P162: Crystallographic research journals as an educational resource

Author: Brian McMahon, International Union of Crystallography, UK

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Date: 8/4/14

Time: 10:35 AM10:55 AM

Room: LTT 102

Related Symposium: S17

Academic research journals, such as those published by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), provide challenging content for an audience in early stages of scientific education. However, online access to journals with rich interactive features can change this. I shall demonstrate how free access to the data describing all published chemical and crystal structures in IUCr journals, and tools for searching, visualizing, and validating these data sets can support traditional classroom based learning. Many individual articles are open-access, allowing students to see how research results relate to the data, and full-text articles are hyperlinked to specialized dictionaries and to cited publications and entries in chemical and structural databases. A tool for creating interactive figures allows authors to provide more informative pedagogical content in journal illustrations.

P165: Educational initiatives in crystallography during the International Year of Crystallography 2014

Author: Brian McMahon, International Union of Crystallography, UK

Co-Author: Michele Zema, International Union of Crystallography, UK

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 11:50 AM12:10 PM

Room: LTT 102

Related Symposium: S17

The United Nations declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014) provides world-wide opportunities to celebrate and promote crystallography. This is a science spanning many traditional disciplines – chemistry, physics, mathematics, mineralogy, structural biology and more. It offers incredibly precise analytic techniques and profound understanding into the nature of solid materials. With a long history, it is still producing many Nobel Prizes. The UN proclamation stresses that education about and the application of crystallography are critical in addressing fundamental challenges. However, fundamental courses on crystallography are disappearing from chemistry degree curricula and are almost absent in the developing countries. Among the major goals of IYCr2014 are capacity-building in the developing world, and efforts to promote public outreach and stimulate curriculum development. This talk will summarize the activities of IYCr2014 to date and present several tools and online educational resources available through the IYCr2014 (iycr2014.org) and IUCr (iucr.org) web sites.