2011 Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating the following winners.
2011 Patterson Award to
Moffat (U. of Chicago) has been selected as the recipient of the 2011
ACA Patterson Award. The Award,
established in 1980 to honor A. Lindo Patterson, recognizes and encourages
outstanding research in the structure of matter by diffraction methods,
including significant contributions to the methodology of structure
determination and/or innovative application of diffraction methods and/or
elucidation of biological, chemical, geological or physical phenomena using new
structural information. Moffat will be honored for his work in pioneering
ultrafast time resolved x-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation to
capture the function of fundamental protein processes at atomic resolution.
Wood Award to Daniel Nocera
the ACA established the Wood Science Writing Award to honor Elizabeth A. Wood,
President of the ACA in 1957 and author of science books for lay readers. The
purpose of the award is to recognize and honor the authors of outstanding
publications that bring science to the attention of the general public.
Successful nominees need not be crystallographers or scientists and 'publications'
is not limited to written work but could include such things as artistic
efforts or museum displays. The award is presented every three years. This year
the ACA Council is proud to announce Daniel G. Nocera (MIT) as the 2011 winner.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Prof. Nocera will be unable to attend the meeting to accept the award.
Etter Early Career Award to Yurij
the memory of Margaret C. Etter (1943-1992), the Etter Early Career Award was
established to recognize outstanding achievement and future potential in
crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage of
their independent career. The ACA is proud to announce Yurij Mozharivskyj (McMaster U.) as the 2011
recipient. Mozharivskyj is being honored for having applied the techniques and
theory of crystallography at a high level in his exploration of the structure
property relationships in complex functional materials through the detailed
study of phenomena such as phase transitions, structural disorder, twinning and
diffuse scattering. He has also made important contributions towards the
development of the technique of high temperature, single crystal x-ray
diffraction on a laboratory source and has addressed other important problems
in a wide class of materials of intense current interest including
magnetocaloric, thermoelectric, and superconducting systems.
2010 Fankuchen Award to David Watkin
David Watkin (Oxford University) is the recipient of the
2010 Isidor Fankuchen Award. Watkin is most famous for his stewardship of the
crystallographic software package "CRYSTALS" for x-ray structure refinement and
analysis. The worldwide success of CRYSTALS, used by students, academics and
industrial users alike, can be attributed to its ease of use and to Watkin's
unceasing support of the software and its users. He continues to conduct
numerous training workshops, counsel users via e-mail, and is regularly invited
to give lectures on this software at institutes and scientific meetings
David could not attend the 2010 meeting to accept this award
but we are very pleased to have him attend the New Orleans Meeting and give his
award talk on Wednesday, June 1.
In 1987, Watkin also co-founded the biennial BCA
"Intensive Course in X-ray Structure Analysis". Over eight days of lectures and tutorials,
graduate students and postdoctoral researchers learn the fundamentals of
crystallographic analysis. He has also organized similar week-long computing
schools and workshops around the world. All who have studied with him name his
approachability, enthusiasm and ability to easily communicate difficult
concepts as factors contributing to his success as a teacher and an inspiration
for a whole generation of crystallographers.
Most impressive is the forethought with which Watkin
embarked on the "Age Concern" project with Judith Howard (Durham University) to
fill the hole that would be soon left when the current crystallographic
software designers worldwide retire and stop working. The project aims to
re-vitalize training in crystallographic software and innovative methods
development and to foster a new generation of scientists as software
David Watkin's sincere and reputed concern for the future of
crystallography and the new generation of crystallographers make him a worthy
recipient of the Fankuchen Award, which recognizes contributions to
crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of
The ACA recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of
crystallography to both mature and early career crystallographers
through the presentation of various annual Awards.
The following Awards will be presented at the 2011 meeting.
A. Patterson Award
To recognize and encourage outstanding research in the structure of
matter by diffraction methods, including significant contributions to
the methodology of structure determination and/or innovative
application of diffraction methods and/or elucidation of biological,
chemical, geological or physical phenomena using new structural
information. A monetary award of $1,500 and up to $1,500 travel
expenses to accept award at Annual Meeting, and a certificate are
awarded every three years.
2011 Winner: Keith Moffat, University of Chicago
E. A. Wood Science Writing Award
This award is named in honor of Elizabeth A. Wood, President of the ACA
in 1957 and author of science books for lay readers. Persons who have
written books or articles that bring science to the attention of a wider
audience are eligible. Successful nominees need not be
crystallographers or scientists and 'writing' could include artistic
efforts, museum displays, etc. Framed
artwork by V. Torrence, $1,500 cash and up to $1,500 travel expenses to
attend the Annual Meeting and a complimentary banquet
ticket are awarded.
2011 Winner: Prof. Daniel G. Nocera, M.I.T.
Margaret C. Etter Early
To recognize outstanding achievement and exceptional potential in
crystallographic research demonstrated by a scientist at an early stage
of their independent career. The award is established to honor the
memory of Professor Margaret C. Etter (1943-1992), who was a major
contributor to the field of organic solid-state chemistry. Established in 2002 as an annual award, it consists of a monetary award
of $1,000 and plaque. The winner will present a lecture at the American
Crystallographic Association Annual Meeting.
2011 Winner: Dr. Yurij Mozharivskyj
Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award
Each Special Interest Group (SIG) within the ACA has the opportunity to invite one student to receive an award and to present a lecture in one of the sessions organized by that SIG. Selections are based upon submitted abstracts and are independent of whether the student presenter originally requested an oral or poster presentation. Award winners are determined by the elected officers of the SIGs. Students who accept the invitation will receive a monetary award of $250, which is independent of any requests for support via the ACA Travel Awards.
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For outstanding poster presentations at this year's meeting.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Purchase your ticket at the time of your registration. Tickets are also available on site.
To nominate a scientist for an upcoming award, please fill out the Award
Nomination Form and mail it to:
ACA Award Nominations
P.O.Box 96 Ellicott Station
Buffalo, NY 14205