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contents J u n e / J u l y 2 0 1 4 • V o l . 9 3 N o . 5 cover story It’s tough to be strong: Advances in bioinspired structural ceramic-based materials Credit: Porter; UCSD – page 18 feature articles It’s tough to be strong: Advances in bioinspired structural ceramic–based materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Michael M. Porter and Joanna McKittrick Adapting biological processes to synthesize ceramic materials yields microstructures remarkably similar to natural materials with mechanical properties at least as good. Student perspectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 The annual student-contributed section showcases student activities and research and demonstrates the wide—and creative—range of student interests. Chair’s update on PCSA activities and welcome to the student ACerS Bulletin issue . . . . . 25 –Bradley Schultz What is not to love about Congressional Visits Day?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 –Tricia L. Freshour Internship—A pathway to employment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 –Valerie Wiesner Lessons from a study abroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 –Omar Cedillos Barraza GREEN in Iceland—Learning outside of a classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 –Peter Robinson Flexible ceramics and fracture-resistant friendships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 –Derek Miller Japan research experience—A study in science and attitude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 –Jesse Angle Genchi genbutsu—Go and see for yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 –Dalton Devine Students weigh in on education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 –Liangfa Hu and Bradley Richards meetings 5th Advances in Cement–based Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Innovations in Biomedical Materials: Focus on Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 3rd International Conference on Electrospinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 MS&T14: Materials Science & Technology 2014 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 columns PCSA Writing Competition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Gordon Alanko The Autoclave resources Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Classified Advertising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Display Advertising Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 feature Student perspectives Credit: W. Gregory – page 25 departments News & Trends . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ACerS Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Research Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ceramics in Energy . . . . . . . . 16 Advances in Nanomaterials . . . 17 American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 5 | www.ceramics.org 1


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