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grade bauxite will continue to be connected mainly to the ups and downs of the iron and steel industry, but Roskill predicts that the shale gas/oil industry’s demand for proppants will also have a larger influence over supplies and prices than in previous periods. Roskill’s website currently offers a discount of 15 percent for the entire report, but inquire first about this as this may have only applied to advanced-sales orders. Also, despite some conflicting information on some of Roskill’s web pages, the final version of the company’s report now available. Visit: www.roskill.com/reports/ industrial-minerals/bauxite n India creates online glass, ceramics core lecture series on YouTube “Massive open online courses” initiatives will not be confined to the West. India, via YouTube, has launched an array of free, organized, undergraduatelevel lectures aimed at providing more public access to fundamental materials science and engineering topics, including a separate series of 50-60 minute lectures that focused on basic core glass and ceramics topics. These online courses are part of an impressive national effort to broaden exposure to science and engineering education opportunities that stems from a specific policy and the creation of the country’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). One of the key NPTEL strategies is to leverage the knowledge and communications infrastructure of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the Technical Teacher Training Institutes, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). During what it describes as “Phase 1,” NPTEL developed an initial set of videos and over 260 web-based courses available only through its website. With “Phase 2,” the program expanded the offerings on YouTube and is attempting to expand the course offerings to over 1,000 topics. For example, the IIT and IISc have posted their “Processing of Non Metals” modules, which includes two lectures on “Engineering Materials and Processing,” plus specific modules on glass, ceramics, and ceramic matrix composites processing. Modules on plastics, polymers, and secondary processing of composite materials are also offered. All of these can be found separately on YouTube, but NPTEL has aggregated links for the modules and lectures on a single page. Visit: www.nptel.iitm.ac.in/courses/ 11210708 n Your kiln. Like no other. Your kiln needs are unique, and Harrop’s experienced staff will thoroughly analyze your process and objectives before recommending a final solution. This review often includes precise characterization of your ceramic materials and pilot testing at our in-house facility. After defining the most efficient thermal cycle for your product, Harrop then engineers an energy-efficient, properly sized kiln that is uniquely suited to your operation. Hundreds of customers will tell you that this expert application engineering is what separates Harrop from “cookie cutter” kiln suppliers. Learn more at www.harropusa.com, or call us at 614- 231-3621 to discuss your special requirements. Fire our imagination www.harropusa.com American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 2 | www.ceramics.org 5


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