[Protein-crystallography] Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference - 2008

Cohen, Aina E. via xtal-log%40net.bio.net (by acohen from slac.stanford.edu)
Wed Aug 27 18:32:10 EST 2008

Dear Colleague: 


On behalf of the program committee, you and your colleagues are cordially invited to join us for the 66th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference to be held from October 30th - November 1st, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn University Center.


The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers in all areas of fundamental and applied diffraction and crystallographic research to present current topics. The program of the 2008 conference includes diffraction phasing, structure refinement and validation, synchrotron data collection, environmental science, materials science, chemistry and combined methods for structural biology research including NMR, Cryo-EM, EXAFS, and Raman spectroscopy.  


Conference speakers include:


Sandy Asher, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh 

Pavel Afonine, The Berkeley Center for Structural Biology, LBNL 

Guillermo Calero, Department of Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh 

Tom Caradoc-Davies, Protein Crystallography, Australian Synchrotron 

Paul Carey, Department of Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve University

Yu-Sheng Chen, Microcrystallography, ChemMatCARS, APS

James Conway, Department of Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Bryan Craven, Department of Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

Angela Gronendorn, Department of Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

Bill Furey, Biocrystallography, VA Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh 

Roger Hendrix, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Christian Jelsch, LCM3B, Nancy University, France

Patrick Loria, Biophysical & Physical Chemistry, Yale University

Jianpeng Ma, Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine

Kanagalaghatta Rajashankar, NE-CAT, APS / Cornell University 

Kaustubh Sinha, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University 

John Rose, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Georgia 

Nathaniel Rosi, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh

Glenn Waychunas, Molecular Geochemistry & Nanoscience Group, LBNL 

Hui Wu, NIST Center for Neutron Research

Junko Yano, Physical Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


For more information about the conference program please visit the conference website: http://www.pittdifsoc.org/PDC_2008/schedule.htm <http://www.pittdifsoc.org/PDC_2008/schedule.htm> .


Poster sessions and social events, included in the program, provide many opportunities for formal and informal discussions with the speakers. The Chung Soo Yoo Award will be given to graduate students for best poster presentation.  To insure maximum participation, the cost of attending the conference has been kept to a minimum.


The conference will be preceded by a workshop for researchers intrigued by or new to crystallography titled, 'Crystallography Made Easy through Automation' on October 29th at the University of Pittsburgh, Structural Biology Department. This workshop will introduce what structural information crystallography can provide, the basics of crystallographic techniques (protein crystallization, x-ray diffraction data collection, and data analysis) and then demonstrate how these steps may be simplified by taking advantage of the automated facilities available at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute. The workshop is open to 24 participants  and advanced registration is required.  For more information and to register, please visit the workshop website:  

http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/crystallography <http://www-conf.slac.stanford.edu/crystallography> .

Discounted accommodations for the Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference and workshop attendees are available at the Holiday Inn University Center. The Holiday Inn is holding rooms at this discounted rate until October 8th.   


For additional information and instructions, please view our website at:  http://www.pittdifsoc.org/PDC_2008/ <http://www.pittdifsoc.org/PDC_2008/>  or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh ! 

Sincerely yours, 


Aina Cohen



Pittsburgh Diffraction Society


and Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference Session Organizers:

Julian Adams, Paul Adams, James Conway, Steve Geib, Ana Gonzalez, Mark Macbeth, Apurva Mehta, Edward Snell, and Andy Vandenmark




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Aina E. Cohen
Staff Scientist
Macromolecular Crystallography Group
Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory

SLAC /  Building 120 / MS 99
2575 Sand Hill Road
Stanford, CA 94025

P (650) 926-3125
F (650) 926-2258


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