Meeting report

NSLS 2002 users meetings

This year’s Annual National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) Users’ Meeting, held at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) on May 20-22, had a record attendance of 380 participants from all over the world. The meeting consisted of a one-day plenary session and eight day-long workshops on the latest results achieved at the NSLS in the physical, biomedical, environmental, and instrumentation sciences. L. Joshua-Tor of Cold Spring Harbor Lab served as Chair of the event. L. Berman of NSLS served as the Program Chair for the plenary session, and A. Frenkel of Yeshiva U. served as the Workshops Chair. A new project discussed at the meeting was a center dedicated to the study of the infinitesimally small. Called the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, this new BNL facility, which will investigate materials a billionth of a meter in size, has received a 'very strong thumbs up' from initial reviews by DOE-BES, according to S. Ozaki, Special Assistant to the BNL Director for Accelerator Projects, who gave the meeting’s welcoming address. Workshops relevant to crystallography included over-expressing, purifying, and crystallizing membrane proteins (L. Shapiro and F. Mancia), Advances in the application of Synchrotron Radiation to Catalysis, imaging and micro-spectroscopy, and In situ studies of materials processing.