Don’t miss Feynman’s ‘Messenger’ lectures

By / July 19, 2009

I know this is not actually news given that word of this came out several days ago, but you have to trust me on this: Turn off the Simpsons, NCI, America’s Got Talent or whatever you would be watching on the tube, and instead gather the entire family around to start watching something really, really…

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Video of the week – Postdoc opportunities at NIST’s Materials Science and Engineering Lab

By / July 15, 2009

Every year, the Materials Science and Engineering Lab receives more than 50 applications for National Research Council–NIST postdoctoral fellowships. Out of this pool of applicants, there are 10 to 15 successful appointments. MSEL programs are significantly enriched by the fresh ideas and talent brought by NRC postdocs. In turn, the postdocs enjoy close interactions with…

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MIT president emeritus Vest to give keynote lecture

By / July 14, 2009

Some exciting news – Charles M. Vest will be giving the Rustum Roy Lecture at the ACerS annual meeting. His talk is tentatively titled, “Engineering Education and the Challenges of the 21st Century”and is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2009 in Pittsburgh. (The ACerS annual meeting is held in conjunction with MS&T’09.) The president of the…

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Top 25 institutions ranked for alternative energy research

By / July 3, 2009

Elsevier, publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced the results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions world-wide, the study identifies the top 25 based on the number of alternative energy research papers produced in distinctive competencies (DCs). Highlights of the findings were shared in…

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UPDATED: Over $800 million allocated for state energy programs

By / June 29, 2009

UPDATE: Funds are rolling in daily under the ARRA Act. For the most recent facts and figures, check out the DOE’s website. The Obama administration has recently awarded over $400 $800 million for state energy programs in 16 23 states. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, among other things, supports energy efficiency and renewable energy…

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Center to leverage NC nanobiotech research

By / June 18, 2009

The Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology, located in North Carolina, is going to be using a new $2.5 million grant to bring to market some of the biotech discoveries being made at universities in the state. The grant – which actually represents a “Phase II” grant – is from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. NCBC…

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Philippines launches 10-year nano initiative

By / June 18, 2009

The online version of the Philippines-based Inquirer newspaper reported yesterday that the nation is going to attempt to jump start itself into the nanotechnology business. The publication says that the Philippine’s Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development Council (DOST-PCASTRD) has developed a 10-year strategy to create a…

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New ACerS website adds Knowledge Center, tools, community and speed

By / June 10, 2009

The American Ceramic Society has launched its spanking-new website. The ACerS website has many visible and behind-the-scenes upgrades, and a number of brand new features that will enhance user experiences and provide valuable new resources for members and non-members. For example, you’ll find: A new “Knowledge Center” section that brings together collections of resources, including…

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Video of the week – Making glass fiber for fiber-optic applications

By / May 28, 2009

Prepared by the “How It’s Made” group at the Discovery Channel, this video is an introductory look at the fundamentals of preparing, coating, drawing and annealing the thin threads of glass used in fiber optics. Credit: DiscountLowVoltage, YouTube

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Top “Pipeline Power” schools

By RussJordan / May 14, 2009

If you do a Google search of “top ten,” you get more than 90 million hits – from David Letterman, to New Year’s resolutions, to urinals (which is another ceramics story). The list I want to share with you here deals with the patent strength and research prowess of U.S. universities. I suppose there are…

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