ICDD Technical Committee Minutes

2005 Education Subcommittee Meeting Minutes
17 March 2005
ICDD Headquarters
C. Segre, Chairman

1. Call to Order

C. Segre introduced himself as the new Education Subcommittee Chairman.

2. Appointment of Minutes Secretary

D. Flaherty is appointed as Minutes Secretary.

3. Approval of Minutes from Last Meeting

C. Segre posted the minutes from the 2004 Education Subcommittee meeting for approval from the committee. J. Kaduk moved to approve the motions. T. Blanton seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

4. Review of Mission Statement

C. Segre posted and read the Education Subcommittee Mission Statement:

“The Education Subcommittee shall be responsible for developing educational materials, implementing workshops, audio-visual programs, and special sessions at meetings concerned with the acquisition and utilization of diffraction data with emphasis on the PDF and its manual and automated search/match systems. Also, it encourages the teaching of powder diffraction methods in educational institutions.”

5. Board of Directors' Liaison Report

There were no motions brought to the BOD from the 2004 Education Subcommittee meeting, therefore a report from the BOD Liaison was not necessary.

6. Old Business

a. XRF and XRD Clinics

L. Mooney presented a Power Point presentation on the 2004 Clinics and also a preview of the 2005 Clinics.

b. Recent and Upcoming Workshops/Clinics

T. Maguire presented a Power Point presentation on Educational outreach programs that were organized in the Conference Services Department of ICDD for the year 2004, and also gave an update on the programs that ICDD will be participating in for the year 2005.

c. Denver X-ray Conference

T. Maguire presented a Power Point presentation on the 2004 Denver X-ray Conference.

T. Blanton questioned if the one-day workshop that PANalytical held at ICDD was in direct competition with PPXRD. T. Maguire fielded the question and responded that PANalytical's one-day workshop was actually a training session geared towards PANalytical customers, and that the information focused on only their software and instruments. The program did not compete with PPXRD. J. Faber confirmed T. Maguire's answer.

J. Faber responded to T. Maguire's presentation on PPXRD with the comment that although the symposium attracted only 62 attendees (80 being the idealistic number), the advantage to the small group was that it increased the amount of networking between attendees. The response from attendees that he received regarding the networking opportunity was highly positive.

7. New Business

C. Segre asked J. Kaduk to begin the discussion on New Business. J. Kaduk reminded the committee that one of ICDD's main objectives is education. The Education Subcommittee therefore serves as a key component regarding one of ICDD's main responsibilities. J. Kaduk then presented the committee with three topics to discuss:

a. Review of Clinic Content & Materials

Content and materials used for the clinics has become more contemporary within the last five years, however, it might be useful to have the Education Subcommittee review the curriculum, and make suggestions or improvements.

Would also like the Subcommittee to review the Education packets that ICDD sells, and make sure that it meets the needs of the educators.

b. XRD III – Advanced Techniques

Rietveld Analysis is in high demand with diffractionists, and has be. come the most popular workshop at the Denver X-ray Conference. Georgia Tech has run a Rietveld Workshop in the past, but it has not been offered in the last few years. The Education Subcommittee should consider/evaluate the market and perhaps move forward with plans for ICDD to organize a Rietveld and/or Indexing workshop. This would be an advanced and specialized workshop.

c. Closer Cooperation in Education with: Vendors, ACA Summer Schools, and Universities.

ICDD has great relationship with instrument vendors, who offer training to their customers.

ACA is running summer schools (Small Molecule Crystallography and Macro Molecular Crystallography) that ICDD should be interested in. J. Kaduk is attending an Education Summit, sponsored by ACA, that will develop curriculum recommendations for crystallographic education in the U.S. J. Kaduk will represent ICDD at the meeting and then report to the Education Subcommittee regarding ideas and suggestions that develop during the summit.


Review of Clinic Content & Materials:

T. Blanton noted to the Education Subcommittee that the XRD Clinic Instructors hand out evaluations at the end of each clinic regarding the course content, and then make adjustments to the curriculum accordingly.

C. Segre suggested that a Task Group be formed to evaluate the content of the ICDD Clinics and Educational Programs. Volunteers for the task group were: T. Blanton, C. Segre, J. Kaduk, S. Misture, C. Hubbard and D. Louer.

XRD III – Advanced Techniques:

C. Segre would like to defer this issue until he has time to evaluate the current content of XRD II course material.

G. Havrilla questioned whether the advanced workshop would specifically be a Rietveld Workshop.

J. Faber commented that there is not enough time in XRD II to really go deep into the topics, so a third advanced workshop would be valuable.

L. Mooney questioned why Georgia Tech no longer ran their workshop. J. Kaduk responded that he did not know the reason. It was established that attendance ran at ~20 attendees.

C. Segre noted that a two-week program would only draw people in education. Diffractionists working in the industry would not be able to take that amount of time away from work. He suggests a three-day program to draw more people.

C. Crowder asked if there was any consideration of a teleconference course. A program where attendees would “sign on” once a week for approximately four hours. This would involve no travel time. C. Segre responded that he runs several Internet classes online at the Master's level. It works well, however, a hands-on workshop in always preferred.

E. Antipov asked about student input (students who will attend or have attended the ICDD Clinics), and questioned if the students were evaluated before the Clinic began. T. Maguire responded that clinic attendees are given questionnaires before the program begins evaluating their level of expertise and experience so that instructors may fine-tune the clinic for their needs.

P. Lee suggested that an advanced course be offered once every 2 or 3 years. The curriculum should be tailored to the audience.

Closer Cooperation in Education With: Vendors, ACA Summer Schools, and Universities:

C. Segre suggested that liaisons are assigned. J. Kaduk volunteered to be the liaison for ACA. P. Lee is recruited by C. Segre to help out, and J. Faber volunteered to be the liaison with international vendors.

On the above three topics, J. Kaduk asked C. Segre for a report from the task group to the ICDD Board of Directors by the next BOD meeting in August at IUCr, Florence, Italy.

Other New Business:

C. Hubbard questioned if there are any ISO Certification needs for the industrialists working in XRD laboratories. M. Davidovich responded that the FDA would eventually impose such regulations in the next five years.


8. Adjournment