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  Introduction to Crystals and Crystal Growth
Aztech Crystals

The International Space Station will be home to a team of international astronauts conducting many important experiments in the foreseeable future. One of those experiments involves the science of Macromolecular Crystallography. Learn about how crystals are grown and participate in a great science lecture with Drs. Long and Moore from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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The session will begin with a general description of crystals including a discussion of the various types of crystals, including mineral crystals, metals, and, the focus of this experiment, protein crystals. We will then move on to a description of the underlying processes of crystal growth, in particular protein crystal growth. Drs. Long and Moore will explain several methods for crystal growth, focusing on vapor diffusion, the method used in this experiment. Students will then discover the importance of crystal growth and how it can effect their lives. Here, the focus will be on the discovery of new drugs to treat illnesses such as influenza. Finally, Drs. Long and Moore will bring the students into the exciting world of space flight. Students will learn about the importance of growing crystals in space and how the differences in gravity affect crystal growth. At the end of the session students will be permitted to type in questions which will be answered live by Drs. Long and Moore.

Dr. Marianna Long, Ph.D., is associate director of the Center for Macromolecular Crystallography, which she joined in 1989. Her reserach is in the field of protien crystal growth (PCG) in microgravity with emphasis on the temperature induction, large-scale methodology. She has been the lead scientist on 17 PCG experiments on 16 shuttle missions and published 65 papers. She lectures to graduate students at UAB and is a guest speaker at numerous schools, civic groups, churches and professional organizations. Her B.A. is from Duke University and her doctorate in biochemistry from UAB.

Dr. Karen Moore, Ph.D., as program director for microgravity PCG, manages the CMC's vapor diffusion microgravity PCG program. She has managed and conducted PCG experiments on 23 shuttle missions since 1989. During her career at UAB she has taught general and inorganic chemistry and directed the undergraduate laboratory program in the Department of Chemistry. Her B.S. and M.S. are from Lousiana State University and her Ph.D. is from UAB in Chemistry.

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