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July 2019
To all of our SVC stakeholders: 
We are delighted to announce that Frank Papa has been selected by the voting membership to serve as the next SVC Vice President/President-Elect. Frank will officially take office in April of 2020 at the SVC TechCon in Chicago. Frank is no stranger to the SVC! He is currently serving his first term on the SVC Board, has been a moderator for the “Modern Coating Sources” Technical Forum Breakfast (TFB), and has been active on the “Emerging Technologies” TAC. He is a current member of the International Outreach Committee, focused on building a better bridge to industry in China. To support that role, he holds the role of Secretary for Foreign Relations with the Shenzhen Association of Vacuum Technology Industries (SAVTI). He has been active as a presenter and exhibitor at the SVC for the last 13 years. 
Professionally, Frank has worked in the PVD/PACVD industry for the last 25 years. For most of this time, he has worked as a process development engineer in the areas of hard, decorative, piezoelectric and tribological coatings. In more recent years he was responsible for PVD/PACVD business and technology development in North America. Currently he is the president of GP Plasma, which he started in June of 2018 to provide consulting services to the global coatings industry. Past employers include Vergason Technology Inc., Crystallume Inc., Hauzer Techno Coating, and Gencoa Ltd.. His career has been centered on developing his ability to transfer technology and know-how to both internal and external customers at home and abroad. Frank holds a MS in Engineering Science from the Pennsylvania State University.
The SVC voting membership also approved a Constitutional Amendment removing the requirement that candidates for SVC officer positions “must be current or prior Board members”. This amendment was designed to offer greater flexibility to the SVC in identifying and engaging capable executive candidates to continue the SVC’s mission “to be the global source for learning, applying, and advancing vacuum coating, surface engineering, and related technologies”.
See you all in Chicago!
Frank Zimone
SVC Executive Director  

Oil Rigs May Get Second Lives as Fish Habitat

By Katharine Gammon , Inside Science

New research shows how decommissioned oil rigs can become home to an abundance of fish and invertebrates.   Off the coast of Southern California, a herd of aging oil rigs has an uncertain future. After about three to five decades of pumping oil, the rigs are set to be decommissioned -- but what to do with them after that? New research shows one potential solution: Let the rigs remain in place to become artificial reef habitats for marine life. It could be a possibility for the 7,500 offshore oil platforms around the globe. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Map of Mangrove Height Reveals Carbon-rich Coastal Forests

 By Gabriel Popkin , Inside Science

Critical ecosystem’s first global height measurement could aid climate change fight . Lola Fatoyinbo had studied mangroves -- the nearly impenetrable tangled-trunk forests that fringe warm coastlines worldwide -- for almost a decade, and was pretty sure that the trees topped out around 45 meters high -- roughly the height of the Statue of Liberty without her pedestal. So, when Fatoyinbo, an ecologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, heard in 2011 about mangrove trees in the Central African nation of Gabon that were more than 10 meters taller, she knew she had to visit. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Why Do Yellow Pigments Darken Over Time?

By Yuen Yiu , Inside Science

New research reveals the physics behind the darkening of yellow pigments in old paintings.  If you are lucky enough to have seen Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper" in person, you may be disappointed to learn that only about 20% of it is original. Most of the mural is actually the work of restorers whose efforts spanned hundreds of years. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Feed Mosquitoes Sugar to Keep the Bites Away

 By Joshua Learn, Inside Science

When the bloodsucking insects eat sugar, they express more of a specific protein that can curb their attraction to humans. A spoonful of sugar may help keep the fever medicine away, according to new research that has pinpointed a protein in disease-carrying mosquitoes that can curb their attraction to human blood. According to new research, feeding sugar to mosquitoes affects this protein enough that the bloodsuckers temporarily keep from biting humans. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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A Trip to North America's Galapagos

By Jason Socrates Bardi , Inside Science

Searching for dwarf foxes and cloud forests on California's Santa Rosa Island -- a national park that the park service says is "like nowhere else on Earth." For weeks, I had been promising my kids they would see baby foxes. It was my way of selling our camping trip. We were headed for the remote Santa Rosa Island, off the coast of California, where a boat would drop us off for the better part of a week. While there I also planned to find time to talk to local researchers about an effort to restore the island's native cloud forests and the remarkable program that brought the island fox back from the brink of extinction.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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How Running a Marathon Changes Your Gut Microbes

 By Rodrigo Pérez Ortega , Inside Science

Endurance exercise favors the growth of some gut bacteria, which might provide athletes with an extra boost . Finishing the Boston marathon is a life-changing milestone for many athletes. The same goes for the microbes in their guts. In a new study,  published  in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers analyzed how the bacteria present in the digestive tracts of 15 participants in the 2015 Boston marathon changed after the run, and how this might give some athletes a competitive advantage. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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The Scientist's Guide to the Perfect Fondue

