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Journal of Applied Crystallography

Volume 43, Part 5 Number 2 (October 2010)


Crystallography education and training for the 21st century

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editorial


 

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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1137-1138  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810034357 ]

Crystallography education and training for the 21st century

K. A. Kantardjieff, A. R. Kaysser-Pyzalla and P. Spadon

Online 27 August 2010


research papers


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1139-1143  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810028384 ]

Teaching crystallography to undergraduate physical chemistry students

V. B. Pett

Synopsis: Classroom demonstrations, laboratory experiments and homework assignments are suggested that will increase student interest and comprehension in both introductory and advanced physical chemistry courses.

Online 21 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1144-1149  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810023915 ]

The Bravais polar lattice as a didactic tool for diffraction beginners

M. Nespolo and B. Souvignier

Synopsis: The concept of the polar lattice introduced by Bravais is reviewed and presented as an intermediate step to introduce the notion of the reciprocal lattice.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1150-1171  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810026956 ]

How to read (and understand) Volume A of International Tables for Crystallography: an introduction for nonspecialists

Z. Dauter and M. Jaskolski

Synopsis: This article explains the international notation system for space-group symmetry, using examples taken from Volume A of International Tables for Crystallography (ITA), and shows noncrystallographers, primarily biologists, how to understand and make use of the information provided in ITA.

Online 3 August 2010


 

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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1172-1180  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810027780 ]

Teaching general chemistry, solid-state chemistry and crystallography in one comprehensive undergraduate course: can the effect be synergistic?

E. Boldyreva

Synopsis: This contribution describes a 30-year experience of teaching a general course in solid-state chemistry for undergraduates, which introduces at the same time the main concepts of crystallography, gives an introduction into structure analysis techniques and makes links to courses in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1181-1188  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810034333 ]

Efforts to enhance coverage of crystallography in United States secondary education

K. A. Kantardjieff, C. Lind, J. Ng and B. D. Santarsiero

Synopsis: This article describes activities whose objective is to enhance secondary education in the United States by raising crystallography awareness through workshops, summer schools, student/teacher research internships and remote-enabling technologies.

Online 11 September 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1189-1207  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810027640 ]

Crystal cookery - using high-throughput technologies and the grocery store as a teaching tool

J. R. Luft, N. M. Furlani, R. E. NeMoyer, E. J. Penna, J. R. Wolfley, M. E. Snell, S. A. Potter and E. H. Snell

Synopsis: Using high-throughput crystallization screening technologies and data analysis, an educational program has been developed to teach the scientific method through crystallization and access to a grocery store, a post office and the internet.

Online 21 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1208-1223  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810024155 ]

Applications of the Cambridge Structural Database in chemical education

G. M. Battle, G. M. Ferrence and F. H. Allen

Synopsis: The educational value of three-dimensional crystal structures in the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) is discussed in the context of practical use cases and the availability of a free teaching subset of the CSD that can be used in conjunction with WebCSD, an application that provides internet access to CSD information content.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1224-1229  [ doi:10.1107/S002188981002371X ]

Promoting a structural view of biology for varied audiences: an overview of RCSB PDB resources and experiences

S. Dutta, C. Zardecki, D. S. Goodsell and H. M. Berman

Synopsis: The Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB) serves a community of users with diverse backgrounds and interests. In addition to processing, archiving and distributing structural data, it also develops educational resources and materials to enable people to utilize PDB data and to further a structural view of biology.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1230-1237  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810028189 ]

Update on the tutorial for learning and teaching macromolecular crystallography

A. Faust, S. Puehringer, N. Darowski, S. Panjikar, K. Diederichs, U. Mueller and M. S. Weiss

Synopsis: The previously described macromolecular crystallography tutorial [Faust, Panjikar, Mueller, Parthasarathy, Schmidt, Lamzin & Weiss (2008). J. Appl. Cryst. 41, 1161-1172] has been significantly revised and expanded with two more experiments.

Online 21 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1238-1241  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810034527 ]

RapiData: a practical course in macromolecular X-ray diffraction data measurement and structure solving at the NSLS

R. M. Sweet and A. Soares

Synopsis: RapiData provides two days of high-level lectures, then two more of experimental work on several beamlines of the National Synchrotron Light Source, for about 50 students. This article provides details about the organization of the course and tells some of the reasons for its success.

Online 11 September 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1242-1249  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810027184 ]

Scientific inquiry, inference and critical reasoning in the macromolecular crystallography curriculum

B. Rupp

Synopsis: An essay on the importance of incorporating basic scientific reasoning and common sense into the biomolecular crystallography curriculum to safeguard against mistakes and self-deception in the interpretation of macromolecular structure models is presented.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1250-1260  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810030256 ]

Jmol - a paradigm shift in crystallographic visualization

R. M. Hanson

Synopsis: Features of Jmol that allow new ways for students to interact with three-dimensional virtual models and explore molecular and crystallographic symmetry are described.

Online 1 September 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1261-1270  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810024696 ]

Remote access to crystallography beamlines at SSRL: novel tools for training, education and collaboration

C. A. Smith, G. L. Card, A. E. Cohen, T. I. Doukov, T. Eriksson, A. M. Gonzalez, S. E. McPhillips, P. W. Dunten, I. I. Mathews, J. Song and S. M. Soltis

Synopsis: The ultimate goal of synchrotron data collection is to obtain the best possible data from the best available crystals, and the combination of automation and remote access at Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) has revolutionized the way in which scientists achieve this goal. This has also seen a change in the way novice crystallographers are trained in the use of the beamlines, and a wide range of remote tools and hands-on workshops are now offered by SSRL to facilitate the education of the next generation of protein crystallographers.

Online 3 August 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1271-1275  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810034382 ]

Observations on online educational materials for powder diffraction crystallography software

B. H. Toby

Synopsis: This article provides a commentary on the successes and shortcomings of the author's educational outreach approaches for powder diffraction crystallographic software and techniques.

Online 11 September 2010


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1276-1282  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810027494 ]

Pushing the boundaries of technology to educate and train the next generation of crystallographers

K. Kantardjieff

Synopsis: The science of crystallography has always pushed the boundaries of technology, and the time is now ripe to push them again, not just to advance our research capabilities, but to attract and train the next generation.

Online 27 August 2010


book reviews


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J. Appl. Cryst. (2010). 43, 1283-1284  [ doi:10.1107/S0021889810005261 ]

Biomolecular crystallography: principles, practice and applications to structural biology

Online 3 August 2010


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