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Issue No. 19
2015.06.15

FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR


Exciting times at CHESS this month as we resume x-ray running and welcome new and returning users to our 2015 Users' Meeting. Kicking off the x-ray run was a visit in May by twelve high school students from Oakville, Ontario who learned about x-ray fluorescence, small-angle x-ray scattering and instrument development. Speaking of students, there are 28 undergraduates from across the US involved in R&D projects this summer - you'll be hearing about new instruments and software results in coming months. This month, take note of science and user highlights, a new way to obtain useful scientific software, and, in July, another in the successful series of workshops organized by Richard Gillilan on small-angle scattering for structural biology and soft matter physics. In the next newsletter you'll hear more about the Users' Meeting and hands-on workshop on x-ray emission spectroscopy. Enjoy!
-Ernest Fontes
CHESS provides a simple new method for users to obtain scientific software
CHESS supports a wide variety of x-ray techniques, many of which require use of multiple sophisticated, highly-specialized software packages to form a data analysis "pipeline" to reduce and process the data generated here... more »
Coming this July: Small Angle Scattering for structural biology and soft matter physics; a training workshop
Back by Popular Demand: MacCHESS' Richard Gillilan is heading up another international training course in Small Angle Scattering (SAS) at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association this summer in Philadelphia... more »
Mutations in the canine parvovirus capsid make it more infectious
Canine parvovirus (CPV) is closely related to the feline panleukopenia virus (FPV), also a parvovirus, that infects domestic cats and some non-domestic carnivores... more »
Switchable nanorods
Nanorods are elongated nanoparticles with aspect ratios of typically 3:1 to 10:1 and thus have interesting structural and optical anisotropies. A team of Cornell researchers led by Tobias Hanrath and Detlef Smilgies... more »
X-ray data and simulations nail peptide/lipid membrane structure
For the last decade, the Tristram-Nagle/Nagle lab (Carnegie Mellon University) has been working on the interaction of HIV-1 peptides with specific membranes in the HIV virion, T-cell plasma and nuclear membranes... more »
High school students begin research journey at CHESS
During the last week of May, twelve high school students and two high school teachers visited CHESS from Oakville, Ontario. The Integrated Science Club from Appleby College travelled hundreds of miles to the United States... more »
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), a national user facility, is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of General Medical Sciences under NSF award DMR-1332208. CHESS is operated and managed for the National Science Foundation by Cornell University.
 
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