Grant: $5,000,000 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 29, 2009
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Award Description: The Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) is a national research laboratory operated by the Graduate School of the University of Wisconsin - Madison with funding from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research. The SRC uses an electron storage ring named Aladdin to produce light from the infrared to soft X-rays that enables a diverse range of experiments. The SRC is a world-class facility that provides an environment uniquely suited to the performance of often-seminal research, the development of new experimental techniques and instrumentation, and the use of synchrotron radiation in a broad range of disciplines including biology and medicine. This important national laboratory serves scientists from around the world who tackle fundamental and applied scientific problems such as: illuminating the physics of high temperature superconductors and exotic materials, understanding Alzheimer's disease and the formation of biominerals, developing new techniques for energy production using algae, and pursuing cutting-edge explorations of nanotechnology and nanocircuit fabrication. The mission and activities of the SRC extend well beyond the laboratory bench, however. As part of a major public university based facility, the SRC contributes broadly to education and public outreach. Besides its continued role in graduate education (about 100 graduate students/year carry out research at the facility), the SRC hosts the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which focuses on encouraging and supporting women and ethnic minorities in their pursuit of science. The SRC has also developed a groundbreaking Web-based interface for high school students and undergraduates to conduct research remotely. Finally, a rare graduate program in accelerator physics is offered by UW-Madison --a program that includes hands-on experiments on Aladdin. The SRC is pursuing initiatives that will expand the scientific reach of the facility and take full advantage of the special qualities of the Aladdin complex. For example, an innovative mid-infrared beamline recently commissioned provides the opportunity to obtain chemical images with diffraction-limited (or better) resolution in minutes. A second such beamline has been proposed for 3-D tomographic imaging. As part of its long-range planning, the construction of a soft X-ray free electron laser facility will produce shorter, brighter pulses that will enable the study of physical, chemical, and biological systems on their characteristic temporal, spatial, and energy scales femtoseconds, nanometers, millivolts.
Project Description: See Award Description
Jobs Summary: The University of Wisconsin - Madison appreciates the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. This additional funding has allowed us to retain employees and create new jobs. The job classifications that have been created or retained for this award are: Lead Researchers, Associate Researchers (incl. post-doc researchers), Research Support positions, Technical Support positions, Undergraduate Student Research Assistants. (Total jobs reported: 12)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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