July 2012 MacKenzie R. Siden-Redding and Justin Smoyer traveled to Venice Italy for the 3rd International School: Lasers in Materials Science on the Isola di San Servolo, home to Venice International University. The school was directed by Marta Castillejo of the Instituto de Química Física Rocasolano, CSIC, in Madrid Spain, Wolfgang Kautek of the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, Paolo M. Ossi of the Dipartimento di Energia, Politecnico di Milano in Milano, Italy, and Leonid V. Zhigilei of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Virginia, USA. The school provided PhD students and young research scientists with an opportunity to learn more about the interactions of lasers and materials and provide fundamental roots that are otherwise missed in traditional programs, while providing interactions opportunities with other researchers and colleagues working in similar, yet diverging fields. Justin presented work on the Local modification of phonon properties at solid-solid interfaces and the effect on thermal transport and MacKenzie presented work on Phononic Properties at Interfaces Below, Near, and Above the Debye Temperature. For his exceptional work and presentation MacKenzie was awarded 1st place among young PhD candidates in the schools poster competition in memory of Roger Kelly.