Public Outreach Committee

The Public Outreach Committee develops activities and programs on both national and local levels to educate the general public on materials research and its importance. Activities and programs may include, but are not be limited to, pre-university science education, press communications and public service information. The committee evaluates, interprets and communicates impact of the Society’s public awareness programs to the Board of Directors and collaborates with other MRS Operating Committees to publicize existing Society programs and engage the membership in outreach activities. Visit our Public Outreach Activities page for more information on some of MRS' public outreach programs.

  

In this MRS TV interview from the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Aditi Risbud, chair of the MRS Public Outreach Committee, discusses how vital it is to explain the importance of materials science to the general public.

The subcommittees for this committee are:

  1. Impact of Materials on Society Subcommittee
  2. Strange Matter Green Earth Subcommittee
  3. Education Symposium Planning Subcommittee
Chair Aditi Risbud, University of Utah
HQ Liaison Richard A. Souza, Manager, MRS Education and Outreach

Subcommittees

Impact of Materials on Society Subcommittee

Chair Kevin S. Jones, University of Florida
HQ Liaison Pamela Hupp, Outreach Coordinator, MRS Education and Outreach

The Impact of Materials on Society subcommittee partnered with faculty from engineering, liberal arts and sciences and education at the University of Florida to develop an introductory level course suitable for undergraduate and community college students. This project changes the conversation about the separation of the humanities and science fields through the creation of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, project-based undergraduate course examining the impact of materials on society throughout human civilization and into the future. In particular, this project reveals how different professions and disciplines are connected in the discovery, invention and application of materials innovations.

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Strange Matter Green Earth Subcommittee

Chair Jerrold A. Floro, University of Virginia
HQ Liaison Richard A. Souza, Manager, MRS Education and Outreach

Using the highly successful Strange Matter traveling exhibition as a model, the Strange Matter Green Earth Subcommittee oversees the development and execution of an educational outreach project proposing to create a new materials science traveling exhibition addressing energy and sustainability. With a planned scope to include international touring to engage and inform audiences on the American and European continents, this new project will investigate issues relating to energy and sustainability through the lens of Glocalism; specifically, the local response to global issues through materials science. 

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In this MRS TV interview from the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting, Jerrold Floro, chair of the Strange Matter Green Earth Subcommittee, talks about the international traveling materials science exhibition.


  

Education Symposium Planning Subcommittee

Chair Elizabeth Kupp, Pennsylvania State University
HQ Liaison Richard A. Souza, Manager, MRS Education and Outreach

The goal of the Education Symposium Planning Subcommittee is to provide oversight and guidance to support educational symposia, workshops and related activities at the MRS meetings. The number of educational symposia at the MRS meetings has grown rapidly in the last decade, with an education symposium conducted during at least one meeting per year since 2004. With a healthy mix of formal and informal science education participants and materials researchers as well as outreach and professional development activities, a more coordinated support program is needed for these symposia.

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