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•New York. There are sev- Career Class of 2012 Awardees eral awards at Rensselaer Polytechnic Steven J. May, Drexel University, PhD 2007 Institute in addition to the lat- Project title: Octahedral Control of Electronic Properties in est CAREER award. The Ceramics Semiconducting Perovskite Heterostructures. Intellectual goal: Program also supports projects at other Control electronic properties, such as the bandgap and carrier institutions in the state of New York, mobilities, in semiconducting perovskite films by enforcing nonequilibrium atomic including SUNY at Stony Brook, structures. Education efforts: Outreach to high school students where a significant fraction are underrepre- SUNY at Albany, Alfred University, sented in science. (NSF award number: 1151649) Columbia University, CUNY College Jennifer S. Andrew, University of Florida, PhD 2008 of Staten Island, Rochester Institute of Project title: Structure–property Relationships Arising Technology, and Union College, for a from Interfacial Coupling in Biphasic Ceramic Nanocomposites. Intellectual goal: total of 17 awards. Synthesize free-standing composite biphasic nanoparticles and fibers to study the •Illinois. Most of the Ceramics effects of interfacial properties, including area and nature (e.g., epitaxy) on compos- Program’s awards are divided between ite properties. University of Illinois at Urbana- Education efforts: Employ a team-based approach in a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary envi- Champaign and Northwestern ronment through collaborations and leverage existing outreach to improve high school graduation University. There is one award at the rates in at-risk youth. (NSF award number: 1150665) University of Illinois at Chicago, which Brady Gibbons, Oregon State University, PhD 1998 also is a CAREER award. Project title: Development of Environmentally Benign Piezoelectric Materials for Sustainable Systems. Intellectual goal: Develop lead- Where was California in the 2012 free piezoelectric materials for small-scale sensing and actuation CAREER competition in the Ceramics applications. Program? Nowhere! Institutions have to Education efforts: Integrate with mentoring programs that bring high school, under- play to win, and no proposals were sub- graduate, and graduate students, as well as the professor together, to build a pyramid of mentorship mitted from California faculty in this in the laboratory and increase diversity. (NSF award number: 1151701) round. However, six of the 25 active Jie Lian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, PhD 2003 CAREER awards support junior faculty Project title: Radiation Interaction with Nano- at California institutions. structured Ceramics—Integrating Materials Research Into Nuclear Education. Intellectual goal: Elucidate atomistic mechanisms of radiation interaction and The Future defect behaviors to understand damage mechanisms and structural evolution of NSF staff will work with faculty and nanostructured ceramics and how different length scales affect materials radiation university press offices to report on performance. the discoveries of present and future Education efforts: Engage underrepresented students at high schools through collaboration with local teachers and communities and academic outreach programs (including Summer@Rensselaer) awardees through news media, the NSF to increase the public’s understanding of nuclear radiation challenges and materials solutions. (NSF website, and other channels, including award number: 1151028) the Bulletin. The NSF’s online news Lane W. Martin, University of Illinois at Urbana- outlets, www.research.gov, andScience Champaign, PhD 2008 Nation on the www.nsf.gov website Project title: Enhanced Pyroelectric and Electrocaloric Effects in Complex Oxide regularly feature research and education Thin-Film Heterostructures. Intellectual goal: Expand fundamental understanding highlights. Also, after the completion of magneto-electro-caloric and pyro-electric-magnetic effects, develop predictive of NSF-funded projects, short outcome capabilities for responses in thin-film systems, and probe the properties and ulti- reports are available on www.research. mate performance of these materials device applications. gov for the public. Education efforts: Promote discovery and understanding at the K–12/undergraduate/graduate Looking ahead to 2013, 14 CAREER education levels by introducing students to advanced functional materials and broaden participa- tion of underrepresented student groups in science and engineering careers. (NSF award number: proposals are under review, with pos- 11149062) sible EPSCoR cofunding for new awards in those jurisdictions, particularly Acknowledgments References for researchers new to NSF funding. Ashley A. White, AAAS Science and 1NSF website for the Ceramic Program: http://www.nsf. However, the CAREER program is not Technology Policy Fellow, is acknowl- gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5352 the only option for assistant profes- edged for her thoughtful input. Thanks 2CAREER solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/publica-tions/pub_summ.jsp?WT.z_pims_id=503214&ods_ sors, and they often apply to other NSF are given to the Class of 2012 CAREER key=nsf11690 solicitations and programs. In particu- awardees for supplying images. University 3L.D. Madsen, “NSF Recognizes Three Assistant lar, assistant professors have capitalized logos are used with permission. Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull.,88 3 30–33 (2009).Professors with 2009 CAREER Awards in Ceramics,” on their connections overseas and with 4L.D. Madsen, “An Update on the National Science industry to secure funding through About the author Foundation Ceramic CAREER Awards: Class of 2010,” the NSF’s MWN and GOALI grants. Lynnette Madsen is director of the Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull.,91 6 22–23 (2012). The CAREER Class of 2013 will be Ceramics Program at the National 5L.D. Madsen, “Class of 2011 National Science announced in the early spring. n Science Foundation. Contact: lmad- Foundation CAREER Awards in Ceramics,”Am. Ceram. 8 27–29 (2012).91.,Soc. Bull sen@nsf.gov. American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 1 | www.ceramics.org 31


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