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Materials Research Society Announces Vice President, Secretary and New Board Members for 2020

September 17, 2019
Press & Public Relations Contact:

Anita B. Miller
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Materials Research Society
Tel 724.779.2754
Fax 724.779.8313

WARRENDALE, PA—The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the Vice President/President Elect, Secretary and new Board Members for 2020, elected by the Society's global membership of almost 14,000.

Cherie R. Kagan, University of Pennsylvania, will serve as MRS Vice President beginning January 1, 2020. She will lead the Board of Directors as MRS President in 2021, and finish her three-year term as Immediate Past President in 2022. More information on Kagan can be found at mrs.org/elections/cherie-kagan.

In addition, Dawnielle Farrar-Gaines, Johns Hopkins University, has been elected as MRS Secretary. She will begin her three-year term in January 2020.

The election also brings five new members to the MRS Board of Directors, who will each serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020. They are:

The MRS Board of Directors is the governing body of the Materials Research Society and is responsible for setting the strategic direction of major Society activities.


Photos of elected officers available upon request at amiller@mrs.org.


About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of more than 14,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with nearly 50 percent of members residing outside the United States.

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.

For more information about the Materials Research Society visit mrs.org and follow @Materials_MRS.