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Welcome to the Materials Research Society Press Room.

MRS encourages coverage of its technical meetings, exhibits and other society events and activities by the scientific and general news media.  Our goal is to provide members of the media with news and information for dissemination to the scientific community and general public to help foster appreciation for and further understanding of the contributions and importance of materials research and development.

MRS stands against racism, discrimination and inequality

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Complimentary Press Passes for MRS Meetings/Workshops

Press passes are issued to editors and reporters representing bonafide news publications only. These passes are not intended for editors whose primary purpose is the acquisition of authors and manuscripts, or for individuals and organizations whose primary objective is of a sales and marketing nature. In addition, please note that a maximum of four press passes will be allotted per company.

Note: If you are presenting, you must have a paid attendee registration.

    

September 28, 2020

MRS Response to Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

Update:  Filed on December 22, 2020, the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division granted in part a Nationwide Preliminary Injunction against the Executive Order on race and sex stereotyping.

Diversity, Egalitarianism and Inclusion are fundamental values of the Materials Research Society. As an organization, we also stand firm against racism, discrimination and inequality. Because of these beliefs, we are opposed to the Administration’s recently released Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping that would ban the very type of diversity and equality training needed to value the contributions of everyone in the scientific community and to engage all talent to improve the quality of life through scientific discovery.

    

MRS Press Releases

  • July 02, 2013

    Thomson Reuters Journals Citation Reports Announce Inaugural Impact Factor for MRS Communications

    Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press announce that MRS Communications received its first impact factor (IF) of 1.250, based on just one issue. Also notable--the journal achieved this ranking in its first year of eligibility and within two years of its launch.
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  • June 14, 2013

    New Materials Reuse Wasted Auto Heat Asserts MRS Bulletin Article

    If your next change of car is due in 2020, the new model you drive away from the dealership should boast some revolutionary features that will change forever the way vehicles use energy. That's the conclusion in Philip Ball's article, "Thermoelectric heat recovery could boost auto fuel economy," from the latest Energy Quarterly (EQ) section in the June 2013 issue of MRS Bulletin.
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  • June 13, 2013

    MRS and TMS Announce 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) have selected Megan Brewster from GE Global Research as the 2013-2014 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Brewster will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee.
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  • May 07, 2013

    John A. Rogers to Receive MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has selected John A. Rogers, director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), to receive the 2013 Mid-Career Researcher Award “for fundamental and applied contributions to materials, mechanics designs, and assembly techniques for stretchable/flexible electronic systems.”
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  • May 07, 2013

    OSA, SPIE and MRS announce 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

    The Optical Society (OSA); SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; and the Materials Research Society (MRS) are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Carly Robinson, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), will serve as the 2013-2014 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE, and Sydney Kaufman, also a Ph.D. candidate at CU-Boulder, will serve as the OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow. Each will serve one-year terms working as special legislative assistants on the staffs of U.S. congressional offices or committees in Washington, D.C
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  • April 02, 2013

    New Energy and Sustainability Review Journal Launched by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press have announced that they will be launching a new authoritative review journal focusing on energy and sustainability. The new journal, MRS Energy & Sustainability: A Review Journal, will launch in early 2014.MRS Energy & Sustainability aims to be a high-impact technical review journal focusing on key topics in materials research and development as they relate to energy and sustainability applications.
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  • March 27, 2013

    Chase and Rabolt to Receive 2013 MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

    MRS's Innovation in Materials Characterization Award honors 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. This year's award will be presented to D. Bruce Chase and John F. Rabolt, University of Delaware, "for development of Fourier Transform Raman Spectroscopy and the demonstration of its utility for examining the chemical structure and properties of organic molecules and polymers in solids, thin films, and solutions."
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  • March 18, 2013

    Experts Embrace New US Strategy on Nuclear Waste

    The reawakening of a United States strategy to bury nuclear waste deep underground has won the support of experts, who claim it has always been the best option for dealing with the country's growing nuclear waste stores. Prachi Patel's article, United States launches new direction to manage nuclear waste, recounts the obstacles on the road to successful nuclear waste storage so far and explores what happens next.
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  • March 13, 2013

    Materials Research Society Announces 2013 MRS Fellows

    MRS will recognize 24 members as Fellows of the Materials Research Society at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.
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  • March 07, 2013

    Alexandra Boltasseva to Receive 2013 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award

    MRS's Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award will be presented to Alexandra Boltasseva, assistant professor at Purdue University, "for pioneering research to develop novel materials for advanced plasmonic, metamaterial and transformation optics devices with potential applications in future nanoscale photonic technologies."
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  • February 27, 2013

    MRS Communications Now Covered in Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded

    The Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press have announced that MRS Communications has been selected for coverage in the Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded® (SciSearch ®).
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  • November 14, 2012

    Materials Research Society Announces New Foundation

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) proudly announces the Materials Research Society Foundation. Unique in many ways, the Materials Research Society Foundation does not have an independent mission. Instead, the goal is to advance the MRS mission to promote communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.
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  • May 02, 2012

    MRS Communications Unveils Unique New Prospect for Materials Research

    MRS Communications, a ground-breaking new journal for the global materials research community, has published its first Prospectives Article—Biomaterials-based strategies for the engineering of mechanically active soft tissues. Written by Zhixiang Tong and Xinqiao Jia, both of the University of Delaware’s Biotechnology Institute, the article examines the potential for breakthroughs in the creation of artificial tissues that are mechanically robust and biologically functional.  This forward-looking article is the first offering of a unique feature of MRS Communications, its Prospectives Articles. These succinct topical reviews of interest to a broad materials research readership will be authoritative and balanced, featuring new, speculative or controversial areas of research for future consideration.
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  • April 27, 2012

    MRS and TMS Announce 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) have selected Andrew Steigerwald, Vanderbilt University, as the 2012-2013 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Steigerwald will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. 
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  • April 18, 2012

    MRS Honors 2012 Spring Meeting Graduate Student Award Winners

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards on Wednesday, April 11, during the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Twenty-three graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 105 applications processed this year, the 23 finalists were chosen on the merits of exceptional abilities and promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Gold or Silver Awards were decided based on oral presentations given on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 10.
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  • March 19, 2012

    Materials Research Society Announces 2012 MRS Fellows

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) will recognize the following 28 members (in alpha order) as Fellows of the Materials Research Society at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide.
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  • December 06, 2011

    MRS Honors 2011 Fall Graduate Student Award Winners

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards last Wednesday, November 30, during the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Twenty-five graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 195 applications processed this year, the 25 finalists were chosen on the merits of exceptional abilities and promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Gold or Silver Awards were decided based on oral or poster presentations given Tuesday afternoon.
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  • October 12, 2011

    Alex Zunger Awarded 2011 Materials Theory Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Alex Zunger, professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to receive the inaugural Materials Theory Award for his “development of the Inverse Band Structure approach to materials by design and the foundational developments of methods of First-Principles theory of solids, leading to innovative and transformative studies of renewable-energy materials and nanostructures.”
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  • October 03, 2011

    Phaedon Avouris Awarded 2011 David Turnbull Lectureship

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship 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 award will be presented to Phaedon Avouris of IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York "for his development of nanoscience and nanotechnology, in particular for carbon nanotubes, graphene and semiconductor surfaces, through imaging and measurement of their electronic structure and electrical properties; their chemical and physical modification by scanning probe techniques; and their incorporation into advanced electronic and photonic devices."
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  • September 29, 2011

    Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus Wins 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Materials & Society Award

    The winner of the 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Materials & Society Award (formerly the J. Herbert Hollomon Award) is Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, who is currently Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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