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IUCr 2014 Congress and General Assembly Deadline for Poster Presentation: May, 2 2014
The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNC/IUCr) 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. Individuals interested in submitting a late abstract for a poster presentation may do so until May 2nd, 2014. More event details can be found on the 2014 IUCr Congress and General Assembly website.

Past Activities and Events

2013 ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography
The ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography is a program that is now into its third decade of instruction in the United States. The current incarnation of the course is directed towards Single-Crystal Chemical Crystallography and Powder Diffraction techniques, as applicable to small molecule studies. The 2013 summer course was held in Northwestern University and included 23 participant, nine of which received travel awards. The teaching structure included a mixture of lectures and workshops. This project was supported through private funds.

2012 World of Wonder Workshop
The USNC/IUCr 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. This project was supported through private funds. More information on the workshop can be found in the workshop flyer (PDF).

XXII IUCr Congress and General Assembly, Madrid, August 22-30, 2011Madrid
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

Travel Fellowships for U.S. Early Career Crystallographers to the XXII IUCr Congress
The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography, through private funds, 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
Molecular Structure by Crystallography Paper (2006)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 CenturyThe 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. Support for this project was received from private funds. 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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