I. Cevdet Noyan, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Earth and Environmental Engineering and former Chair of the APAM Department, has won the 2019 Hanawalt Award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD). He was selected for this honor for his many contributions to X-ray diffraction methods and for the depth and breadth of knowledge in combining materials science and diffraction characterization.
The Final Report of the Committee on a Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research is now available. “We are seeing tremendous progress being made in the path to achieving fusion energy around the world,” said Michael Mauel, professor of applied physics at Columbia University and co-chair of the committee that authored the report. “Now is the right time for the U.S. to benefit from the investments in burning plasma research and take leadership in fusion energy.”
Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering & professor of applied physics, received an honorary doctorate for her pioneering work in silicon photonics. “This is an incredible honor,” says Lipson. “Trinity College is home to the AMBER Centre, on whose board I have had the privilege of serving. The center’s transformative research impacts science worldwide. And, the University of Dublin itself is a symbol of change. It is the first college to elect a female chancellor, & women now represent more than 50% of its student body. The university stands for - and actively works toward - progress across all sections of society & intellectual disciplines, including my own.”
CNN: "I'm a climate scientist, but I didn't work on the latest National Climate Assessment. I wasn't asked to do so, in fact. But if I had been, I would have thought hard before agreeing to participate, because the work is largely thankless. The scientists who put long hours, days, and years into assessments like the NCA, those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others do so on a volunteer basis. The time comes out of their other projects, reducing their output -- meaning fewer papers published on their own research, fewer proposals for grant funding to sustain their research groups, less time put into anything that benefits their careers directly. To what end?"
Simon Billinge, who holds joint appointments in APAM & BNL, was featured in Chemistry World. Billinge’s group uses techniques to tackle real world problems, improving the properties of advanced materials by subtly altering their molecular structures. These might be high temperature superconductors, batteries or photovoltaic cells, or, increasingly, pharmaceuticals. Many of the “failed” compounds on drug companies’ shelves are potent & selective inhibitors of their molecular targets but are too insoluble to enter the bloodstream. Reformulating by reducing the particle size can sometimes increase the solubility of a ‘brick dust’-like compound by as much as a thousand times.