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Presentation Tips

I am attaching a pdf of "How to give successful oral and poster presentations" by J.W. Niemantsverdriet of the Eindhoven University of Technology which I had found on the internet some years ago. It has some very useful tips.

V. Hegadekatte

Mechanics associated with grain-boundary diffusion and sliding in polycrystals and its application to nanocrystals

As stated by Richard Vinci and Oliver Kraft in the announcement of 2008 Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior, there is a compelling need to understand the critical roles of different deformation mechanisms in structures with small characteristic dimensions, like nanocrystals and thin films. We have recently studied deformation behaviors in nanostructured materials and thin films with deformation mechanisms including grain-boundary diffusion, grain-boundary sliding, and grain-interior plasticity. Some interesting mechanical phenomena associated with heterogeneous grain-boundary properties are found and summarized here.

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    A theory of coupled diffusion and large deformation in polymeric gels

       A large quantity of small molecules may migrate into a network of long polymers, causing the network to swell, forming an aggregate known as a polymeric gel.  This paper formulates a theory of the coupled mass transport and large deformation.

    Another "straightforward" calculation

    Following Andy's recommendation I have been reading Ellis Dill's Continuum Mechanics[1]. In page 75 of the book, we find the
    well known result that the constitutive equation for an isotropic hypoelastic
    material can be derived from a stored energy function only if

    $\displaystyle \lambda + \mu = 0<br />


    Murthy N. Guddati's picture

    Tenure Track Faculty Position in Advanced Materials at North Carolina State University

    The Department of Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University is inviting applications for a possible tenure-track position in the broad area of advanced materials. The solicitation is part of a broader search, with the goal of filling one or more positions in the department; please see the official advertisement at the end of this message. Note that the advertisement does not give any specific details about the desirable properties of the advanced materials applicant. They are summarized below.

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    Dislocations 2008 International Conference

    We are pleased to announce Dislocations 2008, an international conference on the fundamentals of plastic deformation and other physical phenomena where the dislocations play pivotal roles.  The conference will take place on October 13-17, 2008 at the Gold Coast Hotel, Hong Kong, China.  More information about the Dislocations 2008 conference can be found at the following web site:

    2008 Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior

    We are pleased to officially announce the

    2008 Gordon Research Conference on Thin Film and Small-Scale Mechanical Behavior

    July 27 - August 1, 2008 at Colby College, Waterville Maine

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    Dear Dr, Another one has broken

    It broke in the weekend when I was enjoying the footie on TV with a pack of crisps.

    This isn't the first time a tooth filling has broken on me, but this one has got me worried, because I called my dentist today and found out that because he is moving premises, he is not open until the middle of next week.

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    Comparison of hyperelastic models for rubberlike materials

    Dear all,

    Infinity asked me for posting more information about one of our papers. It was published in 2006 in Rubber Chemistry and Technology and proposes a comparison and a ranking of 20 different hyperelastic constitutive models for rubber (from the Mooney model (1940) to the micro-sphere model (2004)) in the incompressible case.

    Marckmann G. et Verron E., Comparison of hyperelastic models for rubberlike materials, Rubber Chemistry and Technology, 79(5), 835-858, 2006.

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    2nd International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials & Tissues

    The program for the 2nd International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials & Tissues, to be held on the beautiful island of Kaua'i in December, is now available on the website at Network with your fellow researchers working in this exciting field by registering for this well-received meeting. Anybody registering before 26 October is eligible for a 10% discount off the full conference fee.

    I look forward to seeing you in Lihue on December 9.

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    University Lectureship in Advanced Structures, University of Cambridge

    Civil, Structural, Environmental and Petroleum Engineering Division

    Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a University
    Lectureship in Advanced Structures. The successful candidate will take up the
    appointment no later than 1 October 2008.

    The Rodney Hill Prize In Solid Mechanics

    founded and sponsored by Elsevier Limited (awarded under the auspices of IUTAM)

    MD simulation VS. Continuum mechanical model Of protein

    Hi, all

    Molecular dynamics (or MC) is a powerful tool in the protein research. There're lots of scientific works in this field, which deepen our understanding gradually. My question follows, "how about the continuum mechaics in protein research".

    Any discussions and advices are appreciated.


    Kong    5th Sep 2007


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    The US-China NSF Workshop and Summer Institute of Bio- and Nano-Mechanics and Applications (UCWSI2007)

    The US-China NSF Workshop and Summer Institute of
    Bio- and Nano-Mechanics and Applications (UCWSI2007)
    August 31 -- September 4, 2007
    Beijing, China

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    Brittle fracture down to femto-Joules — and below

    I found an interesting paper on the arXiv website that may interest some mechanicians.  Markus

    Title:  Brittle fracture down to femto-Joules — and below

    Authors: J. Astrom, P.C.F. Di Stefano, F. Probst, L. Stodolsky, J. Timonen 

    Introduction to Systems Biology

    How does the cell know when to produce a protein? Why does it produce this protein? How does it produce this protein so accurately, in transcription, timing, and concentration? It is amazing that the cell functions as precisely as it needs to in response to various stimuli. What is more amazing is that the cell's actions are a result of stochastic processes.

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    Graduate students and publishing

    I just stumbled on this very interesting discussion on why science graduate students should publish, regardless of their later career intentions.  I agree with the author on most points, but believe it really comes down to two things: (1) if you aren't going to communicate your results (both good and bad!) then you might as well have not bothered to do the work, and (2) becoming a good writer is a skill that every technical person will need in any career.


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