Special message for #f18mrs

The 2018 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting & Exhibit, in Boston, Massachusetts, is being held on November 25-30, 2018 with 56 symposia and several tutorials, professional development seminars, the iMatSci Innovation Showcase for technical leaders, outreach opportunities, and numerous other activities and events.

Many exhibitors will feature products and services at the Meeting, with hands-on soft robotics demonstrations. Look also for exhibitor workshops that will focus on innovative products and technology developments for the materials research community.

The Meeting App is available to help schedule your activities.

During the meeting, MRS will post news and highlights by on-the-spot reporters on this Meeting Scene blog. The news will also be distributed daily in the Meeting Scene newslettersubscribe here.

ALSO - Share your experience at #f18mrs!


MRS Woody White Service Award

Ashley-white-118Ashley White, director of communications at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named for the MRS Woody White Service Award “for her work in cultivating sustainable development as a core MRS activity embodied by the Focus on Sustainability Subcommittee, and tireless advocacy through the Government Affairs Committee and the MRS Congressional Fellowship. Ashley White has written numerous articles for MRS Bulletin and Meeting Scene, and she continues to promote MRS values, namely interdisciplinarity and quality of life, through her extensive community efforts.” She will be honored Wednesday evening at the Awards Ceremony.

MRS awards student and early-career materials researchers

During the MRS Awards and Recognition Program on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:15 pm, the Society will honor the special achievements of student and early-career materials researchers.

Aaswath P. Raman of the University of California, Los Angeles will receive the inaugural MRS Nelson “Buck” Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy in recognition for his development of novel sustainable solutions for the realization of renewable sources of energy. MRS acknowledges the generosity of Sophie Robinson for endowing this award in memory of her father, Nelson “Buck” Robinson.

This year’s postdoctoral awards go to Minah Lee of Stanford University and James Bullock of the University of California, Berkeley. Lee is recognized “for the development of sustainable organic materials to achieve high-performance energy storage devices and understanding their redox mechanisms,” and Bullock received the award “for the development of dopant-free, selective contacts for high-efficiency Si photovoltaics.” MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

The MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize goes to Hortense Le Ferrand of Nanyang Technological University “for her excellent academic credentials, high-quality scientific publications, science writing and science communications efforts, and potential for future scientific leadership in the materials field.” MRS Bulletin acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

The awards ceremony will also announce the Gold and Silver Graduate Student Awards. Prior to the ceremony, graduate student award finalists will present their work in special talk sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 12-3:15 pm; all are welcome to attend the talks. In addition, the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award, which honors the late Dr. Arthur Nowick and his lifelong commitment to teaching and mentoring students in materials science, will be presented to a finalist who shows particular promise as a future teacher and mentor.

Making the most out of MRS Meetings

Last Fall, Rahim Munir and Ahmed E. Mansour posted a blog piece about how to make the most out of conferences, particularly geared toward the young professional. Their suggestions continue to be relevant for this year’s MRS Meeting, though you should look to the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting website for updates to the app and to special events and activities. The hashtag is #f18mrs 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Student and post-doc reporters and bloggers for the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting—Applications now being accepted


Graduate students and post-docs who are interested in contributing to the Meeting Scene® newsletter and the Meeting Blog for the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting are encouraged to apply. Reporters will be required to attend talks in a variety of symposia and write brief summaries (100-250 words) of four talks each day; bloggers will be required to post at least five items per day and also tweet about their experiences at the meeting. For completing these daily assignments, reporters and bloggers will receive reimbursement up to the student registration rate and a $50 stipend.

To apply, please send an email to newseditor@mrs.org stating your qualifications and your reasons for wanting to report or blog for us. We need only four reporters and four bloggers, so we will not be able to accept everyone who applies. We look forward to hearing from you! #f18mrs