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 Clarkson University’s Professor Egon Matijevic' is Honored by the Canton-Potsdam Hospital

Professor Matijevic'

 Professor Egon Matijevic' receives an Honorary Distinguished Academic Appointment to the medical staff at Canton-Potsdam Hospital from Marlinda LaValley, hospital vice president of administrative services.

The Canton-Potsdam Hospital board of directors named Clarkson University Professor Egon   Matijevic'   an Honorary Distinguished Academic Appointee to the medical staff of Canton-Potsdam Hospital. This appointment, the first of its kind for the hospital, was announced at a special dinner held in  Matijevic'’s honor, during the month of May.

Professor Matijevic',  the Victor K. LaMer Chair of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson, is an internationally celebrated colloid chemist. The University hosted a series of receptions throughout the country in 2007 to provide Matijevic'’s  friends, colleagues and former students an opportunity to celebrate his 50 year milestone as a teacher, scientist and mentor.

The idea of honoring Professor Matijevic' ,  for his five decades of teaching and advancing the knowledge and application of chemistry was suggested to the hospital's board of directors by hospital physicians who were eager to recognize him for his ground-breaking research relating to medical applications. Matijevic'’s  ability to synthesize minute particles with precise sizes and composition has special relevance to the medical field because it enables pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop medicines that can be delivered to patients more quickly and consistently.

Professor Lecture

 Professor Egon Matijevic' presents an informative and exciting lecture at a special dinner held in his honor.

At the special dinner held in his honor, the 86-year-old professor had even non-scientists spellbound as he demonstrated to the audience just how beneficial, beautiful, and sometimes deadly the microscopic particles that are all around us can be. His presentation was titled "The Good, Bad and Ugly."

Before presenting  Professor Matijevic'   with the proclamation of his appointment from the board of directors, Marlinda LaValley, hospital vice president of administrative services, read a letter signed jointly by David B. Acker, the hospital's president and CEO and Edward S. Mucenski, board chairman, thanking him for his many decades of pioneering research in colloid chemistry, community involvement and support of the hospital.

Dr. G. Michael Maresca, radiologist and chief of staff, told the audience that Matijevic' holds 16 patents, has published nearly 600 papers and delivered more than 60 plenary and keynote lectures around the world. "In case you think that at 86 he is contemplating retiring, think again," remarked Maresca. "Egon is at his desk or in his lab at Clarkson every day. When he is not, he's traveling the world lecturing, encouraging a passion for learning and inspiring a new generation of scientists."

Dr. Alexandru Stoian, a cardiologist, referred to Matijevic'   as a great man and shared some of the highlights of a career that has spanned more than five decades. He had a copy of Matijevic'’s   resume with him when he went to the podium to speak and said, "You can point to any decade since the 1950s and find ground-breaking accomplishments in colloid science and chemistry pioneered by Matijevic'.”

Professor Matijevic'  was born and educated in Croatia. He began his teaching career at Clarkson in 1957. In addition to numerous Honorary Ph.D.s and citations, he is the only individual to receive all three major awards of the American Chemical Society in his field of Colloid Chemistry. He is also the recipient of the Graham Award, the highest prize bestowed by the oldest colloid society in the world.