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Subra Suresh in line to be the Director of the National Science Foundation

Subra Suresh, the Dean of Engineering, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is in line to become the next Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), according to this post at Science.

Subra Suresh's pictureThe NSF director must be confirmed by the Senate, although it would be unusual for a nominee to attract any opposition.

Question on history of mechanics

A question for those interested in the history of mechanics. We have Hooke's law for 2D stress-strain and a generalised Hooke's law for 3D stress states. Maybe I have missed something in my reading of history, but since it appears that it was Thomas Young and not Hooke who related stress and strain (Hooke looked only at force - displacement), why don't we use Young's law or a generalised Young's law?

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Iain Finnie passed away

Iain Finnie passed away in December. At the time he was the James Fife Professor Emeritus U.C. Berkeley Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

Iain had an amazing number of contributions spanning diverse area of mechanics. To the best of my recollection:

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2009 Nathan M. Newmark Medal

C. S. Desai Is Recipient of the 2009 Nathan M. Newmark Medal

C S Desai

http://www.u.arizona.edu/~csdesai/

Regents’ Professor Chandra Desai has been awarded the 2009 Nathan M.
Newmark Medal by the Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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A new Technical Committee on Soft Materials

A growing number of mechanicians are entering the field of soft materials, such as polymers, gels, and tissues. While they interact with researchers in technical societies traditionally identified with the field, they also maintain connection with researchers in applied mechanics.

Speech of Acceptance of the 2009 Timoshenko Medal by Zdeněk P. Bažant^1

Zdeněk Bažant

ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress
Orlando, Florida, November 17, 2009

Reminiscences and Reflections of a Mechanician by Luck

Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Xi Chen is a new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club

Xi Chen, of Columbia University, has graciously agreed to be a new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club.  Xi is one of the earliest active users of iMechanica (user number 15), and has played a large role in shaping the development of iMechanica.  He has a broad vision for mechanics, and has made contributions to diverse topics.  in 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Jim Knowles passed away

James K. Knowles 14 April 1931 - 1 November 2009It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that Jim Knowles passed away today.

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Zhigang Suo honored with Humboldt Research Award

Zhigang Suo , Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), founder and architect of iMechanica , has been honored with a Humboldt Research Award .

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Professor Huajian Gao will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress

Professor Huajian Gao, Brown University, will give the Robert Henry Thurston Lecture at the 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress, Orlando, Florida.  His lecture “Nanomechanics of biological systems - What can we learn from nature about hierarchical materials?” will be in room Euro 10, on the 3rd floor at the Walt Disney Dolphin Hotel (conference hotel), at 10am, November 16, Monday.

Tony Evans passed away

evans Tony Evans passed away on Wednesday after a long and valiant fight against cancer.  He was Alcoa Professor of Materials, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Multifunctional Materials and Structures at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Haythornthwaite Grants for Students to Attend ASME IMECE 2009

With a generous gift from the Haythornthwaite Foundation, the ASME Applied Mechanics Division will award grants to students presenting their own work at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2009).  The grant will reimburse travel expenses and registration fees, up to $1,000 per student, for up to 10 students.

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Mechanics Genealogy

Leonhard Euler has 5 students and 56,850 academic descendents.  They are all listed by the Mathematics Genealogy Project.  Euler himself was a student of Johann Bernoulli, and produced a student named Joseph Louis Lagrange, who in turn produced Fourier and Poisson.  No wonder Euler has so many descendents by now. 

For some time I have been thinking how we can organize a project to trace the genealogy of all mechanicians.  It will be fun.  It may even teach us some history of mechanics. 

2009 ASME Applied Mechanics Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Awards:

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ASME Applied Mechanics Division Seeks Nominations for Awards

You can download a pdf file of this announcement.

The Applied Mechanics Division, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, seeks nominations for the awards listed below. All the awards are international.  Neither the nominee nor the nominator need be a member of the ASME.  Further descriptions of the awards are given at http://divisions.asme.org/amd/Honors_Awards.cfm.

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V. V. Novozhilov

Choose a channel featured in the header of iMechanica: 

Does anyone know anything about the life of V. V. Novozhilov, author of "Foundations of Nonlinear Theory of Elasticity"? Is he still living? Did he ever leave Leningrad?

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纪念叶开沅教授专刊(英文)征稿邀请

http://www.sciencenet.cn/blog/user_content.aspx?id=237550

Journal of Mechanics and MEMS   (JMM)

ISSN : 0974-8407

纪念叶开沅教授专刊(英文)

 

 

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Prof. Ares Rosakis has been elected to a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2009

Solid mechanician and Caltech Faculty Member Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Caltech professor Ares Rosakis, is among the 210 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year. They join an assembly that was founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other scholars to provide practical solutions to pressing issues.

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