Monday, January 22, 2018
Member News

-NEW Fiber Society contact information

- Other Conferences of Interest

Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics

-Post-Doctoral Opportunity

-In Memoriam -  It is with great sorrow that we note the recent passing of our fellow Fiber Society colleague Kenneth D. Langley, former Chancellor Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials and Textiles, College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (UMD).  Professor Langley, who joined The Fiber Society in 1981, earned his undergraduate degree from UMD, and a MS from the Institute of Textile Technology, Charlottesville, Virginia.  In addition to his teaching and work in industry, he also was president of KDLangly Fiber Services.  His obituary can be found at http://www.hathawayfunerals.com/obits/obituaries.php/obitID/150882.

-New Open Access Journal - The Journal of Textiles and Fibrous Materials is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal which aims to promote rapid and wide dissemination of research in the areas of textiles, clothing, and all kinds of fiber based structures.  The journal accepts original research and review articles, which present research in fundamental and applied areas.  All submitted manuscripts considered suitable for the Journal of Textiles and Fibrous Materials are subjected to a rigorous peer review process in order to ensure that all published articles are of the highest quality.  Please follow the link provided for full details about this new journal.

-We are delighted to announce that ASTM Committee D 13 on Textiles has added The Fiber Society to their “Related Links” list [https://www.astm.org/COMMIT/RELATED/D13.htm]  ASTM Committee D13was formed in 1914 and comprises 561 members.  The group currently has jurisdiction over 364 standards, which are published in the “Annual Book of ASTM Standards,” Volumes 7.01 and 7.02.

Please join The Fiber Society in congratulating long-time Fiber Societymember Dr. Gang Sun, Professor, Textiles and Clothing, University of California, Davis, upon his receipt of the 2016 Olney Medal.  Established in 1944, the award honors AATCC founder Dr. Louis Atwell Olney.
The Olney Medal signifies outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, or in polymer or other fields of chemistry that are of major importance to textile sciences and fibrous materials. This also includes the development of chemical agents or chemical processes used in the manufacture of textiles, fibrous materials, or methods for their evaluation.”

Dr. Sun’s award was announced in the March/April 2017 issue of theAATCC Review [http://www.aatcc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2016_Olney_award_article.pdf] and his Olney Medal Paper, “Creating Novel Functions on Textiles by Applying Organic Chemistry,” appears in the May/June issue of that journal.

General Information


The advancement of scientific knowledge pertaining to fibers, fiber based products, and fibrous materials.


The Fiber Society, founded in 1941, is incorporated as a nonprofit professional and scientific association.  The Society’s general management and supervision is delegated to the Governing Council (GC), which is elected by and from the membership.  The GC is led by the Officers noted on the masthead.


The Fiber Society comprises individuals who are chemists, physicists, engineers, and designers with interests in the field of fiber science engineering and technology.  There are no corporate or institutional members.  Membership requires evidence of significant contributions and commitment to the fields of fiber science, engineering, technology and product development.  A graduate student engaged in studies and research in the fields of fiber science, engineering, and technology related disciplines may be admitted as a student member on the recommendation of a faculty mentor, preferably the major advisor.


The Fiber Society sponsors two technical meetings each year, either in the form of a general technical conference or in the form of a symposium on a specialized topic.  Generally, meetings are held in the United States in the fall and abroad in the spring, under the auspices of a strong local organization that undertakes the responsibility to organize and host the conference, with the guidance and assistance of the GC.  Attendance at Society meetings is open to all persons interested in the field.  Attendance of students, academic faculties, and industrial researchers is particularly encouraged.  The registration fee for all regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate students is reduced to cover costs only.


The Fiber Society sponsors five award categories

—Distinguished Achievement in Fiber Science.  This Award is presented to individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the field.  It is intended to recognize early achievement and to stimulate continuing commitment to the field of fiber science.

—The Founder’s Award, in contrast, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of fibers, fibrous materials, and fiber-based products regardless of the recipient’s age.

—The Distinguished Service award is granted to those members who have had an exceptional, significant impact on the Society, whether that impact is short-term or sustained.

—The Fiber Society also awards Honorary Membership in recognition of life-long contributions to the field, irrespective of Society membership.

—The Graduate Student Paper Award is given to the winner of The Fiber Society’s student paper competition, designed to encourage participation by graduate students in the Society-sponsored technical meetings.

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