Register Today! May 15, 2024 SSURF Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
Our Annual Meeting returns in person at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. - a full day of insightful presentations, keynotes and panels await you, tailored to the interests of user facility leadership, administrators and user Executive Committee members.
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Electrons circulate in the New Advanced Photon Source Storage Ring
Electron bunches injected April 14, 2024, have now circulated more than a dozen times.
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ESnet Releases New Version of iperf, Network Performance Measurement Tool
It can be used as a stand-alone tool for measuring network performance in general, applicable to all types of organizations relying on networks.
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Sandia Releases QuESt 2.0 – Open-source Platform for Energy Storage Analytics
The platform standardizes data and program structures, integrates applications seamlessly, and utilizes generative AI for advanced analytics.
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SSURF's FY25 Statement to OMB, OSTP, DOE Leadership
SSURF urged their consideration to provide no less than $9.5 billion for the Office of Science consistent with the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act
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U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
OSTI.GOV makes discoverable over 70 years of research results from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies
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National Nanotechnology Initiative R&D User Facilities
Several Federal agencies operate nanotechnology research facilities that are available to outside users at the Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health & the Department of Health and Human Services.
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New Oppenheimer Documentary Connects Los Alamos National Laboratory’s First Director to its Mission Today
"Oppenheimer: Science, Mission, Legacy" available to watch free online.
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The Advanced Photon Source Has Paused Experiments: Major Upgrade in Process
The Advanced Photon Source is undergoing a comprehensive upgrade to replace its original electron storage ring; the new, state-of-the-art accelerator will increase the brightness of APS X-ray beams by up to 500 times
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We Share the Best Practices and Advocate for Crucial Research
at the Nation's User Research Facilities

WHAT IS A USER RESEARCH FACILITY?

In response to national security challenges of the first World Wars the United States made the strategic decision to invest in complex, large scale scientific facilities to ensure America’s leadership role in fundamental science. These include particle and nuclear physics accelerators, synchrotron light sources, neutron scattering facilities, supercomputers and high-speed computer networks, nanoscale science research centers, genome sequencing facilities, and advanced resources in imaging and analysis for biological and environmental systems. 

These specialized technologies and lab expertise are available to the scientific community, for free or at low cost, through a competitive proposal review process to nurture discoveries that support our national security and improve humanity.   

Over the last 70+ years this crucial network of user research facilities has been a profound source of fundamental discoveries that continue to shape the path of science for the world. 

The Society for Science at User Research Facilities exists to connect these facilities to share best practices, provide trainings, advocate for continued federal funding, promote efficient data access and engage the scientific community.

Latest News From The SSURF Network

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Aurora supercomputer has officially broken the exascale barrier.
The NAIRR Pilot aims to connect U.S. researchers and educators to computational, data, and training resources needed to advance AI research and research that employs AI.
The Molecular Foundry User Meeting is August 14-16, 2024; hybrid event hosted in Berkeley, California.
FAUST stands for “FRIB-Accelerated Beams for Understanding Science and Technology."
Physicists at RHIC’s two house-sized particle detectors, sPHENIX and STAR, are eagerly awaiting the first collisions in Run 24 of protons.
The start of commissioning follows a successful Accelerator Readiness Review (ARR) conducted from March 25-28.
Priority will be given to projects that address the areas of special emphasis that are listed in the call.
"Serving as the Director of Science will always be the honor of my lifetime." - Read her statement>>>

Publications

NSF Major Multi-User Facilities

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Fact Sheet

Dept. of Energy Office of Science Fact Sheet

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory 2021 Strategic Plan

User Facility Spotlights

Click to See Details of Their Profound Research
The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to state of the art expertise and instrumentation.
The Molecular Foundry is a U.S. Department of Energy-funded nanoscience research facility that provides users from around the world with access to cutting-edge expertise and instrumentation in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.
The Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) s a Directorate of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC), and is an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Stanford University.
The Spallation Neutron Source is an accelerator-based neutron source facility in the U.S. that provides the most intense pulsed neutron beams in the world for scientific research and industrial development.

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