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Meet the RCSB PDB at ACA

05/23

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From May 26-30, RCSB PDB will be at the 2016 Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) in New Orleans, LA.

Of special interest will be Director Emerita Helen's Berman's award presentation on Community Building Challenges for the Protein Data Bank.

Helen is the inaugural recipient of the ACA Award that honors the memory of David G. Rognlie. David (Dave) Rognlie was a dedicated and much loved member of the crystallographic community, interacting over many years with a large number of scientists through his activities as owner of Blake Industries which sold diffractometer equipment including Huber equipment. The award embodies Dave's values and personality; his generosity of spirit, optimism, selflessness, and unstinting desire to help others to succeed in their endeavors. Dave played a particular role in the X-ray synchrotron community, but also maintained wide-ranging interests in science and the people behind the work.

This award recognizes Helen’s accomplishments toward enabling a freely-available and uniform worldwide archive of 3D structural information for biomedical research and education. Her passion for making structural data accessible and understandable by a broad community has driven the development of the Protein Data Bank into a vital and accessible international resource for biology. In the early 1970’s, Helen was a champion of the open access of scientific information; a concept which while obvious today, was truly visionary at the time.

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The RCSB PDB Poster Prize will also be awarded to recognize a student poster presentation involving macromolecular crystallography.