Help Us to Help You!
Happy New Year! I am privileged to be taking over as chair of the UEC for this year. I first want to extend many thanks to Corie Ralston for a wonderful job as chair last year and appreciation to all of the continuing and new UEC members for volunteering their time.
Having now served on the UEC for two years, I can assure everyone that the UEC takes its charge to represent the user community's interests very seriously. However, we can only do that if we know what the community's interests are. Therefore for this coming year, I am particularly interested in ways that communication between the UEC and the user community as a whole can be improved.
The first UEC meeting of the year will be on Thursday, February 20. If anyone would like to contribute comments or concerns to be addressed at the meeting, please send them to me or to any other member of the UEC. Additionally, if anyone would like to come and address the committee at our meeting, please let me know.
With plans for a potential ALS upgrade project under discussion, I think this is a particularly interesting and important time for the community's future vision to be seen. Similarly, as ALS management grapples with current fiscal realities, it is important that the community's priorities be known.
All users are welcome to contact their UEC representatives to raise issues of concern relating to their own research, or to alert us to issues facing our whole community.
Thank you and I look forward to a great year!