Scientists in Synchrotron Radiation Techniques
By Serena DeBeer George
SSRL hosted the fourth annual structural molecular biology (SMB) summer
school August 16-20. The school focused on synchrotron-based techniques
and their application to biological problems. This yearís co-chairs were
staff scientists Hiro Tsuruta, Serena DeBeer George and Clyde Smith (all
SSRL Summer School
participants (Photo by Frances Liu)
The summer school opened with introductory talks on synchrotron
radiation and beam line optics. Three days of lectures included an
introduction to x-ray absorption spectroscopy, small angle x-ray
scattering and macromolecular crystallography, as well as covering basic
theory, experimental considerations and applications.
A day and a half of rotating practical sessions followed, giving the
students hands-on experience in data collection and analysis. This
yearís summer school was attended by 23 students and was led by a team
of 19 tutors, all of whom are recognized experts in their fields.
The lectures and practical sessions were enthusiastically received by
the participants, and we hope to build on the success of this yearís
summer school to make next yearís an even bigger success.
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