Novelists Edna O’Brien and William Kennedy among winners of award for Irish abroad

November 28, 2018
Source: The Irish Times

Limerick-born Prof Margaret Murnane will be given the award for the science, technology and innovation award, which will be presented to her in the US. Prof Murnane is regarded as being one of the leading optical physicists of her generation. She is Director of the National Science Foundation STROBE Science and Technology Center on functional nano-imaging, a fellow at JILA and Distinguished Professor at the Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado.

Electronic activity previously invisible to electron microscopes revealed at UCLA

October 29, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

New imaging technique may lead to improved functionality of devices such as PCs, smartphones.  The chips that drive everyday electronic gadgets such as personal computers and smartphones are made in semiconductor fabrication plants. These plants employ powerful transmission electron microscopes. While they can see physical structures smaller than a billionth of a meter, these microscopes have no way of seeing the electronic activity that makes the devices function. That may soon change, thanks to a new imaging technique developed by UCLA and University of Southern California... Read More

Expanding the Infrared Nanospectroscopy Window

October 26, 2018
Source: ALSNews

An innovative infrared-light probe with nanoscale spatial resolution has been expanded to cover previously inaccessible far-infrared wavelengths. The ability to investigate heterogeneous materials at nanometer scales and far-infrared energies will benefit a wide range of fields, from condensed matter physics to biology.

Paper on diffractive optics shows 3D holograms become reconfigurable by computer

October 04, 2018

Diffraction refers to a variety of phenomena occurring when a wave encounters an obstacle and bends around it. Diffractive optics are widely used today in imaging, holography, microscopy and manufacturing. Previous work has shown that extending diffractive optics from two dimensions to three dimensions enables new functionality and improves system performance. The paper suggests a way to make the two-dimensional waves three-dimensional in real time with a simple modification to existing devices controlled with a computer. 

Groundbreaking Gains: Latinx Individuals Blaze Trails in STEM and Inspire the Next Generation

September 18, 2018
Source: Diversity in Action

The fact that Nico Hernandez-Charpak found his way to a STEM-based career is not surprising at all. In fact, it's in his blood. His father, who is of Colombian descent, is an engineer. His mother, who is French, is a doctor. His grandfather is a physicist. "My family were my role models. Of course, they played a big role."

UCLA-led study reveals the mechanism that helps malaria parasites take over human red blood cells

August 27, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

Researchers from UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis have discovered the previously unknown mechanism of how proteins from Plasmodium parasites — which cause malaria — are exported into human red blood cells, a process that is vital for parasites to survive in humans. The finding could pave the way for new treatments for malaria.

JILA, CIRES, NOAA researchers honored with 2018 Governor's Awards

August 24, 2018
Source: CU Boulder Today

Murnane, Kapteyn and their colleagues from JILA, a joint-institute of CU Boulder and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), earned a nod for their years of efforts to wrangle X-ray light. The group debuted the world’s first tabletop X-ray laser in 2007. Today, these devices can shoot out pulses of radiation at a millionth of a billionth of a second—fast enough for scientists to image molecules in the act of forming and breaking chemical bonds. In addition to peering at the workings of atoms, such lasers may also enable new types of semiconductors and medical... Read More

NSF awards forge partnerships between minority-serving institutions and leading research facilities

August 07, 2018
Source: National Science Foundation News Release 18-056

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded new Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grants to support eight collaborations across the United States aimed at fostering cutting-edge materials research while increasing diversity.  The Fort Lewis College and Norfolk State University STROBE Science and Technology Center will focus on advanced imaging and characterization of functional nanomaterials. Fort Lewis College is a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution, and additionally serves a significant Hispanic population. The PREM framework elements... Read More

Fort Lewis College part of multimillion dollar partnership boosting diversity in materials science

August 07, 2018
Source: FLC News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded new Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) grants to support eight collaborations across the United States aimed at fostering cutting-edge materials research while increasing diversity. Each award is expected to total nearly $4 million and will support a materials research partnership between a minority-serving institution (MSI) and a large-scale research facility supported by NSF’s Division of Materials Research (DMR).  The PREM for Functional Nanomaterials is led by the Department of Physics... Read More

Three UCI School of Physical Sciences Faculty Earn Prestigious NSF Early Career Awards

July 25, 2018
Source: UCI School of Physical Sciences Communications

Franklin Dollar, Ph.D., assistant professor for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was awarded the prestigious five-year NSF grant valuing at $680,000 for his project titled CAREER: Coherent Laser Control for Compact Accelerators. Dollar’s project supports a study of how to coherently control the physics of laser-driven particle accelerators by manipulating laser properties such as the laser wavefront. Advanced particle accelerators based on lasers have the potential to dramatically reduce the size and duration of such sources, and could have immediate applications in medical... Read More

Bjoern Enders, Physics Postdoctoral Fellow

July 23, 2018
Source: ALSNews

Bjoern Enders joined the ALS as a postdoc in July 2016. He first worked on Beamline before moving to Beamline 7.0.1 (COSMIC) when was disassembled and the ptychography program was moved in the summer of 2017. His research is part of the NSF Science and Technology Center STROBE.

Scientists see inner workings of enzyme telomerase, which plays key roles in aging, cancer

June 06, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

Cancer, aging-related diseases and other illnesses are closely tied to an important enzyme called “telomerase.” UCLA researchers report in the journal Cell the deepest scientific understanding yet of this once-mysterious enzyme, whose catalytic core — where most of its activity occurs — can now be seen in near atomic resolution.

