ACA Summer Course in Crystallography

John Rose rose at bcl4.bmb.uga.edu
Mon Mar 1 16:31:12 EST 1999


                  American Crystallographic Association
                    Summer Course in Crystallography
                         July 12 to July 24 1999
                 Georgia Center for Continuing Education
                    University of Georgia, Athens, GA

The eighth annual ACA Summer Course for Crystallographers will be a 12
day
course held from July 12 to July 24, 1999 at the University of Georgia,
Athens
GA.

As in the past, the first 8 days f the course will be devoted to basic
crystallography and include lectures on the mathematics and physics
behind
structural analysis, the methods of structure solution, the refinement
of
atomic parameters and the presentation and analysis of the results of a
structure determination. The laboratory associated with this part of the
course
will teach the students to select and mount crystals, determine unit
cell
dimensions and collect data on modern equipment. They will learn to use
modern
crystallographic software packages to determine space groups, solve and
refine
structures. Finally they will present a brief report on their structure.

The final four days of the course will be devoted to macromolecular
crystallography and include lectures on crystallization, data collection
and
processing, determination of heavy atom sites, structure solution by
MIR, SIR,
MAD, SAS and molecular replacement techniques, chain tracing, model
building
and refinement methods . The laboratory associated with this part of the

course will include workshops on the crystallization of proteins, the
collection and processing of area detector data, methods for phase
calculations
and methods for model building and refinement.

The University of Georgia (UGA) has instruments from all four major
vendors:
Bruker, MarResearch, Nonius and Rigaku, including both area detectors
and
diffractometers. Students will have access to the latest versions of
MAXUS
(Nonius), SHELXTL (Bruker) and TEXSAN (Rigaku) for small molecule
structure
determination as well as HKL, D*TREK, SMART/SAINT, PHASES, O and X-PLOR
for
macromolecular crystallography.

The lecturers will be the two co-Directors: Prof. Bi-Cheng Wang (UGA)
and Dr.
Robert A. Sparks (Consultant, Bruker Corp.), together with Dr. John
Rose, Dr.
Zhi-Jie Liu and Prof. Gary Newton (UGA) and several lecturers (to be
announced
later) from other Universities and Institutions. In addition,
experienced
laboratory instructors will be available in each of the crystallography
laboratories.

A complete set of lecture notes will be given to each student.

Tuition for the course will be $750. Admission will be limited to
approximately
45-50 students. A number of full and partial tuition scholarships will
be
provided on a competitive basis. The criteria for these awards are (1)
expected
benefits from the course, (2) qualification and (3) motivation.

Accommodations have been reserved at UGA from the evening of July 11;
the rate
for these air-conditioned rooms will be $26 per day single, or $19 per
day
double occupancy. Student housing is only a short walk from where the
lectures
will be given and from the laboratories with the X-ray equipment that
will be
used.  There are several local hotels within walking distance to the
both the
lecture hall and X-ray diffraction facilities.

For more information and registration materials please see:

www.uga.edu/~biocryst/ACA99.html

or contact:

Dr. John Rose
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Telephone: (706) 542-1750
FAX      : (706) 542-3077
E-mail   : rose at BCL4.biochem.uga.edu

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