Jeffrey Lee to Receive Spicer Young Investigator Award
Jeffrey Lee at Bandelier National Monument. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey Lee.)
Jeffrey Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, has been named the 2010 recipient of the William and Diane Spicer Young Investigator Award. The award, created in honor of William Spicer, co-founder of SSRL and a pioneer in photoemission spectroscopy, and his wife, Diane, pays tribute to a young researcher whose work has benefitted from or is beneficial to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource or the worldwide synchrotron community.
"I'm very happy," said Lee. "It feels very nice to be recognized for my work."
The award, which is open to senior graduate students and those seven or fewer years into their professional scientific careers, will be presented on October 18 at the SSRL/Linac Coherent Light Source Users' Meeting. In turn, Lee will give a short presentation describing his recent research.
Until last month, Lee worked as a post-doc in the laboratory of Erica Ollmann Saphire at the Scripps Research Institute. There, he studied the Ebolavirus, which causes an untreatable disease that kills 50 to 90 percent of people who contract it. Using SSRL and other U.S. synchrotrons, Lee was able to uncover the structure of the Ebolavirus glycoprotein, which initiates the attachment and fusion of the virus and the host membranes, when it was bound to an antibody from a human survivor of the virus.
SSRL Thanks Piero Pianetta,
Welcomes Chi-Chang Kao
Persis Drell addresses the crowd at last Thursday's
event. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)
Late last week, nearly 100 people gathered on the Stanford Guest House patio to thank Piero Pianetta for serving as Stanford Synchrotron Radiation
Lightsource acting director for the past year, and to welcome new SSRL Director
"It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my job to get to know Piero
over the last year," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "He's been a great leader for SSRL, and
is a very respected voice in the laboratory community. Piero has managed major transitions at SSRL
and has really been leading the light source to the future."
Drell continued: "We are also here to celebrate and welcome Chi-Chang as our new associate laboratory director for SSRL. In
my first conversation with Chi-Chang [two years ago], I had a very strong feeling that this guy belongs at SLAC.
He brings a breadth of vision and experience. He's a strong voice for SSRL and future of photon science
more broadly. I am confident that Chi-Chang will lead us and SSRL to the future."
Piero Pianetta with his thank you card. (Photo by Brad Plummer.)
SSRL staff members presented Kao with an SSRL baseball cap as a welcoming
"I am really excited to join the SSRL team and SLAC," Kao said. "I'm
looking forward to working with everyone here to realize the potential of
SPEAR-3 and develop a vision for SSRL for the coming decades."
Pianetta received an SSRL cap and a larger-than-life card
featuring a photo of Piero "Buzz Lightyear" Pianetta, the words "to
500 mA and beyond" emblazoned across the top.
"It's been a great year," said Pianetta. "I enjoyed working with everyone
and had quite a lot of support from the staff. And now I'm very pleased that Chi-Chang is here moving things forward.
I look forward to working with him and also getting involved in my research at a deeper level
SLUO Annual Meeting Today
The SLAC Users Organization convenes its
today in Kavli Auditorium. The
meeting, which runs from 1:00 to 6:15 p.m., will be followed by a reception in the Panofsky Auditorium
Speakers at the meeting will present the current state of the research
projects supported by the SLAC Particle Physics and Astrophysics Division and the most recent results
from those activities. All the members of the SLAC user community are encouraged
Bake Sale Sends $800 to Pakistan
Thanks to the many SLACers who organized and contributed to last Monday's bake sale, SLAC was able to donate $800 to the International American Red Cross Pakistan Relief Fund.
"I want to thank so many of our colleagues for their generosity," said co-organizer Ziba Mahdavi. "Those funds will benefit the victims of
the flooding in Pakistan."