Special Events

A number of special events complemented the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting technical sessions.
 

MRS OnDemand  

Events marked An MRS OnDemand® Event were recorded and will be available for viewing shortly following the meeting.

Mon., April 19:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Student-Organized Energy Materials Forum »

Moscone West, Level 2, Room 2014

Because energy-related research stretches across diverse fields and institutions, this forum brought together researchers in energy-related fields. Energy issues are at the forefront due to increasing energy needs, concerns over climate change and the decline of fossil-fuel resources. Experts in energy issues from academia, industry and national laboratories gave presentations and engaged in discussions regarding the current energy market and potential technologies on the horizon. An MRS OnDemand® Event

Mon., April 13:00-5:00 p.m.

Making the Most of Broadcast Media Workshop »

Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3000

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.

Mon., April 15:30-7:00 p.m.

Mastering Science Presentations Seminar »

Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Nob Hill AB

In this session, participants learned the fundamentals of sharing science as communications expert Tim 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 your scientific presentations to the next level.

Mon., April 17:00-8:00 p.m.

Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon AB

Younan Xia of the Georgia Institute of Technology delivered the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience. His talk is entitled "Colloidal Metal Nanocrystals—Shape Control, Symmetry Breaking and Niche Applications." An MRS OnDemand® Event

Mon., April 17:00-8:00 p.m.

Student Mixer »

Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Yerba Buena Foyer

At the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Student Mixer, our guests were amused while their science expertise was challenged. Attendees were given an opportunity to relax with old friends and make some new ones.

Tues., April 27:30-8:30 a.m.

Technical Poster Design Seminar »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific A

Communications expert Tim Miller shared the basic rules of good poster design and showed attendees some of the most effective tools and techniques for creating technical posters with quality and clarity.

Tues., April 210:00-10:30 a.m.

Mind/Muscle Controlled Games, Robots and Prosthetic Limbs »

Moscone West, Level 1, Exhibit Hall

Electrical signals from the brain and muscles can be detected using a single sensor available in commercial devices. Functionalized Bricks with Embedded Intelligence (FBEI) are being modified to include electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) sensors. This demonstration explained the technologies behind the mind and muscle controlled games, robots and prosthetic limbs. Hands-on activities followed the presentation from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tues., April 212:00-2:45 p.m.

Graduate Student Awards »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific B & C

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.

Tues., April 212:15-1:00 p.m.

Outstanding Young Investigator Award »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon B

Alexandra Boltasseva of Purdue University presented "Empowering Plasmonics and Metamaterials Technology with New Material Platforms." The Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interplisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer.  An MRS OnDemand® Event

Tues., April 22:30-3:00 p.m.

Monitoring Happiness for Improved Workplace Performance »

Moscone West, Level 1, Exhibit Hall

Engineers, psychologists and scientists collaborate to monitor and analyze an individual’s sleep patterns, exercise, diet and body parameters (BP, T, heart rate, etc.) to predict workplace performance. Inexpensive mind and body monitoring devices, that upload data to smart phones, are already available. FBEI modules go beyond these commercial devices because they can be used for education, research and entrepreneurship. This demonstration explained the technologies behind the happiness monitoring devices. Hands-on activities followed the presentation from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Tues., April 25:00-6:15 p.m.

Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific E

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. In this session, attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from former fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Tues., April 25:00-7:00 p.m.

Making the Most of Broadcast Media Workshop »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific A

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.

Tues., April 27:15-9:30 p.m.

ABET Retraining Session »

Marriott Marquis, 2nd Floor, Foothill E

A retraining session for evaluators for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). This meeting 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.

Tues., April 28:00-11:00 p.m.

Student Poster Award Exchange Program »

Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Level, Salons 7-8-9

The Materials Research Society (MRS) and the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM) participate in an annual Poster Award Exchange Program. The three most outstanding poster winners from the XXI International Materials Research Congress 2012 had their posters displayed at the Tuesday poster session.

