August 2021
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Note from the Director
Foundry director Kristen Persson

It was great to ‘see’ so many of you at this year’s virtual Annual User Meeting (AUM). I’d like to thank the Molecular Foundry’s User Executive Committee (UEC), and in particular its chair, Sarbajit Banerjee, as well as the rest of the organizing committee and the User Program Office team for putting together such an engaging agenda. As we continue to try to navigate the changing pandemic landscape, connecting with one another remains an important aspect of bolstering our community. Despite the ongoing challenges to doing science, the AUM made it clear that Foundry staff and users are still finding ways to work together to produce a diversity of quality research, and I look forward to seeing what new ideas and collaborations come about. For those of you who might have missed the AUM, summaries can be found on the Foundry’s website.

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Our Fall Proposal Call Opens September 1!
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New and Noteworthy
Innovations for Remote and Distanced Access to the Foundry
Over the past 19 months, the Foundry implemented a number of operational changes to create safe working conditions for our staff and users. These advances range from changing how we do training to modifying instruments to be able to control them remotely.
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Foundry Launches Onboarding Resources for New Users
To help new users get started at the Foundry, we've developed a set of videos and infographics to help users get acquainted with the Foundry and provide an overview of what to expect when they arrive onsite.  We also have a new, interactive factsheet
Fall 2021 Proposal Call Opens September 1
The fall 2021 call for standard proposals opens on September 1, 2021, with a submission deadline of September 30, 2021 (we close at 11:59:59 pm, Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time). 
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More News
The Story Behind Our Infinitely Recyclable Plastic
What if We Could Give Viruses a One-Two Punch
Foundry Holds Annual Safety Retreat
Foundry's Tracy Mattox Named Outstanding Mentor

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One Minute for Work-Life Balance
Cover image for the film "Chemical Imbalance"

The Molecular Foundry is committed to building a thriving and supportive community, embracing the professional and personal diversity of our community. One tool to communicate our common values is our Community Agreement on Work-Life Balance, which is aimed at raising awareness, creating an inclusive environment among the Foundry community, and reflecting our shared expectations, values, and behaviors. This agreement is not intended to be a policy or code of conduct.

The agreement was jointly developed by the Molecular Foundry Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability Committee (IDEA), and the Molecular Foundry Career Development Committee (CDC).
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Recent Highlights
First Photo-induced Melting of Tantalum Ditelluride
A team of Foundry staff and users have performed the first ultrafast electron diffraction measurements of TaTe2 and observed light-induced melting of its charge and lattice orders.

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An evolutionary approach to synthesis by design
Foundry staff and users developed a machine-learning algorithm based on the principles of evolution and used it in molecular simulations to self-assemble materials with user-defined properties.
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Illuminating the Workings of the Brain by Controlling Light at the Nanoscale
A team of Foundry staff and users has developed a new kind of neural probe that packs the ability to both excite and monitor neuron activity inside tiny package.
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Biomimetic Peptoids with Potent Antiviral Activity
A team of Foundry users identified antimicrobial peptoids that can disrupt the viral envelope of the Herpes simplex virus type-1 and the SARS CoV-2 virus.
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Foundry Debuts Video: What is the Molecular Foundry? 
The Molecular Foundry is a unique resource to the scientific community. We produced this video to help explain what we offer and how researchers interested in collaborating with us can apply to become a Foundry user. Feel free to share this with your friends and colleagues. 
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