Voting is closed for the election of two new User Executive Committee members for the upcoming three year term (2022-2025).
Vote for the 2022 CHESS UEC representatives.
2022 CHESS UEC Nominees
Ashley Bucsek is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Previously, she was a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, a visiting scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), and a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow at Colorado School of Mines. Bucsek has been a CHESS user for almost a decade. As a regular user at not only CHESS but also the Advanced Photon Source (APS) and the ESRF, she is a veteran of several user communities. She is also an APS Imaging/Microbeam Proposal Review Panel member, the Community Development Officer for the International Union of Crystallography Commission on Diffraction Microstructure Imaging, and an APS Users’ Organization Steering Committee member. The resources and incredible staff at CHESS, in particular, have enabled the bulk of the scientific research that formed the basis of Bucsek's PhD, postdoc, and now early career. Her research combines in-situ X-ray diffraction microstructure imaging techniques with micromechanical theory to study microscale deformation and microstructure evolution in structural and functional materials. With support from or collaborations with NSF-CMMI, DOE-BES, and AFRL/AFOSR, and as the newly appointed President of the Board of Directors for ASM International Organization for Shape Memory and Superelastic Technologies, she is heavily involved in both the structural and functional materials communities. Her motivation for becoming a CHESS UEC member is to represent these two communities and advocate for their current and future needs at CHESS, as well as to advocate for the ongoing national investment in and support for CHESS's resources.
I am a research assistant professor at The University of Pennsylvania, with well over twenty years of experience and expertise in the application of high-resolution and solution methods to the study of macromolecular structure, including X-ray crystallography and small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS). As the director of the Johnson Foundation Structural Biology and Biophysics Core at Penn, I routinely assist experimentalists from various fields with accelerating their research through a variety of methods.
I have been an active member of the structural biology community during my career. I have been a member of the ACA since 2003 and a regular contributor to the annual ACA meeting, both as a presenter and as an organizer. I have helped organize five small-angle scattering (SAS) workshops and four SAS-themed sessions since 2014. I have served on the leadership of the ACA SAS special interest group (SIG) both as Chair-elect (2016) and Chair (2017), and now serve on the ACA Council as Secretary. Over the past decade I have been intimately involved with the small-angle scattering community here in the U.S., regularly providing workshop lectures at CHESS, APS, and NSLS, and regularly participating in the beamline proposal review process for national synchrotron and reactor facilities (NSLS, CHESS, SSRL, ORNL, and NIST), including the NIST NCNR beamline allocation committee and the APS External Advisory committee.
I look forward to my continued service to the structural biology community and if elected, the opportunity to continue to advance the mission of CHESS in a committee role.
CHESS is where I collected my first crystallography dataset back in the '90s. Since I started my own research lab, CHESS has been the synchrotron that I used the most, both on-site and remotely. CHESS is my favorite beamline as it always is the most user-friendly research facility. It offers world-class scientific staff, flexible beamtime availability, and easy access to the remote data collection service. I would be very glad to serve in the CHESS Users' Executive Committee.
About the User Executive Committee
The UEC represents the interests of the CHESS user community to CHESS Management and ensures good communications between the CHESS user community and CHESS leadership. The CHESS UEC also participates in organizing the annual CHESS Users Meeting. The CHESS UEC bylaws can be found here.
If you are interested in being nominated as candidate for the upcoming UEC election, please submit a brief statement to the CHESS Users office (CHESSUserOffice@Cornell.edu), including one paragraph about your research at CHESS and your motivation for becoming a UEC member. Your statement will be posted here, on the user meeting web site prior to the election.
If you would like to nominate a colleague, please provide their name and email contact to the CHESS Users Office (CHESSUserOffice@Cornell.edu) and we will reach out to them regarding their interest in being nominated. Nominations for candidates for the CHESS UEC will be accepted until June 3, 2022.
Members are elected at the annual CHESS Users’ Meeting and votes can be cast by the CHESS community between June 7th and June 10th.