Geoscience Synchrotron Users Group
Management and Operation of Synchrotron-Hosted Analytical Facilities for Earth Sciences
Synchrotron X-ray facilities provide tools of major and growing importance for material property research in the Earth sciences. The tunability, brilliance, and collimation of synchrotron X-rays provide unique capabilities for probing the structural, chemical, and physical properties of many types of geological materials. Synchrotron facilities in the U.S operated by the Department of Energy facilitate the research of hundreds of geoscientists each year, including many undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.
The National Science Foundation Division of Earth Sciences has for many years supported a portfolio of synchrotron beamlines and related support facilities and organizations. These include the Consortium for Materials Properties Research in the Geosciences (COMPRES) and GeoSoilEnviroCARS (GSECARS).
NSF has released a proposal solicitation for the creation of a new single lead organization that will oversee the suite of analytical instrumental capabilities at synchrotron light sources, providing on-site technical support; developing new instrumentation and techniques; and fostering research training and outreach to promote scientific progress and advance understanding of Earth materials and processes.
Update: A proposal entitled “SEES: Community-Driven Management of Synchrotron Facilities for Earth and Environmental Science” was submitted to the NSF EAR Instrumentation and Facilities program on March 4, 2022.
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Who We Are
In response to NSF guidance and with input from the geoscience synchrotron user community, we have established a steering committee to assist in organizing the Earth Science Community to develop a new model for the management and operation of synchrotron-based facilities for Earth Science research. The steering committee includes a broad range of scientists representing a cross-section of disciplines that access synchrotron facilities. Thomas Duffy (Princeton University) serves as the Chair of the Steering Committee. A complete listing of the Steering Committee members can be found here.
Liz Cottrell (Smithsonian) serves as the Chair of the PI Search Committee. A full listing of Search Committee Members and additional information about the search process and timeline can be found here (PDF).
This report summarizes the outcome of a two-day, virtual workshop, “Synchrotrons and Geochemistry: A Workshop for Novices and Experts,” held on June 28–29, 2021, focused on applications of synchrotron science to geochemical research.
We are pleased to announce that Professor Andrew Campbell will serve as the Principal Investigator for our upcoming proposal in response to the NSF solicitation Andy brings a strong track record of leadership, management experience, science advocacy and community service.
On Tuesday, September 28th, a live webinar was hosted to meet the candidates for PI for the NSF-supported Synchrotron Geoscience.
Community Activities and Input
Outreach activities include town halls, workshops, and community-wide messages. Future activities and opportunities for community input will be announced in the coming weeks.
Please submit any suggestions or issues you would like to bring to the attention of the Steering Committee. Suggestions submitted using this form are anonymous. If you wish to get a reply to your question, please enter your name and email address in the space provided. We look forward to hearing from you!