his summer, the RCSB PDB will be demonstrating the beta site and other tools and resources at a variety of meetings:

  • The RCSB PDB exhibit booth will be part of the American Chemical Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM; May 22-25, 2005; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). The Art of Science show will also be on view at The Gallery, a space dedicated to art exhibits at Rutgers University.

  • Kyle Burkhardt will be presenting "Using RCSB PDB tools to validate macromolecular structures" as part of the macromolecular structure validation workshop being held on Saturday May 28, in addition to the exhibit booth American Crystallographic Association Meeting (ACA; May 28 - June 2, 2005; Orlando, FL).

  • At the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference (June 25 - 29, 2005; Detroit, MI), beta site demonstrations will be the focus of the exhibit booth.

  • The RCSB PDB will be exhibiting alongside MSD-EBI and PDBj in the wwPDB stand at the XX Congress of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr; August 23-31 2005; Florence, Italy). Presentations about validation and mmCIF applications, as well as a round table discussion about Data Mining from the PDB, will also be part of the program.

The RCSB PDB Poster Prize will also be part of ACA and IUCr meetings, as well as at the Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB).

Further details about all of these events will be made available on the website. We look forward to seeing the diverse PDB community this summer!


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