Congratulations to Professor DeSimone, who has been named the winner of the 22nd Heinz Award in the Technology, Economy, and Employment category! The honor recognizes DeSimone’s achievements and leadership in multiple fields, including green chemistry, nanomedicine, and 3D printing. “By pursuing research paths at the interface of diverse disciplines, my students, coworkers and I have developed new technologies that, over time, have influenced areas including manufacturing and medicine,” DeSimone said. “This award is a testament not just to our discoveries, but to our approach to research—bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and expertise to solve difficult scientific challenges, ultimately to create a positive impact in the world.”
On April 18th Prof. DeSimone delivered The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science at the 2017 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS). After the talk, titled “Future Fabricated with Light,” DeSimone sat down for an interview with MRS. Both the lecture and interview focused on developments using the rapid 3D printing technology, CLIP.
Congratulations to Prof. DeSimone, who was presented this month with one of two 2017 Faculty Service Awards from the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). Established in 1990, the award recognizes outstanding service by members of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to either the University or the GAA. Michael Smith, Dean of the UNC School of Government, was the other recipient this year.
UNC’s School of Medicine has highlighted a new paper published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases focused on a novel nanoparticle vaccine targeting dengue virus. Using the PRINT nano-molding technology invented in the DeSimone lab, the new vaccine demonstrates increased antibody responses against one of the four dengue serotypes. Additional research will focus on adapting the platform to also target the other three dengue serotypes.
DeSimone group members, Prof. Chris Luft and Prof. Shaomin Tian, played key roles in this work and are authors on PLoS NTD paper. Tian is a co-lead author with Dr. Stefan Metz of Prof. Aravinda de Silva’s lab, and Prof. Luft is co-corresponding author with Prof. de Silva. The paper has been featured numerous times, including in ScienceDaily, Cosmos, Medical Xpress, Innovation Toronto, MicrobiologyBytes, AZoNano, Outbreak News Today, and Futurism.
In a talk this month at Stanford University, Prof. DeSimone stressed how the innovation process can benefit significantly from the convergence of different disciplines and from an emphasis on human diversity when structuring problem-solving groups. These principles were discussed in the context of the progress DeSimone has made as a leader at the forefront of 3D printing.
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