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Welcome to the Materials Research Society Press Room.

MRS encourages coverage of its technical meetings, exhibits and other society events and activities by the scientific and general news media.  Our goal is to provide members of the media with news and information for dissemination to the scientific community and general public to help foster appreciation for and further understanding of the contributions and importance of materials research and development.

Complimentary Press Passes for MRS Meetings/Workshops

Press passes are issued to editors and reporters representing bonafide news publications only. These passes are not intended for editors whose primary purpose is the acquisition of authors and manuscripts, or for individuals and organizations whose primary objective is of a sales and marketing nature. In addition, please note that a maximum of four press passes will be allotted per company.

MRS Press Releases

  • March 13, 2013

    Materials Research Society Announces 2013 MRS Fellows

    MRS will recognize 24 members as Fellows of the Materials Research Society at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide.
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  • March 07, 2013

    Alexandra Boltasseva to Receive 2013 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award

    MRS's 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's award will be presented to Alexandra Boltasseva, assistant professor at Purdue University, "for pioneering research to develop novel materials for advanced plasmonic, metamaterial and transformation optics devices with potential applications in future nanoscale photonic technologies."
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  • February 27, 2013

    MRS Communications Now Covered in Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded

    The Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press have announced that MRS Communications has been selected for coverage in the Thomson Reuters Science Citation Index Expanded® (SciSearch ®).
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  • November 14, 2012

    Materials Research Society Announces New Foundation

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) proudly announces the Materials Research Society Foundation. Unique in many ways, the Materials Research Society Foundation does not have an independent mission. Instead, the goal is to advance the MRS mission to promote communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life.
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  • May 02, 2012

    MRS Communications Unveils Unique New Prospect for Materials Research

    MRS Communications, a ground-breaking new journal for the global materials research community, has published its first Prospectives Article—Biomaterials-based strategies for the engineering of mechanically active soft tissues. Written by Zhixiang Tong and Xinqiao Jia, both of the University of Delaware’s Biotechnology Institute, the article examines the potential for breakthroughs in the creation of artificial tissues that are mechanically robust and biologically functional.  This forward-looking article is the first offering of a unique feature of MRS Communications, its Prospectives Articles. These succinct topical reviews of interest to a broad materials research readership will be authoritative and balanced, featuring new, speculative or controversial areas of research for future consideration.
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  • April 27, 2012

    MRS and TMS Announce 2012-2013 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) have selected Andrew Steigerwald, Vanderbilt University, as the 2012-2013 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Steigerwald will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee. 
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  • April 18, 2012

    MRS Honors 2012 Spring Meeting Graduate Student Award Winners

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards on Wednesday, April 11, during the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Twenty-three graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 105 applications processed this year, the 23 finalists were chosen on the merits of exceptional abilities and promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Gold or Silver Awards were decided based on oral presentations given on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 10.
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  • March 19, 2012

    Materials Research Society Announces 2012 MRS Fellows

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) will recognize the following 28 members (in alpha order) as Fellows of the Materials Research Society at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. This recognition honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished accomplishments and their outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research, worldwide.
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  • December 06, 2011

    MRS Honors 2011 Fall Graduate Student Award Winners

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) announced the winners of the Graduate Student Awards last Wednesday, November 30, during the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Twenty-five graduate students were recognized for their academic achievements and current materials research, which exhibit a high level of excellence and distinction. Of the 195 applications processed this year, the 25 finalists were chosen on the merits of exceptional abilities and promise for significant future achievement in materials research. Gold or Silver Awards were decided based on oral or poster presentations given Tuesday afternoon.
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  • October 12, 2011

    Alex Zunger Awarded 2011 Materials Theory Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Alex Zunger, professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to receive the inaugural Materials Theory Award for his “development of the Inverse Band Structure approach to materials by design and the foundational developments of methods of First-Principles theory of solids, leading to innovative and transformative studies of renewable-energy materials and nanostructures.”
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  • October 03, 2011

    Phaedon Avouris Awarded 2011 David Turnbull Lectureship

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing and lecturing, as exemplified by David Turnbull. This year's award will be presented to Phaedon Avouris of IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York "for his development of nanoscience and nanotechnology, in particular for carbon nanotubes, graphene and semiconductor surfaces, through imaging and measurement of their electronic structure and electrical properties; their chemical and physical modification by scanning probe techniques; and their incorporation into advanced electronic and photonic devices."
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  • September 29, 2011

    Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus Wins 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Materials & Society Award

    The winner of the 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Materials & Society Award (formerly the J. Herbert Hollomon Award) is Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, who is currently Institute Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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  • September 20, 2011

    Peidong Yang Named Recipient of 2011 MRS Medal Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has selected Peidong Yang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to receive the 2011 MRS Medal. This prestigious honor recognizes a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that is expected to have a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.
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  • August 31, 2011

    Materials Research Society Names Peter F. Green as Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of MRS Communications

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Peter F. Green as editor-in-chief of its newest publication, MRS Communications. Green is the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director of the University of Michigan’s DOE Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Solar and Thermal Energy Conversion in Complex Materials.
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  • August 22, 2011

    MRS, OSA and TMS Announce 2011-2012 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

    The Materials Research Society (MRS), along with co-sponsors the Optical Society (OSA) and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), have selected their 2011-2012 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Laura Povlich, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, will serve as the MRS/OSA Congressional Fellow. Jennifer Nekuda Malik, a post-doctoral researcher at Imperial College London, will serve as the MRS/TMS Congressional Fellow. Povlich and Malik will each serve one-year terms working as special legislative assistants on the staffs of members of Congress or congressional committees.
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  • June 22, 2011

    MRS Communications Publishes First Article

    MRS Communications, the recently launched journal from the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, was designed to serve the fast-moving international materials research community. Focused on reporting cutting-edge materials research and offering quick turnaround at both the editorial and production stages of publication, the journal will publish its first article less than 2 months after its official launch at the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. The inaugural Rapid Communications article details an important breakthrough by a team of Japanese and German researchers.
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  • April 11, 2011

    MRS Headquarters Restructures Scientific Team to Support Expanding Communications Portfolio

    Building on years of solid performance and growth, the Materials Research Society is repositioning and expanding its headquarters scientific team. These changes, together with MRS’s recent partnership with Cambridge University Press, support the Society’s continued commitment to increasing the accessibility and growth of the current MRS suite of publications and to building a broader and more global communications portfolio.
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  • January 10, 2011

    Materials Research Society to Launch New Letters/Prospectives Journal—MRS Communications

    MRS Communications, a new journal focused on rapid communications and high-quality, high-impact review articles across the broad materials spectrum, has been announced by the Materials Research Society (MRS). The journal will be published by MRS in partnership with Cambridge University Press.
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  • June 09, 2010

    Materials Research Society Forms New Publishing Partnership with Cambridge University Press

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) and Cambridge University Press announced today that they have formed an exciting new publishing partnership to produce MRS’s flagship publications—MRS Bulletin, Journal of Materials Research (JMR), MRS Online Proceedings Library (OPL) and Materials360®—and to develop new journals, books and online products encompassing the full range of materials science and engineering.
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