Berkeley Lab Paves the Way for Real-time Ptychographic Data Streaming

June 04, 2018
Source: Berkeley Lab

CAMERA/ALS/STROBE Collaboration Yields Novel Image Data Workflow Pipeline. Now an inter-government agency funded collaboration of scientists from Berkeley Lab’s DOE-funded Center for Advanced Mathematics for Energy Research Applications (CAMERA), the ALS and STROBE, the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center, has yielded another first-of-its-kind advance for ptychographic imaging: a software/algorithmic pipeline that enables real-time streaming of ptychographic image data during a beamline experiment, providing throughput, compression and resolution as well as rapid... Read More

Hands-on Learning: CU, FLC Scientists Bring Engineering to IMS

May 10, 2018
Source: Pine River Times

Yes, touch it, ask questions, and learn how it works. That's part of the hands-on science experience that University of Colorado Boulder and Fort Lewis College faculty are taking on the road, encouraging students to consider careers in engineering and technical fields.

Photos: Emerging scientists learn about light and energy

May 08, 2018
Source: The Durango Herald

Dolores School District students... try to figure out what is in the scanning electron microscope after shining a laser beam into it on Tuesday during the Light, Energy and Imaging STEM Workshop inSitter Hall at Fort Lewis College. About 60 students in sixth through 10th grades learned about scale and real-time imaging in the Nano-World, explored photosynthesis and solar energy at the nano-scale and learned about tools that change our perspective on the universe.

One New Honor for 213 Exceptional Individuals: American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects New Members

April 18, 2018
Source: American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Henry Kapteyn is elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CAMBRIDGE, MA | April 18, 2018 — As part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ commitment to recognizing and celebrating excellence, 213 individuals in a wide range of disciplines and professions have been elected as members of the Class of 2018. Founded in 1780, the Academy honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators and engages them in sharing knowledge and addressing challenges facing the world. 

Department of Energy Announces $99 Million for Small Business Research and Development Grants

April 13, 2018
Source: Department of Energy

STROBE's Markus Raschke received a Phase II STTR to continue work with STROBE industry partner, Anaysis.  82 Grants Will Support Scientific Innovation WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 82 grants totaling $99 million to 69 small businesses in 26 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase II research and development.  

UCLA study produces clearest images to date of HSV-1, the virus that causes cold sores

April 13, 2018
Source: CNSI at UCLA

UCLA researchers have produced the clearest 3-D images to date of the virus that causes cold sores, herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1. The images enabled them to map the virus’ structure and offered new insights into how HSV-1 works. A report on the research was published online by the journal Science. The scientists used cryo electron microscopy, or cryoEM, to obtain the first atomic model of the virus particle, which is made up of more than 3,000 protein molecules comprising tens of millions of atoms.  

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Awards SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal to Leading Physicist Prof Margaret Murnane and Technology Innovator David McCourt

March 14, 2018
Source: Science Foundation Ireland

Washington D.C., 14th March 2018 – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, has today presented Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’ to Professor Margaret Murnane, Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Colorado; and David McCourt, Founder and CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital, for their significant contribution to academia, research and industry.  Now in its fifth year, the SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal recognises the outstanding contributions of Prof Margaret Murnane and David McCourt in their... Read More


March 02, 2018
Source: APS TV 2018

STROBE is featured in an APS TV video about what makes JILA a unique and great place to work. JILA is a unique research and training partnership between the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards & Technology. At JILA, scientists develop new research and measurement technologies that broadly advance science and the NIST measurement mission. To date, JILA scientists have been awarded three Physics Nobel Prizes. JILA also trains young innovators who become leaders in industry, academia, and government labs. And after traveling to the many laboratories housed at... Read More

Tracking Energy Flow in Light-harvesting Systems on Native Nanometer and Picosecond Scales

February 06, 2018
Source: Berkeley Lab Biosciences

So Ginsberg and her colleagues devised a measurement that transforms an optical “super-resolution” microscopy known as STED (stimulated emission depletion) into a tracker of excitons on these short scales in an organic semiconductor. The technique makes it possible, for the first time, to relate the characteristics of exciton migration efficiency to nanoscale structures within light harvesting materials. “We ended up using the spatial profile of light pulses and the way that they interact with the material in order to excite very small and localized regions that have very sharp boundaries,”... Read More

Semiconductor nanosensor measures membrane potential

February 01, 2018
Source: UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor Shimon Weiss leads team to develop nanosensors that can be directly inserted into a cell’s lipid membrane and be used to measure membrane potential.    The devices, which are based on inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles, could potentially record action potentials from multiple neurons as well as electrical signals on the nanoscale – for example, across just one synapse. Their paper, "Membrane insertion of—and membrane potential sensing by—semiconductor voltage nanosensors: Feasibility demonstration” was published in the January, 12, 2018 issue of Science... Read More

UCLA study describes structure of tumor herpes virus associated with Kaposi’s sarcoma

January 19, 2018
Source: UCLA Newsroom

UCLA researchers have provided the first description of the structure of the herpes virus associated with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a type of cancer.

Semiconductor nanosensor measures membrane potential

January 12, 2018
Source: / IOP

Researchers in the US have developed nanosensors that can be directly inserted into a cell’s lipid membrane and be used to measure membrane potential. The devices, which are based on inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles, could potentially record action potentials from multiple neurons as well as electrical signals on the nanoscale – for example, across just one synapse.

Synopsis: Plasmon Thermometers for Silicon

January 09, 2018
Source: APS Physics

Electron oscillations in silicon may be used to map, with nanometer resolution, the temperatures across a silicon device. Chris Regan of the University of California, Los Angeles, and co-workers have now developed a thermometry technique that, using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), could eventually map temperature in a silicon device with a resolution down to 10 nm.