Thursday, October 29, 2015

[NMR] 2016 Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR: Application deadline is Oct 30, 2015

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The 4th U.S.-Canada Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR
Stowe, Vermont
January 10-15, 2016

Organizers: Mei Hong (MIT), Chris Jaroniec (Ohio State) and Bob Griffin (MIT)

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to encourage your students, postdocs, and senior associates to attend the 4th Winter School on Biomolecular Solid-State NMR, which will be held on January 10-15, 2016, in Stowe, Vermont. Similar to the three previous highly successful Winter Schools, this pedagogical meeting is aimed at students and postdocs in solid-state NMR as well as more senior scientists in related fields who are interested in entering this vibrant field. Our goals are to provide a focused week of teaching of the core concepts and practices in the increasingly multifaceted and complex field of biological solid-state NMR spectroscopy, and to encourage information sharing among different laboratories. Topics to be covered in the 4th Winter School include:

  • Basics of solid-state NMR: orientation-dependent NMR frequencies, MAS, tensors and rotations, density operator and its time evolution, dipolar recoupling, and average Hamiltonian theory.
  • Multidimensional correlation spectroscopy, resonance assignment and protein structure determination 
  • Theory of dipolar decoupling and polarization transfer
  • Pushing the sensitivity envelope: dynamic nuclear polarization and 1H detection
  • Effective "sensitivity enhancement" by non-uniform sampling
  • Solid-state NMR techniques for measuring molecular motion
  • Solid-state NMR techniques for measuring membrane protein orientation 
  • Beyond spin 1/2: NMR of quadrupolar nuclei 
  • Beating the 800-pound gorilla: NMR of membrane proteins 
  • XPLOR-NIH for structure calculation 
In addition to lectures, problem sets and their discussion sessions will be given at the meeting.

Speakers: The following people have agreed to give lectures:
Tim Cross (Florida State)
Philip Grandinetti (Ohio State)
Bob Griffin (MIT)
Mei Hong (MIT)
Chris Jaroniec (Ohio State)
Vladimir Ladizhansky (Guelph)
Len Mueller (UC Riverside)
Stanley Opella (UC San Diego)
Bernd Reif (Tech Univ Munich)
David Roynyak (Bucknell)
Charles Schwieters (NIH)
Robert Tycko (NIH)

Venue and transportation: The meeting will be held at the beautiful and historical Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. Stowe is accessible from airports in Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston, MA. A block of rooms has been reserved at the TFL. We anticipate space for ~70 attendees.

Cost: Room and board will be free for attendees. The registration fee is $425 for academic attendees and $600 for industrial attendees. 

Application: Interested students and postdocs should send the following application material as a single PDF file to The application material includes 1) a CV, 2) publication list, and 3) a 1-page description of your current research and your statement of interest in attending the Winter School. Please indicate your gender in the CV for the purpose of hotel room assignment. Please name this application file as ProfessorLastName_YourLastName_WS2016app.pdf. For example, the filename can be  “Mueller_ Smith_WS2016app.pdf”.

Application deadline: Friday, Oct 30, 2015. Given the space limitation, applications received after the above date may not be possible to be accommodated. 

Please distribute this announcement to members of your research group as well as to colleagues who may be interested in attending or sending their group members.

With kind regards,
Mei and Chris

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