Freeman Named Jesanis Chair
Marilyn Miller Freeman has been named the
Michael E. ’78 and Janet Jesanis Endowed Chair at Clarkson.
Freeman spent three decades as a researcher and
administrator for the U.S. Army, culminating in her
appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research
and Technology. In this position, she was responsible
for the Army’s entire research and technology program,
spanning 21 laboratories and research, development and
engineering centers, with more than 10,000 scientists
and engineers and a yearly budget of nearly $2 billion.
Her expertise is in materials science and engineering
and the applications to devices such as capacitors and
batteries, power supplies, electric armaments, armor and
active protection systems, e-textiles, and hybrid electric vehicles.
Freeman will oversee Clarkson’s Materials Science and Engineering
(MS&E) graduate program; develop initiatives in the areas of power and
energy; and provide guidance and support to executives, faculty and
students to enable them to increase effectiveness and efficiency. She also
will mentor younger faculty members to assist them in forwarding their
careers and teach MS&E courses as needed.
Freeman holds a Ph.D. in MS&E fromThe University of Texas at Austin
and an M.S. in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Prof. Pier Marzocca
Marzocca Named AIAA Associate
Associate Professor of Mechanical &
Aeronautical Engineering Pier Marzocca
has been named an Associate Fellow of
the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s
largest society dedicated to the global
aerospace profession.
Marzocca’s research interest is in the
field of aerospace and wind energy and he
specializes in multi-physics modeling and
characterization of advanced materials and
structures, dealing with the interactions
among advanced structures and fluids,
magnetic, electric and thermal fields.
Clarkson University
President’s Report
A Faculty that Values Teaching and Research
Clarkson faculty personify the ideal of a university that is informed by an
intellectual community of scholar-educators who share a passion for both
teaching and research.
Their success forms the basis for outstanding classroom teaching
recognized by their peers around the world.
Prof. Gabor Forgacs
Forgacs Receives Innovative
Gabor Forgacs, the executive and scientific
director of The Shipley Center for
Innovation and the Karel K. Czanderna
’77 and W. Dan Shirkey ’80 Professor in
Physics, has been awarded the AutoVision
Innovations Award from Germany’s
prestigious 2b AHEAD ThinkTank.
The award recognizes Forgacs’
pioneering work in 3D bioprinting. This
technology, which fabricates animal and
human tissue on demand, may eventually
lead to organ replacement and speed up
drug development.
Matijevic´ at 90
A Pioneer in Colloid Science is Honored with Special Symposium
by the American Chemical Society
Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid & Surface Science Egon Matijevic´ was
honored by the scientific community for his contributions in the field with
a symposium held in his honor at the American Chemical Society’s (ACS)
national meeting last August.
The event, “Half a Century of Fine Particles Science: A Symposium in Honor
of Egon Matijevic´ at 90,” included a tribute to Matijevic´’s pioneering work in
colloid science and a series of presentations on current research in the field.
Matijevic´ is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed by his
peers, most notably, the Kendall Award, Thomas Graham Award, the Iler Award
in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, the Langmuir Lectureship, and the Kolloid
Gesellschaft Award (Germany).
As a mentor, Matijevic´ has taught 15,000 undergraduate students and
advised 50 Ph.D., 46 M.S. students, and 130 post-doctoral scholars.
Prof. Egon Matijevic´
Physical Therapy Faculty Receive NIH Funding
Two Clarkson physical therapy professors received funding
from the National Institutes of Health for the development
of an innovative fall sensor, which can be worn in a shoe.
Associate Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy
George D. Fulk and Clinical Associate Professor of Physical
Therapy Stacey L. Zeigler will receive $94,884 over two years
for the Automatic Longitudinal Assessment Risk Monitor
(ALARM) device. The device will evaluate fall risk in real
time during activities of daily living and identify when the
fall risk for a specific individual is at its greatest point.
“We anticipate that ALARM will find research, clinical
and even consumer applications — for example, as a
preventative device for the elderly,” says Fulk.
Profs. George Fulk and Stacey Zeigler
Thomas Lufkin Named Chair of Biology
Thomas Lufkin has been named the Bayard and
Virginia Clarkson Endowed Chair of Biology.
Prior to joining Clarkson, he served as the senior
group leader of stem cell and developmental
biology at the Genome Institute of Singapore
since 2004.
Lufkin’s interests are focused on areas in regenerative
medicine. In Singapore, he helped develop a formula to repurpose
cells for different parts of the body. Specifically, he is working to
alter these cells to help re-grow spinal discs that have deteriorated
in the lower back.
Lufkin received his doctoral degree inmolecular biology from
Cornell University. He completed postdoctoral research at the Laboratory
of Molecular Genetics of Eukaryotes, Strasbourg, France.
He previously served as an associate professor of developmental
biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and as an adjunct
faculty member at Nanyang Technological University and the
National University of Singapore.
Lufkin is the recipient of the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor
Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience.
Prof. Thomas Lufkin
Prof. Marilyn Freeman
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