Down under

The most notable event of the Meeting of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia in Queenstown, New Zealand, April 1997 was the session devoted to the memory of the late Ted Maslen.

M. Spackman, gave an outstanding summary of Ted's scientific work. The membership of the SCA unanimously accepted a recommendation from the Council that the student awards to attend crystallographic meetings will henceforth be known as "E.N. (Ted) Maslen 1987 Studentships and Scholarships" to honor Ted's commitment to teaching and students and his role in chairing the organizing committee of the very successful 1987 IUCr congress held in Perth.

The relentless growth of protein crystallography in the region was heralded by the opening talk from G. Kleywegt who together with his Swedish colleague A. Jones has set out to inflict some of the accepted standards of small molecule crystallography onto the world of protein structure.

Mitch Guss