Jan. 18, 1996
Vol. 15, No. 9

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    Moffat reappointed Director of CARS

    Keith Moffat, Professor in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, has been appointed to a second three-year term as Executive Director of the Consortium for Advanced Radiation Sources.

    CARS, headquartered at Chicago, is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional collaboration of scientists who will utilize the synchrotron radiation of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory for experiments in chemistry, molecular biology, geophysics, materials science and soil and environmental sciences.

    The APS, the most brilliant source of X-rays ever available for research, is currently being commissioned and is expected to be fully operational before the end of 1996. CARS will begin experiments in early 1997, Moffat said.

    "Keith Moffat's leadership has helped CARS to achieve its current posture as one of the leading scientific efforts at the Advanced Photon Source," said Clyde Kimball, Chair of the Board of Governors for CARS and professor of physics at Northern Illinois University. "He has outstanding qualifications, with background in instrument design and construction for synchrotron science, including the special skills required for managing a large scientific project."

    Moffat, a structural biologist who joined the University faculty in 1990 as Director of BioCARS, one of the three CARS teams, was first appointed Executive Director of CARS in 1992. Prior to coming to Chicago, he spent 20 years at Cornell University, where he used the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source to probe the structure of macromolecules. He was director of MacCHESS, a national macromolecular-structure and crystallography laboratory, from 1983 to 1990.