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April showers bring May flowers—and the May issue of the ACerS Bulletin.

May’s cover story covers just how chalcogenide glass microphotonics are stepping into the spotlight. Authors Juejun Hu, Lan Li, Hongtao Lin, Yi Zou, Qingyang Du, Charmayne Smith, Spencer Novak, Kathleen Richardson, and J. David Musgraves provide a compelling account of expanding applications for integrated photonics on flexible substrates and on-chip infrared spectroscopic sensing, moving chalcogenide materials well beyond traditional applications in phase change data storage and moldable infrared optics.

Maziar Montazerian, Shiv Prakash Singh, and Edgar Dutra Zanotto also provide a thorough and compelling analysis of research and commercialization of glass–ceramics. Delving into decades of data, the authors performed a vast literature search for publications and filed patents related to glass–ceramics, providing a broad picture of the field’s evolution, its current health, and unique insights into its future directions. Want to know the most promising direction for future glass–ceramic applications? Turn to page 30 to find out.

The May issue also provides a bit of a history lesson through an interesting conversation with Marvin Bolt, curator at the Corning Museum of Glass and an expert on early telescopes. Through Bolt’s quest for the world’s oldest telescopes and his extensive knowledge on the subject, we sneak a peek into the evolution of science, birth of glass science, and even world history.

The latest issue also features an article by Kreidl Award winner Michael Guerette and his advisor, Liping Huang. Guerette will present their article, “Nonlinear elasticity of silica fibers studied by in-situ Brillouin light scattering in two-point bend test,” at the 2015 Kreidl Award Lecture at ACerS GOMD–DGG meeting on May 19 in Miami, Fla.

This month’s student column, Deciphering the Discipline, comes from Peter Robinson, who provides his insights about commercial career options for materials science students that transcend the typical industry and academia routes.

With loads more news, research, products, meetings, and more, the ACerS Bulletin is ready for reading.

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