By Heather Rock Woods
SSRL’s annual Users’ Meeting celebrated 30 years of phenomenal science
and, in the packed Panofsky Auditorium, users from around the world were
urged to communicate their scientific achievements to both the public and
meeting coordinator Cathy Knotts (SSRL), co-organizer Timothy
McPhillips (SSRL), Jonathan Dorfan (DO), and Keith Hodgson (SSRL)
enjoy Pat Dehmer’s (DOE) talk.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)
Patricia Dehmer, Associate Director of Science for the DOE Office of
Basic Energy Sciences, spoke before many of the 300 meeting attendees. She
praised SSRL’s remarkable science program and the outstanding science
coming out of the facility.
Lab Director Jonathan Dorfan’s opening remarks stressed the importance
of communicating research results to the public, press and scientific
peers, encouraging researchers to acknowledge the role big machines play
in their ability to do the science, and to partner with the Lab to "get
the message out in a way that’s helpful to us as a community and to the
public, who’s funding this."
Distilling 30 years of perspective, SSRL Director Keith Hodgson praised
the Lab’s "fantastic" staff, as well as seminal work in the field of
synchrotron radiation, including pioneering many techniques and
applications of synchrotron radiation and being a long-time leader in
storage ring and magnet development. The 2003 fiscal year (shortened by
the SPEAR upgrade) ended with 1,720 users working on active proposals.
There have been 6,466 scientific publications since 1974 that relied on
"We’re well positioned for innovation in the future," Hodgson said,
citing SPEAR3 (to come online in a few months), the new Sub-Picosecond
Pulse Source (SPPS) project and the upcoming Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS).