Posted by Lisbeth Whitney
On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, the Rocky Point and Port Jefferson Rotary Clubs held a joint meeting at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Marsha Belford, Principal Community Relations Specialist at BNL, arranged an interesting agenda for the visit to the Lab. The lunch time program by Steven Dierker, P.H.D., Associate Director for Light Sources, was about the new National Synchrotron Light Source II. This $1 Billion U.S. Department of Energy investment in science, technology and jobs on Long Island is scheduled to open in 2015. A synchrotron light source is an accelerator based research facility that allows scientists to look at the atomic level details of specimens. The present National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at BNL has been in operation for 27 years and been the site of thousands of experiments including those for users awarded with 2003 and 2009 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. The new NSLS-II is bigger and brighter than its predecessor and will help find solutions to America's energy challenges. After the talk and lunch, the group toured the present NSLS. Visiting Rotarians PDG Fred Notter (Sayville), ADG Barbara Ackermann (Southold), Heinz Nadler (Smithtown), and David Troyan (Riverhead) joined the two clubs at this special meeting.