A note for the diaries – The BCA Industrial Group meeting will this year be held on the 12th November at the Royal Institution in London.
More information will be available in the near future.
As part of the Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ series, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the science of matter and the states in which it can exist. Among the discussion of exotic states and phases, crystals (including incommensurate systems) are discussed. The link to listen again can be found here.
The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) recently released validation reports for all X-ray structures in the PDB archive. This resource will help end users of structural data to better assess the quality of structures and to select appropriate models. A standalone server has also been launched allowing crystallographers to check their structures prior to deposition and publication. The link can be found here.
“The new validation reports are sure to become an indispensable resource for all X-ray crystallographers. Most importantly, we hope they will be really useful for all the end users of structural models, who increasingly need to critically assess and compare PDB entries,” - Anastassis Perrakis, Netherlands Cancer Institute
The Physical Crystallography Group (PCG) & Structural Condensed Matter Physics (SCMP) spring newsletter is now available to view by clicking here.
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale was a pioneering crystallographer who discovered that the benzene ring is flat. Excerpts from her 1967 interview for BBC Radio4′s Woman’s Hour, plus discussion with Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow about Dame Lonsdale’s life and career, featured on today’s episode of Woman’s Hour, which can be heard here. The discussion begins at 20:48 into the programme.
Crystallography is a scientific field noted for its female pioneers. In an article here, which is part of the Nature crystallography special, Georgina Ferry celebrates the egalitarian, collaborative culture that has so far produced two female Nobel prizewinners.
As part of the International Year of Crystallography, the journal Nature has an online crystallography special issue featuring archive articles,opinion pieces and podcasts which can be found here.
At the end of August 2013, an exhibition devoted to the lives and works of W.H. and W.L. Bragg was mounted by Mike Glazer (Emeritus Professor of Physics, Oxford University & Visiting professor, Warwick University) and Pamela Thomas (Professor of Physics & Chair of the Faculty of Science, Warwick University).
The exhibition took place in the Helen Martin Studio of the Warwick Arts Centre and coincided with the 28th European Crystallography Meeting. Information and photos from the exhibition is available at http://www.amg122.com/twobraggs/.
The first International Summer School of Crystallography will be held from May 11th-17th at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at DESY, in Hamburg. Prof. Carmelo Giacovazzo will lecture on the basics of crystallography, as well as, the basics of modern phasing methods in protein crystallography covering basic mathematical understanding of crystallographic point and space groups, diffraction experiments, structure factor calculations, systematic absences, determination of space groups and many additional topics. Participants will also learn modern applications of protein crystallography using advanced light sources, such as 3rd generation synchrotron and XFELs.
For more information please visit the ISSC14 website.