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SAS99 and other SA_SCat news

  • Subject: SAS99 and other SA_SCat news
  • From: "John D. Barnes" <john.barnes@nist.gov>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Aug 98 11:42:26 -0400
Dear Colleagues;
     The edition of SA_Scat News containbs updates on a couple of items. 
Be sure to cherck the SAS Worldwide web pages at http://www.nist.gov/sas 
for any items that I might miss in this letter.

I. SAS99 (aka SAS XI)

     Yesterday I received a first announcement for SAS99 (aka SAS XI) in 
my mailbox. This is the latest editioon in the triennial series of 
international SAS Congress that the community has been putting on since 
1965. They are perhaps our most valuable resource for communicating the 
latest and greatest research findings, analysis techniques, and news 
about instrumentation.

     Every subscriber to this list should do the following:

     1. Check out the web site at http://sas99.bnl.gov/sas99
     2. Put the event on your calendars for 16 to 20 May 1999
     3. Indicate your intent to present a paper or poster
     4. Let the organizers know what you would like to see in the way of 

     Brookhaven National Lab is a relatively easy place to travel to. It 
also has a high interest quotient as a leading center of SAS science.

     The printed first announcement is pretty terse, so that you will 
need to refer to the Web pages for more information regarding workshops, 
the scientific program, social activities, ancillary activities, etc.

     I hope to see all of you there. I am pretty excitied about the 
prospects for this meeting given its easy accessibility to a number of 
junior North Amercian scientists, who have found it difficult to travel 
to Europe and Brazil.


     The XVIII World Congress of the International Union of 
Crystallography, scheduled for the 4th to the 13th of August 1999 in 
Glasgow, Scotland is another opportunity for SAS practitioners to present 
their work to a high-profile international audience. As at the XVII 
Congress in Seattle, the number of pure SAS sessions will be somewhat 
limited, but there should be a lot of interesting stuff regarding 
instrumentation and studies in related areas. 
     The web pages are a little spartan at this time. I used 
http://www.us.iucr.org/iucr-top/cong/18/index.html, but folks in other 
parts of the world will want to refer to their local IUCr mirror site.
     SAS Commission members Terence Sabine and Jeff penfold have been 
corresponding with the program Committee. Let's hope that  they can get 
us a couple fo good sessions.

III. ACA 98 - Arlington, VA 17-24 July.

     The SAS Component of the meeting started off with a workshop on "DAT 
Handling for Small-Angle Scattering." Malcolm Capel, Jan Skov Pedersen, 
and Dmitri Svergun carried the main burden of presenting a day-long 
series of interesting lectures. The handouts, prepared form the speakers' 
transparencies, ran to 12 pages. Thank you, dear colleagues, for helping 
with this.
     There were about 16 attendees with varying epxperience levels. Most 
of them stuck it thorugh to the end and the discussion was enthgusiastic. 
On this basis I would count the workshop a success.
     In a certain sense this workshop was a beta version of "CanSAS II" - 
which will take place in conjunction with SAS99. This will be a great 
opportunity for everyone in the SAS Community to get up to speed on 
activities in the area of data handling.
     Jill Trewhella is to be c ommended for the excellent job that she 
did preparing two topical sessions for the ACA Small-Angle SIG at this 
meeting. I hope that Jill is recovering from her serious bout with Poison 
Ivy, which forced her to make an early return to New Mexico.
     I was also very pleased to see SAS content in other sessions. I hope 
that this is a harbinger of more activity on the part of the members of 
the ACA Small-Angle SIG. These folks will be mainly supporting SAS99 next 
year, but their will be an effort to show the flag at the 1999 ACA Annual 
Meeting, which is to be held in Buffalo the week following SAS99. Some of 
our members may want to tack participation in that meeting onto their 
SAS99 trip. Look for a Call for Papers announcement fairly soon.

Best Wishes

Dr. John D. Barnes                       email: john.barnes@nist.gov
NIST Polymer Structure and Mechanics Grp Voice: 301-975-6786
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