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ALS User Meeting Awards


The ALS Users' Executive Committee invites ALS users and staff to submit nominations in recognition of the people who have made significant contributions to the scientific and user support programs at the ALS. Nominations may be made for any or all of the following awards by downloading and filling out the form(s) at the links below and sending them by August 12, 2016, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nominations should be no longer than two pages and have a least one letter of support.

  • David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement at the ALS
    David Shirley was a Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and Director of LBNL from 1980 to 1989, and was instrumental in having the Advanced Light Source built. He is now retired from the lab.

  • Klaus Halbach Award for Innovative Instrumentation at the ALS
    Klaus Halbach was a senior staff scientist at LBNL who pioneered the development of undulators using permanent magnets, and other innovations in accelerator physics.  Even though he retired from LBNL in 1991, he remained active in lab projects and student training until his death in 2000. 

  • Tim Renner User Services Award for Outstanding Support to the ALS User Community
    Tim Renner was a beamline scientist at the ALS who died at an early age, and who during his career touched everyone that knew him with his caring attitude to others and his larger-than-life personality. This award recognizes the services of others across the ALS organization who, like Tim, have made outstanding contributions to the ALS User Community.

  • Neville Smith Student Poster Award
    Neville Smith was the Scientific Director for the ALS from 1994 until his death in 2006. He was known not only for his scientific expertise, particularly in photoemission spectroscopy, but also for his wicked wit. As a great supporter of young scientists, his contribution is acknowledged by the naming of the Student Poster Award in his honor, beginning in 2014. The winner is selected during the poster session on Day 1 of the meeting. To be eligible for this award, students must enter the student poster competition.

Nominations are due by August 12, 2016.

The nominations will be judged by the Users’ Executive Committee. For more information about the awards and the nominating process, please contact the 2016 Awards Committee Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

See the 2015 User Meeting Award Recipients.