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Photo: Robert Rosner, Kwang-Je Kim, and Murray Gibson.Changes at the AAI
The management structure of the Argonne Accelerator Institute has been revised to emphasize the institute’s evolving technical emphasis.

Photo: Lee Teng.Lee Teng of the APS Accelerator Physics Group has been named the winner of the 2007 American Physical Society's Robert R. Wilson Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the physics of particle accelerators.

Photo: Peter Chupas.Peter J. Chupas of the APS X-ray Science Division Chemistry, Environmental, and Polymer Science Group was named the 2006 recipient of the Sidhu Award, given each year by the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society “for the best contribution to crystallography or diffraction by an investigator within five years of the Ph.D.”

Photo: Alex LumpkinAlex Lumpkin of the APS Accelerator Systems Division Diagnostics Group has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his "pioneering work in the time-resolved imaging of particle and photon beams."

Photo: Keith Brister (Northwestern University).First light for LS-CAT
At 10:24 a.m. on June 27, 2006, the Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team marked its first step toward emerging as the newest structural biology sector at the APS.

Photo:  The HERIX spectrometerFirst light for HERIX
The High Resolution Inelastic X-ray Spectrometer HERIX at Advanced Photon Source sector 30 recently recorded its first spectrum during the commissioning phase.

Photo: Close-up view of the drug-binding site within HIV protease. Research at Argonne helps Abbott Labs develop anti-HIV drug
One of the early research projects undertaken at the Advanced Photon Source was an examination of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Out of that research came development of the drug Kaletra®, now the most-prescribed drug in its class for AIDS therapy and a product of Abbott Laboratories.

Photo: Michael Reedy (Duke University) and Tanya Bekyarova (Illinois Institute of Technology.Reaching for answers to questions about the heart
Can studying the mechanisms of stretch activation in insect flight muscle help us learn more about the way our hearts function? Researchers using the Bio-CAT beamline 18-ID at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source think so.

Photo: Visiting dignitaries.Australian and New Zealand dignitaries visit Advanced Photon Source
A high-level Australian delegation led by the State of Victoria’s Treasurer and Innovation Minister John Brumby recently visited the Advanced Photon Source to enhance the delegation's understanding of the benefits of synchrotron science.

Mao to receive 2006 "Franklin Young Investigator Award"
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) Users Organization (APSUO) is pleased to announce that Wendy L. Mao is the recipient of the 2006 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes important technical or scientific accomplishment by a young investigator that depended on, or is beneficial to, the APS. Dr. Mao will receive this award on May 3 at the 2006 APS Users Meeting, at which she will also present her work.

Photo"Introduce a girl to engineering day” at the APS
As part of Argonne National Laboratory’s fifth annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, APS employees participated in the Lab-wide tours and demonstrations that gave 40 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls from public, private, and home schools a first-hand look at the possibilities of careers in engineering and science.

ChemCATThe silk road leads to the APS
Archaeologists from The University of Chicago are using an APS beamline to study artifacts from the early third millennium to the mid-first millennium B.C. that have been unearthed at sites along the fabled Silk Road. Their goal is to combine the high-brightness x-rays from the APS with a unique archaeological approach in order to answer some age-old questions.

Space dust settles at GSECARS
Photo: Researcher George Flynn with Comet Dust SampleComet dust that traveled from the far reaches of the solar system to Earth is being studied at a GeoSoilEnviroCARS beamline at the APS, where researchers hope to gain a better understanding of the composition of comets and other planetary bodies, including the Earth.

A better tool to study the role of iron in neurological disease
Photo: Researchers at MR-CATUniversity of Florida is reporting that its researchers have devised a novel technique to study intracerebral iron oxide particles associated with Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, using the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. The researchers crafted a system of mirrors and lenses that taps one of the APS X-ray sources, for the new purpose of analyzing brain tissue. (Courtesy medGadget [http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2006/02/a_better_tool_t.html] and University of Florida News) More...

A patent accomplishment
John Lewellen and John Noonan of the Advanced Photon Source are featured on the Argonne Technology Transfer home page. Their recent patent describes a novel method for providing a high-brightness, very low-emittance electron beSam. Potential uses include its use in high-power free-electron lasers and Terahertz sources, and it may lead to the development of compact high-voltage electron microscopes, and improvements in electron beam welding, electron beam lithography, and oncology treatments.

Searl Family funds biomedical research in Chicago, ANL
The Searle Funds … has made a grant of $5 million to the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC), a collaboration of Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The grant… is designed to support and stimulate innovative multi-institutional collaborations in research and education that will enable the Chicago area to become a leader in the biomedical sciences. CBC researchers …will tap into the power of the Advanced Photon Source … at Argonne National Laboratory, which produces the nation's most brilliant X-ray beams for scientific research. Read the complete AScribe press release here.

Keeping an eye on better magnets
Photo: MagnetsPermanent magnets that are used in a wide range of products and technologies could be made longer-lasting and more powerful, thanks to research carried out by researchers using the APS at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory (html)

Structural Biology Center contributes 1,000th structure to Protein Data Bank
Photo: 1000th protein structureResearchers at the Structural Biology Center located at the Advanced photon Source have contributed their 1,000th structure to the Protein Data Bank. This structure – and its 999 predecessors – provide important pieces to the puzzle of understanding human and environmental health by imaging the molecules that control and regulate it. (html)