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User Facilities: Unique Resources for Interdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation

February 15, 2014 8:30AM to 11:30AM
Presenter 
Eric D. Isaacs, Argonne Laboratory Director
Location 
Building Offsite
Type 
Conference
Series 
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Argonne Laboratory Director Eric D. Isaacs will present "User Facilities: Unique Resources for Interdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation" Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Director Isaacs' presentation will take place during the session "U.S. National User Facilities: A Major Force for Discovery and Innovation." For more information visit the event website.

User Facilities: Unique Resources for Interdisciplinary Discovery and Innovation

Abstract

This presentation by Argonne Director Eric Isaacs will provide an overview of the breadth of capabilities offered by our national scientific user facilities, explain how scientists can access these resources, describe how the unique sociology at user facilities encourages interdisciplinary research, and highlight a few recent outstanding discoveries and technological innovations that have emerged from work at the user facilities.

U.S. National User Facilities: A Major Force for Discovery and Innovation

Abstract

The United States’ national scientific user facilities provide unique capabilities, instrumentation, and expertise annually to approximately 50,000 scientists and engineers from academia, government, and industry. For many of these individuals, a user facility is their laboratory—their primary platform for experimental research—and they gain access to these unique tools through peer-reviewed proposals. Much of the research is basic (discovery) research, but the rich interdisciplinary environment promotes interactions among scientists from diverse fields, institutional types, and countries to facilitate the translation of these discovery findings into solutions to real-world problems.

This symposium provides an overview of the capabilities offered by these national facilities and highlights outstanding recent examples of discovery and innovation stemming from work at the user facilities, including the development of energy-harvesting “solar shingles,” the discovery of the structure of key biological molecules, the development of new drugs, and the discovery and the contributions to our understanding of fundamental science. The symposium includes presentations by the major federal sponsors of the user facilities with time for discussion of the policy challenges facing this key facet of the U.S. scientific enterprise now and into the future.