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The October/November 2021 issue of ACerS Bulletin is now available online.

In this month’s issue, we look at research and markets in Africa. In the cover story, authors Randy Hecht and Alex Talavera explore how numerous African countries are moving beyond just exporting raw materials to cultivating homegrown talent and pursuing international research and development collaborations. In-depth market snapshots of Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa are included. Plus, students Benard Tabu and Michael Spencer discuss the SciBridge project to improve science learning in Africa in the “Deciphering the Discipline” column.

An additional feature article by Myungkoo Kang and Kathleen A. Richardson describes how a combination of multicomponent chalcogenide nanocomposites and laser/thermal processes enables a transformative opportunity to bring gradient refractive index lenses one step closer to commercialization.

A contributed column by Sudipta Seal and colleagues explores the increased attention to ribonucleic acid-based therapeutics in recent years, including the vaccines developed by Pfizer- BioNTech and Moderna to treat COVID-19 infection. The “Business and Market View” column overviews the global markets for in vitro diagnostics.

Also, Olivier Guillon and Wolfgang Rheinheimer announce the launch of a new wiki on ceramics processing. Check out the wiki at this link.

The October/November issue announces the ACerS leaders for 2021–2022. The Society will install new officers and directors on the ACerS Executive Committee and Board at the 123rd Annual Business Meeting in October.

Finally, check out the “Into the Bulletin Archives” column, which is part of this year’s ongoing celebrations for ACerS Bulletin Volume 100. The October/November column takes a look at the Bulletin’s history in the 1990s, including the establishment of a Ceramic Information Center at the Society headquarters following a strategic planning exercise.

You’ll find a lot more interesting content inside this—and every issue—of the ACerS Bulletin. The current issue is free to all for a short time, but remember that all the valuable content in over ninety years of past issues of the ACerS Bulletin is free only to members—so considering joining us today!