On June 5th, (MC)2 hosted a successful first user meeting. Users from several departments and research groups presented on the role of characterization in their research, with an emphasis on how they make use of specific equipment and techniques available in the center. Fifty users attended the inaugural meeting held in the NCRC B10 South Atrium. Following individual presentations, the event concluded with an open Q&A with Center Manager Bobby Kerns and (MC)2 scientists, who answered questions about facility operation and received feedback from the audience.
The meeting was planned by center staff with the goal of enhancing the sense of (MC)2 community for hands-on lab users, primarily graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Participants had a chance to share knowledge with fellow users who they may not have had the chance to converse with before, despite often being in the facility at the same time.
Thanks to everyone who participated, for all the thoughtful and engaging questions you asked each other, and the great dialogue in and outside of the meeting room!
We look forward to hosting the event annually in the future and potentially expanding its scope.
All images above taken by Allen Hunter, (MC)2 Instrument Scientist