Special Events

A number of special events complemented the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting technical sessions

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Events marked with "An MRS OnDemand Event" were recorded and are now available for viewing.

Sun., November 257:30 am - 5:00 pm

2nd International Workshop on Rare Metals »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Constitution A

The 2nd International Workshop on Rare Metals was organized by The Ames Laboratory and the Korea Institute for Rare Metals (KIRAM). The workshop provided a forum for researchers and practitioners working on the diverse issues of rare metals, among countries worldwide, for the discussion of high-level issues and strategies to ensure secure supplies of these essential materials.

Sun., November 258:30 am - 5:30 pm

Acta Materialia Award Forum on Advanced Materials »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Republic Ballroom

The Acta Materialia Award Forum on Advanced Materials addressed the pioneering contributions of Mildred Dresselhaus in the field of advanced materials, with emphasis on thermoelectric and carbon-related materials and how these contributions have resulted in significant improvements in the quality of life.

Sun., November 251:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Professional Development Workshop »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Fairfax A/B

In this highly interactive session, titled "Achieving Success through Implementation of Effective Work-Life Satisfaction and Mentoring Strategies," participants were provided with the tools they need to achieve work-life satisfaction and thereby facilitate sustainable engagement and success in their careers. In addition, this workshop addressed the importance of mentoring and how it impacts work-life satisfaction.

Sun., November 251:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sustainability Forum—Building Teams to Tackle Complex Problems 1 »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 3, 306

This forum examined the most pressing materials challenges in sustainable development with the goal of generating serious interactions among scientists, engineers, industrial ecologists, economists and other practitioners in this diverse arena. The forum was recorded and is available for viewing at MRS OnDemand.

Sun., November 255:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Making the Most of Broadcast Media Workshop »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay D

In this session, communications expert Tim Miller discussed some of the principles of creating newsworthy stories from research discoveries. Participants gained hands-on experience at turning a research paper into a newspaper article or television story and had the opportunity to practice giving a live media interview. The session also included a segment on using modern media creation and distribution pathways to create content that connects researchers directly to public audiences.

Sun., November 257:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

Sir John Pendry of Imperial College London presented the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience on "Emphasizing the Negative."  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Mon., November 267:30 am - 8:30 am

Technical Poster Design Seminar »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon B

Communications expert Tim Miller shared the basic rules of good poster design and show you some of the most effective tools and techniques for creating technical posters with quality and clarity. Numerous examples of good and bad poster design were critically reviewed. Attendees left this session armed with the skills to guarantee that their next scientific poster will stand out in a crowd.

Mon., November 268:30 am - 12:30 pm

Technology Innovation Forum IV »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B

This frank and candid forum offered perspectives from successful innovators, industry leaders and investors on the process of taking a technology from conception to market impact. Speaker presentations and panel sessions were structured to provide a varied set of practical, experience-based perspectives on critical questions and issues facing innovation-driven materials researchers.

Mon., November 268:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sustainability Forum—Building Teams to Tackle Complex Problems 2 »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 3, 306

This forum examined the most pressing materials challenges in sustainable development with the goal of generating serious interactions among scientists, engineers, industrial ecologists, economists and other practitioners in this diverse arena. An MRS On Demand event.

Mon., November 2612:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Materials Theory Award »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

John P. Perdew, recipient of the 2012 MRS Materials Theory Award, presented "Climbing the Ladder of Density Functional Approximations." The Materials Theory Award recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials. This award is intended to honor both those who have pioneered the development of a new theoretical approach and those who have used existing approaches to provide significant new insight into materials behavior.  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Mon., November 265:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Mastering Science Presentations Instructional Seminar »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon B

Communications expert Tim Miller has spent his career helping scientists and students bring their work out of the laboratory and share it with a wider audience. For a variety of reasons, communicating your research with non-experts is an important skill. In this session, attendees learned the fundamentals of sharing science as Miller explained how to choose the very best tools to do the job of communication. He revealed some of the tips and tricks that can help you take a scientific presentation to the next level.

