September 17, 2004  


Educating 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 SMB).

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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Last update Wednesday September 15, 2004 by Emily Ball