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Renewed Harvard-BASF initiative to advance functional materials

first_img Read Full Story Multi-university research will focus on innovative materials for the automotive, building and construction, and energy sectorsBASF SE, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have established a research initiative called the “North American Center for Research on Advanced Materials.”A major goal of this initiative is to jointly develop new materials for the automotive, building and construction, and energy industries. The cooperation is initially planned for five years, during which time approximately 20 new postdoctoral positions will be created at the three universities.“We are thrilled to be a part of this multidisciplinary, multi-institutional endeavor, which will connect and amplify Harvard’s strengths in advanced materials research,” said Cherry A. Murray, Dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “The agreement reinforces our commitment to the pursuit of cutting-edge research targeted at high-impact areas of application.”Scientists and engineers from several disciplines such as chemistry, physics, and biology will collaborate in this research initiative. The academic partners contribute not only their expertise in materials science, modeling, and formulation methods, but also offer interesting, new approaches to conducting research. Besides fundamental scientific knowledge, BASF researchers will contribute the necessary experience in transforming research results into technically feasible processes and products. In addition, they will provide input about which materials are needed in different industries and applications.last_img read more

Former Senate President Nene Pimentel passes away

first_img Nene was born on Dec. 11, 1933 in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental. He was elected as his province’s delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention under President Ferdinand Marcos until he became a fierce critic of the dictator.  Former Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. Nene served as senator from 1987 to 1992, and from 1998 to 2010. He was Senate President from 2000 to 2001. Among the bills he authored and sponsored were the creation of the Philippine Sports Commission, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Philippine National Police, the Local Government Code of 1991 and the Generic Drugs Act. MANILA – Former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel has passed away Sunday morning after being confined at the intensive care unit (ICU) earlier last week. He was 85. The news of Pimentel’s passing was confirmed by his son Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Facebook. He then served as lawyer for the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, helping farmers and the urban poor allegedly oppressed by Marcos. “Our beloved Tatay Nene has joined his Creator at 5 a.m. today (Oct. 20, 2019). We thank all those who have been part of his life. We ask for prayers for the repose of Tatay Nene’s soul. Thank you to all,” Koko said.center_img Nene lost the vice-presidential race in 1992 as Senator Jovito Salonga’s running mate. He also lost in the the 1995 Senate race over which he filed a protest due to alleged vote-padding and shaving or “dagdag-bawas.” Nene was a senator for 17 years and has become a Senate President. He was the founder and chairman emeritus of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan.   Pimentel’s political career ended nine years ago, only after imperiously leading a chamber during the impeachment trial of his then good friend, President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Instead of retiring, Pimentel became one of the earliest proponents of Federalism in the country, devoting his remaining years conducting lecture circuits about the federal principle./PNlast_img read more