Travel support to attend Oak Ridge National Lab Workshops and User Meetings, August 12-15

July 9, 2013


Through a grant by the Oak Ridge National Lab Core Universities Liaison Program, we are pleased to offer travel support of up to $750 per person to up to 6 members of the UVa research community (faculty, students, postdocs, research staff) to attend the "Neutrons and Nano Workshops and User Meetings" at Oak Ridge National Lab, Aug 12-15, 2013.  Travel awards will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis, with a limit of two awards per research group.  To request travel support, please send an email to Tonya Reynolds ( and Jeff Fox ( by Monday, July 22 with the name of the attendee and the name of the research group/faculty advisor.  We will follow up with instructions for reimbursement of expenses and to help arrange shared rides to Oak Ridge.

The workshops will provide an overview of the science being conducted at ORNL's world-class user facilities, and will include sessions designed to help attendees submit winning proposals for time on ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), and Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS).  User proposals for these facilities will be due later this fall.  The workshop website at contains the agendas and registration details.  A single registration form is provided for convenience.  There is no charge to attend these meetings. More information on the Workshops and User Meetings is provided below, along with information on the call for HFIR and SNS user proposals.  The CNMS user proposal call is expected later this summer or early fall.  

Please contact Jeff Fox ( or Tonya Reynolds ( if you have any questions. 


Neutrons and Nano Workshops and User Meetings

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL Conference Center, Bldg. 5200, Tennessee Rms. 202A/B/C

August 12-15, 2013

The Executive Committees of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) User Group and the SNS-HFIR User Group (SHUG) are organizing a combined two-day 2013 User Meeting bracketed by related User Workshops at Oak Ridge National Laboratory during August 12 – 15, 2013.   Together, the nano and neutron user facilities, along with related resources at Oak Ridge, support the research efforts of thousands of users annually from across the U.S., North America, and locations around the world.  

The Science @ Neutron and Nano Facilities Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 13 and 14, will focus on “Science at User Facilities: Complementary Techniques.” These sessions will present research at user facilities in different science areas with the anticipated outcome to show the resources enabled by and/or complementary nature of resources of user facilities such as CNMS, HFIR, SNS, and other national resources including microscopy and high-performance computing.

The User Workshops on Monday and Thursday, August 12 and 15, 2013 will focus on “New Techniques, New Users, and Enhancing the User Experience.”  These workshops will be of interest to new users as they will showcase the current resources, inform prospective users of future resources, and provide opportunities for suggestion of other needs to further the common scientific mission.

A combination of workshops and breakout sessions are being planned with both plenary and invited talks from users and ORNL staff experts.   The user meeting website at contains the agendas and registration details.  A single registration form is provided for convenience.  There is no charge to attend these meetings.   

Co-chairs of the Organizing Committee:

Greg Beaucage, University of Cincinnati,

Tony Hmelo, Vanderbilt University, anthony.b.hmelo@Vanderbilt.Edu

Neutron Scattering Science Call for Proposals

Proposals for beam time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) will be accepted via the web-based proposal system until 12:00 (NOON) EASTERN TIME, Wednesday, September 11, 2013.  This call is for experiments anticipated to run from January through June 2014.

Proposals will be reviewed for feasibility, safety, and potential for high-impact science. Previously submitted proposals may be used

as the basis for new proposals.  Before beginning approved experiments, users must complete access and training requirements and ensure that the appropriate user agreements are in place. Specific information about this call and about each of the instruments available during the experimental period is included on the ORNL Neutron Sciences web site at  To learn more about submitting a proposal for beam time, go to directly to the proposal system at

All questions pertaining to this Call for Proposals should be addressed to Laura Edwards,, 865-574-2966 or to Al Ekkebus,, 865-241-5644.