Dr. Flora Meilleur chaired the 4th workshop on the applications of neutrons scattering in structural biology (BCH590E) hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) during June 24-28, 2013. Since the inaugural event in 2010, the workshop has increased in popularity and broadened to include graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and university faculty with diverse backgrounds and interests in structural biology. The workshop is structured to introduce the participants to neutron scattering techniques, instrumentation and data collection, analysis and interpretation and to expose them to cutting-edge research in neutron structural biology. Over 60 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and university faculty – from 34 premier universities and research institutions across the United States, with no prior neutron scattering experience have now participated.
Graduate student Annette Bodenheimer and Dr. Meilleur participated in an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) workshop in neutron scattering conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Spallation Neutron Source, February 25 through March 1. The workshop educated graduate students in the benefits of neutron scattering in (1) biological macromolecules and biomaterials, (2) the structure and dynamics of strongly correlated electronic materials, and (3) the design of artificial nanoscale materials.
IGERT is the NSF’s flagship interdisciplinary training program for PhD scientists and engineers from the United States. Since 1998, the program has made 215 awards to more than 100 universities in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and has provided funding for nearly 5,000 graduate students. Dr. Meilleur is a co-PI on an IGERT project led by Professor Haskell Taub, a Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri, Columbia, entitled “Neutron Scattering for the Science and Engineering of the 21st Century.”
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) hosted the third school on the applications of Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology (BCH590E) during June 4-8, 2012. This one-week intensive course is co-organized annually by the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University and the Neutron Sciences Directorate at ORNL. It aims at training future structural biologists on neutron scattering techniques. While the past editions had been opened to graduate students only, this year’s attendees also included post-doctoral research associates and faculty professors.