Diran Apelian, ScD ’73, has been elected a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. Dr. Apelian is currently the director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Metal Processing Institute and the 52nd president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).
Ayr Muir, Course III ’00 and SM ’01, is following his dream of opening a restaurant, and the first step has been launching the Clover Food Lab truck, parked near the MIT Medical Center. Clover Food Lab offers a vegetarian menu, made from local and organic ingredients. The lunch business has been successful enough that the truck began offering breakfast at the beginning of December. Enthusiastic response from customers has even brought visitors from outside the local area.
At #74 in Discover Magazine's Top 100 Stories of 2008 (in the magazine's December issue) is a paper by professors Paula Hammond, Yet-Ming Chiang, and Angela Belcher describing a way to use viruses to build and install microbatteries. The team reported the method in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August.
Researchers at MIT have made significant progress in understanding a class of materials that has resisted analysis for decades. Their findings could lead to the rapid discovery of a variety of useful new kinds of glass made of metallic alloys with potentially significant mechanical, chemical and magnetic applications.
Among the poster winners at the Fall 2008 MRS meeting in Boston were Anna Bershteyn and Richard Yau. The poster, "Bioresorbable Nanoparticles Enveloped by lipid 'Shells,' 'Onions,' or 'Flowers' as Synthetic Pathogens For Vaccine Design," was co-authored by Jose Chaparro of Chemistry and Prof. Darrell J. Irvine.
From Fiber Optic Surgical Scalpels to Fabrics That See: How Materials Scientists are Shaping the Future
Prof. Fink has been announced as the Fall 2008 Wulff Lecturer, on Monday, Nov. 17, at 4:30, in 10-250. Prof. Fink's research in photonics led to the development of the "BeamPath fiber system," a means of delivering CO2 laser energy to a surgical site, a site that may be inaccessible through other conventional surgical methods.
Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang gave the keynote address to the class of 2012. MIT President Susan Hockfield said she invited Chiang to deliver the keynote address because he personifies several MIT ideals: a passion for pursuing the outer limits of knowledge, a commitment to tackling the most pressing challenges of the day, and an entrepreneurial spirit. See the MIT News Office for more about the address.
In May, Prof. Irvine was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. This five-year appointment provides researchers with the resources and flexibility to pursue new ideas. To learn more about this honor, see the MIT News Office.