U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand paid a first-time visit to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). On April 17, 2009 she was accompanied by U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko. While on site, the senator toured the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials.
At the NSLS, Senator Gillibrand visited NIST's soft x-ray beamline where she learned about NIST's 27 year partnership with the Department of Energy at NSLS (NSLS II) and got a close-up look at sophisticated instruments used in the understanding of materials at the nanoscale, such as computer hard disks and artificial joint surfaces. The application examples from every day life highlighted the need and contribution of synchrotron measurement methods to solving important barriers to technological innovation with NIST's industrial partners.
In the photo above, accompanying the Senator were: (from left) NIST's Dan Fischer, BNL Director Sam Aronson, and U.S. Representative Tim Bishop. In the background are three out of the six members of the NIST NSLS based Synchrotron Methods Group; Cherno Jaye, Barry Karlin, and Zugen Fu.