ACerS Spotlight

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acers spotlight TIGs are intended to allow ACerS members, and those colleagues who are not yet members, to get together and coordinate around specific ceramic related topics. Some topics may be broader and interdisciplinary. For example, biomaterials, computational materials science, and nanomaterials are each of interest to members in many divisions. A TIG in one of these areas would promote cross-divisional collaborations and would be an entry point into ACerS for nonmembers interested in the topic. Other topics may, initially, be more specific to the interests of a particular division, such as lead-free piezoelectric materials or new methods for characterizing refractory materials. A TIG could develop programs for well-established meetings or, if the topic is “hot” enough, one could organize a new meeting for ACerS. TIGs also could produce publications, organize round-robin tests of materials, develop new standards, etc. TIGs could bring together industrial members interested in emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing, or in responding to specific regulatory pressures. In general, a TIG will reflect the interests of the members who organize it. Graduate student poster contest at MS&T’13 Are you a graduate student? Did you submit a poster abstract for MS&T’13? The Graduate Student Poster Competition is open to any graduate student who submits a poster abstract. The competition recognizes superior research performed during graduate study. Winners will be announced during the opening poster session. First-, second-, and third-place prizes are $250, $150, and $100, respectively. All accepted graduate student posters are eligible to enter the competition. Interested students should submit an abstract to the MS&T’13 call-for-papers before the deadline, March 15, 2013. (MS&T is in Montreal, Canada, Oct. 27–31.) The Board’s vision for the Technical Interest Groups is one of simple organization, wide publicity, and integration into Society-wide activities, with an eye to recruiting new members from around the world to ACerS. The Society’s Strategic Planning and Emerging Opportunities (SPEO) committee, currently chaired by ACerS president-elect, David Green, is responsible for coordinating the formation of the TIGs. To form a TIG, the topic, a chair and a cochair, plus six additional members should be identified in a message to Mark Mecklenborg (mmecklenborg@ ceramics.org), the ACerS staff member who will work with the SPEO to support the TIGs. The members of each TIG will determine its activities, and it will be the responsibility of the TIGs to provide the ACerS Board with short reports that summarize their annual activities. If you would like to know more about the Technical Interest Groups, or if you have an idea for a TIG and would like to find other members with similar interests, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to seeing what our members come up with! I can be reached at brow@mst.edu. n ACerS’s Student Activities Committee organizes this poster competition. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ad3oxvq for more information about the poster contest. n Last chance: Student UNITECR 2013 scholarship opportunity The North American Members (NAM) of the UNITECR International Executive Board have established funding to support student attendance and participation in the Unified International Technical Conference on Refractories (UNITECR) to be held Sept. 10–13, 2013, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. NAM will award 10–20 scholarships based on academic merit and/or the ACerS to foster ‘Technical Interest Groups’ By Richard K. Brow, ACerS President One of the great strengths of The American Ceramic Society is the opportunity for members to organize around topics of professional or personal interest. This is best reflected in our divisions, where members organize meetings and publications related to specific materials (e.g., glass, refractories, engineered ceramics) and functions (electronic ceramics, nuclear and environmental technologies, basic sciences, etc.). The divisions attract most of our members to ACerS by their focus on activities specific to the divisions’ missions. However, the leaders of the Society recognize there are other areas of interest to the worldwide ceramics community that may cut across several divisions or that may not yet be covered well by any particular division. These areas could provide new opportunities for ACerS members. To that end, the ACerS Board of Directors has approved the creation of a new structure—a Technical Interest Group (TIG)—as a new way for members to organize around interdisciplinary or emerging topics. Welcome to our newest Corporate Member! ACerS recognizes organizations that have joined the Society as Corporate Members. For more information on becoming a Corporate Member, contact Tricia Freshour at tfreshour@ ceramics.org, or visit ACerS special Corporate Member web page, www. ceramics.org/corporate. Chaozhou Three-Circle (Group) Co. Guangdong, China www.cctc.cc 6 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 2


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