Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Workshop

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and the Postdoctoral Program Office present a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Workshop Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Building 362 Auditorium.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with presentations from the panel at 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Associate Chief Scientist for LDRD, Kawtar Hafidi, LDRD Program Manager, Rebecca (Becky) R. Rank, and Administrative Specialist, Marianne I. Lohr-Dietz will describe the overall LDRD Program, proposal submission and review process.

A panel of distinguished LDRD Primary Investigators will outline strategies for LDRD proposals from the point of view of the Director’s Review Committee for Director’s Competitive Grants.

Panel of Speakers

  • Xing Chen (ES)
    • Xing Chen received his PhD in Physics from University of Delaware in 2012. He is currently an assistant applications scientist and the technical lead for the nanostructured materials group in ES division. Since joining Argonne as a postdoc in 2012, he has drafted 4 LDRD proposals and was award 1 as PI and 1 as Co-PI.
  • David Vine (APS)
    • David Vine graduated with a PhD in physics from Monash University in 2008. He was hired as an assistant physicist at the APS in 2011 in the microscopy group. He has written 3 LDRD proposals of which one was successful, was a co-PI on 3 proposals of which one was successful. Since 2011 David has written/co-written a total of 14 grants to NIH, ARC, ASCR, BES and DOE of which 4 have been successful for a total of $4.3M.
  • Doga Gursoy (APS)
    • Doga Gursoy received his Dr.Techn. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from Graz University of Technology, Austria, in 2010. In 2013, he joined Argonne where he has been working on algorithm and software development for phase retrieval and tomographic reconstruction problems. His research focus has been primarily on the modeling and algorithmic aspects of computational imaging and inverse problems with specific applications in biomedical and materials sciences.
  • Jeffery Guest (CNM)
    • Jeffery Guest received his PhD in 2000 in applied physics from University of Michigan. He received Arthur Holly Compton fellowship at Argonne in 2004 in the physics division working on the laser-trapping of radium for time-reversal tests.  He took a staff position in CNM in 2007 conducting research on nanoparticles. He has been a PI on two competitive LDRDs and one strategic LDRD.

RSVP is required to attend the LDRD workshop: RSVP to LDRD Workshop.

Visit the LDRD Website for more resources and information on the LDRD program.

LDRD Staff

  • Associate Chief Scientist for LDRD Kawtar Hafidi
    • Kawtar Hafidi has recently accepted the appointment of Associate Chief Scientist for LDRD, where she will provide scientific and technical guidance and expertise for the review and management of Argonne’s LDRD portfolio. Hafidi is also an experimental nuclear physicist where she has more than 17 years of experience in conceiving and conducting fundamental research. Most of her research work is done at world-class accelerator facilities.
  • LDRD Program Manager, Rebecca (Becky) R. Rank
    • Rebecca (Becky) Rank began her career at Argonne in 2006. In her role as LDRD Program Manager, she coordinates and oversees the yearly LDRD program activities from the issuance of the calls for proposals to coordinating the reviews and acceptance of proposals, to the submission of the Annual Report to DOE.  She holds a B.A. degree in mathematics, B.S. degree in physics, and a Masters of Business Administration from Lewis University.
  • Administrative Specialist, Marianne I. Lohr-Dietz
    • Marianne Lohr-Dietz has been Administrative Specialist in the LDRD Program Office for the past four and a half years.

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