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MRS in the News—2018 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.

Tiny implantable wireless devices could help people repair nerves and lose weight

Science | December 12, 2018

Implanted electronics can steady hearts, calm tremors, and heal wounds—but at a cost. These machines are often large, obtrusive contraptions with batteries and wires, which require surgery to implant and sometimes need replacement. That's changing. At a meeting of the Materials Research Society here last month, biomedical engineers unveiled bioelectronics that can do more in less space, require no batteries, and can even dissolve when no longer needed.

Professor honors legacy of renowned materials scientist by finishing textbook

Penn State News | December 11, 2018

Susan Trolier-McKinstry, the Steward S. Flaschen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, and former MRS President, had a close, long-time working relationship with renowned materials scientist Robert E. Newnham. After Newnham fell ill shortly after the two began collaboration on a textbook, Trolier-McKinstry promised him that she would finish it in his honor. The textbook, “Materials Engineering: Bonding, Structure, and Structure-Property Relationships,” was published in December 2017 by MRS and Cambridge University Press.

Novel tools reveal material secrets

Physics World | November 26, 2018

At this week’s meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston, US, scientists from all over the world will be sizing up the latest equipment for materials characterization. Highlights included an affordable and versatile platform for analytical chemistry and electrochemistry  that combines an inverted optical microscope (IOM) with an atomic force microscope to enable advanced research on materials such as membranes, organic devices and electronics, and biological and pathological samples; and a tunable continuous-wave laser that has been specifically designed for demanding applications in nanophotonics, atomic physics, and quantum optics.

Rigaku Presents Latest X-Ray Analytical Solutions at 2018 MRS Fall Meeting

Business Insider | November 23, 2018

Rigaku Corporation is presenting its diverse lines of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Raman spectroscopy instrumentation at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Sunday November 25 to Friday, November 30, 2018.

Hideo Hosono Receives 2018 Von Hippel Award

Asian Scientist | November 20, 2018

Professor Hideo Hosono, director of the Materials Research Center for Elementary Strategy at the Tokyo Instiitute of Technology has been conferred the Von Hippel Award, the highest honor given by the Materials Research Society (MRS) of the US. Read more from Asian Scientist Magazine at: https://www.asianscientist.com/2018/11/topnews/hideo-hosono-von-hippel-award/

Researchers develop shoe insoles to improve convenience of healing diabetic ulcers

The Exponent | November 19, 2018

Thanks to researchers at Purdue, the healing process for the 15 percent of Americans that suffer with ulcers formed from diabetes may soon become much more portable. One of the researchers on the project, Babak Ziaie, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, says the team has created a shoe insole that allows oxygen, one way to heal ulcers, to reach the ulcer throughout the day, allowing for more mobility for the patient. This research was recently published in MRS Communications.

Are You Diabetic? New Shoe Insole Could Help Treat Foot Ulcers

NDTV | November 19, 2018

Researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for people who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes.The researchers used lasers to shape silicone-based rubber into insoles, and then create reservoirs that release oxygen only at the part of the foot where the ulcer is located, according to research recently published in MRS Communications.

Researchers develop new shoe insole technology which can help heal diabetic foot ulcers

My Medical Mantra | November 19, 2018

A new device from engineers at Purdue University could save feet or legs for diabetes patients by healing ulcers as they walk. A gel insole get oxygen to the affected area, boosting a patient's mobility and helping ulcers heal, according to research recently published in MRS Communications.

Ulcers from diabetes? New shoe insole could provide healing on-the-go

Health Medicine Network | November 19, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15 percent of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes, according to research recently published in MRS Communications.

Are You Diabetic? New Shoe Insole Could Help Treat Foot Ulcers

Daily News | November 19, 2018

Researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for people who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes. Diabetic ulcers commonly result from high blood sugar damaging nerves, which takes away feeling from the toes or feet. "One of the ways to heal these wounds is by giving them oxygen," said Babak Ziaie, Professor at the Purdue University in the US. Ziaie's research was recently published in MRS Communications.

