MSE collaboration highlighted during AAAS annual meeting

During the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science February 17-21, 2011, in Washington, D.C., Iowa State University was mentioned in a symposium describing the Materials Digital Library Pathway, a multi-university collaboration for materials students, teachers, and researchers. The collaboration is designed to offer resources that can connect materials research and teaching programs.

Krishna Rajan, an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering and director of Iowa State’s Institute for Combinatorial Discovery, said the idea was to build an Internet repository of data, simulation tools, virtual labs, teaching archives and other materials that could be used by students and teachers. The project was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Science Digital Library.

The presentation about the collaboration was part of a symposium about “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Reliable Resources Across the Disciplines.” Laura Bartolo, professor and director of Kent State University’s Center for Materials Informatics, spoke about the materials science collaboration.

Jörg Schmalian, an Iowa State professor of physics and astronomy and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was also part of a symposium addressing the 100-year history of superconductivity.

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