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ALS Capabilities Reveal Multiple Functions of Ebola Virus

ebolaResearchers at the ALS have demonstrated that a protein of Ebola virus, termedVP40, undergoes dramatic refolding rearrangements to achieve three entirely different structures for three entirely separate functions in the virus life cycle. Read more...

Contact: Erica Saphire

An Inside Look at a MOF in Action

mofResearchers have recorded the first in situ electronic-structure observations of the adsorption of carbon dioxide inside Mg-MOF-74, an open-metal-site MOF that has emerged as one of the most promising materials for capturing and storing greenhouse gases. Read more...

Contact: Jeffrey Kortright

Ring Leader: Karen Nunez, Procedures Center

Procedures Center Manager Karen Nunez has been working somewhat "behind the scenes" at the ALS for the past seven years, ensuring that documentation for the many procedures involved in ALS operations is clear, correct, and up to date. She works with a plethora of ALS engineers, technicians, and scientists, who all lend their technical expertise to her work. Read more...

Youngest ALS Users Go to the White House

bpcTwo seventh graders from Black Pine Circle (BPC) School in Berkeley, who came to the ALS last November on a field trip that included actual beam time earned through peer-reviewed proposals, have now made it all the way to the White House. Samuel Schickler and Jane Yarnell, along with their science teacher Christine Mytko, were invited to attend the first-ever White House "Maker Faire." Read all about their DC adventures...

2014 ALS Shutdown: Final Update

Steve Rossi reports on the final days of the current extended shutdown at the ALS, noting that "the technical staff has accomplished over 7000 hours of scheduled work along with a myriad of small tasks requested of them on an ad hoc basis." Read more...

Contact: Steve Rossi

Around the ALS in Photos: From Berkeley to the White House

Photos following the adventures of our youngest users (see story above) from their first experiments at the ALS, to their success at the Bay Area Maker Faire, then on to the first White House Maker Faire. We take great pride in their work and the support they received from everyone here at the ALS! See the photos of their busy year...

Contact: ALS Communications


2014 ALS User Meeting
October 6-8, 2014
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Registration and web site open July 1.
UEC Corner

2014 ALS User Meeting

From the ALS User Meeting Organizing Committee:

The 2014 ALS User Meeting will focus on science enabled by high brightness, energy resolution, and spatial resolution. A distinguished cadre of keynote and invited speakers will discuss new trends and grand challenges in nanoscience, new materials, and chemical and life sciences. An outstanding group of young scientists will showcase their most recent scientific achievements in presentations and posters, characteristic of the breadth of science conducted at the ALS. A wide selection of exciting workshops will provide a forum for ALS users, staff members, and experts to discuss new developments in x-ray science.

Andreas Scholl and David Shuh
Users' Executive Committee and ALS User Meeting Co-Chairs

Operations Update

The ALS has been shut down since May 5, 2014, for scheduled maintenance and upgrades. User operations scheduled to resume on July 10, 2014.

When running,  detailed information on reliability is available on the ALS reliability bulletin board, which is located in the hallway between the ALS and the control room in Building 80. Questions about beam reliability should be directed to Dave Richardson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , x4376).

Long-term and weekly operations schedules are available online. Requests for special operations use of the "scrubbing" shift should be sent to  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 1:00 p.m. Friday. The ring status can be seen in real time at

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