Ulcers from Diabetes? New Shoe Insole Could Provide Healing On-The-Go

Science & Technology Research News | November 19, 2018

Purdue University researchers have developed a shoe insole that could help make the healing process more portable for the 15 percent of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes, according to research published in MRS Communications.

New shoe insole may heal diabetic ulcers on-the-go

Market Business News | November 17, 2018

Scientists have developed a new shoe insole that may heal diabetic ulcers while you walk. Purdue University engineers say that their new shoe insole could help the 15% of Americans with diabetes who develop diabetic ulcers, according to research published in MRS Communications.

Sachem High School East Student Selected to Present Research

Sachem Schools | November 16, 2018

Sachem High School East science research student Vincent Zhang was recently selected to present his research at the 2018 Materials Research Society Conference in Boston on Nov. 29.

US societies join forces in $10m drive to tackle diversity

Physics World | September 12, 2018

Five leading US scientific societies, including the Materials Research Society, have come together to launch a new programme to boost the number of women and people from underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in science. The Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) will receive $10m over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to improve diversity in astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, materials science, engineering and physics.

Pioneering materials scientist dies at 92

Evanston Now | August 7, 2018

Julia R. Weertman of Evanston, the first woman to chair a materials science department at a U.S. university, died at age 92 on July 31. Weertman, a professor emerita of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, was considered by colleagues to be a dedicated teacher and a pioneering researcher. She was a dedicated member of MRS and was the first female recipient of the Von Hippel Award in 2003.

Flannigan co-editor of MRS Bulletin, "Ultrafast Imaging of Materials Dynamics"

University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering | July 11, 2018

Associate Professor David J. Flannigan is a guest co-editor, with Aaron M. Lindenberg from Stanford University, for an issue of MRS Bulletin titled "Ultrafast Imaging of Materials Dynamics," which appeared on July 10, 2018. The articles in the issue represent a cross section of the vigorous activity occurring in the study of light-induced ultrafast materials dynamics as it relates to charge carriers, surfaces and interfaces, lattice-coupling mechanisms, coherent structural motions, and next-generation instrument development.

Congratulations to Susmita Bose

Washington State University | July 1, 2018

The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture is pleased to announce that Susmita Bose, the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair and Professor in Washington State University‘s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Future smart clothes could pack serious gadgetry

Science News | June 1, 2018

Just as smartphones untethered users from their desktop computers, smart clothing is poised to bring personal electronics out of our pockets and onto our sleeves. Most existing color-changing textiles, like sun-activated T-shirts with designs that go from white to rainbow, are triggered by shifts in ambient lighting or body heat. Now, researchers have created clothes that change color with the tap of a smartphone screen. These garments, presented April 4 in Phoenix at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, are made from yarns as thick as a few strands of human hair.

Building Better, Faster and Stronger Lithium Batteries

Science Daily | May 30, 2018

Michigan Tech scientists contribute considerably to gaining a deep understanding of lithium with results reported on May 30th, 2018, in an invited three-paper series in the Journal of Materials Research, published in collaboration with the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press.

Better, faster, stronger: Building batteries that don't go boom

Science Daily | May 29, 2018

Michigan Tech researchers contribute significantly to gaining a fundamental understanding of lithium with results published today in an invited three-paper series in the Journal of Materials Research, published jointly by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press.

OSA, MRS and SPIE Announce Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

Novus Light Technologies Today | May 24, 2018

The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE have selected Benjamin Isaacoff and Dylan Rittman as 2018–2019 Congressional Fellows.

RPI’s Ramanath Named MRS Fellow

Photonics Media | May 16, 2018

Ganpati Ramanath, the John Tod Horton '52 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) for his nanomaterials research.

