College Park, Maryland      June 6 - 10 , 2004

Welcome from NSSA

Welcome to the second American Conference on Neutron Scattering! Your enthusiastic response reflects the strength of the neutron scattering community in the U.S. and Canada. A total of 389 abstracts were received, a 40% increase over the very successful first ACNS held two years ago in Knoxville, TN. Many of these abstracts represent the research work of young scientists, including over 50 abstracts from graduate students who are competing for the first Neutron Scattering Society of America Prize for Outstanding Student Research, foretelling a very bright future for the field.

The papers presented in this conference show the diversity in science that is directly impacted by the use of neutron scattering including: biology, chemistry and materials, engineering/applications, instrumentation, soft matter, condensed matter physics and fundamental physics.

At this meeting, the first Clifford G. Shull Prize in Neutron Science will be awarded to Dr. J. Michael Rowe "for his seminal vision, leadership, and contributions to the field of neutron scattering." The NSSA is extremely pleased be able to honor achievements in neutron scattering with both the Shull Prize and the NSSA Student Research Prize at the 2004 ACNS and we hope to continue this tradition in the future.

Organizing a meeting like this takes an enormous amount of work. We especially wish to express appreciation to the NIST Center for Neutron Research for hosting the conference. Jeff Lynn and Shenda Baker have done an outstanding job in organizing the program, Dave Belanger has handled all of the finances, and Julie Borchers has acted as the local contact for the conference. They have contributed countless hours to the myriad of details that must be gotten right to make a successful meeting. We also express appreciation to the Intense Pulsed Neutron Source at Argonne National Laboratory, the High Flux Isotope Reactor and the Spallation Neutron Source Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Manuel Lujan Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Neutron Scattering Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Department of Energy - Basic Energy Sciences, the Canadian National Research Council and Institute for Neutron Scattering, the University of Maryland and the National Science Foundation for generous financial support.

Most importantly, we express our appreciation to all of you for contributing such a large number of abstracts for oral presentations and posters. The presentation of great science is what makes a great meeting. There will certainly be a lot of good science presented at ACNS-2004. Enjoy the meeting!

Robert M. Briber
Neutron Scattering Society of America
Jim Jorgensen
Vice President
Neutron Scattering Society of America
2004 ACNS General Chair

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