The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society 



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Schedule:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Morning

7:45 Breakfast / Registration

8:15 Opening Remarks

Structure Refinement and Validation

8:30
The Theoretical Limits of Macromolecular Crystallography
James Holton (UCSF, LBNL)

9:00
Macromolecular Model Building with Resolve and the PHENIX AutoBuild Wizard
Li-Wei Hung (LBNL)

9:30
Structure Refinement with phenix.refine
Pavel Afonine (LBNL)
 
10:00 Coffee Break

10:20
Ultra High Resolution Protein Crystallography and Charge Density Analysis
Christian Jelsch (LCM3B)

10:55
New Algorithms for Improving Structures of Supramolecular Complexes and Membrane Proteins at Lower Resolutions of X-ray Diffraction
Jianpeng Ma (Baylor College of Medicine)

SAD, Why do three times the work?

11:30
SAD Phasing Basics: How and Why it Works, and When itís Likely to Fail
William Furey (University of Pittsburgh)

12:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon

13:30
SAD Data Collection and Experimental Setup
Kanagalaghatta Rajashankar (NE-CAT, APS)

14:00
High-Energy Sulfur SAD at the Australian Synchrotron
Tom Caradoc-Davies (Australian Synchrotron)

14:30
25 Years of SAS Phasing
John Rose (University of Georgia)

15:00 Afternoon Break

15:20
SAD Data Collection Using a Home Source
Angela R. Criswell  (Rigaku)

Seeing the World and Making it Better Using Diffraction (part 1)

15:55
Insights Obtained on Micromechanical Deformation of Biomedical Devices and Biomaterials from 2D X-ray Diffraction
Apurva Mehta (SSRL)

16:30
Characterizing Compaction-Induced Disordering of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients using Powder X-ray Diffraction
Michael Moore (Duquesne University)

17:00 Adjourn for Dinner

Evening

19:00 Poster Session and Reception
19:30 Official Poster Session Judging


Friday, October 31, 2008

Morning

Seeing the World and Making it Better Using Diffraction (part 2)

8:30
Measurement of Strain in Silicon Thin Films by X-ray Diffraction
Matthew Bibee (SSRL)

9:00
Bio-MOFs: Synthesis, Characterization, and Application
Nathaniel Rosi (University of Pittsburgh)

9:30
Advanced Crystallographic Program at ChemMatCARS
Yu-Sheng Chen (ChemMatCARS, APS)

10:00 Coffee Break

10:20
Structural Studies of Hydrogen Storage Materials
Hui Wu  (NIST)

10:55
Crystal Truncation Rod (CTR) Surface Diffraction in Geochemistry
Glenn Waychunas (LBNL)

11:30
Photonic Crystal Materials Derived from Crystalline Colloidal Arrays
Sanford Asher (University of Pittsburgh)

12:00 Lunch Break

Afternoon

Before the Crystal and Further than the Crystal

13:30
Bridging the gap between structure and dynamics with elastic network models
Tim Lezon (University of Pittsburgh)

14:00
TBA
Angela Gronenborn (University of Pittsburgh)

14:30
High-resolution Solution X-ray Scattering and Envelope Based Phasing
Xinguo Hong (MacCHESS, Cornell University)

15:00 Afternoon Break

15:20
Virus capsid structures revealed by cryo-electron microscopy combined with subunit atomic models
James Conway (University of Pittsburgh)

15:55
Using Raman to Follow Chemistry and Chemical Reactions in Macromolecular Crystals
Paul Carey (Case Western Reserve)

16:30
XAS and XES techniques for studying the structure and mechanism of the photosynthetic water-splitting catalyst
Junko Yano (LBNL)

17:00 Break

17:05
A novel microfluidic device for protein crystallization condition finding
Mike Biros (SpinX)

Evening

18:30 Banquet, presidentís address, awards presentation


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Morning

8:00 Introduction

8:10
Sidhu Award Lecture

Structural Studies of Integral Membrane Proteins involved in G-protein Signaling
Michael Hanson (Scripps)

9:00 Coffee Break

Pushing the Boundaries of Structural Biology

9:20
Allosteric regulation of glucocorticoid receptor activity by DNA binding sequence
Miles Pufall (UCSD)

9:55
Solution NMR Characterization of Important Enzyme Motions
Patrick Loria (Yale)

10:30
Modeling Bacteriophage HK97 capsid maturation
Robert Duda (University of Pittsburgh)

11:00 Coffee Break

11:20
The History of the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society
Bryan Craven (IUP)

11:50 PDS business meeting

12:10 Lunch Break

Afternoon

Pushing the Boundaries of Structural Biology (continued)

13:30
Structural Studies of Transcription
Guillermo Calero (University of Pittsburgh)

14:00
Using unnatural amino acids to probe the structure-function relationship in human GSTs.
Kaustubh Sinha (Carnegie Mellon University)

14:30
The Superstructure of an Antimicrobial Peptide, Alamethicin, in Lipid Membranes
Jian-Jun Pan (Carnegie Mellon University)

15:00 End of Meeting