|Navigating your Academic Journey: Mentorship and Allyship!
The Wisconsin MRSEC is partnering with the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA), Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), and Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) to bring distinguished speakers to campus for a Roundtable Series focused on the professional advancement and empowerment of black women in STEM. This Series is a safe place to have discussions on race and gender bias as they relate to the professional advancement of women in STEM. The next Roundtable features Dr. Christine Grant, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University, and will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017, from noon – 2pm in Varsity Hall, Union South. Lunch will be served. RSVP at: https://tinyurl.com/BGPSACGrant.
|MRSEC Collaborates with Field Day Lab on Educational Video Games for Middle Schoolers
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.
|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.
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.
|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.