAC.

Synchrotrons played a key role in the research that won Brian Kobilka, a professor and chair of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Stanford School of Medicine, the

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Stanford's Brian Kobilka Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Wed, 2012/10/10 - 8:47am
from Stanford Medicine

Breaking news: Brian Kobilka, MD, professor and chair of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on G-protein-coupled receptors. Kobika also conducts user research at SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource.

by Krista Conger

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SLAC Hosts Light Source Symposium to Honor Herman Winick

Fri, 2012/10/05 - 6:45am
by Lori Ann White

More than 120 people from all over the world came to "Instruments of Discovery – Past and Future of Synchrotron Light Sources," a day-long symposium in honor of SLAC stalwart Herman Winick.

More than 120 people came from all over the world – family, friends, co-workers past and present – but in truth, everyone was family at "Instruments of Discovery – Past and F

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Word of the Week: Frustration

Fri, 2012/10/05 - 6:30am
by Lori Ann White

Frustration with traffic, frustration with work, frustration with family – we've all felt the slow burn for one reason or another. The word has even been adopted by condensed-matter physicists to describe certain phenomena present in some crystal structures.

Frustration is such a human word. Frustration with traffic, frustration with work, frustration with family – we've all felt the slow burn for one reason or another.

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SSRL Confirms Anti-Flu Proteins Work as Designed

Mon, 2012/10/01 - 6:55am
by Lori Ann White

A team of researchers used the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource to verify that their computer-designed proteins worked as they’d hoped.

Understanding why proteins interact with certain specific molecules and not with the myriad others in their environment is a major goal of molecular biology.

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Visit Lightsource Vendor Exhibit Oct. 4 and 5

Mon, 2012/10/01 - 6:55am
from SSRL/LCLS User Research Administration

Local Congresswomen, Entrepreneurs Extol the Value of Bay Area Light Sources

Wed, 2012/09/26 - 6:55am
by Mike Ross

Two enthusiastic Congressional supporters of scientific research and a panel of scientist-entrepreneurs headlined a Silicon Valley Leadership Group meeting at SLAC that focused on the benefits of light source research.

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Phrase of the Week: Raman Scattering

Fri, 2012/09/21 - 6:30am
by Glenn Roberts Jr.

Named for Indian physicist Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman and the subject of his 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics, "Raman scattering" explains how some light particles gain or lose energy and change frequency when scattered from an atom or molecule.

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Workshop: Mesoscale Science

Wed, 2012/09/19 - 12:00pm
Event Series:  Other or None Event Date:  Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1:15a.m. - Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 12:00p.m.

Team Uses SSRL to Decipher Structural Details of Deadly Enzyme

Wed, 2012/09/19 - 6:55am
by Lori Ann White

A team of researchers has used the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource to decipher the structure of an enzyme common to more than 20 deadly diseases.

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Seen Around SLAC: An Industry View of LCLS

Wed, 2012/09/19 - 6:45am

A group of SLAC leaders hosted a visiting team of research executives and scientists from Bosch, an international company that engages in research and development in a range of fields and operates a research and technology center in Palo Alto, on Sept. 12.

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Researchers Explore Terahertz Realm

Tue, 2012/09/18 - 6:30am
by Glenn Roberts Jr.

From detecting concealed weapons and other security threats to manipulating and studying molecules and nanomaterials, potential applications for terahertz (THz) radiation are varied and growing, noted scientists who participated in this month's "Frontiers of THz Science" workshop at SLAC.

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