Smart dressers: Technology flourishes in wearable fashion designs

Cronkite News | May 9, 2018

Dennita Sewell, a professor of practice for ASU’s fashion program, describes smart garments as “a narrow field of technology that has invaded” and now is an integral part of the fashion industry. She said it was a “perfect fit” for ASU's fashion technology class and the Materials Research Society, a member-driven organization driven to advance materials, to team up in April and host the Wearables in Smart Fabrics Fashion Show in Phoenix. The 16 student-made garments in the show used technology in a wearable context to complement the human body.

Light could make some hospital surfaces deadly to germs

Science News for Students | May 4, 2018

Shining light on a new material is all it takes to make its surface toxic to germs. If used on the outside of instruments, on countertops and more, the technology might one day help hospitals limit the spread of infections, including ones that no longer respond to drugs. “Contaminated hospital surfaces play a key role in spreading those infections,” notes Ethel Koranteng. She’s a chemist in England at University College London who presented her research at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix.

Editor – Topical issue in MRS bulletin: Advanced memory—Materials for a new era of information technology

Spintec Books and Reviews | April 15, 2018

Bernard Dieny (from Spintec) and Cheol Seong Hwang are Guest Editors for a topical issue of the MRS Bulletin in May 2018, dedicated to Advanced memory—Materials for a new era of information technology.

New coating kills germs on hospital surfaces with light

big think | April 12, 2018

This month, a team of chemists at a Materials Research Society conference described a new light-activated material for walls and other hospital surfaces that contains bacteria-killing molecules that may keep superbugs from gaining traction.

Rensselaer Nanomaterials Expert Ganpati Ramanath Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

RPI News | April 12, 2018

Nanomaterials expert Ganpati Ramanath, the John Tod Horton ’52 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for developing creative approaches to realize new nanomaterials via chemically directed nanostructure synthesis and assembly and for tailoring interfaces in electronics and energy applications using molecular nanolayers.”

This material uses energy from ambient light to kill hospital superbugs

Science News | April 10, 2018

A new material that harnesses the power of ambient light to produce bacteria-killing molecules could help stem the spread of hospital infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria. About 1 in 10 patients worldwide get an infection while receiving treatment at a hospital or other health care facility, according to the World Health Organization. “Contaminated hospital surfaces play a key role in spreading those infections,” said Ethel Koranteng, a chemist at University College London on April 5 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting.

African college students use science kit to fill experimental gaps

Week Facts | April 9, 2018

Approaching fundamental gear-like test tubes and axes to perform basic science experiments is a given in most American universities. Not so in Africa, where understudies confront a lack of gear expected to attempt even essential lab experiments. USC Dornsife Science graduate understudy Betsy Melenbrink is an individual from a worldwide group of materials science graduate understudies intending to help fill the void by building a minimal effort electrochemistry gadget for use in that piece of the world.

A new soft bot mimics octopuses and inchworms to climb walls

Science News | April 9, 2018

Inspired by an octopus’s suckers, researchers have constructed an inchwormlike robot that uses a pair of suction cups to scoot around vertical surfaces. The bot can clamber across rough and smooth terrain, aboveground and underwater, carrying up to five times its own weight. This kind of free-climbing machine, described April 3 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, could one day help conduct surveillance or inspect buildings and bridges.

Low-cost science kits help fill experimental gaps facing African college students

USC Dornsife | April 6, 2018

Having access to basic equipment like test tubes and centrifuges to perform simple science experiments is a given in most American universities. Not so in Africa, where students face a shortage of equipment needed to undertake even basic laboratory experiments. USC Dornsife chemistry graduate student Betsy Melenbrink is a member of an international team of materials science graduate students aiming to help fill the void by building a low-cost electrochemistry device for use in that part of the world. Last December, Melenbrink traveled to Africa to report progress at a Materials Research Society conference held in Botswana.

