The CSD’s 500,000th structure is the anti-convulsant drug Lamotrigine, published in Acta Crystallographica, C65, o460-o464, 2009, by Balasubramanian Sridhar and Krishnan Ravikumar of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad. The CSD reference code for the structure is EFEMUX01.
The Structural Medicine Division of Haematology in Cambridge hosts an online Protein Crystallography Course with topics ranging from the practical: crystallisation, data collection, structure solution and refinement, to in-depth mathematical and physical theory that underpins the subject.
The 2010 BCA Spring Meeting Programme Committee would like to announce an extension to the submission of abstracts for consideration to speak in a session at the meeting. The new deadline is 19th October 2009.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has gone to three crystallographers, Venki Ramakrishnan, Ada Yonath and Tom Steitz, for their work on the structure of the ribosome.
This is a wonderful achievement for them and on behalf of the BCA, I am sure all Members will join me in sending them hearty congratulations.
The deadline for oral presentations to be considered for inclusion in the 2010 BCA Spring Meeting symposia of is 2nd October. See http://crystallography.org.uk/spring-meeting/2010-Abstracts for submission details.
To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallography?oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Multiple recipients are selected on a competitive basis, each receiving an award of $2,500. Applications must be received by the ICDD by 30 October 2009.
The BCA Industrial Group provide a number of spreadsheets containing formulae for many useful conversions and corrections to X-ray data: http://ig.crystallography.org.uk/spreadsh/ssindx.htm