Mike, Claudia, and Macon went up for a surprise STXM run at ALS BL 5.3.2 (Thank you Peter Nico for the time!!) this last weekend. They imaged surface soil samples taken from Russell Ranch processing tomato field with and without cover crops. Thanks to Dr. Nate Bogie of UC Merced (postdoc at Ghezzehei/Berhe Groups) for the rushed aggregate size separation!
Not only was there data acquired, but it was Macon's birthday during the heart of the 26 hour run! He didn't tell anyone, but thanks to Claudia's internet searching skills, she found out and gave him some candy. Look at how stoked he is to be surrounded by physics stuff during his big day (and night). That's the synchrotron spirit we like to see Macon! Go Team!
Claudia just received news that she has been accepted to attend the Canadian Light Source Summer School this August with the very appropriate theme "Environmental Research." Claudia will come home and tell us all about the goodies she learned about NEXAFS and STXM. Congratulations Claudia!
Congratulations to MJ for being this year's recipient for the Rosemary Schraer Award who will be recognized for her achievements during this year's graduation ceremony. Great job MJ!
Dr. Roya Bahreini released a giant balloon into the sky for her Atmospheric Chemistry course today and we all joined on the quad to watch. The balloon is attached to a box containing a GPS and sensors recording temperature and humidity at high temporal resolution. Here's our group enjoying the launch when we all noticed the bird, no-- it's a plane, no-- it was Superwoman flying next to the balloon.
From left to right: Mike, MJ, Sara Vliet (Volz Lab), Claudia, Macon, Lucas, and Alex
Dr. Roya Bahreini (right) and Alex (left, looking very serious and professional with the gloves) getting the balloon ready for take-off.