ACerS In Focus

2021 Call for Award Nominations

By Erica Zimmerman / September 2, 2020

Nominations for Society awards that will be presented at the annual awards banquet in October 2021 are now open. Additional information on each award, plus many Division and Class awards, is available at Nomination deadline for all awards is January 15, 2021 unless otherwise noted. Contact Erica Zimmerman at or 614-794-5821 if you…

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2020 ACerS Webinar Series: Career Path: 2 ways to build a career in academia

By Yolanda Natividad / July 17, 2020

Career Path: 2 ways to build a career in academia Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 11 am (Eastern Time) Two early career academics discuss the different paths that they have taken into permanent teaching positions in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Birmingham. LEARNING OUTCOME Understanding that there are multiple possible routes into…

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ECD Secretary Nominations Deadline: July 31, 2020

By Erica Zimmerman / June 29, 2020

The ECD Nominating Committee invites nominations for the incoming 2020–2021 division secretary candidate. Nominees will be presented for approval at the ECD Annual Business meeting at MS&T20. Nominations and a short description of the candidate’s qualifications, should be submitted by July 31, 2020 to: Nominating Committee Chair: Manabu Fukushima:, National Institute of Advanced Industrial…

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2020 PCSA Lab Blooper Competition

By Yolanda Natividad / June 5, 2020

Do you have a funny lab story to tell? In the PCSA Lab Blooper Competition, tell a story showcasing the learning experience that can result from the occasional mishaps which can occur during ceramic research. Whether the result is a mess in a lab, a broken testing specimen, or simply a highly unexpected result, as…

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2020-2021 Slate of ACerS Officers

By Erica Zimmerman / May 29, 2020

The new slate of 2020-2021 ACerS Officers Slate has been determined. There were no contested offices and no write-in candidates, automatically making all nominees “elected.” The new term begins at the end of ACerS Annual Meeting/MS&T20, October 8, 2020.

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2020 ACerS Webinar Series: From dull data to neat narrative

By Yolanda Natividad / February 25, 2020

From dull data to neat narrative: Constructing PowerPoint presentations through story framing and slide design Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 11 am (Eastern Time) Many university students will give an oral presentation at a science conference sometime during their undergraduate or graduate years. PowerPoint typically is used for such presentations, yet students often do not…

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2020 ACerS Webinar Series: Facts are not enough

By Yolanda Natividad / February 25, 2020

Facts are not enough: Combating misinformation in research communication Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 11 am (EST) Communicating your research to nonspecialist audiences is challenging, and it is even more so when your audience holds preconceived beliefs on the topic. Studies have shown facts alone cannot combat misinformation—so how do you correct these inaccuracies? This…

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2020 ACerS Webinar Series: Creating a Roadmap for Your Career Development

By Yolanda Natividad / February 17, 2020

Creating a Roadmap for Your Career Development Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 11 am (EST) What does it mean to develop a career roadmap? How far into the future can we really see clearly? WEBINAR DESCRIPTION This webinar will cover the essential steps for developing a career path to guide your ongoing professional development. Moving…

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2020 ACerS Webinar Series: Career Path: Geoff Brennecka

By Yolanda Natividad / February 7, 2020

Career Path: Geoff Brennecka Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 11 am (EST) Like most Hollywood blockbusters, each career path has its origin story, hurdles, heartbreak, questionable choices, a strong supporting cast, and the occasional attempt at a plot line and dialogue. This debut webinar for 2020 will feature Dr. Geoff Brennecka, Associate Professor at the…

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2020 GEMS Award Call for Papers

By Yolanda Natividad / January 24, 2020

The Graduate Excellence in Materials Science (GEMS) Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of graduate students in materials science and engineering. The award is open to all graduate students who are making an oral presentation in any symposium or session at MS&T20. All papers must be submitted by March 31, 2020 (extended deadline). The GEMS awards…

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