Award Details

See below for more information on each award. Use this form to nominate a colleague.




  Awards Presented by the American Crystallographic Association
warren
 
Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2015

B. Warren Award

  To recognize an important recent contribution to the physics of solids or liquids using X-ray, neutron, or electron diffraction techniques. Works published within a six-year period ending June 30 of the year preceding the Award may be nominated. A monetary award of $1,500, and up to $1,500 travel expenses to accept the award at Annual Meeting, and a certificate are awarded every third year. Established in 1970 by students and friends of Professor B.E. Warren on the occasion of his retirement from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Recipient of 2015 Award:  Laurence Marks, Northwestern Univ.

Presentation of award at 2015 Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

 

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Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2015

 

M. J. Buerger Award

  To recognize mature scientists who have made contributions of exceptional distinction in areas of interest to the ACA. There are no restrictions as to nationality, race, sex, religion, or membership in the ACA. Awarded triennially in memory of Martin J. Buerger, Institute Professor Emeritus of M.I.T. and University Professor Emeritus of the University of Connecticut, a mineralogist who made major contributions to many areas of crystallography. Established in 1983. The first award was made in 1985. A monetary award of $1,500, and up to $1,500 in travel expenses to accept award at Annual Meeting.

 

Recipient of 2015 Award: Greg Petsko, Weill Cornell Medical College

Presentation of award at 2015 Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

 

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fankuchen
 
Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2016

I. Fankuchen Award

To recognize contributions to crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of crystallography. There are no geographic or age restrictions. The honoree delivers a lecture to the Association and at the recipient's home institution or at another institution of the recipient's choice. The Award consists of $2,500 and up to $2,500 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. Awarded every three years. Established in 1971 in memory of Dr. I. Fankuchen, Professor of Physics at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn from 1942 to 1964.

 

Next Award - 2016       Nominations deadline - April 1, 2015

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patterson
 
Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2014

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. Established in 1980.

 

Recipient of 2014 Award:  John Helliwell (Manchester Univ.)

Presentation of award at 2014 Meeting in Albuquerque, NM

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trueblood
 
Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2016

 K. Trueblood Award

To recognize exceptional achievement in computational or chemical crystallography. The award is established in memory of Professor Kenneth N. Trueblood, UCLA 1949-1998, who was a major force in the early use of computers and the development of crystallographic computer programs. He applied these programs to the examination of chemical and molecular details of many structures at the frontiers of research. His contribution to the famous work on vitamin B12 is one example. Professor Trueblood was a leader in the development of techniques for analysis of anisotropic motion and was also a superb teacher and a lucid author. Established in 2001, the award will be given every three years and consist of an honorarium of $1,500 and up to $1,500 in travel expenses to accept the award.

 

Next Award - 2016       Nominations deadline - April 1, 2015

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Presented every 3 years
Next Award: 2014

E. A. Wood Science Writing Award

  The 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. Nominations should include the titles of books, copies of articles, or other documentation and should be submitted to the ACA office by October 1. Selection of the winner will be made by ACA Council and presented at the Annual Meeting. Framed artwork by V. Torrence, $1,500 cash and up to $1,500 travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting to accept the award and complimentary banquet ticket. Awarded every three years. Established in 1997. 

 

 Recipient of 2014 Award:  Dan Rabinovich, (Univ. of North Carolina)

Presentation of award at 2014 Meeting in Albuquerque, NM

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Etter
 
Presented annually
 
Nominations are collected year round. The final decision is based upon those nominations received as of May 1 of the current year.

 

 

Margaret C. Etter Early Career Award

  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. Her work particularly emphasized the use of hydrogen bonds and co-crystals. In addition to a large body of experimental work she was the major force in devising a set of rules known as graph sets to describe hydrogen bonds in a way that revealed similarities between structures without being tied up in the crystallographic details. Her experience teaching at an undergraduate institution and in working in both an industrial and academic setting gave her an unusually broad perspective from which to mentor students and to support and encourage colleagues. She had a love for people, for science, and especially for people who do science, that we honor. 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.

 

Scientists involved in crystallographic research in the broadest sense will be eligible for the award. At the time of the closing date for nominations, nominees must be no more than 12 years beyond the awarding of their Ph.D. degree, not including career breaks, and must have begun their first independent (not postdoctoral) position within the past 10 years. Nominees employed in tenure-track academic positions must not yet have received tenure. Nominations must include a nomination letter clearly indicating accomplishments since the nominee began an independent career and assessing future potential. Additional supporting letters and a c.v. for the nominee may be provided but are not requirements. Self-nominations are permitted. Nominees may be employed in academia (including service crystallography), in industry or in government laboratories.

