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In this, the International Year of Crystallography, S. Narasinga Rao has prepared a brochure intended to help explain to the layperson what crystallography is, what it can do and why it is important in our day-to-day lives. A timeline of many of the crystallographic accomplishments that were honored with Nobel Prizes appears in the brochure. This timeline is reproduced in this issue of the Newsletter (see below). The brochure is downloadable from (or direct link here), and copies are available from the American Crystallographic Association ( The brochure was designed by Vanessa Reitz.