Scientific Interest Groups

Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs) are a vital part of the ACA. There are fourteen SIGs that each represent a particular discipline within the field of crystallography, allowing members to focus on their area of specialty while retaining access to interaction with the entire range of crystallographic techniques and applications. Any member may join however many SIGs they wish. There are no additional fees association with SIG membership.

SIGs exist to give members the opportunity to focus on specialty areas while remaining connected to the entire scope of crystallographic applications. Joining a SIG means finding individuals within the larger network who have common scientific goals, challenges and interests. 

SIGs are responsible for defining the program at annual meetings. Each SIG is charges with organizing at least one half-day session every two years. This is a great opportunity for members to get involved in the ACA at a grass roots level and have a direct impact upon the annual meeting.

By joining the ACA you will have the ability to join as many SIG's as you wish and start to connect with members with similar backgrounds and goals.  When you join a the ACA and SIG's you broaden your network of peers and colleagues and get to enter a unique community of scientists that share your interests and areas of focus.  

Scientific Interest Groups represent the social networking within the ACA designed to:

  • Encourage stimulating scientific exchange
  • Promote collaboration within specific areas of focus throughout the crystallographic community 
  • Provide opportunities to involve new, current and retired members in the organization

 

The BPDAA SIG was created to join the major effort in the international community to standardize best practices in data analysis and archival and further, to improve community involvement in these best practices. 

CHAIR 2018: Nicholas Sauter 
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: John Rose 
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Suzanna Ward

 Best Practices SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The BioMac SIG focuses on characterization of biological macromolecules, particularly proteins and nucleic acids, using a variety of structural methods such as X-ray crystallography, NMR, EM and SAXS.  

CHAIR 2018: Elizabeth Goldsmith
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Christopher Colbert
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Krystle J McLaughlin

BioMac SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

As the North American Regional Affiliate of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), the ACA plays a significant role in promoting the applications and techniques of crystallography beyond U.S. borders.  The ACA represents all of North and South America to the global scientific community.  Canada is the largest single country outside the United States to contribute to the goals and purposed of the ACA.  The Canadian Division exists therefore to promote the interests of Canadian members and to provide for an elected official to represent these interest on the ACA Council.

CHAIR 2018/2019: David Rose
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2017-2018: Marcia Chaudet

Canadian Division SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The Cryo-EM SIG reflects the rapidly growing interest in use of CryoEM methods within the structural biology community, and perfectly coincides with the recent Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to CryoEM pioneers Jacque Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson. 

CHAIR 2018: Catherine Lawson
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Rui Zhao
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Dominika Borek

Cyro-EM SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

 

The Fiber SIG represents the interests of fiber diffraction specialists and application of fiber diffraction in interdisciplinary studies.  This is a diverse group that employs the use of X-rays, neutrons and elections in diffraction experiments in addition to modern computational molecular modeling approaches.  

CHAIR 2018: Paul Langan
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Joseph Orgel
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Rama Sashank Madurapantula

Fiber SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The General Interest SIG provides a forum for presenting topics of general interest that are outside the scope of the other sessions organized by the SIG's at the annual meetings.  The General Interest SIG also has an educational mandate executed in close collaboration with the Education Committee.  

CHAIR 2018: Mike Takase
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Joseph Tanski
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Christine Beavers

General Interest SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The Industrial SIG represents the interest and activities of industrial scientists for the advancement of all aspects of the application of crystallographic techniques in industrial settings and to promote communication between scientists working with crystallography in the industry.  

CHAIR 2018: Anna Gardberg
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Angela Criswell
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Edward Pryor

Industrial SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 


The domain of the Light Sources SIG is extremely intense X-ray sources such as storage rings and X-ray lasers.  SIG members develop technology and methods to optimize crystal structure determination using these sources, as well as to perform novel experiments and not possible with laboratory X-ray generators.  

CHAIR 2018: Pawel Grochulski
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Ray Sierra

Light Sources SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

 

The Materials SIG promotes the development and application of crystallographic tools and methods necessary to tackle materials problems ranging from catalysis and sustainability to fundamental chemistry and physics.  

CHAIR 2018: Karena Chapman
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Fernando Uribe-Romo
PAST CHAIR: Paul Forster

Materials SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The Neutron Scattering SIG promotes all aspects of the applications of neutron scattering techniques and those scientists who practice them.   

CHAIR 2018: Brent Melot
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Craig Bridges
PAST CHAIR: John Greedan

Neutrons SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

 

The Powder Diffraction SIG advocates for scientists that utilize or further develop powder diffraction techniques to investigate the structures of compounds and materials.  

CHAIR 2018: Daniel Shoemaker
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Stuart Calder
PAST CHAIR: Olaf Borkiewicz

Powder SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The purpose of the Service SIG is to further the advancement of all aspects of the application of service crystallographic techniques and to promote communication between persons interested in such techniques and results.  We are a group of friendly, supportive colleagues and a great resource in questions related to service crystallography and beyond.   

CHAIR 2018: Jeff Bacon
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Shao-Liang Zheng
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Michael Takase

Service SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The SAS SIG represents the small angle scattering community to advance SAS techniques and facilitate communication among researchers.  These techniques utilize both neutron and X-ray source to extract structural and dynamic information for materials and macromolecules.  

CHAIR 2018: Thomas Weiss
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Thomas Fitzgibbons
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Su-Yin Wang

Small Angle Scattering SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

The Small Molecules SIG promotes and and all applications of crystallographic techniques to the determination, analysis and presentation of structures of small molecules.  This group is very active in sponsoring scientific sessions that focus on cutting edge areas of small molecule discovery and application. 

CHAIR 2018: Graciela Diaz deDelgado
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Karah Knope
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2018-2019: Nichole Valdez

Small Molecules SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents

 

 

The YSIG addresses the needs and concerns of students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are making the transition from education to the workplace or research establishments.  Those early on in their careers will find an abundance of resources for networking, job opportunities and exchange ideas and research techniques.  

CHAIR 2018: Chelsy Chesterman
CHAIR-ELECT 2018/CHAIR 2019: Korey Carter
SECRETARY-TREASURER 2017-2018: Anastasiya Vinokur

Young Scientist SIG Bylaws/Constitution/Governing Documents