July 7, 2020

In This Issue

TMS2021 Extends Abstract Deadline to July 15

Plan now to present your work at the TMS 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2021), which will be held March 14–18 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida, USA. TMS is currently accepting abstracts for more than 85 symposia in 13 topic tracks, and the deadline to submit your work has been extended to July 15. View the TMS2021 Technical Program web page to view a full listing of planned symposia.

TMS understands the uncertainty around attending an in-person event at present, but we encourage you to submit your work and begin planning for TMS2021. If your circumstances change closer to the event, simply notify us before the technical program is finalized.

Here are some important steps to take to prepare for your participation in TMS2021:
  • View the full listing of planned technical topics and symposia on the TMS2021 Technical Program web page and submit your abstract today.
  • Book housing at the Orlando World Center Marriott and stay at the convenient, self-contained resort where all TMS2021 technical programming, exhibit, committee meetings, and social functions will be held.
  • Learn about steps being taken to ensure a positive meeting experience on our Health and Safety web page.
  • Visit the Travel Visas web page to request a visa invitation letter and to learn more about obtaining travel visas.
We look forward to seeing you at TMS2021! 

Learn Leadership from Jeff Wadsworth

Register today to discuss leadership with retired Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth in the new TMS webinar, From Technical Excellence to Organizational Leadership: Navigating Your Path to Success, developed as a membership benefit. The live event will take place on Monday, July 13, 2020, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., EDT.

Featuring a respected leader and honored researcher, this webinar is an opportunity to receive first-hand guidance that imparts the following leadership knowledge and skills:
  • Recognize how paths to success may differ from expectations
  • Visualize how professionals transition from technical excellence to organizational leadership
  • Gain perspective from top-level management to grasp the importance of broad understanding, recognition of community influences, and the role of politics
Jeff Wadsworth is an independent consultant and was the president and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute from January 2009 to September 2017, which is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization. He serves on the boards of Carpenter Technologies and 3D Systems and was a trustee and former chair of trustees at The Ohio State University.
Register today to participate in the live presentation that will conclude with a question-and-answer session. The registration fee is $50 for non-TMS members.

Also, save the date for an expert panel discussion about artificial intelligence (AI). Join panelists Jim Warren, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Adam Kopper, Mercury Marine, for the live event on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., EDT.

Learn more about Upcoming TMS Webinars or visit the TMS Webinar Library to view previously recorded events.
Malara Named Congressional Fellow

Megan Malara of The Ohio State University has been named the 2020-2021 TMS/MRS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Malara is a member of the Material Advantage student program sponsored by TMS and three partner materials societies. As a Fellow, she will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee.

Malara's interest in science policy began while attending Material Advantage Congressional Visit Days where she connected with the offices of elected officials and offered her experience as a scientist. She continued her interest in policy as a community team leader for a political campaign where she trained and organized volunteers to engage with the public on policy-related issues. Influenced by her Rust Belt upbringing, Malara has policy interests in translating research to manufacturing jobs, increasing opportunities for education, and improving public confidence in science.

"I am so grateful to receive the 2020-2021 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship," Malara said. "During the fellowship year, I look forward to gaining further insight into the role of scientists in policy, and actively engaging in the legislative process. As we find our way through the current health crisis, I aim to lend my technical background in biology and biomaterials to meet the legislative challenges to come." 

Malara earned her B.S. (2014) and Ph.D. (2020) degrees in materials science and engineering from The Ohio State University. She began her specialization in biomaterials with research pertaining to nanoscale polymeric fibers as a platform to sort cancer cells and as a 3D scaffolding for small diameter blood vessels. Malara conducted her graduate research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Her doctoral research focused on developing the dermal-epidermal junction (DEJ) of cultured skin grafts for the treatment of large total body surface area burns. Using techniques such as photolithography and laser ablation to pattern scaffold surfaces to mimic the native DEJ, Malara conducted in vitro analyses of cell behavior to patterning and in vivo animal studies to translate this technology towards clinical application. 

The Congressional Fellowship’s program mission is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress. Typically, Fellows conduct legislative or oversight work, assist in Congressional hearings and debates, prepare briefs, and write speeches as a part of their daily responsibilities. By applying her strengths in communication, research, and problem-solving to help legislators apply scientific evidence in support of socially responsible policies, Malara will help to broaden awareness of the value of scientist- and engineer-government interaction.

For more information, visit the TMS Congressional Fellow website.