Cole DeForest Wins DSM Polymer Technology Award

CU-Boulder Chemical and Biological Engineering PhD student, Cole DeForest recently won the DSM Polymer Technology Award for his research on responsive polymer hydrogels.

DSM, a global company focused on health and science, offers innovative products to improve health performance. The DSM Polymer Technology Award, part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards program, recognizes PhD or postdoctoral research in polymer technology. This year's theme was ‘Polymers at the Biology/Materials Science Interface.' Four finalists were selected and a committee of DSM and Polymer Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS POLY) selected DeForest as the winner on August 31st 2011 in Denver.

DeForest's research explores cell functions and will assist in the development of engineering human tissue for regenerative medicine purposes. His thesis is entitled "Phototunable Click-based Hydrogels for 3D Cell Culture: Dynamic Biochemical and Biomechanical Tailorability of the Cell Niche." DeForest works under the supervision of Dr. Kristi Anseth, who has also received multiple awards for her research on engineering tissues to improve medical treatments, including most recently CU-Boulder’s Distinguished Research Lectureship.

“I am proud to be the recipient of the inaugural DSM Polymer Technology Award, a new tradition that I hope will carry on for many years to come," said DeForest as he accepted his award. "This award represents a strong commitment from DSM to new and ongoing partnerships with the academic world, which will be crucial in the continued development and commercialization of innovative chemical products for many years to come. It is an honor to be selected for such a fabulous award.”

New Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts

Helmut Muller-SievesProfessor Helmut Muller-Sievers, of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures here at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has been named the new Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts. During his term as Director, he will also hold the Eaton Professorship, an endowed faculty position in the College of Arts and Sciences.   

Prof. Muller-Sievers joined the Boulder faculty in the fall of 2009, after a distinguished two-decade career at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, he was a Professor of German Literature and Classics and also served at different times as Director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and Director of the Alice Kaplan Center for the Humanities.  His PhD, in German, is from Stanford University, and he also has an MA from Freie Universitat Berlin; he did his undergraduate work at the Universitat Dusseldorf in German and Latin Literature and Philosophy.

He is the author of four books, including the recently completed The Cylinder: Kinematics of the 19th Century, and thirty articles.  His scholarly interests include science, technology, and literature in the 18th and 19th centuries; philosophy and literature; philology and hermeneutics; and classical cultures.  He has spoken on a wide variety of topics around the world and has won grants and fellowships from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Max-Planck-Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin.

Professor Muller-Sievers was selected after an internal search, conducted by a faculty committee chaired by Professor Thomas Zeiler of History. He will assume the Directorship on July 1, succeeding Professor Michael Zimmerman of Philosophy, who served as Director from 2006-2010.

“I’m honored and delighted," said Professor Helmut Muller-Sievers about being appointed to this position. “When I decided to come to CU Boulder last year, the strength and promise of its humanities faculty, and the culture of interdisciplinary collaboration was one of the main attractions. I hope faculty and students will bring their best ideas to the Center, and continue to avail themselves of the many opportunities we offer.”

-- April 28, 2010

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