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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
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.
“Advances in Macromolecules: Perspectives and Applications” ACS Webinar - October 9, 2-3 pm ET
The USNC/Cr would like to encourage participation in the upcoming American Chemical Society (ACS) webinar, “Advances in Macromolecules: Perspectives and Applications.” Celebrate the International Year of Crystallography 2014 and discover the role that crystallography plays in small molecule therapeutics. Dr. Greg Petsko will discuss the scope and limitations of structural methods in the quest to combat Alzheimer’s, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. To register, please visit the ACS Webinars page.
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.