Archive for 2011

UA-France Program Ranked Best in Class, Awarded $300,000

May 2011 - A materials and optical engineering research partnership between UA and French universities has been awarded $300,000 to fund mobility between its various international member institutions.

The International Associated Laboratory for Materials and Optics was inaugurated in 2010 when UA President Robert Shelton met with Frederic Benoliel, Director of International Relations for the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The Laboratory's creation was the result of 10 years of collaboration between Pierre Lucas, a UA Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and the group of Jean Luc Adam of the University of Rennes, France.

The award consisted of $240,000 from the Partner University Fund established in 2007 by the New York-based French American Cultural Exchange Foundation, plus an additional €40,000 ($56,000) Univ-Link award from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


Pierre Lucas, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

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Dr. Pamela Vandiver presents at the Freer Gallery of Art


November 2011 - In the mid-12th century, Korean artists introduced the technique of using black and white inlays beneath green glaze to depict floating clouds, cranes, and flowers on ceramics. A later, quite different version of this practice, known as sanggam, produced lively, abstract patterns with white pigment alone. In her talk entitled “Cranes and Clouds: Evolution of the Inlay Technique in Korean Ceramics”, Dr. Pamela Vandiver, professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona investigates this amazing technology and its evolution at a microscopic level. This lecture at the Freer Gallery of Art was made possible by the generous support of the National Museum of Korea.

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Professor Supapan Seraphin makes famous Thai lunch for students, providing an opportunity to discuss academic concerns.

Supapan Seraphin, a materials science and engineering professor, received a Ben's Bells award for her work with students on January 21, 2011. She makes a famous Thai lunch for them, providing an opportunity to discuss academic concerns.

Each week she cooks Thai food in the kitchen of Maricopa Hall, attracting dozens of hungry students with the aroma of her Pad Thai and yellow curry. Seraphin's commitment to her students goes far beyond cooking. As director of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program, every summer she takes undergraduates to Thailand to do materials-related research in a university or national laboratory. "I want undergraduates to experience research and know how much fun it is," she says. "I want to give them a global perspective. A student once told me he never met an engineering professor so well-rounded. I take that as a great compliment. I don't want to just give my students engineering. I want to tell them that to lead a good, happy life you need balance." Video directed by Ben Kirkby

Dr. Robert Erdmann helps count threads in Van Gogh canvas.

March 2011 - A Cornell electrical engineering professor is helping art historians do a little detective work by using computing algorithms to identify which of Vincent Van Gogh's paintings came from the same original rolls of canvas.

C. Richard Johnson Jr., the Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, is on leave from Cornell this semester to serve as an adjunct research fellow at the Van Gogh Museum and other museums in the Netherlands. Computer algorithms are allowing Johnson and colleagues to count the number of individual threads per centimeter in the canvases Van Gogh painted on -- tasks that would take multiple lifetimes to complete by hand.

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Women Engineers Shine at Innovation Day Showcasing UA Research

March 2011 - The March 29 event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff and faculty members.
On Tuesday, March 29, the University of Arizona will host its eighth annual Innovation Day at the UA.
The event celebrates the UA's success in technology development and innovation by highlighting the research achievements of students, staff and faculty members.
Innovation Day will open by highlighting the best of the University's research by showcasing "UA at the Leading Edge" in short video clips. The session will take place in the Gallagher Theater at the UA Student Union Memorial Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Full article

Ben’s Bell Award for UA Engineering Professor

January 2011 - Professor Supapan Seraphin of the UA department of materials science and engineering is this week's recipient of the Ben's Bells award.
Seraphin received her Ben's Bell Jan. 21 while she was in the kitchen of UA's Maricopa residence hall preparing her famous Thai lunch for students.
As students and guests bustled around the kitchen, helping prepare more than 60 pounds of rice, chicken, tofu and veggies, and Seraphin stirred a giant pot of chicken curry, Ben's Bells co-founder Jeanette Maré walked in and presented Seraphin with the bell in recognition of the care and kindness Seraphin brings to her students and colleagues.
Seraphin said she was "super surprised" by the unexpected honor. "I'm extremely happy and grateful for the recognition of what I do for fun," she said. "I am happy when students eat healthy and enjoy a little community." Full article

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