June/July 2011

Dear ASESMA friends, June is here already! Can you believe it? One year ago, many of us were getting ready for the ASESMA school in Cape Town, wondering what to expect from our two weeks in South Africa. Where are you now and how has the ASESMA program affected your education and career? I'd love to hear from you, to gain your perspective on ASESMA and learn about your experience. Send me an email if you feel like sharing. This week, we've got a slew of web-based tools and information for you. Read on and enjoy. Best regards, Alison ---------------------------------------------------------------------- :: SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION :: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- We all know that doing good scientific research is difficult, but we often forget that good scientific communication can be just as hard. Don't waste your careful research by failing to communicate it effectively! The people at the Nature Publishing Group understand the importance of scientific communication better than most. On their educational site, they provide a series of fun, free tutorials to help bring your writing and presentation skills up to the same outstanding level as your research. http://www.nature.com/scitable/ebooks/english-communication-for-scientists-14053993/contents The tutorials cover the usual topics, like writing papers and delivering presentations, but also less obvious skills like chairing conference symposia, giving poster presentations, and preparing classroom sessions. While you are on the Nature Education site, be sure to look around and browse the wealth of informative materials available. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- :: DAILY REPORTS ON INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES :: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Interested to know what the hot research topics are for materials science around the world? Check out the MRS Bulletin's Meeting Scene newsletter. They cover a handful of international materials science conferences each year and send out a daily summary of highlights. Download the PDF's from their website or sign up for the free email newsletter. http://www.mrs.org/meeting-scene/ I'll be writing for the Meeting Scene in a couple of weeks, covering the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies in Singapore, as part of a fellowship from MRS. Sign up for the newsletter and I'll work hard to make it interesting! (To sign up, send an email to the head writer listed on the Meeting Scene website.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- :: MIT OPEN COURSEWARE -- REMINDER :: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- We've mentioned it before in our newsletter, but it's worth mentioning again. The Open Courseware program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a veritable treasure trove of knowledge, all freely available and deliberately formatted for easy access. Check out the course on Atomistic Computer Modeling of Materials, from Professors Manzari and Cedar, two leading experts in the field. http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/materials-science-and-engineering/3-320-atomistic-computer-modeling-of-materials-sma-5107-spring-2005/ The full set of lecture videos are available for streaming or download, along with selected lecture notes. Whether you are learning the material for the first time, want to deepen your knowledge of familiar topics, or simply miss Prof. Manzari's accent, these lectures will serve you well. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- :: LAST MONTH'S INTERVIEW WITH PHILLIP NYAWERE :: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Last month, our newsletter was devoted to an interview with ASESMA participant Phillip Nyawere. Phillip kindly shared with us the story of his academic career path, highlighting the importance of a good mentor and giving back to your community. If you missed it last month, don't worry: You can find the full text on our website: https://sites.google.com/site/asesma2010/newsletter-archives/nyawere ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You have received this newsletter because you either participated in the ASESMA 2010 workshop or expressed an interest in the ASESMA organization. If you'd like to opt out of future mailings, please reply to this email with your request. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------