Andy with model caption

Andy describes the work as a “new assessment strategy for X-ray diffraction data that shows that current standards force people to throw away useful data (because they think they are too noisy), and that keeping these additional data will allow every crystal structure to be about 10% more accurate”. The work was begun during Andy’s sabbatical with Kay Diederich at the University of Konstanz last year.

The Science article, entitled ” Linking crystallographic model and data quality”, is accompanied by a Perspective by Phil Evans, entitled “Resolving some old problems in protein crystallography”. Protein crystallographer Dale Tronrud comments that the new method has the “potential to alter the routine practice of crystallographers around the world and has applications to many fields beyond crystallography”. For more about the Science article, see Nick Houtman’s “X-ray Vision” piece in OSU’s Terra.

Congratulations Andy on “revealing how life works”.

Administered by the Genetics Society of America, the DeLill Nasser Awards are given twice a year to promising post-docs and graduate students to attend national or international meetings. Aided by the $1,000 cash award, Kyle attended the 11th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (“ECFG11”) in Marburg, Germany, in April 2012. He gave two talks, one (entitled “A dynamin-like protein affects both RIP and recombination”) in the session on “Genome Structure”, and one (entitled “Tracking homologous recombination by whole genome analysis”) at the Neurospora Satellite Meeting. This conference allowed him to meet some of his many European collaborators (from Germany, France and Austria) for the first time. It was also the first time that Kyle has traveled to Europe. Here he is shown after a spin on one of the original German mountain bikes, perhaps designed by Baron Drais himself.