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ICDD Spring Meetings
During the week of 14-18 March 2005, ICDD members gathered at the Newtown Square Headquarters office for their spring meetings. This annual event provided forums for scientists, representing a wide range of disciplines, to discuss the business and technical aspects of the ICDD and the Powder Diffraction File. Members, many of who represent leaders in the XRD & XRF fields, also benefited from interactions with peers working in various fields of materials characterization, often in environments similar to their own.

ICDD’s committees, subcommittees, task groups and directors met in accordance with this schedule.

Chaired by ICDD’s Executive Director, Dr. Tim Fawcett, this year’s Plenary Session focused on X-rays – Near and Far. The talks ranged from nanometers to gigameters, taking the audience from atomic scale materials to the surface of Mars. Many thanks are extended to our plenary speakers for their contributions:

Following the plenary, members and guests were treated to a taste of spring as they visited Longwood Gardens, the world’s premier horticultural display garden, located in Kennett Square, PA. Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens. Attendees perused some of the 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows, offering glimpses of nearly 11,000 different types of plants.

A technical poster session and accompanying reception completed Tuesday’s activities. The Concordville Inn, adjacent to the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Concordville, hosted ICDD’s the Spring Meetings’ poster session. This event provided attendees yet another venue to communicate their studies and exchange information with fellow scientists. Watch for the publication of the poster abstracts in the June issue of Powder Diffraction.

The Technical Committee Meeting served as a summary of all subcommittee activities and brought forth all motions requiring Board of Directors’ approval. The Regional Co-chairs in attendance also provided a summary of ICDD related activities in their area of the world: Xiaolong Chen of China and Evgeny Antipov, representing the Newly Independent States. Minutes of the individual subcommittee meetings will be posted on this site, as they become available.

James Kaduk chaired the Annual Meeting of Members. He opened the meeting by welcoming our overseas guests and first-time attendees. Tim Fawcett, Executive Director, reported on Board of Directors’ and headquarters’ activities and ICDD’s strategic plans. Treasurer, Julian Messick, reviewed the financial status of the organization. Awards, Grant-in-Aid, Membership, Scholarship, Denver X-ray Conference and the Technical Committees also reported. In preparation for the 2006 election of officers and directors, Terry Maguire, Corporate Secretary, solicited volunteers from the active membership to serve on the Nominating Committee. Jim Kaduk took this opportunity to recognize members who were honored for their ICDD achievements.

The Annual Meeting of Members presented a venue for recognizing several members’ service and contributions to the PDF, the ICDD, and the scientific community as a whole.

  • Following nearly 40 years of service, Julian Messick was honored for the various roles in which he served the ICDD. Hired in 1966, Julian was employed by the ICDD as the PDF Production Manager, and more notably, served as Deputy General Manager & Secretary of the corporation from 1980 to 1983; Secretary/General Manager from 1983 to 1994; and Interim Executive Director in 2001. Most recently, Julian volunteered his time and expertise by serving as ICDD Treasurer from 1996 to 2005. His resignation was reluctantly accepted as the directors and members offered well wishes in his future endeavors. We thank Julian for generously sharing his time and talents with the organization during his tenure.
  • Dr. Gregory McCarthy, North Dakota University, Fargo, ND, was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Fellow award. The leadership and vision displayed in Greg’s historical efforts were instrumental in structuring the foundation of the modern ICDD organization, and contributed to the success that ICDD experiences today in serving as the world’s center for diffraction data. Through this award, the ICDD recognizes Greg’s volunteer efforts and extends its deep appreciation. Congratulations to Greg!

Congratulations to Dave Taylor of the United Kingdom who was named as the new ICDD Treasurer by the Board of Directors. Dave has been actively involved with the ICDD since 1999, and has served the organization in many capacities: Regional Co-chair for the United Kingdom, Director-at-Large, member of the Finance and Bylaws Committees, and Board liaison to the Education Subcommittee. Dave, along with his wife Ann, often represents ICDD at international meetings by attending the ICDD exhibit booth. As an active member, former Industrial Group Chairman, and Council member of the British Crystallographic Association, Dave also brings to the ICDD his five years of experience as the BCA treasurer.

Following recommendation from the Membership Committee and BoD approval, twelve applicants were elected to membership, adding to the existing 302 active members. ICDD welcomes its newest members, and looks forward to their contributions:

1. Thierry Bataille, Universite de Rennes I, France
2. Ralph Gilles, TU Darmstadt, Germany
3. Allen Burton, Chevron Texaco, Richmond, CA
4. Curt Haltiwanger, Cephalon, Inc., West Chester, PA
5. Iuliana Dragomir-Cernatescu, Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA
6. Sandeep Kohli, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
7. Harlan Clark, Rio Rancho, NM
8. Zhenhong Mai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, People's Republic of China
9. John Mansfield, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
10. Stanislaw Pikus, University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska, Lublin, Poland
11. Stephen Miller, Rockville, MD
12. Valery Vlasenko, Rostov State University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia


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Mark your calendar and join us for the 2006 ICDD Spring Meetings which will be held 20-24 March 2006.


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