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  • Fall 2005 Aladdin Newsletter No. 39

    Synchrotron Radiation Center

    Posted 12-1-2005

    1. 38 th SRC Users' Meeting
    2. In Memoriam: William Oosterhuis
    3. New SRC Website Launched
    4. Mark II Beamline Decommissioned
    5. SRC Staff Changes
    6. Publicize Your Publications

    1. 38 th SRC Users' Meeting

    Each year, numerous researchers and their students and post-docs visit and utilize SRC as part of their research programs. With three-week windows of opportunity to conduct their work, researchers come and go quickly and their interaction with each other is limited. In an effort to bring as many users together as possible in order to share their findings and interact collegially and socially with their peers, SRC has hosted 38 Users' Meetings since 1968.

    The 2005 SRC Users' Meeting was held on October 14 and 15. Over seventy-five participants were treated to presentations from twenty-five speakers. As part of a revised format this year, the talks were divided into four main research areas of interest: Condensed Matter and Surface Science, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Life Sciences, and Chemistry and Nanoscience. Additionally, the meeting was augmented by a two-day poster session, which highlighted twenty-six posters.

    The Aladdin Lamp Award winner was presented to Ganesh Upadhyaya from the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering at UW-Madison who presented a talk on his research titled, "Induced Hole and Photoemission Currents in Plasma Charged Gate Dielectrics." The Best Poster Award was given to Ronke Olabisi, whose poster was titled: "X-Ray Spectromiscroscopy Captures Cross-Fibril Formation."

    2. In Memoriam: Dr. William Tenley Oosterhuis, Ph.D.

    It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Dr. William Oosterhuis, a dear friend of the SRC, who passed away on November 16, 2005 due to complications from recent surgical procedures.

    Few people have been as central as Bill to the history of synchrotron radiation research in the United States. It is hard to imagine what our field would look like today if somebody with Bill's stature as a scientist and gentleman had not been at the NSF in the 1970's when the SRC and the SSRP were growing and looking to the future. As we went through the tumultuous time of moving into the second generation of facilities, everyone's respect for Bill, and complete trust in him, allowed the process to move forward successfully. The development of third generation facilities similarly benefited from Bill's position at the DOE.

    Bill Oosterhuis left a remarkable legacy as a scientist and federal program manager after over 30 years of service to the materials research community.  Before joining the DOE as a Team Leader for Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Chemistry in the Office of Basic Energy Sciences in 1991, Bill was a program manager and section head in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation.  From 1986-1987, Bill was on a detailed assignment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  He had also previously held a faculty position at Carnegie-Mellon University after his postdoctoral research in England. Bill was a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

    Under Bill's outstanding leadership, many new programs had been added to the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Chemistry Team, including X-ray and Neutron Scattering, Theoretical and Computational Materials Physics, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the Operations of the BES User Facilities, the Construction of the Spallation Neutron Source, and the Biomolecular Materials programs.

    We will miss Bill greatly for his passion for materials research, dedication to scientific excellence, keen sense of and sharp vision for revolutionary discoveries, and most of all, for his ultimate optimism. We will especially miss Bill for his deeply human concern for people and ideas. Bill's early belief in the power of synchrotron radiation research has benefited us all and we will miss him greatly and remember him always. On behalf of the staff and users of the SRC, our hearts go out to Bill's family and friends. 

    Notes of condolence and/or gifts to the Memorial Fund for William T. Oosterhuis may be sent to Bill's wife, Jane Oosterhuis, at 120 Summit Hall Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-1847.

     

    3. New SRC Website

    SRC recently launched a redesigned website. A feature of particular note at the new site is a "User Portal" that includes everything users need to do research at the SRC. Required forms, beamtime schedules, safety requirements and information, user publications and much more can be found at the portal. In addition to this, there is easy access to Education and Outreach materials, News and Archives of all the SRC-related publications, and a Highlights section that summarizes recent research done at the SRC. Users and students are encouraged to visit the site regularly for news and announcements that will be posted regularly to the main page, which will include a link to employment and assistantship vacancies, upcoming meeting information, and any beamline or ring engineering developments at the SRC. A regular story about selected users’ research activities at the SRC and, in particular, any resulting publications will be featured on the main page. See the last item of this newsletter to find out how to get your own research in the news.

    The redesigned SRC website is still located at http://www.src.wisc.edu.

     

    4. The Mark II Beamline Decommissioned

    After more than 30 years of very faithful service, the Mark II Grasshopper was removed from service to make room for the new SSS - 11 undulator.  This monochromator serviced hundreds of SRC users worldwide over its three decades. The Mark II was one of the main workhorses in the early days of the Tantalus storage ring and was the first Grasshopper to be upgraded with a passively cooled entrance slit which allowed better flux stability and operation with small entrance slits on Aladdin.

     

    5. SRC Staff Changes

    Mike Abrecht was hired as a Research Associate for PEEM. Illya Frishman joined the Operations staff and will taking over the third shift after the holidays. Tim Walsh will be working the second shift for Operations. Bill O'Brien is working as a safety intern while completing his Master of Science degree at UW-Whitewater.

    Brad Frazer, an Assistant Scientist with SRC, relocated to San Diego, CA in July.

    After a 22-year career with the SRC, John Stott retired at the end of September. Stott, a native of Yorkshire, England, received a doctorate in Physics from Oxford University before becoming an integral member of the team that designed the first control system for Aladdin and has since served as an integral member of the Accelerator Group. John was also active in Shared Governance at UW Madison, serving as an academic staff assembly representative and a charter member of the Graduate School's Committee on Academic Staff Issues, maintaining an active voice and strong representation for his colleagues. The SRC staff and users thank John for his dedication, support, and friendship during his career at SRC and wish him the very best in retirement.

     

    6. Publicize Your Publications

    Get your research the attention it deserves. Those who have done research at SRC and have pending publications are encouraged to contact SRC science writer, John Morgan, to arrange a press release for your forthcoming publication. Releases are posted to the SRC website and sent to the press via the UW Madison Communications Office. No results are released before your article is published and all rules regarding media embargoes by journals are followed. This is a great resource available to SRC Users to promote synchrotron radiation research.

    John's email is: jmorgan@src.wisc.edu

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