notes of a protein crystallographer
The protein crystallographer taking 'Notes' at the memorial for the execution of M. Servet (Spanish doctor burned at the
stake in 1553) in Geneva, Switzerland. Original photo courtesy of R. Recacha and collage by J. Frye and J. Sukowski.
The title of this section corresponds to my activities as a science writer (communicator). I am member of the National Association of Science Writers and I do think that this part of my 'personal' activity fills a very important niche in my professional life. See also the section 'Bernal's Picasso', where you can find examples of my science communication activities using plays to convey 'scientific drama' and ideas to the lay public.
Notes of a protein crystallographer is a generic title for the essays and brief articles that I have been writing for a few years under this general heading. They appeared first in the Newsletter of the Protein Data Bank, when it was headed by Dr. Joel Sussman and was located at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island New York. Later on, some of these essays have appeared in other professional publications of the macromolecular crystallography community, mainly Acta Crystallographica and Structure. Some early ones were adapted and included in the book 'Crystals and Life', also discussed in this website. I still write them but due to the lack of time, or venue, they are not a regular feature but rather, I prepare them when an issue (or event) primes and provokes my writing muse. Typically also, a shorter or more condensed essay with the same title appeared in the Newsletter of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) soon thereafter. If you wish to read a brief note, consult the ACA newsletter. If you would like to consult a more scholarly essay, you can find full references in the ACA article. Otherwise, search for the article in the publications above.
This section also contains links and copies of the articles that I have written related to communicating the sciences of macromolecular structure, evolution, X-ray crystallography, Synchrotron radiation to the public. They have typically appeared in El Pais, the widely circulated Spanish newspaper.
I have considered converting or continuing these essays with a regular blog but my writing style prefers (at least for this section) the reflective, well-documented, essay rather that the rapid, almost knee-jerk reflex that is more appropriate for a blog.
If you have further interest in this area of my activities, or wish to have some article, material or piece written, do not hesitate to contact me at the addresses given in the contact tab.
Articles in English
Articles in Spanish
ACA Newsletter, examples.
If you have interest in further information on other issues of the ACA Newsletter see link.
Example of a Reflexive Essay:
- “From altar boy to sorcerer’s apprentice: a personal journey of
Dr. Celerino Abad-Zapatero (UIC, USA) [ see flyer ]
Articles about me or my work
Other Essays in Various Publications
Crystallography Reviews, Vol. 13, No. 3, July–September 2007, 1–4
Book reviews: A parable of electronic hobbits and humans. Crystallography Reviews, Vol. 13, No. 3, July–September 2007, 1–4. Book review of 'Live-Net' by D. M. Blow. 2005. Edward Gaskell publishers. Printed by Lazarus Press. Bideford. Devon EX39 3DX. Pgs. 126. Isbn 1-898546-75-4
Author: DAVID M. BLOW.
2005. Edward Gaskell publishers
Printed by Lazarus Press
Devon EX39 3DX. pgs. 126