2017 ACA Summer Course Unites Experts Around the World
The University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University have co-hosted the ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography since 2012. This year the course was held at Northwestern University from June 25th – July 2nd.
The 2017 summer course had 26 attendees from across the globe, including Canada, South Korea, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the U.S., from academia and industry. 18 faculty experts in the field of either or both single crystal and powder diffraction led the sessions. Together, students and instructors collected 18 successful single crystal data sets and a number of powder diffractograms as well. Overall, the course was very well received by both students and instructors. The summer course has already proven to promote networking among all that are involved. As in past years, publication of collection diffraction data was encouraged during the course with a request that an acknowledgment to the ACA summer course be included. The course organizers were Charlotte Stern (Northwestern U), Christos Malliakas (Northwestern U), Allen Oliver (U Notre Dame), and Amy Sarjeant (CCDC).
For more information, please see the course website: http://acasummercourse.net
. 2017 IUCr Congress & General Assembly: August 21-28 in Hyderabad, India
India recently hosted the XXIV Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography from August 21-28, 2017. General information is available on the XXIV IUCr Congress & General Assembly website
.IUCr Releases "A Little Dictionary of Crystallography" (2017)
The IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Nomenclature
has released the second edition of its "Little Dictionary of Crystallography." This book is meant to be a physical companion to the IUCr's Online Dictionary of Crystallography
, and is available for purchase on Lulu.com
IUCr Launches New Webpage: "Crystallography Around the World"
As of March 15, 2016, the IUCr website
features a new "Crystallography Around the World"
page, which serves as a repository to centralize union activities and practitioners. Users can select their country of interest, then browse associations, past and future events, membership lists, and photo galleries. Click here to view the U.S. subpage
Impact of 2014's International Year of Crystallography
In 1912 Max von Laue showed that X-rays were diffracted by crystals, and in 1913 W. H. and W. L. Bragg demonstrated that the diffraction of X-rays can be used to determine the positions of atoms within a crystal. These groundbreaking experiments mark the birth of modern crystallography. The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) marked the centennial of these events by declaring 2014 the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). the International Year of Crystallography website
As part of the IYCr2014, the USNC/Cr held a "Crystallography World of Wonders" (CWOW) workshop for teachers at the 2014 ACA meeting. CWOW produced another two workshops at NSTA meetings in Boston and Long Beach, as well as a crystal growing contest for American high school students.
The importance of crystallography for chemistry and a variety of other scientific fields was highlighted in an article by USNC/IUPAC
member Julia Chan, Jennifer Aitken, and Susan Latturner. Their article, "Celebrating Crystallography
," can be found in Volume 92 of Chemical and Engineering News