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Cooperative Stewardship: Managing the Nation's by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications Commission on Physical Sciences, Committee on Developing a Federal Materials Facilities Strategy

The Committee on constructing a Federal fabrics amenities process used to be appointed via the nationwide study Council (NRC) in accordance with a request through the federal firms concerned with investment and working multidisciplinary consumer amenities for study with synchrotron radiation, neutrons, and excessive magnetic fields. beginning in August 1996, a chain of conversations and conferences was once held between NRC employees and officers from the nationwide technological know-how starting place, the dept of strength, the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise (Department of Commerce), and the nationwide Institutes of wellbeing and fitness. The enterprises have been involved that amenities initially constructed to help learn in fabrics technology have been more and more utilized by scientists from different fields-particularly the organic sciences-whose examine was once supported through corporations except these liable for the amenities. This pattern, including the creation of numerous new, huge person amenities within the final decade, led the organizations to hunt recommendation at the attainable desire for interagency cooperation within the administration of those federal learn facilities.

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An example of this model was the alternate gradient synchrotron at Brookhaven National Laboratory, which was funded by DOE and was used primarily for high-energy physics research. Mission and model were well matched in this case, as both the core facility and the user research programs 30 MANAGEMENT MODELS 31 were funded from a common source. This resulted in relatively few management and funding problems. Early Evolution of the User Facility Model Each facility discussed in this report—synchrotron, neutron, and high magnetic field—was developed for a different purpose at a different time.

Neutron, synchrotron, and combined neutron/x-ray-scattering short courses, workshops, and summer schools have been very successful in Europe and at NIST in the United States. 15 Teleconferencing and World Wide Web supplementary materials can expand the audience for such schools and enhance participant experiences. Management Issues The increasing diversity of the user community may also lead to a mismatch between the mission of the steward and the interests of the user communities, which in the case of its biological component is supported mainly by NIH.

Iran Thomas, DOE, personal communication, June 1999. 28 COOPERATIVE STEWARDSHIP facilities, where in 1998, 30% of the users came from the biological community. Typically, these “new” scientist users view the facilities as providing useful data that are, nevertheless, only a small part of their research programs. The rapid growth of this inexperienced user community has several implications for facility management. First, there must be adequate staff to assist these users in setting up and running experiments to maximize efficient use of beam time.

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