The who, what and how of staying ahead of an economic downturn

By Eileen De Guire / August 22, 2012

A packed plenary session from last year’s MS&T. This year’s conference focuses on the latest materials science and engineering—all part of gaining and keeping the competitive edge in tough economic…

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Preparing for the rising storm that is FY’13

By Eileen De Guire / August 22, 2012

A US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, circa 2004. The current Congress is not going to finalize the FY’13 budget by the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year…

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‘Print’ a house? Why not! Plus, ‘Rust Belt’ region awarded pilot institute for additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / August 17, 2012

If you are thinking of building a new home for your family, you might want to watch this TEDx talk by a USC professor who has engineered a way to…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / August 14, 2012

Lots of interesting work happening out there: Making “renewable” viable: Drexel engineers develop new technology for grid-level electrical energy storage A team of researchers from Drexel University’s College of Engineering…

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Facing diminishing capital, losses and 53% revenue drop, A123 takes lifeline from Chinese auto parts maker

By / August 9, 2012

Most all of us in the ceramics field, to greater and lesser extents, have been rooting for A123 Systems to succeed, so its been painful to see the company in…

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$43M heading to 19 new ARPA-E energy storage projects, with nod to small businesses

By / August 2, 2012

DOE/ARPA-E has given the green light to 19 new projects related to energy storage with an emphasis on electric vehicle technologies, grid reliability and security. As part of this announcement,…

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NSF’s seeking proposals, making investment in sustainable chemistry, engineering and materials

By Ashley White / July 31, 2012

The National Science Foundation has announced a cross-directorate initiative in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials. Created in response to the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (which called for NSF…

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White House releases report on advanced manufacturing initiatives

By Eileen De Guire / July 30, 2012

A new report issued from the White House proposes 16 actions to improve manufacturing and innovation. Credit: Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee; PCAST, OSTP. The New York Times and other…

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NSF professional development workshop for assistant professors and postdocs

By Eileen De Guire / July 26, 2012

Juan Nino, associate professor at the University of Florida, describes his research at an NSF workshop for principle investigators in June. The NSF is sponsoring another workshop in August early-career…

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The end of ICC4 and my first blogging experience

By Bobby Harl / July 20, 2012

Peter Wray delivers the recap on the Security & Strategic Materials talks given at ICC4. Credit: Bobby Harl, ACerS. It is hard to believe ICC4 is already over, and I’m…

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