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MRS in the News—2017 Archives

MRS in the News is a collection of media coverage about MRS meetings, publications, membership, events and more. Read on to learn more about the exciting things happening around MRS. Visit MRS in the News for the most current news articles. For MRS press releases, visit the MRS Press Room.

Bioelectronic herald the rise of the cyborg

Science Magazine | December 2017

Charles Lieber, a chemist at Harvard University, and his colleagues have injected the brains of mice with tiny, mesh-like electronic probes—flexible and invisible to the immune system—that can eavesdrop on neurons for months at a time. Standard electrodes can't match that longevity, nor can they match another feat that Lieber reported at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston: simultaneously recording neural chatter in the eye alongside two other visual processing centers in the brain.

MRS Fall Meeting Boston 2017

Advanced Science News | December 30, 2017

The 2017 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from November 26 – December 1. This year’s conference featured 55 technical symposia, eleven tutorial sessions, four poster sessions, and 241 exhibitors.

MIT collaboration enriches community college experience

MIT Materials Research Laboratory | December 19, 2017

Community college students who experience a summer of research at MIT develop greater self-confidence and better academic skills, with a majority completing a four-year degree, MIT Materials Research Laboratory Education Officer Susan Rosevear told a symposium at the Materials Research Society Fall meeting in Boston on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

Herricks recognizes students for athletic and academic achievements

The Island Now | December 16, 2017

Ten students were honored for achievements in athletics, research and participation in Model United Nations during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Rushikesh Patel and Sahit Vadada were recognized for winning best poster presentation at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Patel and Vadada, juniors at Herricks High School, beat graduate students at the research meeting, according to Superintendent Fino Celano.

Materials matter: Science that impacts society

The Asian Age | October 29, 2017

Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao, the first Asian chosen to receive the coveted Von Hippel Award for his research in materials science, provides a ring-side view of the transformation wrought by an obscure domain in chemistry.

BNP Paribas Stance on Oil Sands and Coal Investments Hypocritical and Based on Old Climate Change Science says Friends of Science Society

CISION | October 23, 2017

BNP Paribas SA recent announcement that it will no longer invest in oil sands or coal is hypocritical and based on out-of-date climate change science says Friends of Science Society.

CNR Rao chosen for 2017 Von Hippel Award

Jagran Josh | September 25, 2017

Renowned scientist C N R Rao in September 2017 became the first Asian to be chosen for the Von Hippel Award. Rao is chosen for the prestigious award for his immense contribution in materials research. It is the US-based Materials Research Society's highest honour.

Prof CNR Rao wins award for materials research

Deccan Chronicle | September 24, 2017

Bharat Ratna Prof C.N.R. Rao has won the Von Hippel Award, the highest international prize in materials research. He is the first Asian to be chosen for the honour by Materials Research Society (MRS), an organisation with members spanning over 90 countries.

C.N.R Rao chosen for international honour for materials research

The Hindu | September 23, 2017

Eminent scientist Professor C.N.R Rao has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research. The award is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.

Materials Research Society Announces VP, Board Members

TenLinks | September 19, 2017

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has announced the vice president and new Board members for 2018, elected by the Society’s global membership of almost 14,000.

Materials scientist Messing named Honorary Fellow of European Ceramics Society

Penn State News | September 13, 2017

Gary Messing, distinguished professor of ceramic science and engineering and editor-in-chief of Journal of Materials Research, has been sharing research advancements with his European colleagues for decades, so being named one of the eight inaugural honorary fellows of the European Ceramics Society (ECerS) was a special accomplishment for the decorated scientist.

Why U.S. Battery Startups Fail, and How to Fix It

IEEE Spectrum | September 11, 2017

Battery startup companies often fail in the United States. To fix this problem, the pharmaceutical industry could provide insights, finds a new study recently published in MRS Energy & Sustainability.

Chen receives Humboldt Award

Penn State Science | September 7, 2017

Long-Qing Chen, The Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. Chen is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and received the 2014 Materials Theory Award.

Materials Research Society Announces First Innovators for 2017 iMatSci Innovator Showcase

Select Science | August 15, 2017

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has selected the first two materials-based startups, both out of Duke University—Multi3D LLC and Fetch Automotive Design Group LLC—to demonstrate their new technologies at the iMatSci Innovator Showcase, held November 27-28 during the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Interview with Prof. Susan Trolier-McKinstry (Penn State), MRS President

Brazilian Materials Research Society | July 31, 2017

The subject of piezoelectric materials will be addressed in a plenary lecture of the XVI B-MRS Meeting by MRS President Susan Trolier-McKinstry, who leads a research group at The Pennsylvania State University, USA (Penn State) with expertise in the study and development of piezoelectric thin films and their use in MEMS.

