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U.S. National Committee for Crystallography

The U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (USNC/Cr) represents U.S. crystallographers in the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) through The National Academy of Sciences. The IUCr strives to promote international cooperation and publication in crystallography; to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols; and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences. 


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.

IYCr2014 Video Contest Winners Announced
In order to draw in younger students to the wonders of crystallography, a Video Contest was held for K-12 students in the US and Canada. The USNC/Cr supported this contest using private funds. The contest was set up as a Facebook Page where teachers or other school officials could upload videos produced by their students celebrating some aspect of crystallography. The contest was advertised on the IYCr2014 websites and through mass-mailings to various teacher mailing lists. 

There were 8 videos posted to the site, all from US based schools. Though this was a much smaller response than was hoped for, the videos were viewed by many individuals and many viewers left comments on the Facebook page. The third place video was viewed by well over 2,000 people! The page will be kept active so that people can continue to view the videos.

Prizes were awarded for the following videos, with links to the videos themselves included:Honorable Mention Prizes ($50 x 2) are awarded to Black Pine Circle School for Sam W’s crystallization experiment video, and Jane, Abe and Daniel’s video on scanning paper samples at the ALS.

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

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:

  • 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.
At the 2014 Congress and General Assembly, the USNC/Cr participated in a variety of activities, including:
  • 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

International Year of Crystallography: 2014

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) is marking the centennial of these events by declaring 2014 the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). For more information, please visit the International Year of Crystallography website.

The importance of crystallography for chemistry and a variety of other scientific fields was recently 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.

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.


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Ana Ferreras, Senior Program Officer
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More resources on the USNC/Cr

The 2014 USNC/Cr brochure is now available online as a PDF for download.

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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