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an emerging trend. Overall, the ranking reveals “significant growth in cancer genomics and improvements in converting solar cells into renewable energy,” according to the release. In addition to the short list of the year’s hottest researchers, Thomson Reuters also released a longer, more indepth study of top scientists by field. That list, known as the Highly Cited Researchers ranking, includes about 3,000 researchers who rank “among the top one percent by citations received in their respective fields in each paper’s year of publication,” according to the same Thomson Reuters press release. About 130 materials scientists make that longer list, which can be accessed at tmsnrt.rs/1lmkPUK. But Thomson Reuters is not the only awarding institution noticing materials scientists. The American Association for the Advancement of Science just announced that scientist and science communicator Mark Miodownik is the association’s 2015 Public Engagement with Science Award winner. Miodownik, author of the awardwinning and NY Times best-selling popular materials science book Stuff Matters, received the award for “his enthusiastic and successful commitment to public engagement, igniting a sense of wonder about the world by unveiling the interplay between science, engineering, and the society,” according to a AAAS press release. n Ceramic and glass materials prove Einstein was right, help detect gravitational waves in breakthrough discovery Scientists recently announced that the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) officially detected gravitational waves. Hear more about the landmark discovery in a short video from Science magazine at youtu.be/OBybywdPa8U. LIGO—which observatory executive director David Reitze described during an NSF press conference announcing the discovery as the most precise measurement instrument ever built—is a huge laser optics device. The interferometer can measure Are you using the right material? Benchmark Refractron to improve product quality, operational e ectiveness and total cost Call us for a free engineering assessment American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 95, No. 3 | www.ceramics.org 5


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