Crystallographic teaching commission newsletter

[Cranswick]Lachlan Cranswick
The first edition of the IUCr Teaching Commission newsletter (No. 1, June 2006) is available on-line as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file (

The theme of this edition is “Teaching Crystallographic Fundamentals”. (This Issue’s Editor is Lachlan Cranswick) Articles in the first issue include:

•IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Teaching
•Siena 2006 : IUCr School on Basic Crystallography
•Einstein’s tongue for teaching crystallography to biologists - Philippe Dumas, Julien Vanwinsberghe and Vincent Cura
•Crystallography Education and Training in the United States - Katherine A. Kantardjieff
•Crystallographic Teaching in Pakistan - Zia Khan
•A Guided Tour in Fourier Space - Fokke Tuinstra
•The British Crystallographic Association Intensive Courses in X-ray Structural Analysis - David Watkin
•Teaching of the Fundamentals of Crystallography - Dieter Schwarzenbach
•Teaching Crystallography and Related Subjects at Novosibirsk State University, Russia - Elena Boldyreva
•Crystallographic Teaching at the Laboratory of Inorganic Crystal Chemistry at Moscow State University, Russia - Evgeny Antipov
•M.Sc. Crystallography at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK - Alan L. Mackay

Addendum 1: reprint of webpages containing the (now defunct) Birkbeck College M.Sc. Crystallography Course Syllabus in its final form (taken from Jeremy Cockcroft’s website)

Addendum 2: mid 1950’s (rejected) submission on crystallography by J.D. Bernal et al to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The article was rejected as too long but it embodied the syllabus and intention of the Birkbeck College M.Sc. course in crystallography.

Call for Contributions to the Next Teaching Commission Newsletter: Providing there is enough interest, the second issue of the Teaching Commission Newsletter is expected to appear around June of 2007 with the primary theme to be determined. If no-one is else is co-opted, the newsletter will be edited by Lachlan Cranswick. Contributions would be also greatly appreciated on matters of general interest to the crystallographic teaching community. Please send articles and suggestions directly to the editor, Lachlan M.D. Cranswick ( ,