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R&D 100 winners to speak at Ceramic Leadership Summit

By Eileen De Guire / June 23, 2011

R&D 100 Award winners: George Wicks (left) and SRNL team members pictured with flame-former apparatus. Credit: ORNL and ACerS Bulletin. For the last 49 years, the science and engineering community has looked forward eagerly to the day the R&D Magazine editors release the new R&D 100 Awards. Yesterday was that day. It’s a little like…

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R&D 100 Awards recognize materials innovations

By Eileen De Guire / June 23, 2011

  SRNL microsphere filled with palladium where the top of the microballoon has been removed to view the inside. Source: The Bulletin, Vol. 87, No. 6, p. 26 The R&D 100 awards for 2011 have been released, and the list of winners includes a strong representation from the field of materials science. There were more entries this…

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SRNL’s John Marra speaks to GOMD about materials for nuclear energy and impact of Fukushima incident

By Eileen De Guire / May 23, 2011

Credit: Eileen De Guire; ACerS As announced in an earlier post, John Marra, chief research officer at Savannah River National Lab spoke at the conference dinner at the annual meeting of the Glass and Optical Materials Division on May 17. The title of the talk was “Beyond Fukushima: Advanced materials to enable enhanced nuclear power…

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SRNL’s John Marra to address advanced materials lessons from Fukushima nuclear accident

By / May 6, 2011

Marra The ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division is holding its annual meeting May 15-19 in Savannah, Ga., and I just learned that nuclear energy materials expert John Marra has agreed to do a special and timely presentation about Japan’s nuclear power accident at the conference dinner May 17. Marra, the chief research officer of…

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John Marra to deliver talk at GOMD 2011 Dinner

By / May 6, 2011

John E. Marra will give “Beyond Fukushima: Advanced Materials to Enable Enhanced Nuclear Power Systems,” a talk on the materials science needs in nuclear energy applications highlighted by the Fukushima disaster at GOMD 2011.

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Alfred U.’s Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics to be dedicated May 10

By / May 5, 2011

Getting a sneak preview of the displays at the soon-to-be dedicated Inamori Kyocera Museum of Fine Ceramics are Kate Wilkins and Susan Kowalczyk. Credit: Alfred Univ. Recently I’ve covered a few stories related to exhibitions on technical ceramics (e.g., here and here), but these have been about exhibits that are part of much larger ceramic…

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MS&T’10 plenary presentations: ‘Energy, Infrastructure, Policy and Security’

By / November 16, 2010

Audio versions (MP3) of the three plenary speakers at last month’s MS&T’10 conference are now available. We’ve broken them up into the individual presentations by Terry Michalske, Robert T. McGrath and Diran Apelian, plus a separate audio of the Q&A session that followed. The trio are introduced by ACerS President Marina Pascucci. Terry Michalske: “Energy, Climate…

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Jim Marra on using ceramic and glass materials to treat and stabilize nuclear and other hazardous wastes

By / April 29, 2010

Jim Marra is an expert on using ceramic and glass materials to convert extremely dangerous ColdWar era liquid nuclear wastes to a solid form that can last for thousands of years.

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Video of the week: Jim Marra on using ceramic and glass materials to treat and stabilize nuclear and other hazardous wastes

By / April 14, 2010

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jim_marra_wastes.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jim_marra_wastes.jpg}] Jim Marra, an advisory engineer in the Materials Science and Technology Directorate of the Savannah River National Lab, is an expert on using ceramic and glass materials to convert extremely dangerous Cold War era liquid nuclear wastes to a solid form that can last for thousands of years. Untreated wastes typically…

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Video of the week: A new paradigm for nuclear waste management

By / March 10, 2010

[flash https://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/marra_nuclear_mcare.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/marra_nuclear_mcare.jpg}] John Marra spoke at the Materials Challenges in Energy conference in February 2010 on new and emerging approaches to the thorny issue of managing nuclear wastes, and the fundamental changes that need to be made. Concerns about nuclear wastes have plagued nuclear power operators for decades and the Obama administration’s call…

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