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Science To Solve World Hunger: Neutron Research With Plants

From the Canadian Institute of Neutron Scattering (CINS):

University of Saskatchewan scientists use neutron beams to observe plant roots in soil to aid breeding of drought-resistant crops.

Dr. Emil Hallin, with the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute of Food Security (GIFS), and Dr. Paul Arnison, a biotechnology consultant, came to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) with the goal of demonstrating the efficacy of imaging plants with neutron beams. The time, place and people are ripe – right now – to establish neutron imaging as a minimally invasive technique that can provide unprecedented information on how plants grow, especially with respect to two key areas: root architecture and water movement.

Read the full story here.

Congratulations New Executive Committee Members

It is our pleasure to announce the results of our recent election, in which three NSSA Executive Committee positions came to term. Congratulations and welcome to our new NSSA executive members:

Prof. Patrick Woodward (Ohio State) – Vice-President (4 year term)
Dr. Katharine Page (ORNL) – Secretary (4 year term)
Dr. Mike Crawford (DuPont) – Treasurer (2 year term)

We would like to thank our members who put themselves forward for election. Standing for election can be a somewhat thankless task, but the well-being of our society depends critically on our leading members of doing so. We greatly appreciate the efforts and service which these members have offered our society.

We thank our outgoing executive members, Julie Borchers (Vice-President) and Chris Leighton (Secretary) for all their efforts, hard work, and contributions on our behalf.

Neutrons in Soft Matter Science: Complex Materials on Mesoscopic Scales

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD) and the University of Tennessee-ORNL Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences (JINS) are pleased to coordinate the 2nd cyber-enabled collaborative graduate course “Neutrons in Soft Matter Science: Complex Materials on Mesoscopic Scales”. The course will be taught in Fall semester 2013 and will be available via both live transmission and streaming. Graduate students, scientists, post-docs and faculty in the fields of soft matter physics, biophysics, materials science, chemical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemistry and biology will benefit from this course.

NSSA Travel Grants for ICNS

The Neutron Scattering Society of America is pleased to offer member travel grants to help support the cost of attending the International Conference on Neutron Scattering, Edinburgh, UK. (July 8-12, 2013). These grants are available to any graduate student, postdoc, or junior faculty who is a member in good standing of the NSSA as of the time of application, and whose faculty advisor, if applicable, is also a member as of that date. In addition, you must be presenting (oral presentation or poster) at the meeting. The online application form can be found at:

ICNS 2013

The next International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS2013) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 8 – 12 July 2013, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.   The conference is now open for registration and the submission of abstracts.

Please see for details.