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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
2015 ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography: June 21 – July 1 at Northwestern University
The American Crystallographic Association (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. While the course is geared towards graduate level attendees, undergraduate students with strong applications have also attended. No prior knowledge of crystallography is expected from attendees. This project is supported by the USNC/Cr through private funds.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting in January, 2015. For more information, please consult the ACA Summer Course website.
2015 ACA Annual Meeting: July 25-July 29 in Philadelphia, PA
The 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association will be held from July 25 to July 29, 2015, at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visit the ACA ’15 homepage.
2015 USNC/Cr Summer Meeting: July 27 in Washington, DC
The next meeting of the USNC/Cr will be held on Monday, July 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences Keck Center in Washington, D.C.
2017 IUCr Congress & General Assembly: August 21-28 in Hyderabad, India
India will host the XXIV Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography from August 21-28, 2017. Information on the Congress’s scientific program, the abstract submission process, and registration will be posted on the XXIV IUCr Congress & General Assembly website.
IUCr Congress and General Assembly: August 5-12, 2014 in Montréal
The 2014 Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography took place August 5-12, 2014 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The Scientific Program featured an extremely robust offering of presentations. More event details can be found on the 2014 IUCr Congress and General Assembly website.
The USNC/Cr is pleased to announce that at the 2014 Congress and General Assembly, USNC/Cr ex-officio member Marvin Hackert was elected as the President of the Union. Other Congress and General Assembly highlights included:
At the 2014 Congress and General Assembly, the USNC/Cr participated in a variety of activities, including:
- Prague, Czech Republic was selected as the host of the 2020 Congress and General Assembly, to follow the 2017 Congress and General Assembly in Hyderabad, India.
- The Asociación Latinoamericana de Cristalografía (Latin American Crystallographic Association, LACA) became a Regional Associate of the IUCr, allowing it to represent the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in the Union.
- During exhibit hours, attendees could visit the USNC/Cr booth to participate in a raffle and provide input on the location for the 2023 Congress and General Assembly.
- A mentoring dinner was held for the U.S. Young Observers and their mentors. A panel of experts discussed career paths and tips to succeed in the field.
- A U.S. reception was held in honor of the International Year of Crystallography in the Americas, with approximately 70 attendees.
2014 USNC/Cr Young Observers Program
Through private funds, the USNC/Cr provides partial travel support for the IUCr Congresses to participants in the Young Observers Program. Young Observers can be 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.
The 2014 Young Observers were:
- Raul Castaneda - New Mexico Highlands University
- Jesse Clark - Stanford PULSE Institute
- Jordan Cox - SUNY, Buffalo
- Vicky DoanNguyen - University of Pennsylvania
- Benjamin Frandsen - Columbia University
- Allyson Fry - Johns Hopkins University
- Leighanne Gallington - Georgia Institute of Technology
- Bradley Hintze - Duke University
- Kirsten Jensen - Columbia University
- Tiffany Kinninbrugh - Argonne National Laboratory
- Josephine Leung - Scripps Research Institute
- Justin Newman - Purdue University
- Taryn Palluccio - Tufts University
- Gregory Rohde - University of Minnesota
- Silvia Russi - Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
- Isha Singh - Indiana University
- Anastasiya Vinokur - University of Wisconsin
- Xuan Zhang - Texas A&M University
- Heping Zheng - University of Virginia
American Chemical Society International Year of Crystallography 2014 Webinars
In honor of the International Year of Crystallography 2014, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has hosted several crystallography-related webinars. These webinars include “Advances in Macromolecules: Perspectives and Applications,” which was hosted on October 9. In this webinar, Dr. Greg Petsko discussed the scope and limitations of structural methods in the quest to combat Alzheimer’s, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. On May 15, USNC/Cr ex-officio member, James A. Kaduk, and former USNC/Cr secretary, Cora Lind-Kovacs, participated in the webinar “Crystallography Frontiers: How Chemistry Reveals the Wonder of Everyday Materials.” This webinar’s topics included insights into structure and how function follows form, as well as the importance of crystallography in the analysis of everyday materials. This event was co-produced by the American Crystallographic Association Ad Hoc Task Force for the International Year of Crystallography 2014.
International Year of Crystallography Celebrated at 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival
In April, 2014 the third USA Science and Engineering Festival was held in Washington, DC to promote STEM education. Approximately 325,000 people participated in the event. Many of these participants learned more about the 2014 International Year of Crystallography (IYCr) at the RCSB Protein Data Bank exhibit. The exhibit included interactive and educational materials for young children, teenagers, and adults. More details on IYCr’s activities, can be found on the IYCr 2014 website.
Open Access Crystallography: 3D Print Files
Through private funds, the USNC/Cr has supported a project to make interactive 3D visualizations of crystal structures and morphologies accessible to the public. Portland State University’s Nano-Crystallography Group website can be utilized to create classroom demonstrations in introductory materials science and engineering courses, as well as in introductory nano-science and nano-technology courses. All of the crystallographic data featured can be freely accessed by anyone. For more details, please visit Portland State University's Nano-Crystallography Group website.
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. 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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