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ACerS Award Lectures Frontiers of Science and Society—Rustum Roy Lecture Sunday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Lecture title: Affordable healthcare? Role of bio-ceramic technology, socio-economic, and ethical issues Larry L. Hench is University Professor of Engineering in the Biomedical Engineering Program at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne; professor and director of Special Projects at the University of Central Florida, Orlando; guest faculty member of the Department of Bioengineering, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers; and vsiting professor Hench at Kings College/Guy’s Hospital, University of London. Hench is best known as the inventor of Bioglass, the first synthetic material to bond to living tissues. The concept of bioactive bonding pioneered by Hench’s discovery opened the field of biomedical materials to innovation that has led to numerous second- and third-generation materials and devices and revolutionized repair and regeneration of the body. Hench since has continued his research in biomaterials. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and World Academy of Ceramics as well as a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society; Society of Glass Technology; Society for Biomaterials; Institute of Materials, Mining, and Metallurgy; Royal Society of Chemistry; and AIMBE. n Edward Orton Jr. Memorial Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Sheldon M. Wiederhorn Lecture title: Griffith cracks at the nanoscale Sheldon M. Wiederhorn is a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. His current interests are using the atomic force microscope to investigate the structure of cracks in glass at the nanometer scale and to develop ways in which the propagation of these cracks can be resisted. Wiederhorn is best known for experiments he developed to characterize subcritical crack growth in glasses. The results of these studies illustrated the complexity of subcritical crack growth and led to the conclusion that failure of glass was caused by the slow growth of cracks to a critical size, which determined the time-to-failure. Wiederhorn At the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST), Wiederhorn became one of the first to apply fracture mechanics techniques to study the fracture of ceramic materials. A consequence of his research was the development of techniques to assure the structural reliability of brittle ceramic materials. Techniques pioneered by Wiederhorn and his colleagues are now used to assure the reliability of glass windows in airplanes, space-vehicles, and related applications. Wiederhorn is an ACerS Distinguished Life Member and Fellow, and has received numerous Society awards. n ACerS/NICE Arthur L. Friedberg Ceramic Engineering Tutorial and Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. Greg Hilmas Lecture title: Engineered structural ceramic materials: Novel methods for increasing toughness, wear resistance, and thermal shock Greg Hilmas joined the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now MS&T) in 1998 and is Curators’ Professor of Ceramic Engineering. His current research involves development of ultra-high-temperature ceramics for propulsion and thermal protection applications. He also has active research programs in rapid prototyping of 3D structural ceramics and bioceramics for bone replacement. Hilmas is an ACerS Fellow and a member of Keramos. He is the author or coauthor of more than 110 papers, holds 10 US patents, and has three patents pending. n Hilmas Basic Science Division Robert B. Sosman Award and Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. Nava Setter Lecture title: Structure and functions of ferroic domain walls Nava Setter completed her MSc in civil engineering at Technion (Israel) and PhD in solid state science at Pennsylvania State University in 1980. After postdoctoral work at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva, she joined an R&D institute in Israel and led its electronic ceramics lab. In 1989 she was appointed professor of materials science and engineering and director of the ceramics laboratory of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She has served in the past as the director of the materials department of the institute. Setter’s research interests include ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics. n Setter American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6 | www.ceramics.org 41


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