Shaping the future of neutron scattering at ORNL

The Neutron Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is holding a 1.5 day User Meeting, October 2627, 2015. This meeting is being held prior to the Second Target Station (STS) Workshop, October 2729, 2015.

The aim of this meeting is to bring together current and potential neutron users to discuss recent scientific results utilizing neutrons. This meeting will emphasize current and emerging research trends that will influence the development of new neutron facilities, specifically the STS at ORNL. We encourage User Meeting attendees to participate in the STS workshop events (separate registration).

This user meeting will highlight a broad range of scientific areas utilizing neutrons, including recent advances in Sample Environments and Data Analysis and Modeling. We encourage all users to get involved in this important meeting, and help shape the future of neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Tutorials: In response to user feedback about data analysis needs, we are pleased to offer tutorials for several software packages developed at the SNS and HFIR that are available for data modeling, analysis, and visualization. Tutorials will be provided for Mantid, Mantid with Python, SpinWaveGenie, SASView, and Molecular Dynamics Force Field Refinements for Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering on Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015. Please register for the course when making your user meeting registration. Class sizes are limited to fifteen participants, and registration will be first-come, first-serve. Course Descriptions may be found here

NEW! Beamline Awards: The SHUG Award for Excellence in Beamline Science recognizes beamline scientists who have made significant scientific contributions in their area of research or instrumentation development and have participated in the growth and enrichment of the user community. Please see Beamline Scientist Awards for details and nomination form.

SHUG EC Elections: Nominations to the SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) Executive Committee will be accepted until October 27, 2015, including during the Town Hall meeting at the 2015 User Meeting. The SNS-HFIR User Group is composed of those interested in using the Oak Ridge neutron scattering facilities, and is essential to the success of the High Flux Isotope Reactor and Spallation Neutron Source. SHUG provides input to the management on user concerns, provides a forum for keeping the entire community informed of issues and progress at these facilities, and serves as an advocacy group for neutron scattering science at these facilities. For more information, please see the SHUG EC.

Elections will be held for 4 positions with a 3 year term. Claire White, SHUG chair,, is accepting the nominations. Please submit name, affiliation, email address, and 100-200 word biosketch of each nominee. This information will be included as part of the ballot for voting by the entire SHUG community. Self nominations are accepted.