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March 1, 2007

Polymers Are Subject Of Iowa Distinguished Faculty Lecture March 29

Surya K. Mallapragada, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and program director of Materials Chemistry and Biomolecular Materials at Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, will present the annual Iowa Distinguished Faculty in Engineering Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Shambaugh Auditorium of the Main Library on the University of Iowa Campus.

Her lecture, "Novel Self-assembling Block Copolymers for Gene Delivery and Biomineralization," is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the talk from 11:45 until 12:15 in Room 4501 of the Seamans Center.

Mallapragada, who earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1996, has research interests that include developing new ways to rebuild critical body tissues on very small scales and customizing polymeric dosage systems for the controlled release of drugs. The overall theme of her work, she has said, is to try to control the nanostructuring of polymers at the surface in different types of structures.

In 2006, she was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her distinguished contributions to medical and biological engineering as well for demonstrated interest, concern, and involvement with critical issues affecting those fields. Also in 2006, she was an invited participant at the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers in Engineering Conference.

Initiated in 1994, the Iowa Distinguished Engineering Faculty Lecture Series is a shared program between the Colleges of Engineering at The University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The lectures are intended to enable winners of the annual Engineering Research Award at each College of Engineering to lecture to students and faculty on both the visiting and home University campuses. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

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