Free webinar: Batteries & fuel cell simulation

By / September 21, 2010

On Thursday, Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. EST, Ford Motor Company will be offering a free webinar presentation that will demonstrate how they are using simulation to deliver affordable environmental technologies based on Li-ion batteries. The webinar, titled Batteries & Fuel Cells Simulation, will show how simulation technology accelerates the design of electrochemical systems. This…

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McLuhan and archaic poster sessions

By / July 22, 2010

[Two notes: The comments below are my opinions. Sometimes convention need to be re-examined, especially as new technology and other conventions around us change. Second, I have replaced the original photo, above, with one that is more generic. At least one reader  recognized the venue in the original and felt it implied a particular criticism…

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Poster sessions: Beloved dinosaurs?

By / July 19, 2010

I once heard the old horrible saying about spouses – “you can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em” – used to describe the venerable poster sessions at science conferences. But, here is a question I have been thinking a lot about lately, and I wonder if any of you have any thoughts:…

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Alpha Sigma Mu members: This will leave you in knots

By / July 17, 2010

The materials science and engineering honorary society, Alpha Sigma Mu, now has several really unique and  attractive ties and scarves you won’t find anywhere else. Admittedly, these accessories are a little on the pricey side – $100 each – but $80 of that is tax deductible and all monies are earmarked for the Alpha Sigma…

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Special note for Material Advantage members who read this blog

By / July 16, 2010

Are you a Material Advantage member who recently stopped receiving email notices about new posts on this blog? There are about 2,900 of you out there whom we had to remove from our email lists (for reasons too esoteric to explain here). Sorry about that. The good news is that you once again start receiving…

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DOE’s Nuclear Energy University program announces $18 million in scholarships and grants

By / July 10, 2010

There’s more than $18 million in new funding coming to students and U.S. university programs that are focusing on nuclear power education and research. The DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program just announced the list of schools ($13.2 million) and scholars ($5 million). Funding “to help educate the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers, and…

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Kudos: Dickey named Texas Tech engineering dean

By / July 9, 2010

Congratulations go out to ACerS member Elizabeth Dickey for being tapped as the next dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Dickey has been active in and is past chair of ACerS’ Basic Science Division. In a news release from Texas Tech, Provost Bob Smith said Dickey was…

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Materials-oriented schools make top-25 of BusinessWeek’s ‘best bargain’

By / July 2, 2010

It’s great to see that a large number of schools that we reference in this blog made it to Bloomberg BusinessWeek‘s new list of the top 25 “best bargain” universities, and hopefully this will be a shot in the arm to some of the smaller schools, such as the Colorado School of Mines (#1) and …

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Now the author claims it’s a ‘joke’

By / July 2, 2010

Postdoc hell, circa 1996. What a laugh riot it must have been working for this guy at Caltech. ‘In addition to the usual work-day schedule, I expect all of the members of the group to work evenings and weekends. You will find that this is the norm here at Caltech.’ Elsewhere?

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Ceramic Leadership Summit: Students see it as ‘exciting departure from norm’

By David Shahin and Chris Dosch / June 30, 2010

For two students who are used to attending technical conferences like MS&T and ICACC, the experience at the first Ceramic Leadership Summit was an exciting departure from the conference norm. The Summit, held June 21-22, 2010 in Baltimore, Md., replaced the typical research presentation sessions with content that was far more global in its perspective.…

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