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Issue No. 24


This month's eNews offers excellent examples of user science, student involvement, and innovative technology development. The articles on the structure of organic battery electrodes and the cellular machinery involved in the regulation of DNA transcription demonstrate the depth of CHESS Users' science. The entertaining articles on Cornell's iGEM team and "Junk Genies" illustrate the impact CHESS is having on young scientists. The articles on the diamond x-ray detector and the horizontal x-ray beam position monitor and feedback system exemplify the innovative new x-ray technologies being developed that directly impact the ability of users to achieve their scientific goals.

Looking forward, CHESS needs input from the community on where its scientific future lies. To this end, we're planning a series of six workshops to be held in June 2016. These workshops will explore the scientific potential of a high energy, high flux, 3rd generation synchrotron. Please keep an eye out for e-mail notifications, updates in the CHESS eNews, and notices on the CHESS webpage about these workshops. We need everyone's input.

-Joel Brock
CHESS user fights fish disease
Michelle Zhang, an undergraduate student in biological and environmental engineering, and a frequent user at the CHESS Sample Environment Lab, was part of the Cornell iGEM team in this year's competition... more »
X-rays record structural changes inside lithium batteries
Organic molecules are proving themselves attractive and promising alternatives for electrical energy storage applications.  Quinones, in general, and anthraquinones, in particular, are especially attractive due to their ability to... more »
BioSAXS works to uncover cellular machinery involved in regulation of DNA transcription
The biology of human diseases and disorders is highly complex. In many cases, despite a great deal of detailed structural knowledge, understanding mechanisms is still a long way off... more »
Innovative transmission-mode diamond x-ray detector gives complete picture
Motivated to create a technology that could monitor, in real time, the full volumetric beam properties of an incident x-ray beam, a group of researchers have invented a new pixelated diamond x-ray beam "window" detector... more »
Horizontal beam stabilization for undulator beamlines at CHESS
Over the past few years CHESS has implemented and continually improved a vertical beam position correction program to reduce beam motion throughout each run as the beam decays as well as from run to run... more »
Today's "Junk Genies," tomorrow's engineers
Now into the fourth year of its JunkGenies programming, Xraise is paving the way when it comes to infusing engineering design practices into science outreach... more »
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