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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
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.
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 USNC/Cr is pleased to announce that 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
2014 ACA Summer Course in Chemical Crystallography: July 7-16, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame
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.
The 2014 ACA Summer Course was hosted at the University of Notre Dame from July 7-16. This project was supported by the USNC/Cr through private funds.
USNC/Cr Meeting: May 26, 2014
The last meeting of the USNC/Cr was held on May 26, 2014, in conjunction with the American Crystallographic Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.
Webinar - “Crystallography Frontiers: How Chemistry Reveals the Wonder of Everyday Materials”
On May 15th 2014, USNC/Cr ex-officio member, James A. Kaduk, and former USNC/Cr secretary, Cora Lind-Kovacs, participated in the live webinar “Crystallography Frontiers: How Chemistry Reveals the Wonder of Everyday Materials.” 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 hosted by the American Chemical Society, with co-production from the American Crystallographic Association Ad Hoc Task Force for the International Year of Crystallography 2014. More details can be found on the American Chemical Society website.
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.
2012 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. 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, 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, 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
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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