Congrats to Laura Waller on Receiving the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award – Academia

January 29, 2018|SPIE: The International Society for Optics and Photonics|

Dr. Laura Waller, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the 2018 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in the academic category. Dr. Waller is being honored for her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging, and partially coherent systems.

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Congrats to Connor Bischak for Receiving a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Studies in Scanning-probe Microscopy

January 1, 2018|Washington Research Foundation|

The inaugural group of 10 Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Postdoctoral Fellows has been selected. WRF will support the Fellows, all with recent doctorates, to carry out mentored research projects addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the public in areas including healthcare, climatology and engineering. Connor Bischak holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and will be developing biological-electronic interfaces for medical applications at the University of Washington (UW).

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Five STROBE Institutions Represented on AISES List of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans

December 1, 2017|Winds of Change|

Use this list of 200 colleges and universities to research where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native Programs, and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation. Unlike most “top colleges” lists, the focus here is on the Native Community and the support system, from admissions through graduation.

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Congrats to Stan Osher on being on the Clarivate Analytics 2017 list of Highly Cited Researchers

November 14, 2017|Clarivate Analytics|

Ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

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Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry (MF) hosted the Frontiers of Electron Tomography in the Physical Sciences

October 23, 2017|Frontiers of Electron Tomography|

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry (MF) hosted the Frontiers of Electron Tomography in the Physical Sciences conference together with UCLA and STROBE (an NSF Science and Technology Center) to disseminate results and discuss new ideas for three-dimensional imaging techniques.  The conference was held in Berkeley, CA from October 23rd – 26th and included a two-day workshop of research talks followed by a two-day short course. A total of 97 people registered for the conference.

Tomography is a technique that can reconstruct the three-dimensional shape of objects at the nanoscale from a series of two-dimensional images such as those acquired by scanning / transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). It has become an increasingly important technique in nanoscale research for quantitative characterization in three-dimensions of a wide range of materials systems. Recent advances in S/TEM hardware and reconstruction algorithms has extended this technique to the atomic scale in a technique known as atomic electron tomography (AET). A joint collaboration between UCLA and the MF, with funding from DOE BES and STROBE, has proven atomic resolution imaging is possible with precision of 19 trillionths of a meter (19 picometers). The FET2017 conference was held to discuss these new capabilities, potential future applications and provide in-depth teaching of the technique to graduate and postdoctoral students.

The two-day workshop included talks by several internationally recognized speakers on electron imaging and tomography as well as a poster session highlighting student research. Attendees were given the opportunity to take part in discussions on improvements and applications to AET. An important discussion during the workshop focused on the need for a materials data bank (MDB) of atomic resolution data sets and experimentally determined atomic coordinates made available openly to the physical sciences research community. This database, currently under development, will provide peer-reviewed sets of atomic structures and should be available in 2018.

After the workshop, tomography experts taught two days of lectures and hands-on tutorials to graduate and postdoctoral students on electron tomography topics such as theory, experimental design and newly available software. The new GENFIRE algorithm and open-source software developed as part of STROBE to reconstruct the atomic structure of materials. Also presented was the open-source Tomviz tomography analysis and visualization platform developed by Kitware, Inc. All lecture materials are available at the FET2017 short course website in an effort to increase the accessibility of the AET technique.

The conference was held jointly by the MF, UCLA and STROBE with contributions from several industry partners. More information is available at the conference website.

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Congrats to Jennifer Ellis on her NRC Postdoctral Fellowship

September 29, 2017|NIST|

The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC). The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.

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Congrats to Dr. Megan Paciaroni for Receiving NSF MRI at Fort Lewis College

September 21, 2017|NSF|

This MRI acquisition will establish the first amplified ultrashort pulse laser facility for spectroscopy and energy science in the Four Corners region of the United States. The facility will be based at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado.

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Dennis Gardner wins 2017 Laser Science Dissertation Award

September 20, 2017|JILA Scientific Communications|

Former JILAn Dennis F. Gardner Jr. (Kapteyn-Murnane group) has been awarded the 2017 American Physical Society’s Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award for his doctoral work in extreme ultraviolet (EUV) imaging. Gardner received $1,000 and a certificate citing his contribution to laser science.

Gardner’s thesis, entitled “Coherent diffractive imaging near the spatio-temporal limit with high harmonic sources” (2017), demonstrates the highest resolution-to-wavelength ratio ever achieved with coherent diffractive imaging. These advances to imaging are critical for advancing nanoelectronics, data storage, and nanoengineered systems.

Gardner is currently a Research Physicist at Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. in Washington D.C.

Gardner graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in physics before joining the Kapteyn-Murnane group at JILA in the summer of 2011. During his time at JILA, he was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship (2011) and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2011). He also won the Optical Society’s Emil Wolf Outstanding Paper Competition in 2015.

The Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award was established by the American Physical Society (APS) in 2013 to recognize novel applications of light-matter interactions in doctoral research, and to encourage effective written and oral presentations. Four finalists are selected to present their dissertation work at the Laser Science Conference. This year’s finalists also included Tal Galfsky from The City University of New York, Vivishek Sudhir from Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne, and Shuo Sun from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Congrats to Jose Rodriguez for being featured in a publication by Howard Hughes Medical Institute

June 20, 2017|Howard Hughes Medical Institute|

Jose Rodriguez sees antibodies latch onto receptors and stop cancer cells from feeding on iron. He sees an infectious protein fragment grip its neighbors to form the flat sheets that clutter the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. Atom by atom, his imaginary animations crystallize as he creates minuscule maps of some of the most elusive biological structures ever studied.

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Congrats to Jose Rodriguez on Being Selected as a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

May 25, 2017|UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry|

Professor Jose Rodriguez has been selected as a Beckman Young Investigator by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation… According to the Beckman Foundation website, “these individuals exemplify the Foundation’s mission of supporting the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences, particularly to foster the invention of methods, instruments and materials that will open new avenues of research in science. They were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants after a three-part review led by a panel of scientific experts.”

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