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Congrats to Franklin Dollar on Being Selected as an IOP Outstanding Reviewer by the New Journal of Physics

March 1, 2018|IOP Science|

IOP is proud to recognize excellence in reviewing, and each year our journal editorial teams select the best reviewers of the year based on the quality, quantity and timeliness of their reviews.

Each journal chooses one person to receive the Reviewer of the Year Award, and selects a number of other excellent reviewers to receive Outstanding Reviewer awards.

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Congrats to Jianwei “John” Miao on Receiving the NSF Special Creativity Award

February 28, 2018|UCLA Newsroom|

A rarely given Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation has been recently bestowed to a pair of UCLA faculty members, along with a leading computer simulation expert at the University of Colorado Boulder, to continue their research on metal alloys for fuel cells.

The principal investigators on the grant are Jianwei “John” Miao, UCLA professor of physics and astronomy and also the deputy director, NSF STROBE Science and Technology Center; Yu Huang, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering; and Hendrik Heinz, an associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Huang and Miao are also members of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.

Photo Credit: Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

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Congrats to Naomi Ginsberg for Being Selected as a Kavli Fellow

February 28, 2018|Kavli Institute|
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Congrats to Stan Osher on being elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering

February 7, 2018|National Academy of Engineering|

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

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Congrats to Laura Waller on Receiving the SPIE Early Career Achievement Award – Academia

January 29, 2018|SPIE: The International Society for Optics and Photonics|

Dr. Laura Waller, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University of California, Berkeley, is the recipient of the 2018 SPIE Early Career Achievement Award in the academic category. Dr. Waller is being honored for her contributions to biomedical and industrial science through development of computational imaging hardware and software for phase retrieval, 3D imaging, and partially coherent systems.

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Congrats to Connor Bischak for Receiving a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Studies in Scanning-probe Microscopy

January 1, 2018|Washington Research Foundation|

The inaugural group of 10 Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Postdoctoral Fellows has been selected. WRF will support the Fellows, all with recent doctorates, to carry out mentored research projects addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the public in areas including healthcare, climatology and engineering. Connor Bischak holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and will be developing biological-electronic interfaces for medical applications at the University of Washington (UW).

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Five STROBE Institutions Represented on AISES List of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans

December 1, 2017|Winds of Change|

Use this list of 200 colleges and universities to research where American Indians are going to school in significant numbers and where the community, Native Programs, and support are strong enough for these students to enjoy college and stay on to graduation. Unlike most “top colleges” lists, the focus here is on the Native Community and the support system, from admissions through graduation.

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Congrats to Stan Osher on being on the Clarivate Analytics 2017 list of Highly Cited Researchers

November 14, 2017|Clarivate Analytics|

Ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year in Web of Science, Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

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Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry (MF) hosted the Frontiers of Electron Tomography in the Physical Sciences

October 23, 2017|Frontiers of Electron Tomography|

Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry (MF) hosted the Frontiers of Electron Tomography in the Physical Sciences conference together with UCLA and STROBE (an NSF Science and Technology Center) to disseminate results and discuss new ideas for three-dimensional imaging techniques.  The conference was held in Berkeley, CA from October 23rd – 26th and included a two-day workshop of research talks followed by a two-day short course. A total of 97 people registered for the conference.

Tomography is a technique that can reconstruct the three-dimensional shape of objects at the nanoscale from a series of two-dimensional images such as those acquired by scanning / transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM). It has become an increasingly important technique in nanoscale research for quantitative characterization in three-dimensions of a wide range of materials systems. Recent advances in S/TEM hardware and reconstruction algorithms has extended this technique to the atomic scale in a technique known as atomic electron tomography (AET). A joint collaboration between UCLA and the MF, with funding from DOE BES and STROBE, has proven atomic resolution imaging is possible with precision of 19 trillionths of a meter (19 picometers). The FET2017 conference was held to discuss these new capabilities, potential future applications and provide in-depth teaching of the technique to graduate and postdoctoral students.

The two-day workshop included talks by several internationally recognized speakers on electron imaging and tomography as well as a poster session highlighting student research. Attendees were given the opportunity to take part in discussions on improvements and applications to AET. An important discussion during the workshop focused on the need for a materials data bank (MDB) of atomic resolution data sets and experimentally determined atomic coordinates made available openly to the physical sciences research community. This database, currently under development, will provide peer-reviewed sets of atomic structures and should be available in 2018.

After the workshop, tomography experts taught two days of lectures and hands-on tutorials to graduate and postdoctoral students on electron tomography topics such as theory, experimental design and newly available software. The new GENFIRE algorithm and open-source software developed as part of STROBE to reconstruct the atomic structure of materials. Also presented was the open-source Tomviz tomography analysis and visualization platform developed by Kitware, Inc. All lecture materials are available at the FET2017 short course website in an effort to increase the accessibility of the AET technique.

The conference was held jointly by the MF, UCLA and STROBE with contributions from several industry partners. More information is available at the conference website.

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Congrats to Jennifer Ellis on her NRC Postdoctral Fellowship

September 29, 2017|NIST|

The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC). The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.

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