Amy Short and Michael Washington present their latest research at the 14th Annual McGowan Institute Retreat for Regenerative Medicine at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

This 3 day program was packed with distinguished guest speakers including professors, members of the US Navy Medical Corps, surgeons, and doctors.  There were multiple opportunities for networking and collaboration throughout the retreat, especially during the two day poster session where Short and Washington presented their posters titled, "Preparation of sequenced copolymers with controlled molecular weight via entropy-driven ring-opening methathesis polymerization" and "The effects of sequence and stereochemistry on the physical properties of biodegradable devices composed of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)".  The weekend also consisted of 10 working sessions with topics including "Adipose-Derived Stem Cells and Pericytes", "Aging & Regeneration", and "Reconstructive Transplantation-At the Crossroads".  In regards to his experience at the retreat, Washington said, "It was a great opportunity! Being able to talk with my peers about possible applications in regenerative medicine for polymers we synthesize in the lab was very exciting.  It helped me see how our science could play a role in solving some difficult problems in regenerative medicine".

Michael Washington is the recipient of the 2014 Safford Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Teacher

This graduate student award is named after Professor Emeritus, Hurd W. Safford.  For 50 years, Professor Safford served the Department of Chemistry in a variety of capacities: graduate teaching assistant, professor, research director and administrative officer.  Throughout his long and distinguished career, Professor Safford was recognized as an excellent teacher and a champion of quality undergraduate education.

Congratulations Michael!

Professor Tara Meyer is the recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh WCC Award for Encouraging Women into the Chemical Sciences

This award recognizes significant accomplishments by individuals, male or female, who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional developments as chemists or chemical engineers.

Congratulations Tara!

First book on Sequence in Copolymers features the Meyer Group

Dr. Meyer is a co-editor of the first book that focuses on the control of sequence in copolymers.  The book, which includes papers from the first ACS Symposium on sequence in Copolymers held at the Fall, 2013 ACS Meeting, was published in electronic form on 9/23/14.  The hard copy will be available soon.  The group, including current group members, Ryan Weiss and Michael Washington are coauthors on one of the chapters! Pictured below is the cover of the newly published ACS symposium book on sequence controlled polymers.

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Congratulations to Jeff Auletta!

Jeff Auletta was awarded the Wiley VCH prize for outstanding poster in the Metal-Containing and Metalla-Supramolecular Polymers and Materials Symposium at the Fall ACS Meeting in San Francisco!

Congratulations to Jeff Auletta! 

Jeff received a travel grant from the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS to present his research at the Fall ACS Meeting in San Francisco in August.