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X-RAY RUNS: Apply for Beamtime

2017  Nov 1 - Dec 21

2018  Feb 7 - Apr 3
2018  Proposal/BTR deadline: 12/1/17

2018  Apr 11 - Jun 4
2018  Proposal/BTR deadline: 2/1/18

As of June 1, 17 new REU and SRCCS students have begun a summer of research in the cutting edge CLASSE facilities. These undergraduate and community college students hail from all across the country and are here for 8 or 10 week programs to participate in research at the Laboratory. Students are assigned a mentor—either a research associate or staff scientist—and often work with graduate students to help define the nature of the research projects, assist through frequent interactions and one-on-one training, and to provide advising and support during and after the program. Projects this year span across a variety of topics, from "Upgrade of Capillary Puller—A Unique Machine for X-ray Optics Fabrication" to "Modeling X-ray Absorption Processes in Semiconducting Nanoparticles". In addition to conducting research, students also attend formal seminars and lectures, tour research facilities, participate in outreach, recreational and social events, and present their research findings at a forum at the end of the summer.


L to R: Alex Sun (University of Missouri – Columbia), Savanna Starko (Washington & Jefferson College), Dante Iozzo (University of Buffalo)


L to R: Dante Iozzo (University of Buffalo) and Erik Herman, (Education and Outreach Coordinator Xraise)

On June 25, five REU students visited the eXploration station to prepare for their July presentations at the Sciencenter of Ithaca, NY. They have teamed up with Xraise, the CLASSE outreach program, to teach the general public about light and sound ('Sounds Like Fun') and electricity and magnetism ('Shocking Electricity') through exciting exhibits and demonstrations. The public will be able to observe phenomena such as excited electrons, wave interference, standing waves, circuits, and magnetic fields through innovative stations that combine physics with fun and interaction. The students explored the various homemade exhibits, exclaiming delightedly as tin foil plates flew off the top of a Van de Graaff and plunking away at a computerized piano that displays the manipulated electron beam. The goal of these presentations is ultimately to encourage the fascination and exploration of science and questioning, the students learned, not solely to teach the public about particular physics topics. Michelle Kortenaar from the Sciencenter explained the general goals and structure of the presentations and taught the students how to ask thought-provoking questions. The students practiced their newly acquired skills over pizza and hands-on activities, prompting each other to explore and experiment with small objects with questions such as "How do you think the structure of this object could be important?" and "How do you think that happened?". Finally, students created supply lists of necessary materials, wrote up detailed outlines, and plan to return to the eXploration station to practice further for their upcoming presentations. The students will be presenting the science demonstrations, exhibits and make-and-take activities to the visitors of the Sciencenter during Saturday Showtime events on July 19 and July 26th.


1st row Dante Iozzo (University of Buffalo); 2nd Row, L to R: Alex Sun (University of Missouri-Columbia), Savanna Starko (Washington & Jefferson College), Eyonganyo Agbortogo (Hudson Valley Community College), Colin Egerer (University of Wisconsin – La Crosse), Yuexia Lin (Barnard College), Bryce Fore (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); 3rd Row, L to R: Tim Harbison (Brigham Young University), Sean Foster (Colgate University), Arielle Balthazard (St. Bonaventure University), Nicolai Giedraitis (Mohawk Valley Community College), Rose Baunach (Whitman College), Cameron Saylor (University of Arkansas)
Not pictured: Gabrielle Long (Tompkins Cortland Community College), Nathan Lowell (SUNY Adirondack), Lillie Pentecost (Colgate University) and Sarah Meyers (Cornell University)

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Submitted by:

Rachel Brock and Lora Hine
CHESS, Cornell University