A Bold New Biology Beamline

“Life at the top is nice,” remarked Paul Alivisatos, as Berkeley Lab’s director kicked off the ceremonies to inaugurate beamline 5.4, the palindromic BSISB – Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology program – located on the roof blocks of the Advanced Light Source’s linac and beamline test facility. With a nod to Jim Krupnick, the Lab’s associate director for operations, Alivisatos joked that the unusual location was the “first implementation of the Lab’s new space planning initiative.”