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Promotion at Brookhaven lab

Diane Hatton of BNL

Diane Hatton of BNL Photo Credit: BNL

Brookhaven National Laboratory has named its synchrotron business manager, Diane Hatton, as one of four directors of a new photon sciences division.

Hatton’s job titles will be chief operating officer and business division director of the photon services directorate.

The four directors will oversee a major reorganization of the Upton lab's photon division as it prepares for the expected 2014 completion of National Synchrotron Light Source II.

Hatton will have a staff of 75, and will be responsible for financial and operations oversight of the directorate, including the $43 million annual budget for the lab's existing synchrotron; and the $912 million construction project for the new synchrotron.

Hatton earned a B.S. in business administration from Long Island University in 1990 and an MBA from Hofstra University in 1994. She has been on the staff of Brookhaven Lab since 1983, holding various positions in administration and finance, including department administrative manager for the chemistry department, business operations manager for the existing synchrotron, and, since 2006, project support division director for the Synchrotron II Project.

The other three photon service directors are Ferdinand Willeke, accelerator division; Qun Shen, photon division; and Martin Fallier, facilities division.

A synchrotron can be thought of as a microscope that allows scientists to look at the molecular structure—the atoms--of tiny samples. Those nano-images are captured by computers for examination by researchers. Physically, it is a series of rings that produce extremely bright light by propelling electrons at nearly the speed of light. As magnets put the electrons into a circular path they give off photons, or packets of light, in the form of infrared, ultraviolet and x-ray beams.
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