Eileen De Guire

Customizing medical prostheses with mathematics and additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / July 25, 2011

Topological optimization can be used to custom design prosthetic implants. Credit: Image created by Janet Sinn-Hanlon, Beckman ITG, University of Illinois Mathematics—the common language of science and engineering—often proves to be the doorway between disciplines. The common ground between a skyscraper, an airplane wing, and facial bones may not seem obvious until one realizes that from…

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NASA: Is it worth every half-penny?

By Eileen De Guire / July 22, 2011

The final Space Shuttle mission was completed on Thursday with the landing of  Atlantis in Florida. In this video, astrophysicist and science evangelist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, laments the end of the Shuttle program and rifs on the value of NASA to the nation. What do you think? Hat tip: The Scholarly Kitchen

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ACerS journals strong and growing: 2010 impact factors and other metrics

By Eileen De Guire / July 21, 2011

2010 impact factor and other metrics demonstrate long term value of ACerS publications. Most participants in the scholarly publishing process take a keen interest in the journal impact factor, a yearly metric issued by Thomson Reuters. The 2010 IFs were just released and the news for ACerS journals is very good. Of the three journals…

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A vibrant PACRIM9 ‘down under’

By Eileen De Guire / July 20, 2011

An aboriginal dance troupe teaching PACRIM9 attendees a few moves. Credit: ACerS Recently returned from Cairns, Australia, Charlie Spahr, ACerS executive director, reports that PACRIM9 was a successful, and distinctly Australian, conference: The event drew more than 700 delegates representing 35 countries and included approximately 150 student representatives. About 20 percent of the attendees were…

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Rietveld X-ray analysis helps REACH chemical assessment grouping, fewer tests

By Eileen De Guire / July 19, 2011

Grouping of substances can expedite EU REACH compliance. In late 2006, the European Union passed the legislation known as REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), which became effective on June 1, 2007. The legislation extends globally to any manufacturer or supplier wanting to do business in the EU. The European Chemicals Agency has…

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J. Am. Ceram. Soc. special issue tribute to the work and legacy of Tony Evans

By Eileen De Guire / July 18, 2011

A Tribute to Anthony G. Evans, special issue: Journal of the American Ceramic Society, June 2011, Vol. 94, Issue Supplement s1 Big families have a hard time saying goodbye. There is always one more thing to mention, one more remembrance to share, one more witticism to impart, one more hug to give. It’s especially tough…

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Oxide electronics: Zinc oxide nanostructured LEDs and tantalum oxide nonvolatile memories

By Eileen De Guire / July 18, 2011

Zinc oxide nanostructures are synthesized in parallel microfluidic channels (held by the metal frame) by flowing reactants through the tubing. The microfluidic structure creates the device and also becomes the final packaged functional LED device. Photo: Jaebum Joo; MITnews Just when I thought I could stroll back into the macro world, two new papers were…

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NASA awards management contract for ISS National Lab

By Eileen De Guire / July 15, 2011

United States ISS lab module Destiny during manufacture in fall 1997. Credit: NASA NASA has chosen the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Inc., a new Florida-based nonprofit, tax-exempt research management organization, to develop and manage the US portion of the International Space Station that is designated a US national lab, including the…

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New ACerS/Wiley Download Direct program for ACerS members

By Eileen De Guire / July 14, 2011

Articles from the Journal of the American Ceramic Society, the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, and the International Journal of Applied Glass Science can be downloaded free by ACerS members. ACerS’ publishing partner Wiley is making a limited number of free article downloads from their comprehensive Online Library (each valued at $30) available to…

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Phosphate ceramic corrosion protection coatings

By Eileen De Guire / July 12, 2011

Chemically bonded phosphate ceramic coating on a metal substrate (black region) (50x original magnification). Credit: EonCoat Corrosion is expensive. The cost of corrosion to industrialized nations is about 3 percent of GDP. In the United States that adds up to $2-4 trillion per decade, which equates to rebuilding Hurricane Katrina-scale infrastructure three or four times.…

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