The Society for Science at User Research Facilities welcomes you to a series of online sessions over three days with insights and updates on the nation’s federal scientific research facilities! Topics include highlights from the U.S. Dept. of Energy, National Science Foundation and university researchers, laboratory communications projects, research security, facility updates, advocacy and legislative themes, DEI in user facilities and other issues shaping the opportunities for scientists and researchers in user facilities.
The entire day’s schedule was free and open to all, using the same Zoom link for every session. Tune in as you choose throughout the day.
The sessions from the Annual Meeting will be uploaded soon, and audio files made available too.
(All times are Eastern Time Zone)
Lily Troia is a scholarly communication librarian and research services expert with a background in digital solutions, multi-level research enterprise development, metrics and copyright, open access, and data preservation/digital archiving. She currently works at Digital Science, connecting research organizations in the US with actionable, sustainable tools and processes focused on innovation, translational impact, and cross-organizational collaboration. Lily provides consultative support to key leadership and stakeholders to strategize around technology and data that align with mission, actionable use, increased efficiency, and decision-making. She has worked in the research sphere for years, with previous positions at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William and Mary and Harvard University’s Office of Scholarly Communication, as well as extensive engagement with global funders, universities, policy organizations, national labs, publishers, and more.
Hear an update on the 2023 outlook for key Office of Science priorities including the recently announced “Energy Earthshots” and Dr. Berhe’s personal story with DOE and the National Laboratories that begins with a wonderful mentor and access to a User Facility.
Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is the Director of the Office of Science for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Berhe was most recently a Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry; the Ted and Jan Falasco Chair in Earth Sciences and Geology; and Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education at the University of California, Merced. Her research was at the intersection of soil science, global change science, and political ecology with an emphasis on how the soil system regulates the earth’s climate and the dynamic two-way relationship between the natural environment and human communities.
She previously served as the Chair of the US National Committee on Soil Science at the National Academies; was a Leadership board member for the Earth Science Women’s Network; and is currently a co-principal investigator in the ADVANCEGeo Partnership – a National Science Foundation funded effort to empower (geo)scientists to respond to and prevent harassment, discrimination, bullying and other exclusionary behaviors in research environments. Her scholarship on how physical processes such as erosion, fire, and changes in climate affect the biogeochemical cycling of essential elements in the earth system and her efforts to ensure equity and inclusion of people from all walks of life in the scientific enterprise have received numerous awards and honors. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, and a member of the inaugural class of the US National Academies New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
Berhe was born and raised in Asmara, Eritrea. She received a B.Sc. in Soil and Water Conservation from the University of Asmara, an M.Sc. in Political Ecology from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2020 she was named a Great Immigrant, Great American by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Dan will review SSURF’s strategic activities from the previous year and highlights of plans for site visits, advocacy and digital communications for 2023.
The recently launched ESnet6 provides over 46 Terabits per second of bandwidth and intelligent network services to support unique data-intensive needs of scientific research: Learn how scientists can more quickly process, analyze, visualize, share, and store the mountains of research data produced by experiments, modeling, and simulations.
Andrew is with the Science Engagement Group, supporting ESnet’s users and mission through any means necessary. He is especially interested in sensor network, science user platform applications, and wired/wireless mixed mode science requirements, but any day spent solving science use-case problems is a good day.
In previous roles, Andrew served with all aspects of IT support to science users as Head of User Support and the Science IT program at LBL. He has also been a DoD program manager/operations research systems analyst, supporting the development and deployment of CWMD sensor systems and analytics, and was a technical staff member with Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Statistical Sciences Group.
His Ph.D. is from the Goldman School of Public Policy, where he did fieldwork at the Los Alamos Plutonium Fabrication Facility. He has worked on science projects at almost all of the NNSA and DOE Office of Science laboratories.
I will discuss our campaign of experiments at the National Ignition Facility to study magnetized plasma astrophysics. An essential process in space and astrophysical plasmas is magnetic reconnection, where magnetic field lines re-organize and magnetic energy is converted to plasma energy, which heats the plasma and accelerates high-energy particle populations. While magnetic reconnection is believed to underly many energetic processes such as solar flares and magnetospheric substorms, a grand challenge for experiments has been to understand how magnetic reconnection proceeds rapidly in large-scale, high-temperature plasmas. Laser produced plasmas provide a new technique to study magnetic reconnection in the laboratory, where laser-heating allows generation of high-temperature, magnetized plasmas which have many ideal properties. The large number of lasers and available energy at NIF allows the creation of highly-extended reconnection current sheets with geometry and parameters much closer to space and astrophysical plasmas than previously available in the laboratory. I will present our results so far which leverage the large number of available plasma measurement diagnostics at NIF.
Dr. Fox is a staff research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, having joined the laboratory in 2013. He received a BA in Physics from Princeton University in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. After his Ph.D. he worked as a Research Scientist at the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center.
His research interests include plasma physics with applications to space and astrophysical plasmas, fusion energy, and high energy density plasmas. Primary among these are magnetic reconnection, a fundamental plasma process which allows the fast conversion of magnetic energy into plasma kinetic energy, including the acceleration of particles to very high energy. It underlies the explosive energy release in solar flares and substorms in the earth’s magnetosphere. A second topic is the physics of shocks waves driven by enormous astrophysical explosions, which is the site of the acceleration of cosmic rays, the highest energy particles detected in the cosmos.
He is a primary developer of the PSC first-principles particle-in-cell code, which is used to simulate these processes. Dr. Fox and collaborators have developed new theories for the generation and dynamics of magnetic fields in high-energy-density plasmas with applications both to designing new laboratory astrophysics experiments and to inertial fusion energy. He also conducts experiments on the Magnetic Reconnection Experiment at PPPL regarding the fundamental physics of magnetic reconnection.
Dr. Fox was awarded the APS Division of Plasma Physics Thomas H. Stix Award in 2019 for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research, and Shared the 2020 John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research.
Dr. Zachary Hood is a materials scientist in the Applied Materials Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Hood was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At Argonne National Laboratory he works on emergent electrochemical materials. Zachary develops innovative synthetic methods to produce new solid-state materials and leverages a number of characterization techniques to understand their properties and performance from the nano-to-macro scale.
Post-Doctoral, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Wake Forest University