CHESS eNewsletter - May 2023 | Issue No. 107
From the Director
Dear CHESS community,

We are excited to share with you some of our latest science highlights, as well as updates on upcoming events, including the Pan American Light Sources for Agriculture (PALSA) conference and our own CHESS User Meeting on June 6th, 2023

I would also like to take a moment to extend my warmest congratulations to Felicity Worsnop at MIT, winner of the student paper prize, for her outstanding work on "The influence of alloying on slip intermittency and the implications of dwell fatigue in titanium.” We are thrilled to have Felicity present this research at the upcoming CHESS User Meeting, and we look forward to learning more about her research.

Additionally, I am pleased to report that researchers have returned to CHESS for the spring run. And, we are currently operating the storage ring at 125mA. This is a significant achievement, and I am proud of our team for their hard work and dedication in making this possible.

Thank you for your continued support of CHESS, and we hope to see you around the lab!

Best regards,
Joel Brock, Director, CHESS (email Joel)
Upcoming Events at CHESS
User Meeting 2023
Registration, Awards, Poster!

The 2023 User Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 6th, with two workshops to follow. We are excited to see everyone gather in person for a day filled with updates from around the lab, scientific talks, awards, and a poster session.

We are currently accepting poster submissions and nominations for the User Executive Committee.

You can also register for the two workshops on the User Meeting site.
PALSA 2023
Workshop & Conference

Registration is open for PALSA 2023, an international, in-person/hybrid conference this July 12-14th to showcase and discuss applications of synchrotron radiation to the study of plants, soils, climate, food and nutrition, agriculture, and other related topics. Abstracts for posters are still welcome.

Visit for further information, including confirmed speakers and venue information.

Research & News at CHESS
Picking up good vibrations – of proteins – at CHESS

A new method for analyzing protein crystals – developed by Cornell researchers and given a funky two-part name – could open up applications for new drug discovery and other areas of biotechnology and biochemistry.

Grain scale residual stress after quasi-static and high strain rate loading in SS316L

New research demonstrates that individual grains within the microstructure of rapidly-strained steels have the potential to have larger magnitudes of residual stress. This residual stress can impact the fatigue performance of structural alloys - in particular, a tensile residual stress can lead to shortened fatigue lives.

Wilson West Update!

We are 16 months past breaking ground on the Wilson West Project that will house a first of its kind High Magnetic Field Beamline featuring a magnet capable of generating continuous magnetic fields as high as 20 Tesla. To put that into perspective a fridge magnet is approximately 0.001 Tesla, and a standard MRI is 1.5 Tesla.

The picture shows that the high-bay space has a soon-to-be-finished roof, grading on the north slope, and the mechanical space being formed by steel on the west (left). Follow us for updates on the project and to learn more about the importance of this new facility.

Outreach Insights
Exploring the Connection between PyMOL and CHESS: Students Learn About Complementary Roles in Structural Biology

Cornell students studying various fields of biological sciences came to CHESS to see this first-hand with their instructor, Kevin Siegenthaler, to learn more about the facility’s relevance to PyMOL. They went on an in depth tour led by Rick Ryan and David Schuller down into the underground storage ring, the sector 7 biological beamlines, and the Wilson Laboratory scientific offices.
CHESS is always looking for talented individuals to join our team! Please check out the latest job offerings available at the lab.

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