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ICDD Newsletter Volume 9 Issue 2
2011 Spring Meetings Summary

Members of the International Centre for Diffraction Data met during the week of 14 March 2011 for the Annual Spring Meetings.

Members from 11 countries gathered, along with staff and guests, at ICDD headquarters, Newtown Square, PA, to learn about ICDD’s educational events, database and product developments over the past year, and to reconnect with one another. Throughout the week, various committees, subcommittees and task groups met for special-interest discussions.

For the first time ever, the ICDD offered a live, online broadcast of the Technical Committee Meeting and the Annual Meeting, which took place on Thursday, 17 March. Several talks from these meetings will be available online for rebroadcasting at a future date.

2011 Plenary Speakers
L. Dubrovinsky, V. Petkov, C. Crowder, R. Rizzi, S. Kabekkodu

Many were in attendance for the plenary session, which was held on Tuesday, 15 March. This year’s plenary featured five international speakers: Dr. Cyrus Crowder and Dr. Soorya Kabekkodu, International Centre for Diffraction Data, U.S.A., gave a joint talk entitled, Implementation of Modulated and Composite Structures in the Powder Diffraction File; Dr. Valeri Petkov, Central Michigan University, U.S.A., spoke on Structural Characterization of Non-crystalline Materials by Non-traditional X-ray Diffraction; Dr. Rosanna Rizzi, Istituto di Cristallografia-Bari, Italy, gave a talk entitled, From X-ray Powder Diffraction Pattern to Structure Solution through New Algorithms, Strategies and Tips: The EXPO Program; and Professor Dr. Leonid Dubrovinsky, University of Bayreuth, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany, gave a talk titled, Look at the Earth’s Interior with X-rays through a Diamond Window.

Social Event
National Constitution Center Special Exhibit

After the plenary session, members, staff and guests traveled to historic Philadelphia for an enlightening afternoon at the National Constitution Center. The Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness about the U.S. Constitution. Guests enjoyed a film and live-acted show, “Freedom Rising,” which explains how the Constitution came into existence and its relevance today. The trip to the Constitution Center also included a special exhibit entitled, Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America. The exhibit, originally displayed in the International Spy Museum, illustrates the challenge of securing the United States without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.

Champagne Toast
Champagne Toast at the Poster Session

The day concluded with a poster session, in which 22 posters were on display, and reception in the Gold Ballroom at the Concordville Inn. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the ICDD, and to celebrate, a champagne toast was given by Dr. Tim Fawcett, Executive Director. The evening gave ICDD members and staff the opportunity to display their research and discuss with one another their studies and findings.

The week’s end brought to conclusion another successful and productive Annual Spring Meeting for all who were in attendance. 

UPCOMING ICDD EVENTS

Clinics

Practical XRF
2-6 May 2011

Fundamentals of XRD
6-10 June 2011

Advanced Methods in XRD
13-17 June 2011

PPXRD-10

PPXRD-10:
16-19 May 2011

Workshops

Handheld XRF Workshop
11-13 October 2011

Rietveld Refinement & Indexing 1 & 2
17-21 October 2011

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