This month's issue includes my favorite types of articles: awards to users, CHESS technology development, and science spurred on by chance observations of everyday phenomena. We congratulate "rising star" Kyle Lancaster on receiving a Sloan Fellowship, and Olena Vatamaniuk for receiving a Schwartz award supporting women life scientists conducting innovative, risk-taking research. On the technology front, scientist Arthur Woll writes about work with graduate student David Agyeman-Budu and a Canadian user group that garnered the cover art on this month's issue of Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy; visiting scientist Dr. Lee talks about optimizing tapered glass capillary x-ray optics.
On the science front, coffee drinkers should read about how KAUST scientists discovered how to achieve excellent semiconductor properties across large polycrystalline films while contemplating their morning brew. And finally, if you know any community college students, let them know about the great opportunities for them to experience research at CHESS this summer.