2023 UEC Elections
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The Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee (UEC) invites you to participate in the election of three new UEC members to represent the ALS community.
View candidate statements and submit your votes by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Here are the candidates for the new members of the Advanced Light Source Users’ Executive Committee for the 2024–2026 term. We shall elect 3 new members to serve a three-year term (2024-2026).
(note: the order of the candidates has been shuffled with a random number generator.)
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- Lenart Dudy
2. Coleman Kronawitter
3. Yi Lin
4. Rebecca Metzler
I began my synchrotron journey as a physics graduate student under Pupa Gilbert at the University of Wisconsin. As a part of my PhD we used x-ray photoemission electron microscopy (X-PEEM) to explore biomineral structures such as nacre (mother-of-pearl), sea urchin teeth, and sea urchin spicules. Since that time, I have continued using X-PEEM to examine how biomineral structure and composition relate to function and, now, how climate change impacts those properties. I have been a user at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), the Advanced Photon Source (APS), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), and the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC; decommissioned).
5. Lowell Miyagi
I am an Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah, with an adjunct appointment in Material Science and Engineering. My primary research is understanding mechanical properties of materials under extreme conditions. This helps us to understand ongoing dynamic processes like plate tectonics and mantle convection as well as transient processes like meteor impacts. My first synchrotron experiments were at the ALS in 2004. Since then, I have used the APS, the NSLS, the ESRF, and PETRA III. The ALS remains a special place for me and I keep coming back to work at beamline 12.2.2. and have collaborated on projects at the 12.3.2. and 8.3.2. beamlines. I am currently a member of the ALS General Sciences Proposal Study Panel. I also served on the facilities committee for the NSF-funded Consortium for Materials Properties Research in the Earth Sciences (COMPRES) which had an Approved Program at 12.2.2. for many years. In that role I reviewed the effectiveness of the various COMPRES supported facilities, (including the AP program at 12.2.2) in serving their user base.
6. Monsuru Ramoni
I am an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering at Navajo Technical University (NTU), Crownpoint, NM. I received M.S degrees in Manufacturing and Engineering & Management and Industrial Engineering from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham-United Kingdom, and Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, respectively. I received my Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. I was part of the faculty team that secured ABET accreditation for NTU, making NTU the first Tribal University to have ABET accreditation for its engineering degree. I have received funding from NASA, NNSA, and DOE for research on additive manufacturing and engineering education to increase the number of Native Americans with engineering degrees. I am a new ALS user through a recent DOE BES Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) project with LBNL, “Controlling Additive Manufacturing Properties of Surfaces (CAMPS).” This will be the first time NTU faculty and students leverage the ALS, and I am excited about this partnership. This project aims to understand how to control the structure and properties of 3D-printed metal alloys and build a collaboration between the ALS and NTU through internships and education. We are working with the ALS to characterize these alloys, for example, with x-ray diffraction and x-ray computed tomography (beamlines 12.3.2 and 8.3.2), and train Native American students in material characterization and analysis.
7. Grant Shoffner
I am a postdoctoral scholar at UCLA in structural biology and my research focuses on therapeutic development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I fell in love with synchrotron science as a graduate student when data collection meant marathon 48-hour shifts at the beam, and it’s incredibly exciting that new high-brilliance sources and automation have reduced collection times to just minutes. As a UEC member I’m hoping to help users get the most out of instrument time at ALS and maximize the potential of this incredible resource. I have written successful proposals and performed experiments at every major synchrotron facility in the country, including ALS (beamline 8.3.1), APS (17-ID-C/E), SSRL (12-1/2), CHESS (7B2), and NSLS-II (AMX and FMX). This background has provided a broad perspective on what makes a great experience for synchrotron users and how we can best help users succeed at ALS.
8. Shan Wu
I am an assistant professor in the physics department at Santa Clara University. ALS plays a pivotal role in my research on quantum materials. Prior to my current position, I was a postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and University of California Berkeley. In my research, I leverage the diverse capabilities of the ALS, including hard X-ray diffraction under high-pressure, magnetic spectroscopy and scattering, and the photoemission technique. Additionally, I am a public user across other national facilities with neutron and muon sources, and an executive committee member for the American Physics Society’s Topical Group on instrument and measurement science.
9. Yulia Pushkar
Professor Pushkar obtained her master's degree in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State University in 1999 and PhD in Experimental Biophysics from Free University Berlin in 2003. She was a postdoc at Berkeley in 2004-2008 and used ALS facility at that time. In 2008 she started her research group in experimental biophysics and spectroscopy at the Department of Physics Purdue University. She has ~20 years of experimental experience in application of synchrotron X-ray absorption, emission and diffraction methods for analysis of molecular structures; crystal structures; structure and function of active sites in metalloproteins; electronic structures of organic/inorganic compounds. Optical pump-probe and time resolved studies using lasers and X-rays.