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Annual Spring Meeting - Summary
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.
EVENTS: PLENARY SESSION, TOUR, & POSTER SESSION
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:
- Adventures in Microelectronics
NDSU's new Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Presented by Dr. Gregory McCarthy, Director, NDSU Center for Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, North Dakota University, Fargo, ND
- Total Pattern Analysis
Using PDF-4 Relational Databases:
Instrumental Resolution, the Smith-Snyder Figure of Merit (SSFOM), and Total
Pattern Analysis (TPA)
Presented by Dr. John Faber, Principal Scientist, International Centre
for Diffraction Data, Newtown Square, PA
- Recent Progresses on Exploration
and Structural Determination of New Borates
Presented by Dr. Xiaolong L. Chen, Professor and Deputy Director,
Nanoscale Physics and Devies Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
- X-ray Analysis on
Mars: An Adventure with Spirit and Opportunity
Presented by Dr. Stan Mertzman, Dr. Earl D. Stage and Mary E. Stage
Chair, Department of Geology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster,
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.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING & THE ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS
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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & AWARDS
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
served as Deputy General Manager & Secretary of the corporation
from 1980 to 1983; Secretary/General Manager from 1983 to 1994; and
Executive Director in 2001. Most recently, Julian volunteered his
time and expertise by serving as ICDD Treasurer from 1996 to 2005.
was reluctantly accepted as the directors and members offered well
wishes in his future endeavors. We thank Julian for generously sharing
and talents with the organization during his tenure.
- Dr. Gregory
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!
NEW TREASURER ANNOUNCED
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,
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
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.