Materials Research Society Fall 2009 Meeting

Vrylena Olney

If you weren't able to join us at the Association of Science Technology Centers Conference at the end of October, perhaps you can catch up with the NISE Network at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston at the end of November. The MRS is playing a major role to bring the education and research communities together at their Fall 2009 Meeting, hosting hands-on activities, demonstrations, exhibits and topics for educating future materials scientists and engineers. (And a special thank you to Richard Souza for compiling all these activities for me!)

  • Instructional Seminar-- Mastering Science Presentations
    The scientific process is not just about generating ideas; it is about freely sharing those ideas with the broader world. Now more than ever, our ability to recruit students, to attract colleagues, to garner attention, and to secure funding is tied to our ability to successfully communicate the results of our work, both to our peers and to the general public. In this session you will learn the fundamentals in sharing science as communications expert Tim Miller explains how to choose the very best tools to do the job of communication and shares some of the tips and tricks that can help you take your scientific presentations to the next level. There are 3 opportunities to catch this presentation:


    Sunday November 29th
    5:00-6:00pm Sheraton Hotel
    Gardner Room

    Monday November 30th
    7:30-8:30am Sheraton Hotel
    Beacon Room A

    Tuesday December 1st
    7:30-8:30am Sheraton Hotel
    Beacon Room A

  • Professional Development Seminar-- Crafting Successful Broader Impacts Plans for NSF Proposals
    If you have plans to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation, you’re going to have to think about broader impacts, and you’re going to have to do so in a rigorous, yet creative way.


    This seminar will feature an overview of and introduction to broader impacts by Dr. Zakya Kafafi, NSF, followed by a moderated panel of speakers who are experts in crafting high quality education-outreach efforts. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of resources and potential partners to help you develop – and implement – your broader impacts plan. Moderated by Assoc. Prof. Amy Moll.

    Tuesday December 1st
    Sheraton Hotel | Back Bay D Room

  • Education Symposium PP–Materials Education
    Join your research science and formal education colleagues and professionals from the informal science education community for a three-day education symposium and poster session that will focus on crosscutting issues critical to all levels of materials education audiences (K-12 students, undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers/professors, informal/public audiences). Session topics include demonstration and lab development, partnerships, undergraduate and graduate curriculum development and pedagogy, public outreach and informal science education and professional development and training.


    A unique feature of this symposium is the facilitation of research opportunities for the disabled. In addressing diversity topics it will feature a special memorial session for Marni Goldman, who served as education director of CPIMA at Stanford University in spite of living with a severe form of muscular dystrophy.

    Tuesday-Thursday, December 1st – December 3rd
    8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Independence E (Sheraton)

    PP Poster Session
    Tuesday December 1st, 8:00 pm -10:00 pm
    Hall D (Hynes Convention Center)

  • Nanodays 2010 and NISE Network
    Learn how you can Celebrate Nanodays 2010 - A Nationwide Festival of Nano-Public Outreach Events!


    • Find out if your community is planning to participate in NanoDays this year and how you can get in on the action.
    • Learn about NanoDays 2010.
    • Find out how your institution can become a partner in the NISE Network.

    Monday-Wednesday, November 30th-December 3rd
    8:00 – 4:00 pm

    Thursday, December 4th
    9:00 am -12:00 pm

    2nd Floor Lobby (Hynes Convention Center) (across from NISE Booth - Public Outreach Center)

  • Education Outreach Showcase
    Join with national science centers, universities, and science research centers for an evening of fun with science and engineering! Participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations at the Education Outreach Showcase and learn how to create effective and exciting outreach educational materials about materials science and engineering, including nanotechnology. The evening’s events will include a special tribute to Marni Goldman.


    Tuesday, December 1st
    8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Hall D (Hynes Convention Center) (during poster session)

  • NISE Network Science Collaborator
    Register at the MRS/NISE Network booth to participate in the NISE Network as a science collaborator. Learn how you can apply your needed expertise to help foster public awareness, engagement and understanding of nanotechnology.


    Monday through Thursday, November 30th – December 3rd
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Friday December 4th
    8:00 am – 12:00 noon

    2nd Floor Lobby (Hynes Convention Center)

  • Into the Prudential Mall! – Public Hands-on Demonstrations
    MRS Fall Meeting attendees representing universities and science centers will provide interactive, hands-on demonstrations about materials science and engineering and nanotechnology in the Prudential Mall.


    The goal is to provide fun demonstrations that help to inform the general public about materials science and engineering and nanotechnology.

    Monday – Thursday, November 30th – December 3rd
    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Thursday, March 27th
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Hynes Court, Prudential Mall (just outside mall entrance to Hynes Convention Center).