CGIF News

CGIF, SHPE scholarship recipient uses materials science to fuel biomedical research 

November 14, 2023

It took three years working as a medical assistant before Alejandra Almaraz realized that she did not want to work in the healthcare field for the rest of her life. But after discovering materials science and engineering, Almaraz found a way to incorporate her passion for biomedical research into tangible, impactful applications with materials science.…

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CGIF announces Crystal Clear Science Video Competition winners

November 7, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) hosted its first Crystal Clear Science Video Competition this fall, with the goal of encouraging undergraduate and graduate students get creative with their delivery of scientific concepts geared toward the general population. Applicants created a short two to three minute video that showcases a fun or interesting scientific…

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CGIF, NSBE scholarship recipient dreams of launching ceramics in space 

November 7, 2023

Megan Bynoe had no idea where she wanted to go to college or what she wanted to study, but she knew that engineering would provide a variety of paths for her to pursue. She also knew that she wanted to make a real-life impact in her chosen field; she chose materials science and engineering. Bynoe…

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CGIF and GMIC to Receive Donation from the Air Products Foundation

November 6, 2023

Columbus, Ohio; November 3, 2023 The Air Products Foundation recently announced that it will donate up to $15,000 to The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), both located in Columbus, Ohio. The grants will foster innovation by the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals and provide support…

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CGIF hosts Teacher Training Workshop as Colorado School of Mines launches new ceramic engineering degree 

October 20, 2023

The teachers pause to don a pair of paper solar glasses and file outside just in time to see the 2023 annular solar eclipse, visible in parts of North America on Saturday, October 14. Slices of the sun can be seen in the shadows as the teachers gaze up at the rare sighting. The event…

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Westerville Central students learn the science behind hot glass at Glass Axis 

October 12, 2023

The sound of breaking glass fills the parking lot at Glass Axis as the high school students watch behind safety goggles, jostling each other for the best view. A graduate student volunteer then pulls the group back into focus and begins explaining the scientific principles behind the demonstration they just watched.  The high school students…

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Montana Tech uses slip casting to attract next generation of materials science engineers 

August 23, 2023

As one of the most widely known forms of ceramics, pottery provides art and culture to the world while also displaying one of the world’s most vital materials in plain sight. For Grant Wallace, Ph.D., bringing awareness to the technical applications of ceramics takes the form of slip casting: a process that uses liquified clay,…

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CGIF launches new Ceramic and Glass Industry Tour program at Allied Mineral Products 

August 14, 2023

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) launched its newest program, Ceramic and Glass Industry Tours, with a kick-off tour for science teachers at Allied Mineral Products, a global leader in refractory ceramics. The tour, along with an industry luncheon, took place at the Allied Mineral Products headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, on July 27th, where…

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Columbus teacher bridges the gap between art and glass science

July 24, 2023

The orange orb at the end of the long metal rod disappears back into the reheating furnace, turning slowly as the artist uses gravity and patience to bend the orb into a perfect round shape. The orange orb isn’t really orange, and it isn’t just an orb: it is clear hot glass. The artist holds…

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Introducing Outreach in a Box: Where materials science education meets your local community

June 14, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new program, Outreach in a Box! This initiative is designed to bring materials science education directly to your local community with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. With Outreach in a Box, we provide resources and guidance for hosting engaging outreach events, conveniently packaged in…

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