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2013 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2013 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Activities & Events


  • David Turnbull Lectureship Award 
    Rodney S. Ruoff of Uslan National Institute of Science and Technology is the 2014 recipient. 
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand

  • Graduate Student Awards 
    Gold and Silver Awards were presented at the Award Ceremony. The Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award was presented to Kelsey Hatzell.  
  • Materials Theory Award 
    Long-Qing Chen of The Pennsylvania State University is the 2014 recipient.
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand
  • MRS Medals 
    This year's recipients are Sharon C. Glotzer and Nicholas A. Kotov of the University of Michigan and Mercouri G. Kanatzidis of Northwestern University. 
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand
  • MRS Postdoctoral Awards
    The inaugural recipients are Chao Wang, Stanford University, and Jonathan Rivnay, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne.
  • Von Hippel Award
    Marvin L. Cohen, University of California, Berkeley, is the 2014 Von Hippel Award recipient.
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand

Featured Events

  • Awards Ceremony
    Awards included the Von Hippel, Turnbull Lectureship, MRS Medal, Materials Theory, MRS Postdoctoral, Graduate Student Awards and the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable
    A roundtable discussion featuring invited Corporate Social Responsibility Officers and Technology Officers from industry.  
  • Focus on Sustainability
    Highlights of sustainability-focused events held during the Meeting week.

  • Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience 
    Lars Samuelson of Lund University delivered the Fred Kavli lecture.
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand
  • Fun Science Stuff in The Hub
    Fun science presentations were offered every evening. 
  • Kavli Early Career Award in Nanoscience 
    This year's award went to Julia R. Greer of the California Institute of Technology. 
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand
  • Materials Hackathon (MatHack) 
    In just 24 hours, participants made 30-second pitches of ideas for new materials-related software, formed teams around those ideas, brought the concepts to life with working code, and presented the results to an esteemed panel of judges from across the materials field.  
  • NASA Biological Materials, Biomaterials and Biomimetics Workshop 
    This workshop informed attendees about possibilities in the new NASA Biophysics program and gathered ideas for future research directions for the Agency’s microgravity Biophysics program.  
  • Plenary Session 
    Hyuk Chang of Samsung Electronics presented on Monday evening.
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand
  • PREM 10th Anniversary Celebration
    Meeting attendees interested in learning more about the PREM program, its impact in encouraging minority students to pursue careers in materials research and how to get involved were invited to attend these sessions. 
  • Rump Session for Hybrid Organic/Inorganic and Related Perovskite-based Solar Cells 
    The rump session consisted of short oral presentations of the latest results in this exciting, fast-moving area by selected participants. 
  • Science as Art Competition
    Multiple first- and second-place awards were presented.
  • Strange Matter Green Earth Presentation
    Attendees learned and helped inform the development of a new pioneering educational venture. 
  • Sustainability @ My School Poster Contest
    MRS University Chapters highlighted their school’s commitment to sustainable practices in research, academic studies or operational practices. 
  • Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research 
    Lunchtime lectures were held Monday through Thursday. Speakers included Henry Snaith, Pulickel Ajayan, Angela Belcher and a panel on the Materials Genome Initiative.  
  • Technology Innovation Forum VIII 
    The forum provided a stage to discuss strategic goals, technology needs, market philosophies, funding processes and lessons learned. This year's keynote speaker was Donald R. Sadoway of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  
  • Tutorial Sessions  
    Ten tutorials were offered.
    Available for free viewing via MRS OnDemand

 Career Central

  • ABET Retraining Session
    This session was open to anyone who wanted to learn more about the accreditation process, was preparing for an upcoming visit or wanted to ask questions about how to prepare their materials department for an accreditation visit. 
  • Career Fair  
    Highlights included on-site interviews, mentoring, workshops, resume critiques, mock interviews and networking opportunities. 
  • Essentials of Getting Your Work Published
    Attendees learned the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing from MRS journal editors-in-chief.  
  • Industrial Careers Workshop 
    This session offered mini-workshops intended to introduce materials scientists at all levels to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research.  
  • Making the Most of Broadcast Media Workshop 
    Communications expert Tim Miller demonstrated how to craft a brief, but impacting, news story about your work. Participants had an opportunity to practice their communication skills during a live interview. 
  • Mastering Science Presentations Seminar 
    Communications expert Tim Miller explained how to choose the very best tools for communicating effectively and taking your scientific presentation to the next level.  
  • Professional Development Workshop: Strategic Negotiation: Alliances and Tactics 
     Participants learned how to advance their negotiation skills and become better leaders. 
  • Resume Critiques—Mock Interviews—Mentoring Sessions
    MRS had recruiters and mentors on hand to assist with resumes, mock interviews and career guidance.  
  • Science Writing Workshop 
    An interactive, one-day workshop for researchers, scientists, science educators and students who are interested in journalism and science writing.  
  • Technical Poster Design Seminar 
    Participants learned the basics of good poster design and effective tools to improve their science communication skills and create a poster that stands out in a crowd.  
  • Women in Materials Science and Engineering Breakfast 
    Verna Myers of the Verna Myers Consulting Group LLC presented "Innovation and Inclusion: What It Takes to Move Diversity Forward."  

Government Affairs

  • Materials Voice 
    Your letters make a difference. We want to ensure that the commitment by Congress and the Administration to fund science continues.  
  • Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship Program Information Session
    Attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from current and former fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives. 
  • Government Agency Presentations  
    Several government agencies presented, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research Global, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Science Policy Forum 
    This session provided insight on the nexus between science and public policy and the ways in which policy can impact the conduct of science.  

Science Education & Public Outreach

  • Fun Science Stuff at the Hub
    Fun science presentations were offered each evening.

  • Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours
    Hands-on activities in materials science and nanotechnology during coffee breaks

  • Public Outreach Center
    Exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers

 Student Activities & Opportunities

  • Student Mixer
    Students from around the globe networked and enjoyed various interactive science activities.