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February 2010 Print

Sue Bailey, User Services Group Leader

Sue Bailey

As head of the User Services Group, I am responsible for many of the functions that enable our users to get access to ALS facilities as quickly and efficiently as possible. I have an open door policy and encourage users to come and talk to me with their ideas for improving their interactions with the ALS, or to let me know of  their recent scientific breakthroughs. Please drop by my office (6-2214, beside the User Services Office), or contact me by phone (486-7727) or by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Specifically,I am responsible for the ALS User Services Office which handles the general user proposal system, the administration of new and returning users (registration, safety training, end-of-run reports), the coordination of the annual Users’ Meeting, and the collection of publications. I am also responsible for the Experiment Coordination Group whose members work with all users to ensure that they can come in, set up their experiment, and work safely. I work with the Communications Group to publish ALSNews, Spectrum (our annual facility report), and facility documents such as the ALS Strategic Plan. Our team also creates handouts for visitors, posters in the ALS Lobby and for meetings, and manages the ALS Web site as well as the communications for the annual Users’ Meeting (Save the date! October 13–15, 2010)

We have some exciting projects going on, particularly in the Communications Group. The most visible one to users will be a redesign of the ALS Web site, which we plan to roll out later this year. If you have strong views on what you would like to see, I encourage you to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A science café has also been started at the ALS, meeting every 6-8 weeks, and we encourage users to attend to hear about the latest work taking place around the ring. The current theme is energy research, and all users are welcome to attend and share their work with us.

We also have a lot of plans on the safety front. We have known for some time that our current Experiment Safety Sheet (ESS) system needs rethinking and that we need to give web-based access to all parties. After a recent joint meeting with the other US light sources, we plan to model our new system on the APS ESAF system. We are also starting to work with other light sources to streamline training requirements.

The User Services Office has made several updates to its processes. Our aim is to make life easier for users on arrival at the ALS. We continue to increase Web access so that more of the registration and safety documentation process can be completed by users before their arrival at the ALS, ensuring that they can get on with their research promptly.

Contact us:
Sue Bailey, 510-486-7727, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Communications This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Proposals administration, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Guest registration and training, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Experiment coordination – safety documentation, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ALSNews Vol. 306

 
January 2010 Print

Roger Falcone, Director: Happy New Year!

Roger Falcone

I welcome our ALS family back to the Lab, and hope that the holidays were an enriching time for you and your family and friends. For me, it was a nice time to catch up on reading, and to cook for and talk with my children and wife, since my family came home from work and school for the break.

We enter 2010 with a fine budget for ALS. It appears that this year we will receive the level of funds requested by the President. We also have a large number of big projects. These include new equipment funded through stimulus dollars, the MAESTRO beamline, continued upgrades of the accelerator, infrastructure projects including HVAC and the User Support Building, new microscopes... the list is almost overwhelming... but I know we can accomplish it all.

The terrific efforts of the staff and users of the ALS in the past year have enhanced our reputation, and bolstered the high level of confidence of our sponsors, which in turn has led to continued support for our strategic plan for multi-year renewal of the ALS. We are clearly blessed to have a wonderful group of colleagues, dedicated to operating the best light source facility and doing the most important science.

With the appointment of our new Lab Director, Paul Alivisatos, and his goal of making our Lab the nation's strongest contributor to the global challenge of finding sustainable energy systems, I know that the ALS will flourish in coming years. Paul is an ALS user, and knows the power of our facility. Of course, we enable many important research projects in energy science, as well as in many other important areas.

Thank you again for your dedication to excellence and the collegial and safe environment that characterizes the ALS, and Happy New Year!

ALSNews Vol. 305

 
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