Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan, Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professor in Engineering and Presidential Impact Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, is the invited speaker for the 2017-18 Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the College of Science Educational Outreach and Women's Programs Office.

Grunlan, who also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, will present "Biomaterials Designed to Heal Bone Marrow" at 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 8) in Room 1034 of the Emerging Technologies Building (ETB) on the Texas A&M campus. A reception will follow the lecture in Room 5039 of the ETB.

Grunlan's lecture, which is free and open to the public, will highlight Grunlan's research group and related efforts to develop polymeric biomaterial platforms -- both shape memory polymers and hydrogels -- that can regenerate bone tissue.

In addition to Grunlan's presentation, Texas A&M graduate students Alexandra Zhdanova (Department of Physics and Astronomy) and Chloe Hawkings (Department of Entomology), will be recognized as the 2017-18 recipients of the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Awards for Research and Mentoring, respectively. Each will receive a $500 check, a memorial plaque and a certificate of recognition at the conclusion of Grunlan's lecture.

The awards are presented by Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) to highlight research and mentoring efforts by women on the Texas A&M campus in honor and remembrance of Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui, a longtime faculty member in the Texas A&M Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Tsutsui was a founding member of WISE and cared deeply about the retention and recognition of women in the university's graduate programs. Both the awards and the event are sponsored by WISE, the College of Science, the Division of Research, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.

Women In Science and Engineering at Texas A&M is an organization of graduate students, staff and faculty from various science and engineering backgrounds. The group was created to address specific problems faced by women in non-traditional fields.

For more information about the lecture or other outreach events and women's programs in the College of Science, please contact the Educational Outreach and Women's Programs Office at (979) 845-7363 or outreach@science.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Melissa A. Grunlan

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