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Felix Frolow 1947-2014
Prof. Felix Frolow has passed away, Friday, Aug. 29th 2014.
Felix was a true scientist, not the one for PR or short cuts, but the one who always thrived to find the right answer. He was a scientist who knew structural biology in all its levels from the physics behind the X-ray machine and the science of X-ray crystallography, to the biological and chemical mechanisms behind the systems he was investigating.
For many years he worked at the structural biology department at Weizmann Institute, Rehovot Israel and then moved to build, from scratch, the X-ray Crystallography Laboratory at the Tel Aviv University, Israel, a lab he headed till his untimely death.
Felix was a good friend and colleague. He was an intelligent opinionated person; exchanges with him were never dull.
My deepest condolences to his wife and daughters.
He will be deeply missed.
Felix Frolow was a Co-editor of Acta Crystallographica Section D from 1997 to 2007, and was a Co-editor of Acta Crystallographica Section F from 2005 onwards. He will be greatly missed by the journals.
Over 2200 delegates from around the world came together in Montreal, Canada earlier in August to take part in the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly. After years of planning and countless hours of work from the crystallographic community, the local organising committee and the international programme committee, delegates enjoyed a fantastic programme of lectures, meetings, workshops, poster sessions and other activities. Over eight packed days of events delegates were able to explore the latest advances in crystallography covering a broad range of scientific disciplines, from material and life sciences to chemistry and engineering. With an opening ceremony that included performances by Cirque Eloize, a Canadian entertainment company, the Congress was certainly a meeting we will all remember. A more detailed report will appear over the coming weeks on the IUCr website; we will notify all World Directory of Crystallography users who have opted in for alerts when it becomes available. Take this opportunity to sign up or refresh your account by visiting http://www.iucr.org/people/wdc so you will be one of the first to read the in-depth report. The 24th Congress and General Assembly will be held in Hyderabad, India from 21 to 29 August, 2017; you can visit the website http://www.iucr2017.org for further information. If you have any comments or ideas for the meeting, please get in touch - we’ll be pleased to hear from you.
A Little Dictionary of Crystallography, edited by André Authier and Gervais Chapuis, was available for sale at the Congress and sold out within a few hours of the exhibition opening. Copies are now available at the special discounted price of 9 GBP, 11 EUR, 13.80 USD or your equivalent local currency. You can place your order by visiting http://tinyurl.com/little-dictionary. The 40% discount on the list price will remain for the duration of the International Year of Crystallography 2014.
One of the many exciting developments announced at the Congress was the launch of the IYCr2014 Legacy Fund. This fund will ensure that many of the activities taking place during the year such as initiatives in Africa, IUCr-UNESCO OpenLabs, summit meetings and other IYCr outreach events continue into 2015 and beyond. More information about the IUCr Legacy Fund and how you can contribute will be announced shortly on our website.
The First European Crystallography School is currently taking place in Pavia, Italy. The number of places available for students wishing to learn about the different facets of crystallography had to be more than doubled to cater for the unprecedented demand, you can find out more about the school by visiting the website http://ecs1.azuleon.org/ .
Finally for this digest, during the month of August our managing editor responsible for Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry ( http://journals.iucr.org/c/ ) attended the 248th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, CA, USA. It was an excellent meeting and we look forward to attending future events.
At the twenty third Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography Professor Marvin L. Hackert was elected as the new President of the IUCr. The photograph shows the Convener of the Finance Committee and the Executive Secretary alongside Professor Hackert and the other members of the new Executive Committee for the triennium 2014-2017.
Back row: M. J. Cooper (Convener, IUCr Finance Committee), M. H. Dacombe (Executive Secretary). Executive Committee: J. M. Guss, R. Kuzel, M. Takata, W. Depmeier, S. Garcia-Granda. Front row: H. Dabkowska, L. Van Meervelt (General Secretary and Treasurer), M. L. Hackert (President), A. M. Glazer (Vice-President), G. R. Desiraju (Immediate Past President).
Please join the IUCr in welcoming the new Executive Committee and thanking those members retired.
At the recent IUCr Congress it was decided to improve the scientific quality of those articles published in Acta Cryst. F that relate to the crystallization of biological macromolecules. For an article to be accepted for publication it should describe more than just the routine crystallization of a macromolecule. Articles describing novel aspects of the crystallization procedure together with new science will be welcomed by the journal, and from 2015 all articles will be published in the category Research Communications. This enhancement should make the articles more relevant and useful to the structural biology community as a whole, and an editorial with further details will be published in the near future.
We are very pleased to announce the launching of the Small Angle Scattering Biological Data Bank (SASBDB, www.sasbdb.org). SASBDB was developed in accordance with the plans of the wwPDB SAS task force to establish a federated system of interconnected databases for X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS/SANS).
SASBDB is a curated repository that makes experimental SAS data and derived models of biological macromolecules discoverable, citable and downloadable. Within SASBDB, it is possible to browse the scattering data and models, search by various keywords including macromolecule name, buffer composition, experiment setup and author/affiliation details. 3D representations of low resolution ab initio bead models and of the hybrid rigid body models are available. All data sets and models can be freely downloaded.
Presently, SASBDB comprises of 96 experimental data sets and 151 models. Most of the entries contain published data from the studies where SAS was used for the structural analysis of macromolecular solutions (proteins, nucleic acids and complexes). There are also several "benchmark" data from a set of well-characterized commercially available proteins. The SAXS (and, for some proteins, also wide-angle scattering, WAXS) data from these samples were collected using an on-line purification system to ensure sample monodispersity. The benchmark set data and models can be used to test computational approaches, for tutorials etc.
Researchers are welcome to deposit the SAXS/SANS data and models into SASBDB (prior to or after the publication). The submission requires a simple sign-in procedure followed by filling in an on-line deposition form and uploading the data/models. ATSAS and ATSAS-online users may directly use their credentials to sign in. The deposition is pre-moderated, i.e. the entries will be validated before making them public.ATSAS Team, EMBL-Hamburg