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PDB Poster Prize Awarded at AsCA
Thanks to everyone who participated in the RCSB
PDB Poster Prize competition at the 8th Conference of the Asian
Crystallographic Association (AsCA) that took place November 4 through
7, 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan.
The RCSB PDB Poster Prize is awarded
to the best student poster related to macromolecular crystallography.
At AsCA, the judges interviewed the finalists for the prize, and
considered the engagement of the student in the work and their understanding
of it; the clarity of the presentation in terms of the hypothesis
being tested; the appropriateness of the approach; and the justification
of the conclusions drawn based on the data presented.
The award went to Serah Kimani for the poster "Why do nitrilases
need to form helices to be active?" (Trevor Sewell, Serah Kimani
(University of Cape Town), and Muhammed Sayed (University of the
Western Cape, South Africa)). Serah will receive a copy of International
Tables Volume B - Reciprocal space and a subscription to Science.
AsCA poster prize winner Serah Kimani
Judges: Mitchell Guss (University of Sydney), Sine Larsen (European
Synchrotron Radiation Facility), and Mike Lawrence (Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute of Medical Research).
Poster Prize Chairman: Jill Trewhella (University of Sydney)
Special thanks to the AsCA organizers and the Program Committee
Chairman Se Won Suh for their assistance with organizing the prize.
Congratulations to all of the 2007 RCSB PDB Poster Prize award winners.
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- The Protein Data Bank. (2000) Nucleic Acids Research,
28, pp. 235-242. nar.oupjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/28/1/235