Mon., November 266:30 pm

Plenary Session »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

2011 Nobel Prize Winner Danny Shechtman, Distinguished Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel, and Materials Science and Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, presented a talk on "Quasicrystals: Discovery, Structure, Properties and Uses."  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Mon., November 267:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Student Mixer »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Commonwealth

At the Student Mixer, students enjoyed delicious food and drink while exploring interactive science activities.

Tue., November 277:30 am - 8:30 am

Mastering Science Presentations Instructional Seminar »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon B

Communications expert Tim Miller has spent his career helping scientists and students bring their work out of the laboratory and share it with a wider audience. For a variety of reasons, communicating your research with nonexperts is an important skill. In this session, attendees learned the fundamentals of sharing science as Miller explained how to choose the very best tools to do the job of communication and revealed some of the tips and tricks that can help you take a scientific presentation to the next level.

Tue., November 2711:30 am - 1:30 pm

MRS Mentoring Program Kick-Off Orientation and Lunch »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 5th Floor, Public Garden

Newly accepted mentors and mentees convened and got an overview of the MRS Mentoring Program and anticipated outcomes, gained an understanding of expectations of mentors and mentees, participated in a Q&A session, and met each other for the first time over a networking lunch.

Tue., November 2712:00 pm - 1:00 pm

FBEI Presentation: Materials and Energy »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

 Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence (FBEI), using custom-made LEGO-compatible bricks containing electronic circuits, spark the interest of learners with different backgrounds and preparation levels from kindergarten to PhD. By allowing user-designs, FBEIs encourage research-oriented and entrepreneurial learning.Over 2,000 learners benefit from FBEI modules nationally and globally. 

Tue., November 2712:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon F & G

MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. The 2012 MRS Graduate Student Award finalists presented talks during two concurrent sessions in Beacon F and G.

Tue., November 2712:15 pm - 1:00 pm

David Turnbull Lectureship Award »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

The David Turnbull Lectureship Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing and lecturing, as exemplified by David Turnbull. This year's winner is Robert Sinclair, who presented a talk entitled "In Situ High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy of Material Reactions."  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Tue., November 271:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Graphene Forum »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 3, Ballroom B

This forum covered various aspects of state-of-the-art graphene research around the world, including opportunities, funding and critical issues representing a platform for community discussion. Forum content emphasized applications and commercialization as well as funding opportunities.

Tue., November 272:30 pm – 3:30 pm

FBEI Presentation: Micro and Nanotechnologies »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence (FBEI), using custom-made LEGO-compatible bricks containing electronic circuits, spark the interest of learners with different backgrounds and preparation levels from kindergarten to PhD. By allowing user-designs, FBEIs encourage research-oriented and entrepreneurial learning. Over 2,000 learners benefited from FBEI modules nationally and globally.

Tue., November 274:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Making the Most of Broadcast Media Workshop »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon B

In this session, communications expert Tim Miller discussed some of the principles of creating newsworthy stories from research discoveries. Participants gained hands-on experience at turning a research paper into a newspaper article or television story and had an opportunity to practice giving a live media interview. The session also included a segment on using modern media creation and distribution pathways to create content that connects researchers directly to public audiences.

Tue., November 275:00 pm – 5:30 pm

FBEI Presentation: Computer Switches »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence (FBEI), using custom-made LEGO-compatible bricks containing electronic circuits, spark the interest of learners with different backgrounds and preparation levels from kindergarten to PhD. By allowing user-designs, FBEIs encourage research-oriented and entrepreneurial learning. Over 2,000 learners benefit from FBEI modules nationally and globally.

Tue., November 276:00 pm - 6:45 pm

European Commission »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Dr. Renzo Tomellini discussed Horizon 2020, the recently proposed European funding scheme for research and innovation, part of the drive to create competitive, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. It combines pertinent EU funding schemes into one. Horizon 2020 is expected to strengthen the EU's position in science and industrial leadership and address societal challenges.   

