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Update from the CI Communications Manager

It's an exciting time for science communications. The increased flow and consumption of information through the growing adoption of web-based technology has provided scientific organizations the opportunity to quickly disseminate advancements in research. Over the past two years, The Combustion Institute has successfully enhanced our communications practices, we’ve adopted new tools to better reach our audiences, and we’ve developed communications standards to promote new programs and initiatives.

This quarter’s newsletter introduces two new initiatives. The first annual Call for Nominations has been released for the Fellows of The Combustion Institute to recognize outstanding contributions to combustion science. We've also announced the formation of a new Early Career Advisory Committee. The committee will interact with the Executive Committee providing advice on CI programs from the perspective of early career scientists and practitioners.

In the months and years to come, the Executive Committee will discuss how to best evolve our communications practices as we grow our outreach, incorporate the ideas of young scientists, and institute new methods to work with the news media. Ideas and suggestions will then be reviewed by the Board of Directors as CI considers policy updates. It's our goal to participate in these changing communications dynamics to increase awareness of the challenging and interdisciplinary combustion issues that lead to benefits for society.

‒Ron Gavalik, Communications Manager

Comment from the CI President Concerning Outreach

A number of members have contacted me about recent events, including tragedies that involve fires, as well as funding cuts for research labs that are doing some of the best combustion research in the world. The Executive Committee will be discussing the possible ways for The Combustion Institute to respond. We will discuss a general policy concerning what events do and do not require a response, and what the appropriate response should be. Any outreach policy of this type would have to be approved by the Board of Directors.

‒James F. Driscoll, President

CI Announcements and Events
Call for Nominations: Fellows of The Combustion Institute - The first annual Call for Nominations has been released for the Fellows of The Combustion Institute. Members of the international combustion community recognized by their peers as distinguished for outstanding contributions to combustion, whether it be in research or in applications, may be designated Fellows.

Early Career Advisory Committee Announced - The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the establishment of the first Early Career Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with the responsibility to provide the Executive Committee advice on programs and new initiatives from the perspective of early career scientists and practitioners.

CI Member Scientist Recruited as Astronaut for Canadian Space Agency - Jenni Sidey, Lecturer in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has been selected as one of two new astronauts for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Out of 3,772 applications inside and outside of Canada, and after a one-year arduous selection process, Dr. Sidey will represent Canada’s new generation of space explorers.

CI Member Scientist Receives Boyle Higgins Gold Medal - Henry Curran, Professor of Combustion Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, has been honored with The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland Boyle Higgins Gold Medal and Lecture Award. On Thursday, 27 April 2017, Prof. Curran delivered the award lecture, Developing Detailed Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms for Fuel Combustion, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Third China National Young Scholar Meeting on Combustion Research - The third China National Young Scholar Meeting on Combustion Research (3rd NYSMCR) was held in Xi’an, China 14-17 April 2017. Approximately 400 delegates from 89 institutions in China attended the meeting, many of whom successfully showcased their latest achievements in combustion research.

Volunteers from U.S. Sections Visit Congress - Twenty-two volunteers of the three U.S. Sections of The Combustion Institute organized congressional visits on 27 April 2017 in Washington, D.C., United States. The delegation met with the staff of 40 members of Congress from 13 U.S. states to discuss the importance of sustained funding of combustion research and education.

International Symposium on Combustion

Call for Papers: 37th International Symposium on Combustion - The Call for Papers for the 37th International Symposium on Combustion has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) Heinz Pitsch, RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and Hai Wang, Stanford University, United States, have led the process to form the foundation of a successful symposium.

Invited Speakers Announced for 37th Symposium - The Combustion Institute is thrilled to announce the invited speakers for the 37th International Symposium on Combustion in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout symposium week, experts in their respective fields will give plenary lectures and topical reviews on combustion science advancements.
Advancements in Combustion

Clean Energy Combustion Experiment Aboard European Space Agency Sounding Rocket - Member scientists of The Combustion Institute at McGill University, Canada conducted a particulate combustion experiment (PERWAVES) aboard a European Space Agency sounding rocket that launched from northern Sweden on Friday, 7 April 2017. The unmanned MAXUS-9 rocket carried the research experiment 700 kilometers straight up - twice the height of the International Space Station - in a successful effort to further scientists’ understanding of how metal powders, like iron, can be used as a zero carbon emissions energy carrier.

2017 Distinguished Paper Awarded: Stationary Combustion Systems - The authoritative paper, Ash deposition propensity of coals/blends combustion in boilers: a modeling analysis based on multi-slagging routes, has proposed a novel approach to build an ash deposition prediction model as an engineering tool to predict the likelihood of ash slagging and fouling in typical utility boilers.

2017 Distinguished Paper Awarded: Turbulent Flames - The authoritative paper, The cross-scale physical-space transfer of kinetic energy in turbulent premixed flames, has expanded fundamental understanding of how chemical energy is released by combustion chemical reactions and then transferred into kinetic energy of a gaseous environment.

2017 Distinguished Paper Awarded: Novel Combustion Concepts, Technologies, and Systems - The authoritative paper, A comparative experimental and numerical investigation of the heterogeneous and homogeneous combustion characteristics of fuel-rich methane mixtures over rhodium and platinum, has significantly progressed fundamental research in Catalytic Partial Oxidation (CPO).

In Memoriam

The Combustion Institute honors the accomplishments of late scientific leaders who have made significant contributions for the advancement of many diverse communities around the world.

Professor Georgy Makhviladze, University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom, passed away on 31 May 2017.

Professor Toshi Fujiwara, Nagoya University, Japan, passed away on 29 June 2016.
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