Sheets of tiny bubbles could bring a sense of touch to virtual reality

Science News | April 6, 2018

Today’s VR systems rely heavily on goggle-generated visual displays to transport users to simulated worlds. But superthin, shape-shifting sheets worn as sleeves or built into other garments could provide gamers with tactile feedback that makes virtual realities more immersive. The new device, described April 5 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, contains a grid of tiny, inflatable bubbles, sandwiched between two soft, stretchy silicone films. When one of these bubble wrap–like sheets is placed against a user’s skin, inflating different air pockets by different amounts at different speeds can make a gamer feel like she’s been grabbed around the wrist or patted on the back.

Toxic chemicals turn a new material from porous to protective

Science News | April 5, 2018

A new, breathable material that can also block biological or chemical threats could offer comfortable protection for people working in contaminated environments or dangerous military zones. The bottom layer of the material, described April 3 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, features carbon nanotube pores embedded within a flexible synthetic polymer film. These pores are just a few nanometers across — too small for bacterial or viral cells to squeeze through, but wide enough for sweat to escape.

ASU students take part in "wearable technology" fashion show

Fox 10 | April 4, 2018

Arizona State University students are tackling the question of what our fashion sense might be like in the future. The twist: they incorporated technology into their designs. On Wednesday, the students showcased the outfits in a fashion show at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix as part of the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting.

250 GREAT STEM WEBSITES AND APPS FOR KIDS

Data Science Degree Programs Guide | March 2018

The Internet is filled with cool STEM websites and apps for kids that teachers or parents can utilize to nurture interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, including the Strange Matter Exhibit website.

ASU fashion program on the fast track for industry innovation

ASU Now | March 28, 2018

Just months into its first academic track at Arizona State University, the newly established fashion degree program is already looking like a powerhouse for fashion education. ASU’s Fashion Technology will be on full display April 4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix when designer and class instructor Galina Mihaleva and her students will exhibit their creations in the Wearables in Smart Fabrics fashion show. The show comes in the midst of the Materials Research Society Meeting and Exhibit, an annual conference that brings together scientists and industrial designers from around the world.

Three Indian American Researchers Named Materials Research Society Fellows

India West | March 21, 2018

Three Indian American researchers have been named by the Materials Research Society among its newly announced 2018 Fellows. The members, who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide, included Susmita Bose, Rajesh Naik and Ganpati Ramanath.

Professor awarded Fellow of Materials Research Society

University of Bristol News | March 5, 2018

Professor Martin Kuball from the University of Bristol’s School of Physics is one of 16 academics from across the world to be honored by the Materials Research Society (MRS).

William Chueh wins Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Stanford News | February 27, 2018

William Chueh, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and center fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, recently received the Materials Research Society’s 2018 Outstanding Young Investigator Award for his groundbreaking research in ionic and electronic charge transport and interfacial chemistry.

How are Art and Science Related and Where do They Intersect

Edgy Labs | February 8, 2018

Art is a product of expression. Science is an exploration of the world around us in an effort to find universal, indisputable truths. In short, art is often introspective while science is extrospective. The Materials Research Society, an organization that works for interdisciplinary dialogue between scientific societies, understands the artistic lining of science. For about a decade, MRS has been holding the “Science as Art” challenge twice a year.

Sustainable, Carbon-Free Methods for Synthesis of Hydrogen

AZO Cleantech | February 7, 2018

In the latest issue of MRS Energy & Sustainability, collaboratively published by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, researchers debate that carbon-free, sustainable techniques for the extensive production of hydrogen are a robust way to get ready to face the imminent fossil-fuel free future. At present, hydrogen is being synthesized from natural gas, producing huge quantities of carbon as the byproduct.

Hydrogen: fuel of the future?

Phys.org | February 6, 2018

In a recent issue of MRS Energy & Sustainability, published jointly by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, scientists argue that sustainable, carbon-free methods of large-scale hydrogen production are the best way to prepare for our looming fossil-fuel free future (today hydrogen is producing from natural gas, generating large amounts of Carbon as side product).