Forbes China Named Bo Zhang, Co-Founder and VP of Apostle Inc, as One of the Most Brilliant Young Entrepreneurs Under 30

EIN Presswire | July 21, 2017

Forbes China named Apostle Inc’s co-Founder and VP of Chemistry, Bo Zhang, PhD, an MRS Silver Graduate Student Award recipient, as one of the most brilliant young entrepreneurs in its annual “30 Under 30 China” list in the category of healthcare and science.

Pioneering materials science

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology | June 21, 2017

For 12 KAUST students and postdoctoral fellows and 11 University faculty members, the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting & Exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., held from April 17 to 21, proved an outstanding venue to learn more about key materials science topics, network with other researchers and students and spend some time out of the lab.

Materials For Future Electronics

Semiconductor Engineering | May 18, 2017

Flexible electronics are attracting a steady stream of research because of potential applications in wearable electronics and Internet of Things devices. While researchers at the IEEE Electron Device Meeting in December focused on hybrid structures, with silicon electronics attached to flexible substrates, papers presented at the recent MRS Spring Meeting also considered the integration of flexible organic semiconductors.

MRS: The strange matter of materials science

Research Features | May 15, 2017

Materials science shapes the world as we know it. Todd Osman has dedicated his career to advancing this interdisciplinary field and, as Executive Director of the Materials Research Society, he is keen to inspire people to engage with the wide range of world-class research in this area.

Ye Shi Wins MRS Graduate Student Gold Award

Texas Materials Institute | April 26, 2017

Texas Materials Institute and the MS&E Graduate Program are proud to announce that Ph.D. candidate Ye Shi received an MRS Graduate Student Gold Award for materials science graduate research at the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting

Jennifer A. Dionne And James M. Rondinelli Receive 2017 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award

BioSpace | April 25, 2017

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) 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, MRS has named two award recipients—Jennifer A. Dionne, Stanford University, and James M. Rondinelli, Northwestern University.

McCormick professor receives Outstanding Young Investigator Award

The Daily Northwestern | April 20, 2017

McCormick Prof. James Rondinelli received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Materials Research Society at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting for his work in materials science and engineering.

Nanomedical Diagnostics VP Production to Speak at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting

PR Web | April 11, 2017

Mitchell Lerner of Nanomedical Diagnostics will speak at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ on April 19 to share how the company has broken the mass-manufacturing barrier for graphene biosensors.

News Brief: PNNL researcher elected MRS fellow

EIN News | March 27, 2017

A materials science researcher at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has been elected to the rank of fellow of the Materials Research Society. Chongmin Wang was recognized for his contributions to the development of transmission electron microscopy tools enabling direct observation of lithium-ion batteries during operation, leading to insights in designing better battery materials.

Materials student earns ‘Gold’ for graduate research presentation

Penn State News | March 15, 2017

Zakaria Al Balushi, a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, was awarded the Materials Research Society (MRS) Gold Graduate Student Award for a presentation on his research on two-dimensional materials.

Materials Research Society Names 3 Indian Americans as 2017 Fellows

India West | March 6, 2017

The Materials Research Society recently announced its 2017 Fellows with three Indian American researchers among the 16 honorees. Among the Fellows were Indian Americans Manish Chhowalla, Arunava Gupta and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman.

UA Professor Selected as Fellow of Materials Research Society

University of Alabama News | February 27, 2017

The Materials Research Society recently elected a University of Alabama scientist to its 2017 Fellows class. Dr. Arunava Gupta, Distinguished University Research Professor, was elected for his “distinguished research accomplishments” and “outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide.”

Kalinin, Paranthaman Elected Materials Research Society Fellows

Photonics Media | February 27, 2017

Sergei Kalinin and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), have been elected fellows of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Kalinin, Paranthaman Elected Materials Research Society Fellows

Oak Ridge National Laboratory | February 14, 2017

Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sergei Kalinin and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, have been elected fellows of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

From Waste to Wonder: MRS TV film showcasing new synthetic materials wins gold

WebsEdge Blog | February 3, 2017

WebsEdge has been awarded gold for video production in this year’s AVA Digital Awards for "Creating Useful Products from Waste," which was filmed for MRS TV and broadcast at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting.

Student wins national Science as Art competition with Voldemort image

OANow.com | January 17, 2017

Auburn Engineering graduate student Armin VahidMohammadi won first place in the Materials Research Society’s Science as Art competition for his depiction of an engineered nanomaterial as a character from the “Harry Potter” movie series. VahidMohammadi, a doctoral student in materials engineering, created a digitally enhanced image of his research that bears a resemblance to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the “Harry Potter” series.

Material Gains

Pure | January 1, 2017

High-performance technology and long-term societal challenges are combining to bring about an array of exciting developments in material science. These leaps forward are facilitating  fresh ideas to improve what we have and create new things that we don’t. 2017 MRS President Susan Trolier-McKinstry discusses cold sintering as one example.