Tue., November 277:15 pm - 9:30 pm

ABET Retraining Session »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 5th Floor, Olmsted

A retraining session for evaluators for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) was available at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting. This session was open to anyone who wanted to learn more about the process, was preparing for an upcoming accreditation visit, or wanted to ask questions about how to prepare your materials department for an accreditation visit. 

Tue., November 277:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Government Agency Session - Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (DTRA-CB) funds cutting-edge science and technology development for defense against chemical and biological threats. This presentation introduced MRS members to the nanomaterials-related areas of interest to DTRA-CB, such as the Nanostructured Active Therapeutic Vehicles (NATV) Program. Best practices to get S&T funding from DTRA and the Department of Defense were also discussed.

Wed., November 287:00 am - 8:30 am

Women in Materials Science and Engineering Breakfast »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 5th Floor, Public Garden

Gwendolyn Boyd, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Johns Hopkins University presented "Women in Engineering - A Premier Power Source."  Men and women of materials science were invited to attend this discussion and complimentary breakfast.

Wed., November 2812:00 pm – 1:00 pm

FBEI Presentation: System Integration »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence (FBEI), using custom-made LEGO-compatible bricks containing electronic circuits, spark the interest of learners with different backgrounds and preparation levels from kindergarten to PhD. By allowing user-designs, FBEIs encourage research-oriented and entrepreneurial learning. Over 2,000 learners benefit from FBEI modules nationally and globally.

Wed., November 2812:15 pm - 1:00 pm

MRS Medal Award - Jennifer Lewis »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field. Jennifer Lewis presented "Printing Functional Materials."  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Wed., November 282:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Science on the Square »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Created for general public audiences at the Museum of Science Boston, the Tiny Solutions to Our Big Energy Problem Program gave a brief overview of energy sources and our current energy crisis and discussed a variety of ways that nanotechnology can improve the way we harness energy (improving solar cells), distribute energy (carbon nanotube transmission lines) and use energy (nanotech-enhanced LED bulbs).

Wed., November 285:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Science on the Square »

Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C

Nanotech and Consumer Products is a public presentation by David Sittenfeld, manager of the Museum of Science Forum Program, that introduces audiences to the growing role of nanotechnology in making consumer products and encourages them to consider the potential environmental and health risks.

Wed., November 285:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Congressional Fellowship Program Information Session »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Fairfax B

MRS offers exciting opportunities for scientists to learn about the field of science policy by spending one year as a Special Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from current and former fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Wed., November 286:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Von Hippel Award »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

The Materials Research Society’s highest honor, the Von Hippel Award is conferred annually to an individual in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding contribution to interdisciplinary research on materials. MRS 2012 Von Hippel Award recipient Stuart Parkin presented "The Spin on Electronics!"  Dr. Parkin's talk was preceded by the Awards Ceremony, where the Von Hippel, David Turnbull Lectureship, MRS Medal, Materials Theory and Graduate Student Awards were presented.  An MRS OnDemand Event.

Thu., November 298:00 am - 12:00 pm

An Open Forum on Activities and Opportunities in Africa »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay D

MRS, along with a range of other professional and volunteer organizations, is developing collaborative materials-related activities in Africa.

Thu., November 2912:15 pm - 1:00 pm

MRS Medal Award - Miquel Salmeron »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.  Miquel Salmeron presented "Physics and Chemistry of Material Surfaces under Ambient Conditions of Gases and Liquids—What’s New?" An MRS OnDemand Event.

Thu., November 296:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Government Agency Session - U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Dr. Harriet Kung delivered Materials Research Directions and Opportunities-Basic Energy Sciences, which included an overview of the current BES research portfolio and a discussion of future directions as defined through BES workshops, including research for clean energy, computational materials sciences, and the Early Career Research program.

Thu., November 296:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Government Agency Session - Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B

Dr. David Moehring is a program manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) where he is responsible for the Multi-Qubit Coherent Operations Program that addresses the technical challenges of operating multiple qubits in close proximity. He presented "Materials Research Support at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity."

Thu., November 297:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Government Agency Session - U.S. Department of Energy-Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Howard Branz, program director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, discussed "Transformational Research for the U.S. Energy Future."

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