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2020 NMR is Good Contest

January 27, 2020

Submit your favorite NMR spectrum to be showcased at ENC 2020 as "NMR is art" or as "NMR is science." You could win your choice of a $500 travel stipend or $500 worth of CIL product. Every submission gets an ENC T-shirt! (Limit one per person)


1. The spectrum must have been acquired (independently or in conjunction with others) by the person submitting the image.
2. Two-spectra maximum may be submitted by any one individual. Each spectrum must be submitted separately.
3. Submissions can be of almost anything as long as some spectral data is present.
4. Images should be high-resolution and in either TIFF, JPEG or PDF format. Please name the file with your name.
5. The following information is required:

   a) Name
   b) Name of institution where spectrum was acquired
   c) Brief sample description
   d) Year spectrum was acquired (no time limit)
   e) Field strength
   f) Reason you are submitting the spectrum (e.g., scientific merit, challenge in preparing sample, aesthetics, etc.)

6. Submissions must be made by February 21, 2020.  




• All entries will be showcased at CIL’s hospitality suite at ENC 2020 in Baltimore, MD.
• Voting will open Monday, March 9, 2020 
at 7:00 pm ET and close Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:00 pm ET.
• Voting will take place at CIL's hospitality suite and online for worldwide voting.
• The winners will be announced at CIL's hospitality suite on the evening of March 11 and will be posted on the CIL website shortly thereafter.
• Please vote only once. Multiple votes cast online by the same individuals will not be included in the final count.


• The submissions receiving the most votes will win. Prizes will be awarded in both "art" and "science" categories. 
• The winners will receive their choice of a $500 travel stipend or $500 worth of CIL product.

Deadline for submissions is February 21, so don’t wait to submit!



The following is a sample submission:

Name: Kevin Millis
Name of lab and institution where acquired: Rabenstein Lab, UCR
Year acquired: 1992
Brief sample description: Thioltransferase and GSH/GSSG in D2O, pD 7
Field strength (e.g., 400 MHz): 500 MHz
Why is this your favorite spectrum? The chemical exchange was just fast enough to see line-broadening in the GSSG cysteinyl methylene proton resonances. Line-broadening can be a beautiful thing as it allowed me to calculate a pseudo first-order rate constant.
Additional comments: I rode my bike several miles to a butcher’s shop to get the fresh pig liver that I used to isolate the enzyme. It took 3 days and 11 chromatography steps to get purified enzyme.

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