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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.
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:
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
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.
IYCr2014 Video Contest Submission Deadline: December 31, 2014 Through private funds, the USNC/Cr is supporting the IYCr2014 Video Contest. The contest is open to K-12 students in the United States and Canada. Contest videos should include information about X-ray Crystallography. Prizes will range in value from $1,000 to $50. Winners will be selected from the most popular submissions by a panel of crystallographic experts. Posts will be accepted from July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. For more details, please visit the IYCr2014 Video Contest facebook page.
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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