IUCr 2014 Congress and General Assembly
The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNC/Cr) would like to encourage participation in the 2014 Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography. The Congress and General Assembly will take place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal located in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The Scientific Program has already been defined and an extremely robust offering of presentations is anticipated. More event details can be found on the 2014 IUCr Congress and General Assembly website.
IUCr 2014 Travel Fellowships Deadline: April 10, 2014
The USNC/Cr is providing partial travel support for the IUCr 2014 Congress in Montreal, Canada to undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, untenured faculty, and other recent graduates employed in any of the crystallographic, diffraction, and imaging sciences affiliated with the IUCr. For more details on the application process, please consult the Fellowship Flyer (PDF document)
Past Activities and Events
World of Wonder Workshop
The USNC/Cr organized a workshop on Saturday, July 28, 2012 for high school teachers titled "Crystallography: World of Wonder." This workshop was a repeat of the workshop offered at the 2010 ACA meeting, which was met with much enthusiasm. It was targeted at equipping high school teachers with materials and knowledge that allows them to introduce some basic topics and experiments related to crystallography to their classrooms. More information on the workshop can be found in the workshop flyer (PDF).
XXII IUCr Congress and General Assembly, Madrid, August 22-30, 2011
The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) was held in Madrid, Spain, August 22-30, 2011. The members of the U.S. delegation were: KATHERINE A. KANTARDJIEFF (Chair) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CHRISTOPHER CAHILL from George Washington University, JOSEPH NG from University of Alabama, Huntsville, BRIAN H. TOBY from Argonne National Laboratory, and VICTOR G. YOUNG JR. from University Minnesota. Also, two alternates attended the General Assembly: Bernhard Rupp from Q.E.D. Life Sciences Discoveries, Inc., and Angus P. Wilkinson from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Two representatives from the Americas were elected members of the Executive Committee of the union - Hanna Dabkowska (Ontario, Canada) and Marvin Hackert (Austin, U.S.) for six years. (Photo copied from www.iucr2011madrid.es/)
Travel Fellowships for U.S. Early Career Crystallographers to the XXII IUCr Congress
The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography provided travel awards to partially support fifteen U.S. early career crystallographers to the IUCr Congress in Madrid, Spain. The USNC/Cr organized a series of events for the travel awardees:
- On August 23rd, a Mentoring Dinner was held for the U.S. travel awardees and their respective mentors. Travel awardees selected a U.S. senior crystallographer prior the Congress. A one-on-one mentoring experience was fostered during and after the Congress.
- On August 24th, a U.S.-Spain Reception was held for 200 crystallographers from the U.S., Spain, and Latin-America. The USNC/Cr, in collaboration with the Spaniards, organized the reception to foster collaborations between crystallographers in these regions. Major professors and their respective graduate students were invited, as well as our mentors and mentees.
- A Young Observers experience was organized for our travel fellows. The U.S. travel awardees were the first early career cohort attending the General Assembly as observers. This science policy experience facilitated the development of a future generation of cyrstallography leaders.
- The Young Observers are now socially connected through LinkedIn (USNC for Crystallography--Young Observers).
- Also, an invited speaker, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, founding director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence and a former professor of industrial engineering at the University of Central Florida shared her scholarly expertise in effective strategic leadership in undergraduate learning and mentoring. She spoke to the mentors and mentees about the importance and hallmarks of effective mentoring.
Crystallography in the University Curricula
The USNC/Cr, in collaboration with the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) authored the 2006 white paper Crystallography Education Policies for the Physical and Life Sciences: Sustaining the Science of Molecular Structure in the 21st Century. The policy document explores how crystallography fits into the undergraduate curriculum for different disciplines and steps that can be taken to engage K-12 students in the field. Presentation posters related to this project were presented at several regional meetings at various scientific societies. Download 2.5MB PDF of this paper.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1318107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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