Congratulations to Dr Karen Robertson, from Nottingham University, for winning the CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists 2020 (CCDC Prize).
Hundreds of people have joined the CCDC and BACG at the Crystal Conversations virtual events this year - for tutorials, talks and tea breaks for solid form scientists of all disciplines. This month we built a community toolkit of resources that help you do great work.
The Sunshine Vitamin and COVID-19
Scientists have been looking for volunteers to take part in a new study to investigate the impacts of vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin', on the immune system. The study aims to determine whether taking vitamin D can help to increase immunity against respiratory diseases, including COVID-19, as some studies suggest a correlation between people with lower vitamin D levels and more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
This is the second blog in our CSD Educators series and I am delighted to introduce Chiara Massera from the University of Parma. In our CSD Educators series we will be hearing from lecturers and teachers about some of their experiences in education and their journey to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). Chiara is a passionate educator with twenty years experience teaching students. She has helped to organise several international crystallography schools including last years “Crystallographic Information Fiesta” in Naples. We asked Chiara to tell us more about her journey to teaching others about the wonders of crystallography.
We are delighted to announce the alpha release of a new CSD Sketcher as part of WebCSD, our online access to the CSD. Whilst you can continue to use the existing features of WebCSD for your research, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to try our new Sketcher and give us feedback on its future development.
The way we communicate science can have a significant impact on the way will be received, and ultimately how it will contribute to advancing knowledge. Videos can often better illustrate the message we want to send across when dealing with molecular structures - and it's simple to make them.
The final CCDC user group meeting of 2020 welcomed over 100 attendees. The virtual meeting saw presentations on new advances from diverse areas of structural science, and as a community we debated the future of in silico science through polls and discussion.
This is the first blog in our CSD Educators series and I am delighted to introduce Greg Ferrence - @FerrenceG - from Illinois State University. In our CSD Educators series we will be hearing from lecturers and teachers about some of their experiences in education and their journey to using the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). We wanted Greg to launch this series because not only has he used the CSD at his institution, but he has helped the CCDC shape our own educational resources and if that wasn’t enough he is currently doing a virtual sabbatical with us. We asked Greg to tell us about how he has used structural data to help inspire a new generation of scientists, his long standing collaboration with the CCDC and his journey to having a guest editor slot on our popular #FeaturedStructureFriday social media campaign.
We are delighted to announce that this week we launched a new workflow with The Journal of Organic Chemistry (JOC) to improve the processing of CIF files between the journal and the CCDC. This initiative has been possible through our continued partnership with ACS Publications and is a natural extension to the workflow that was successfully adopted by Crystal Growth & Design in 2016, and Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Letters, and Organometallics in 2017.
Registration opened today for the 7th CSP Blind Test - the leading challenge in crystal structure prediction. In 1988 Nature editor John Maddox called it "one of the continuing scandals in the physical sciences" that we could not take a 2D molecular structure and predict it's 3D form. This particular puzzle in computational science continues to challenge some of the best practitioners and developers of computational chemistry. Although tech giants have been turning their hand to scientific problems like protein folding, CSP is a very different kind of problem, and might just be a tougher nut to crack.