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Hortense Le Ferrand, Nanyang Technological University, Honored with the 2018 MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize

October 16, 2018
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WARRENDALE, PA—[October 2018] – MRS Bulletin has named Hortense Le Ferrand, Nanyang Technological University, as the 2018 recipient of the MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize. This award recognizes postdoctoral researchers for their intellectual merit, the impact of their research and scholarship, and their interest in science writing and communication.  Le Ferrand was selected from 75 well-qualified applicants and nominations for "her excellent academic credentials, high-quality scientific publications, science writing and science communications efforts, and potential for future scientific leadership in the materials field." According to Gopal Rao, Editor of MRS Bulletin, “MRS Bulletin is proud to have Hortense as the 2018 recipient of the postdoctoral prize.”  

The award will be presented at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting and consists of a $2000 cash award, a profile published in MRS Bulletin, a complimentary one-year membership in the Materials Research Society (MRS), and an invitation to publish in MRS Bulletin.

Le Ferrand is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her PhD in materials science from ETH Zürich, Switzerland. Her research focuses on composite materials, mineralization, in situ assembly methods, advanced manufacturing, multifunctionality, and hierarchical assemblies. Le Ferrand has worked as a reporter for MRS Meeting Scene, has written news and historical pieces for MRS Bulletin, and has served as a volunteer at MRS Meetings. She is a member of the American Ceramic Society, the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Europe, and MRS. She also serves as a peer reviewer for several journals and has a personal science blog.

MRS Bulletin acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation for its generous contribution to support this Prize.

MRS Bulletin, published jointly by the Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press, is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected publications in advanced materials research. Each month, MRS Bulletin provides a comprehensive overview of a specific materials theme, along with industry and policy developments, and MRS and materials-community news and events. Written by leading experts, the overview articles are useful references for specialists, but are also presented at a level understandable to a broad scientific audience. 

For more information on MRS Bulletin, visit www.mrs.org/bulletin.

About the Materials Research Society

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MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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