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Society awards W. David Kingery Award, to recognize distinguished lifelong achievements involving multidisplinary and global contributions to ceramic technology, science, education, and art. Richard C. Bradt earned his bachelor’s degree from MIT, then his MS and PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after a period in industry. He joined the faculty of Bradt Pennsylvania State University in 1967, then went on to the Universities of Washington, Nevada, and Alabama. Bradt held the endowed Kyocera Professorship at UW and the endowed Alton N. Scott Chair at UA and is professor emeritus at the University of Alabama. Bradt has received multiple Society honors, including the Bleininger Award, the Planje-St. Louis Refractories Award, the Fulrath Award, the Jeppson Award, and the CEC Outstanding Educator Award. He was the Arthur Friedberg Laureate in 1994. He is an ACerS Fellow and a Distinguished Life Member of UNITECR. Bradt has coauthored nearly 400 manuscripts, more than 100 of which have appeared in JACerS or the ACerS Bulletin, and has edited more than 20 proceedings of international meetings. He has advised or coadvised more than 100 graduate students and directed 50 PhD theses. Twelve of his former graduate students hold university positions around the world. An ACerS member nearly 50 years, he belongs to the Refractory Ceramics, Basic Science, and Glass and Optical Materials Divisions. He also belongs to NICE and Keramos. He has served on the Board of Trustees and was an ACerS vice president. John Jeppson Award, to recognize distinguished scientific, technical, or engineering achievements. Anil V. Virkar is distinguished professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, director of the National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Plasmonics and Virkar Brennecka Spintronics at Utah, and the cofounder of several spin-off companies. He has conducted research on structural ceramics, phase transformation mechanisms and kinetics in ceramics, ion and electron conducting ceramics, and their applications in batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers. A Fellow of The American Ceramic Society, Virkar has received ACerS’s Ross Coffin Purdy Award and James I. Mueller Award. He has authored or coauthored more than 250 research articles and is listed as an inventor or coinventor on more than 40 patents. Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars, to recognize an outstanding scientist who is conducting research in academia, in industry, or at a governmentfunded laboratory. Nina Balke is a researcher at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. She has published more than 40 papers Balke in peer-reviewed journals and was involved in research on new characterization techniques for energy storage electrode materials, which was awarded the Microscopy Today Innovation Award in 2011. She has been an ACerS member since 2009 and received the Roland B. Snow award in 2010. Karl Schwartzwalder–Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, an ACerS/NICE award that recognizes an outstanding young ceramic engineer whose achievements have been significant to the profession and to the general welfare of the American people. Geoffrey Brennecka is principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N. Mex. He has been involved with ACerS at the national level since 1999. He helped launch the PCSA in 2008 and the Young Professionals Network in 2010 and continues to serve as mentor for each program. He also is an associate editor of JACerS, has served on four Society award committees, was president of NICE in 2010, and is currently chair of the Education Integration Committee. He is associated with the Electronics Division, where he currently serves as secretary. Ross Coffin Purdy Award, to recognize the authors who made the most valuable contribution to the ceramic technical literature in 2012. The award-winning paper is “Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Carbides,” ACS Nano, 6 2 1322–31 (2012), by M. Naguib, O. Mashtalir, J. Carle, V. Presser, J. Lu, L. Hultman, Y. Gogotsi, and M.W. Barsoum. Michel W. Barsoum is A.W. Grosvenor Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of The Barsoum American Ceramic Society and the World Academy of Ceramics. Joshua Carle is an undergraduate student at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. He is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor Carle in materials science and engineering. Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and Gogotsi serves as director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotech-nology Institute. 38 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6


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