Wed., April 37:00-8:30 a.m.

Women in Materials Science and Engineering Breakfast »

Marriott Marquis, 2nd Floor, Club Room

The Women in Materials Science and Engineering Subcommittee hosted the Diversity in STEM Panel highlighting the career paths of individuals from diverse backgrounds through the fields of science and engineering. Attendees learned about the differences in navigating your way through academia, government/national labs, and private industry.

Wed., April 37:30-8:30 a.m.

Mastering Science Presentations Seminar »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific A

In this session, attendees learned the fundamentals of sharing science as communications expert Tim 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 your scientific presentations to the next level.

Wed., April 38:00-11:30 a.m.

Government Agency Forum »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon A

The Government Agency Forum included invited and contributed talks by agency leaders and program managers and focused on funding opportunities in the materials science and technology research areas.

Wed., April 39:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Energy Materials Forum »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon B

This forum explored the physical, economic and strategic material requirements needed for solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, wind and other advancing technologies, along with the role of the market and government. The discussions helped to define the material challenges of the future and what advancements must occur to make materials for alternative energy attractive, adoptable and scalable for industry. 

Wed., April 310:00-10:30 a.m.

Piano and Bugs Controlled by Static Charges »

Moscone West, Level 1, Exhibit Hall

Computer switches (MOS devices) embedded in FBEI modules lead to a number of systems that can be used to spark the interest of learners in education, research and entrepreneurship. This is possible because the FBEIs are open-design and user-redesignable. This demonstration explained how static charges are used to control a piano and bugs. Hands-on activities followed the presentation from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wed., April 312:15-1:00 p.m.

Mid-Career Researcher Award »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon B

John Rogers presented his talk, "Materials for Electronics That Can Stretch, Twist, Fold and Flex," during Symposium X. The Mid-Career Researcher Award recognizes exceptional achievements in materials research made by mid-career professionals.  An MRS OnDemand® Event

Wed., April 32:30-3:00 p.m.

LEDs Used as Solar Cells »

Moscone West, Level 1, Exhibit Hall

Typically, a p-n junction (a diode made of n- and p-type semiconductors) is used as a rectifier, solar cell, LED, LASER, Zener diode and a switch. This demonstration explained how an LED array is used to produce solar energy. The energy is stored in a 1 F capacitor that can then power an LED bulb or a micromotor. Hands-on activities followed the presentation from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Wed., April 35:00-6:00 p.m.

Technical Poster Design Seminar »

Marriott Marquis, 4th Floor, Pacific A

Communications expert Tim Miller shared the basic rules of good poster design and showed some of the most effective tools and techniques for creating technical posters with quality and clarity.

Wed., April 36:30-8:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon AB

We honored our distinguished award recipients at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session. The Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Innovation in Materials Characterization Award, Mid-Career Researcher Award and Graduate Student Awards were presented, and the newly elected MRS Fellows were recognized.

Wed., April 36:30-8:00 p.m.

Plenary Session »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon AB

The 2013 MRS Spring Meeting plenary address was given by Arun Majumdar of Google Inc., who presented "A New Industrial Revolution for a Sustainable Energy Future."  An MRS OnDemand® Event

Thurs., April 49:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Technology Innovation Forum V »

Moscone West, Level 3, Room 3003

The Fifth Technology Innovation Forum focused on Innovation and Entrepreneurial Excellence. Designed to provide a stage for innovators, industry leaders, and venture capitalists, this year’s forum included a key note talk and two sessions with invited speakers to discuss technology needs, market philosophies and funding processes.  An MRS OnDemand® Event

Thurs., April 412:05-1:25 p.m.

Innovation in Materials Characterization Award »

Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Level, Salon B

The 2013 recipients of the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award are D. Bruce Chase and John F. Rabolt. Both presented talks as part of Symposium X on Thursday, April 4. The IMC award honors an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials.

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