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Society awards The patented melting process for Ceran annually eliminates more than 100 tons of arsenic and antimony, which are normally used as refining agents to rid glass of bubbles, and has reduced arsenic and antimony usage by an estimated 1,000 tons since the product’s introduction. The process that reduces Ceran’s environmental impact also is used for Pyran Platinum, a fire-rated transparent glass-ceramic glazing material. Pyran is produced using graywater from a nearby river for 90 percent of the plant’s total water needs, and water and wastewater streams are monitored to ensure they meet or exceed regulations. Schott also has developed energy-efficient melting technologies to reduce energy consumption and emissions in Pyran production. Corporate Technical Achievement Award, to recognize a single outstanding technical achievement made by an ACerS corporate member in the field of ceramics. Surmet Corp., Burlington, Mass., won the Corporate Technical Achievement Award for its successful development and commercialization of its AlON aluminum oxynitride spinel material for transparent armor and optical applications. AlON transparent armor provides more than 50 percent weight savings over glass-based armor, resulting in substantial improvement in system performance and life-cycle cost. Surmet began to focus on development and commercialization of the technology in 2007, investing $25 million in company funds and $32 million in government funding to advance AlON to its current state. Today the company can produce transparent ceramics in tonnage quantities, with consistent quality, and in increasing sizes and complexity. The company recently manufactured several 18-inch × 35-inch monolithic AlON windows, which it says are possibly the largest transparent ceramic windows that ever have been made. Du-Co Ceramics Awards New in 2013, these two awards were established by the late Reldon Cooper, cofounder of Du-Co Ceramics Co., Saxonburg, Pa. Du-Co Ceramics Young Professional Award, to a young professional member of ACerS who demonstrates exceptional leadership and service to ACerS. Kevin M. Fox is principal engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina. Fox Fox is a past chair of the ACerS Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division, a past president of the Ceramic Education Council, and a past member of the Material Advantage Committee. He currently serves as vice president of the Keramos Board of Directors, chair of the Book Publishing Committee, and a member of the Education Integration Committee. He is a recipient of the Basic Science Division Graduate Excellence in Materials Science Award, the Karl Schwartzwalder–Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, and the SRNL Laboratory Director’s Early Career Exceptional Achievement Award. Du-Co Ceramics Scholarship Award, to recognize the participation in ACerS activities of an undergraduate student in ceramic or materials engineering. Kelsey Meyer is a senior at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, where she is pursuing a dual major in physics and materials engineering. Meyer Meyer has been involved with PCSA since January 2012. She served as the Programming Committee chair in 2012 and continues to participate in PCSA as a member of the Programming Committee. She also has been involved in Material Advantage throughout her undergraduate career and served as the president of her school’s student chapter last year. After completing her undergraduate degrees, Kelsey intends to pursue a doctoral degree combining her interests in physics and materials engineering. n ACerS Award Lectures Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture Delivered Monday, June 3 at the PACRIM-GOMD Meeting, San Diego, Calif. Walter Kob Lecture title: The properties of glass-forming systems at the Kauzmann temperature Walter Kob is professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Montpellier 2, France. He has authored more than 170 publications, including one textbook, and was the 2011 recipient of the Ivan Peyches Award of the French Academy of Science and the 2007 recipient of the Otto Schott Research Award for Outstanding Research Achievements in Glass Science. n Kob 40 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6


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