2011 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting

Monday, November 28, 2011 to Friday, December 2, 2011
Boston, MA

Each year, MRS holds two international meetings, one in Boston in the fall and the other in San Francisco in the spring. The NISE Net participates in these meetings in a variety of ways, holding workshops, professional development sessions, outreach activities, and bringing new scientists into the network.

This year the MRS 2011 Fall Meeting will feature a variety of materials science topics. For general information regarding the MRS 2011 Fall Meeting: http://www.mrs.org/fall2011/

Some events of particular interest include:

Public Outreach Events

  • Public Outreach Center 
    Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor 

    The Materials Research Society is playing a major role in bringing the education and research communities together at the Fall Meeting.  Join us for exciting hands-on activities, demonstrations, information areas, and seminars to engage future materials scientists and engineers. Join us at the Public Outreach Center at the 2011 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston and learn what roles MRS is playing in the following education outreach communities. Find out how you can participate and be part of the action as we bring the science of materials to the general public. The following activities will be represented at the Public Outreach Center: DBIS, Hands-On Nano Hours, Materials Voice, NISE Network/Nanodays, NOVA, Science on the Square, Strange Matter  
  • Hands-On Nano Coffee Hours in Public Outreach Center area
    Monday-Wednesday, November 28-30, 9:30-10:30 am
    Monday, November 28, 2:30-3:30 pm  
    Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Boylston Corridor

    Join us throughout the week during the coffee breaks as national science centers and science museums, in partnership with the NISE Network, present “stimulating” educational, outreach hands-on activities in materials science and nanotechnology
  • NISE Network/Nanodays 2012 in Public Outreach Center area
    Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor
    Register at the MRS/NISE Network booth to participate in the NISE Network as a science collaborator. Learn how you can apply your much needed expertise to help foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanotechnology.
    Learn about NanoDays 2012 
    Find out if your community is planning to participate in NanoDays 2012 and how you can get in on the action
    Find out how your institution can become a partner in the NISE Network.
    For more information about NanoDays 2012 and the NISE Network go to http://www.nisenet.org.  
  • Science on the Square
    Karine Thate - Museum of Science Boston
    Stage Presentation - Cleaning Our Water With Nanotechnology
    Wednesday, November 30
    2:30-3:30 pm
    Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall, materials² 

    Created for general public audiences at the Museum of Science Boston, Cleaning Our Water with Nanotechnology is a presentation about our drinking water and how we can make contaminated water safe to drink by using a variety of technologies, including three new nanotechnologies for water purification. During the presentation, audiences consider the following questions:
    Which contaminants do we have in our water that makes it unsafe to drink?
    How do we typically purify our water – and what are the shortcomings/limitations of those technologies?
    How can new nanotechnologies purify our drinking water in new ways to help us in situations where large-scale water treatment isn’t appropriate? 

    This activity is sponsored by NISE Network, the National Science Foundation and the Museum of Science Boston.
  • Making Stuff
    Monday, November 28 - Thursday, December 1
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Registration Corridor 
    RS and NOVA, the flagship PBS science documentary series, teamed to produce a four-part PBS primetime series on materials science entitled Making STUFF.  The four-part series premiered on January 19, 2011 and focused on the themes of Stronger, Smarter, Smaller, and Cleaner. It introduced the fundamental concepts of materials science in a fun and exciting way while teaching the public how scientists can tailor materials to meet new challenges.  Stop by the NOVA Making STUFF information booth and see video clips of the series.

Student Chapter Events

  • Student Mixer
    Monday, November 28 | 7:30 pmMonday, November 28
    7:30-8:30 pm
    Sheraton Boston Hotel, Commonwealth, 3rd Floor 
    Mingle with colleagues, enjoy good food and drink and have fun exploring science! Are you ready to be amused while challenging your science expertise? Do you want an opportunity to relax with your old friends and make some new ones? Join us at the Student Mixer for good food and drink, while exploring interactive science activities. Professional public educators from museum science centers are teaming to provide a collection of hands-on activities and demos in materials science and nanotechnology.

    Presenters: Museum of Science, Boston, Museum of Life and Science, Sciencenter, Spoken Science 
    Sponsored by ACS Publications (Booth 125), The NISE Network and the National Science Foundation  


Professional Development Events

  • Mastering Science Presentations Instructional Seminar
    Sunday, November 27 | 4 pm - 6 pm
    Monday, November 28 | 5 pm - 6 pm
    Tuesday, November 29 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Beacon G 

    The scientific process is not just about generating ideas; it is about freely sharing those ideas with the broader world. Now, more than ever, the ability to recruit students, attract colleagues, garner attention, and secure funding is tied to your ability to successfully communicate the results of your work, both to peers and to the general public.  Communications expert Tim Miller has spent his career helping scientists and students bring their work out of the laboratory and share it with a wider audience. For a variety of reasons, communicating your research with nonexperts is an important skill. In this session, you will learn the fundamentals of sharing science as Miller explains how to choose the very best tools to do the job of communication, and reveals some of the tips and tricks that can help you take your scientific presentations to the next level.

    This session is sponsored by the NISE Network and the National Science Foundation.
  • Making the Most of Broadcast Media
    Sunday, November 27 | 1 pm - 3 pmSunday, November 27
    1:00-3:00 pm
    Sheraton Boston, 2nd Floor, Back Bay D 

    There is no better way for your research to reach a broad audience than through broadcast media. Films, television, radio, and the Internet provide a huge pipeline though which society can discover scientific research. Yet news departments worldwide continue to devote less reporting to topics in science, and the onus now falls on scientists to craft and deliver messages about their work that is suited for dissemination through these media channels. 

    This session is sponsored by the NISE Network and the National Science Foundation.
  • Technical Poster Design Seminar
    Monday, November 28, 7:30-8:30 am
    Tuesday, November 29, 4:00-5:00 pm
    Sheraton Boston, 3rd Floor, Beacon G

    One of the mainstays of technical communication, the scientific poster offers a compact and powerful format for sharing your work with your peers. Yet, sometimes, even the most brilliant results can be obscured by poor layout or design. Communications expert Tim Miller will share the basic rules of good poster design and show you some of the most effective tools and techniques for creating technical posters with quality and clarity. Numerous examples of good and bad poster design will be critically reviewed. You will leave this session armed with the skills to guarantee that your next scientific poster will stand out in a crowd.

    Presentations conducted by Tim Miller of Spoken Science  

    This session is sponsored by the NISE Network and the National Science Foundation.