 

Recipient of 2015 Award:  Yan (Jessie) Zhang, Univ. of  Texas at Austin

Presentation of award at 2015 Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

 

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Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award

  Each Scientific 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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Charles E. Supper Instrumentation Award

To recognize scientists who have made exceptional contributions to crystallographic instrumentation. Charles Supper emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1925, bringing an ability to fabricate almost anything mechanical. While at M.I.T. during the late 1930s, he collaborated with Martin Buerger in the development of the precession camera. This instrument was to become the most significant single-crystal camera of the second half of the century. By 1941, he recognized the need for a company to manufacture and supply high quality, easy-to-use, reasonably-priced instruments for the X-ray crystallographer and he founded the Charles Supper Company. Mr. Supper's innovative designs and methods led to the commercial availability of the Buerger precession cameras, the Weissenberg camera, Debye-Scherrer powder cameras, goniometer heads, devices to fabricate crystal and protein models, film measuring instruments and other useful diffraction accessories. In the mid 1960s, the firm also became a major distributor for various crystallographic products created by others. The Supper Award is given periodically and consists of an honorarium to present a lecture at the annual meeting. The Charles Supper fund was established by his son, Lee, in appreciation to the community of X-ray diffraction scientists for their continued support throughout the years.

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Presented every 3 years
Next Award Presentation: 2016

Bau Neutron Diffraction Award

The award is in memory of Professor Robert Bau, University of Southern California (1969-2008) and President of ACA in 2006.  A much beloved teacher and mentor, Professor Bau made major contributions to the development of the technique of single-crystal neutron diffraction and to its applications in chemical and biomacromolecular crystallography.  Established in 2010 and presented triennially, this award will recognize exceptional research achievement in neutron diffraction and consists of an honorarium of $1,500 in cash and reimbursement up to an additional $1,500 for travel expenses to accept the award and to deliver the award lecture at an ACA annual meeting. The first award is to be given in 2013.

 

Next Award - 2016       Nominations deadline - April 1, 2015

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ACA Public Service Awards

To recognize a non-crystallographer for contributions to science policy, to science funding, or to communication of crystallography to the general public. Awarded on an irregular basis at the discretion of the ACA Council. Recipient will receive $1500 in travel expenses.

 

Past Recipients

2004   Madeleine Jacobs

2000   Purnell Choppin

1998    Senator George Brown (CA)

In recognition of his efforts to protect the environment and his strong support of government funding for scientific research.

1989    Mike McCormack

In recognition of his leadership and expertise in science and energy while a member of the U.S. Congress and for his continued efforts to science and the scientific community.

1988    William Nelson

Support of funding fundamental science in particular, crystal growth experiments aboard space shuttles.

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ACA Service Awards

To recognize and honor the dedicated efforts of ACA members who voluntary work behind the scenes on the business of the organization. Volunteer contributions which would qualify a person this award include: outstanding performance on any of our Committees, Scientific Interest Group, any contributions of exceptional value to our members. Excluded as qualifying contributions are those performed while in highly visible positions within the ACA - Program and Local Chairs for annual meetings, and members of the ACA Council. The award consists of a certificate and a small gift.

Previous winners:

2002  S.N. Rao
2001  
Jeffrey Deschamps
2000 
R. Stenkamp, J. Flippen-Anderson
1998  
B. Craven, R. Sparks, B.-C. Wang
1994  
B. Morrison, D. Eggleston, Martha Teeter
1992 
Linda Hannick and Marvin Hackert
1990 
Connie Chidester, Drake Eggleston, Richard Harlow, Martha Teeter, Adrian Wright, David Zacharias
1991  
Jane Griffin, T. Huang, Howard Einsphar, Hugo Steinfink, Bill Gleason

ACA Fellows

The ACA Council has established a Fellows program. It serves to recognize a high level of excellence in scientific research, teaching, and professional duties, but also service, leadership, and personal engagement in the ACA and the broader world of crystallography and science. Our Fellows program celebrates the excellence of our own members from within the ACA, and promotes their recognition worldwide to constituencies outside of the ACA, such as their employers, other scientific societies, and the government. ACA Fellows will serve as scientific ambassadors to the broader scientific community and the general public to advance science education, research, knowledge, interaction, and collaboration. This program allows us to significantly recognize and honor a broader cross-section of the membership than was previously possible with other, more specific awards. We envision that eventually about 5% of the membership will be recognized as Fellows, and will announce new inductees and honor all ACA Fellows at the annual Awards Banquet.  Click here for a list of ACA Fellows.

 

The procedure for nominating and selecting Fellows is as follows: A nomination package must be completed by the nominator, who must be an ACA member. In a cover letter, a case should be made for how the proposed Fellow meets the above criteria.  A brief CV must also be provided, as well as two letters from other ACA members supporting the nomination. Nominations will then be passed to all current Fellows, who will be asked to vote on the suitability of the candidates. Fellows will be appointed by the ACA Council if a majority of those Fellows voting are in favor.

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