Saturday, June 28, 2008

recap: nsf director in youngstown

Dr. Arden Bement, Director of the National Science Foundation - a federal agency with an annual budget of some $6 billion and change - was on campus in downtown youngstown Monday.

His first public visit of the day was a short speech in Moser Hall to about 40 industry, academic, and community leaders. The level of questioning in the room was excellent.

This was followed by a presentation to about 150 students, YSU faculty and staff by Dr. Bement, with words of encouragement to the researchers on campus by Rep. Tim Ryan.

Dr. Bement then walked though a poster session with undergraduate and graduate researchers.

And finally, the ribbon was cut on the new Analytical Materials Instrumentation Center at YSU - constructed with funds from the NSF.

media recaps here and here.

UPDATE: Ohio's Third Frontier program just announced a $2.1 million grant to YSU to build the Center for Excellence in Advanced Materials Analyses.

Through a partnership with Youngstown-based Fireline TCON (in the Smoky-Hollow neighborhood) and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the project will focus on the R&D and commercialization of products with increased resistance to thermal shock and lower thermal conductivity to improve liquid aluminum-resistant refractory materials for use during molten metal handling, melt treatment and castings.

Selma Diamond, eat your heart out.

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