From the Director
Dear Colleague,

Here on the Cornell campus, everyone is preparing for the return of students and the beginning of the new academic year. Summer is winding down in Ithaca. 

This past week I had the pleasure of listening to the final project reports of our SERCCS, SUNRISE, and PREM summer students. They all did a fantastic job and I am so proud of all of them. Please read about some of their experiences found in this newsletter and on our website. 

Construction of the New Experimental Hall is progressing rapidly. The concrete floor of the primary experimental floor was poured this week, with over 80 concrete delivery trucks making their way to Wilson Lab. 

We also continue to develop the scientific community of the future High Magnetic Field Beamline. A recent workshop began work to identify the highest-impact science and the technical requirements for combining synchrotron x-ray beams with high magnetic fields. Many thanks to the organizers of and contributors to this workshop. It will certainly help shape the future of science at CHESS.  

The next CHESS user-run starts on November 2nd. Please see our proposal deadlines for more information.  

Thanks, and hope to see you soon,

Joel Brock, Director, CHESS (email Joel)
CHESS is accepting proposals for beamtime
The deadline for submitting proposals for the November to December cycle (2022_3) has been extended! Click through for dates and information.
Mapping liquid formulations with the Autonomous Formulation Laboratory at CHESS-FMB
During a series of three, single-week runs starting in 2020-1 and culminating in 2022-1, a team of researchers from NIST collaborating with several industrial partners employed the FMB beamline at MSN-C to develop and then demonstrate an AI-accelerated robot to rapidly map the composition of liquid formulations, from coatings to personal care products.
Meet our summer students
Our 2022 summer undergraduate research students wrapped up their summer with presentations on their projects last week. We are sad to see them go, but each year we interview a few of our CHESS summer students about their projects and aspirations. Check back soon as we update this page with more summer student profiles.
MacCHESS visits ACA: The Structural Science Society
A sizable group of MacCHESS personnel attended the annual meeting of the ACA (ACA: The Structural Science Society, formerly the American Crystallographic Association), held July 29-August 3 in Portland, Oregon. Home base was a booth in the Exhibit Hall, assembled, beautified, and manned by Irina Kriksunov. At the booth, visitors could read about activities at Sector 7, ask questions about whether they could make use of CHESS, and leave with informational postcards (as well as chocolates).
NEH construction updates
Want to stay up to date with the latest images, videos, and updates on the construction of our New Experimental Hall? Bookmark this page to see the latest.
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