ACA History Portal
From RefleXions Spring 2014
In the winter issue of ACA RefleXions the launch of the History Portal, the new ACA website, was announced. A brainchild of V. Pett and J. Flippen-Anderson, the History Portal collects multimedia material about notable scientists who contributed to the development of crystallography, and branches off from the Living History series that has been featured in several issues of RefleXions.
A brief text in the 'History Home' page explains the idea behind the History Portal. In the 'People' section, readers can browse the written contributions of different scientists and a panoply of other biographical material, while through the 'Videos' page they can watch 'Award' and 'Historical' videos hosted on YouTube. Two award and two historical videos are now available on the Portal: D. Watkins's presentation in honor of the 2010 Fankuchen Award and R. Hamlin's celebration talk for the Charles Supper Award in 2012, and lectures given by S. Byram and D. Caspar at the 2012 ACA annual meeting in Boston, entitled, respectively, 'Evolution of Small Molecule Instrumentation in North America' and 'Origins of Structural Biology and Trials and Errors in its History: An Idiosyncratic View'.