Current Events and Announcements

 Event 01/27/2017


MRSEC Runs its Annual Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop

The Wisconsin Materials Research Science and Engineering Center collaborated with the Field Day Lab to host a workshop for middle school teachers to learn about and brainstorm ideas for educational video games based on materials science. The teachers came up with several game ideas based upon teaching challenges they have in the classroom. Sarah Sprangers, a Madison area middle school teacher, said educational video games would provide another way for teachers to connect with their students. "Technology is such an integral part of their lives," she said. "It seems only natural and important to include that in the classroom."The next step is to align these ideas with the ideas that were developed by MRSEC participants at the October 2016 Breakthrough in Education Workshop (BREW) to come up with at least two game ideas that the Field Day will start developing. Click here to watch a video by NBC15 WMTV, who covered the workshop. 

Announcement 12/09/2016


MRSEC Runs its Annual Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop

On October 28, 73 members of the Wisconsin MRSEC came together for the fifth annual Breakthrough Research and Education Workshop (BREW).  The BREW began with a lunchtime talk by David Gagnon, the new MRSEC Associate Education Director and an expert in educational game theory and design. David tasked participants with finding “toys, puzzles, stories, or simulations” in the research highlights presented by members of each IRG following David’s talk. After all three IRGs presented their recent advances in research from the previous year, MRSEC members assembled into inter-IRG groups for the Education Workshop part of the BREW.  In total the groups brainstormed 15 game ideas and 8 more fully developed game concepts; all inspired by the MRSEC research talks. These game ideas and concepts will be used as the basis for the “Game On Cohort”, a group of teacher fellows who will work with the MRSEC to develop and evaluate classroom ready digital games.

 Announcement 10/6/2016



Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC) 2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium (AMIC) Annual Meeting co-hosted with the Wisconsin Materials Institute (WMI) was held on September 8th, 2016 at the Fluno Center. Participants who attended the meeting learned about the synergy of combined resources from AMIC, WMI and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). There were 96 participants registered for the event with Industry and Students making up over 70% of the participants. A few of the highlights from this year's meeting were the Student Networking Session, the Student Poster Session and the evening Networking Reception. UW-AMIC would like to congratulate the three poster winners, Jie Feng, Yongho Joo and Ankit Gujral. Thank you to all of our Sponsors and attendees for helping to make another successful AMIC Annual Meeting.

Announcement 10/01/16

Announcing the MRSEC Fall 2016 Sponsored Seminar Series

The schedule for the Fall sponsored seminar series which features presentations by materials scientists from Cornell, Berkeley, Penn State and more prestigious research centers can be found by clicking here.

 Announcement 8/19/16



Wisconsin MRSEC Represented at Triennial Meeting of the International Organization for Crystal Growth

MRSEC IRG 1 Co-Leader Prof. Tom Kuech (pictured 2nd from left) serves as the vice-president of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG) and attended its triennial meeting in Nagoya, Japan, August 7-12, 2016. The 18th International Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy brought together national organizations as well as representatives from the International Union of Crystallography. This year the conference was opened by the Crown Prince of Japan, the governor of the prefecture of Shiga and the Nagoya mayor. There were daily plenary talks, one of which was given by Nobel Laureate, Isamu Akasaki (Meijo University, Nagoya University, Japan, seated center), who along with Prof. Shuji Nakamura (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Prof. Hiroshi Amano (Nagoya University, Japan) received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. This Prize underlined the importance of materials science and crystal growth in modern technology. Prof. Kuech gave a plenary talk highlighting MRSEC activities and was invited to attend a private lunch hosted by Prof. Akasaki. The next triennial meeting of the IOCG will be held in Keystone, Colorado in 2019.

Professor Nakamura will be giving a talk at UW-La Crosse on October 13-14, 2016 as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics.

Event 7/28/16

2016 MRSEC Breakthrough in Research and Education Workshop (BREW)

Save the date for the 2016 MRSEC BREW to be held on Friday, October 28, 2016 from noon-4pm at Union South. Click here to Register!