By Catherine Meyers , Inside Science

Ensuring a pot of the famous melted cheese dish has the right material properties is key to enjoying it.  During the cold of winter, the Swiss will often prepare a warm pot of fondue for supper. The famous melted cheese dish is traditionally made with grated cheese, white wine, a thickener like corn or potato starch and seasonings like garlic, pepper and nutmeg. The ingredients are simple, but woe to the home chef who gets the proportions wrong (or forgets one component entirely). They may be left with a pot of cheese that is too liquidy, too gummy, or -- worst of all -- separates into oil, water, and cheese solids. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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'Anti-Probiotics' Could Suppress Weeds and Invasive Plants

By Nala Rogers , Inside Science

Scientists are finding microbes that are good for crops but bad for weeds. You could call it biological warfare against weeds. But rather than using diseases, researchers are developing ways to disrupt enemy plants' microbiomes. The weapons are microbes that boost the growth of plants we like, while wreaking havoc in plants we don't. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Imaging Tool Helps Doctors Predict How Cancer Will Respond to Radiation

By Peter Gwynne , Inside Science

A special type of spectroscopy helped doctors differentiate between tumors in mice that responded to radiation therapy and those that resisted it.  Clinicians who prescribe radiation to treat cancer face a fundamental difficulty in determining what dose to apply: They don’t know how individual tumors will respond to the therapy. Now, a project by researchers at the University of Arkansas and Johns Hopkins University may promise a way to detect the difference between tumors in the lung and the head and neck that react positively to the therapy, by shrinking, and those that resist it. The researchers were able to detect resistant tumors in mice, though only clinical trials can confirm whether the same approach would work in people.  READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Artificial Intelligence in NBA Basketball

 By Marcus Woo , Inside Science

Data science and machine learning are helping basketball players up their game. Growing up, Rachel Marty would spend hours shooting hoops on her driveway with her dad. Sometimes, a talking computer joined them. In the early years, Marty's dad connected a laptop to a camera, placed them on a cart, and rolled it out onto the street's edge where he surrounded it with traffic cones. From about 25 feet away, the camera could capture the arc of the ball as Marty shot. And with each shot, the computer would announce the angle of the ball's trajectory as it crossed the plane of the hoop. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Ask the Public to Help Search for a Rare Breed of Black Hole

By Catherine Meyers, Inside Science

Elusive intermediate mass black holes may hold clues to how their more common supermassive cousins form. If you have a computer and a few spare moments, you can help search the cosmos for an elusive breed of black hole that astronomers once thought didn't exist. Black holes come in two main types: stellar mass black holes, which generally have about 10-24 times the mass of our sun, and the much heavier variant known as  supermassive black holes , which can be billions of times more massive. But astronomers have also found a handful of so-called intermediate mass black holes that fall between the two extremes. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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Scientists Describe 'Super-Weird' Whale: First Confirmed Beluga-Narwhal Hybrid

By Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Skull was donated by an Inuit hunter in 1990. A mysterious whale skull came from the first and only known hybrid of a beluga and a narwhal, a new study finds. An Inuit hunter caught three unusual whales off the coast of western Greenland in the mid-1980s, donating the skull from one of his prey to the Natural History Museum of Denmark in 1990. Only two toothed whale species are found in arctic waters year-round -- the white beluga whale, and the narwhal. The latter is best known for the long tusks sported by its males, and rarely females, that resemble unicorn horns. Oddly, the whales the hunter caught had pectoral flippers like those of belugas but a tail shaped like that of a narwhal. READ FULL ARTICLE.

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AIMCAL R2R USA Conference 2019
Roll 2 Roll Web Coating and Finishing
October 6 - 9, 2019
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The AIMCAL R2R Conference has been a champion of roll to roll processing, and the converting industry for many years. If you are a newcomer to this annual event, you will see why it consistently rates high as a valuable resource for anyone who has interest in the R2R process. The conference has steadily grown by delivering solid technical programming and valuable networking opportunities to attendees. 
AVS 66th International Symposium & Exhibition
October 20 - 25, 2019
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Technical & Poster Sessions • Exhibits • Professional Development • Networking

AVS 66 addresses cutting-edge issues associated with materials, processing, and interfaces in the research and manufacturing communities. The theme of this year's Symposium is “Shaping Our Future: Materials, Technologies & Processes for Energy Transition.” The week long Symposium fosters a multidisciplinary environment that cuts across traditional boundaries between disciplines, featuring papers from AVS technical divisions, technology groups, and focus topics on emerging technologies. The equipment exhibition is one of the largest in the world and provides an opportunity to view the latest products and services offered by 200+ participating companies. More than 2,000 scientists and engineers gather from around the world to attend. Click here to learn why you should attend or visit
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One of the SVC’s long-term goals has always been to support charitable, educational, and scientific activities. As its first initiative, the Foundation created a scholarship program aimed at supporting enterprising students and practitioners who have an interest in furthering their education in the field of vacuum coating technology. 
The Foundation also grants travel awards to students to attend and present technical papers at the annual SVC Technical Symposium. Since its inception, both programs have awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to students from the United States, Canada, China, Lithuania and Spain.
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