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Going To An Academic Conference? Here Are Some Tips

Very good tips not only for participants but also for conference oragnizers.

Of course, this is true of basically everybody in academia. That’s the nature of the beast, as it were– getting a Ph.D. requires you to become the World’s Leading Expert in a subject that nobody else cares about to anywhere near that extent. Getting a faculty position demands that you pursue research interests that don’t quite line up with anyone else’s (while not being too far away from the consensus of what’s interesting enough to be funded and published). We’re all unique and special here, which means none of us are actually that special, so we might as well offer whatever we have.

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Magically Magnetic Gadolinium : Nature Chemistry : Nature Publishing Group

Gadolinium is one of the most important materials used by us during attempts to construct an effective magnetocaloric cooling unit. Please read the basic facts about it.

The name of the element (gadolinium) comes from the Hebrew “gadol”—a great (and its write in Hebrew).

Both gadolinium and some of its alloys or salts play a prominent role in magnetic cooling. In this refrigeration process, a magnetic substance becomes hotter when placed under certain external magnetic field, owing to the orientation of its magnetic dipoles. Inversely when the field is removed, and the substance thermally isolated, it cools down. By varying the magnetic field, and the sample’s insulation, one shuffles entropy between the material’s electronic spin system and other degrees of freedom.

Source: Magically magnetic gadolinium : Nature Chemistry : Nature Publishing Group

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Modeling of Localized Inelastic Deformation

This course provides an overview of modeling approaches used in the mechanics of inelastic materials and structures, with special attention to the objective description of highly localized deformation modes such as cracks or shear bands. It is one of the RILEM educational courses. In 2014 it attracted 21 participants from 9 European countries.
In 2015, attendance of the course can be combined with participation in CIVIL-COMP 2015 (15th Int. Conf. on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing), which takes place in the same building of the Czech Technical University in Prague on September 1-4. On top of that, on Saturday, September 5, you can watch the Birell Grand Prix, a night race downtown Prague with up to 9000 runners (you can even be one of them …).

More info:

Short Course on Mechanics of Random and Fractal Media

Polish Association for Computational Mechanics and Poznan University of Technology are organizing

Short Course on Mechanics of Random and Fractal Media

The course will be delivered by Professor Martin Ostoja-Starzewski (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and will take place at Poznan University of Technology on 25-26 June 2015.

All who are interested in Mechanics of Random and Fractal Media or would like to deepen their knowledge about it are kindly invited to participate in the course.

Further details are contained in the attached Announcement and on the website:

Deadline for registration to the course: May 31, 2015

Please circulate this information to colleagues potentially interested in participating in the MRFM Course.

We would be delighted to welcome you to Poznań.

Yours sincerely,

Mieczysław Kuczma
President of PACM

PCM-CMM-2015 Congress

Dear Sir/Madam,

We also take the opportunity to cordially invite you and your co-workers once again to further present your research work at the

scheduled for 8-11 SEPTEMBER 2015

The Conference is a joint scientific event:

  • the 3rd Polish Congress on Mechanics (PCM)
  • the 21st International Conference on Computer Methods in Mechanics (CMM)

Congress President:
Michal Kleiber (Polish Academy of Sciences)
Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Tadeusz Burczynski (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of Polish Academy of Sciences)

Polish Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Polish Association for Computational Mechanics

Conference venue:
Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland

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New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled by a magic force field. Instead of using chemical coatings they used lasers to etch a nanostructure on the metal itself. It will not wear off, like current less effective methods.

fromNew amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic.

Fuel Cell Vehicles Aren’t Yet Greener than Hybrids | MIT Technology Review

If you want to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, you should probably skip the hydrogen fuel cell cars now coming to market and buy a much cheaper hybrid instead.

After decades of research and small-scale demonstrations, hydrogen cars are finally rolling into view. These vehicles use electric motors, but their electricity comes not from a battery but from hydrogen, processed in a chemical reaction that takes place inside a fuel cell.

za Fuel Cell Vehicles Aren’t Yet Greener than Hybrids | MIT Technology Review.

Standards for Scientific Grafic Presentations

Must read for everyone! Especially cited article from year 1914 [1].

There are so many beautiful tools for preparing “presentation graphics!” All they are so easy to use. So, we stop thinking about the graph and its meaning.

Over the previous hundred years, a lot of work has gone into standardizing the way scientific data is presented. All of this knowledge has been largely forgotten. I want us to bring it back to life.

source: Standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation [2].

[2] Standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation (Jure Triglav), 2014. [bibtex] [pdf]
[1] Joint Committee on Standards for Graphic Presentation, In Publications of the American Statistical Association, volume 14, 1915. [bibtex] [pdf] [doi]