Call for nominations: DSM Bright Science Award 2021 for PhD students

Royal DSM and the ACS division of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) invite nominations for the DSM Bright Science Award for PhD students 2021 in Material Sciences. The award carries a cash prize of $5,500. This prestigious award has been established to recognize and reward excellence in innovative PhD research related to polymer science and technology. The theme for the 2021 award will be Polymers for a Sustainable Future.

MIT.nano seeks AR/VR/Gaming/Big Data IT Technologist

MIT.nano is seeking a determined and diligent individual to support the mission of the Immersion Lab—a research environment for visualizing data, prototyping advanced tools for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and developing new software and hardware concepts and tools for immersive experiences.

The Immersion Lab Associate has two main responsibilities: support the users of the Immersion Lab and assist in identifying, installing, and supporting the hardware and software technology of the Immersion Lab.

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IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge—Applications due Jan. 24

The IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge is MIT’s 20 -year old annual social entrepreneurship program housed in the PKG Public Service Center. Since its founding in 2001, IDEAS has enabled MIT student-led teams to apply their education and expertise in collaboration with community partners to address social and environmental challenges around the world. Through this program, you can recruit a team from anywhere in the world and develop a creative solution in partnership with impacted stakeholders. Your team can also benefit from a supportive body of reviewers, mentors, and funding within the range of $1,000 – $20,000.

Applications due January 24, 2021.

IAP course: nanoStories—Workshop on science communication at the nanoscale

Designed for students with an interest in science communication and STEAM outreach. Guided by instructors and invited guest speakers, in each two-hour class students will explore a new topic, jointly developing an instructional narrative to be told in text, video, and/or interactive multimedia. Outside of MIT labs, nanoscience and nanotechnology appear mysterious. Help us demystify them! The content of the classes will reflect research/exploratory interests of participants.

January 11, 13, 15, 19, 20, & 22
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Register for this course.

IAP course: Biomechanics in everyday life

In this course, you will see how motion capture, photogrammetry, EMG, and virtual reality can be applied to understand more deeply how our body achieves tasks that seem intuitive and easy to us, and how these tools can be used in research, education, and athletic and artistic improvement.

The course is sponsored by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, which provides space, tools, and a platform to connect scientists and engineers with artists, musicians, and performers through creative projects that bridge multiple disciplines. It also showcases the capabilities of the MIT Clinical Research Center, which supports human research and medical innovation.

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IAP course: Creating, editing, and distributing 360 photography

This course will provide a thorough introduction to the art and technology behind 360 degree immersive photography and how to integrate photographic and graphically produced content into finished VR applications and experiences. Through a combination of background lectures and hands-on workshops, this course will give you the skills you need to become a 360 photographer or filmmaker.

Hosted by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab
Facilitator: Rus Gant, Director of the Harvard Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory

Session 1: January 4, 6, & 8
Session 2: January 25, 27, & 29
Both sessions 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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MARC 2021 Call for Abstracts

MIT's Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC), co-hosted by MTL and MIT.nano, will be held virtually on January 26-27, 2021. Abstract submission is open now through November 6!

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