Polymer researcher wins international award for young scientists

A polymer researcher whose innovations might soon help save the limbs of soldiers severely wounded in battle has won an international award for early-career scientists.

Dr. Matthew Becker, professor of polymer scienceDr. Matthew Becker, professor of polymer science, is a winner of the 2015 Young Investigator Award presented by the American Chemical Society journals Biomacromolecules, Macromolecules and ACS Macro Letters.

The award honors scientists, chemists or engineers age 40 or younger worldwide who have made a major impact in polymer science. Becker, 39, shared this year’s award with Dr. Brent Sumerlin, associate professor of chemistry at the University of Florida.

Becker’s Laboratory for Functional Biomaterials develops biodegradable polymers for medical applications. Chief among these is a polymer tube designed to replace sections of arm and leg bones destroyed by battle wounds or removed during surgery. The tube, called a scaffold, is treated with biochemical signals that spur bone regrowth. Over time, the tube disappears. Story continues online.

Condensed matter and materials physics seminar

Professor Donald Priour from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Youngstown State University will present a talk titled “2d Ferromagnets: Random Anisotropy to the Rescue?” on Thursday, April 30, at 12:15 p.m. in Ayer Hall 113.

All interested are welcome to attend. For further information, please read the abstract.

University Singers will take stage April 29

The School of Music's University Singers will present its final performance of the academic year on Wednesday, April 29, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email

‘Experimental concert’ set May 3

Join music technology students and faculty as the School of Music presents the Music Tech Ensemble in concert on Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall.

The “experimental concert” will feature performances on digital instruments, iPads and a light tree. The recital will include video and projection mapping with original compositions and classical works.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 8301 or email

Nuance to debut first full-length album

Nuance group picture in front of Buchtel Hall

Members of Nuance, UA’s men’s a cappella group, will celebrate the release of their first full-length album, “New Suit,” at their concert, Saturday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in the Leigh Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

"New Suit" album coverThe CD will be available for purchase at the concert for $10, and it will be made available for digital download on the Nuance website, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, May 3.

The current members chose the 13 tracks on the album from the past 11 years. Twenty-eight members, past and present, were recorded.

For more information, contact Justin Brown at 419-575-2940.

Recent positions posted on Career Link

Students looking for the perfect opportunity (co-op/internship/full-time) should visit “Career Link,” the Career Center’s online job board where 106 NEW positions were posted last week, including:

  • Hyland Software – E-learning intern
  • OEConnection – database administrator intern
  • Sterling Jewelers – project manager-store planning

Students and alumni can create an account and view all opportunities on Career Link. Or, visit the Career Center in Student Union 211. Call ext. 7747.
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Annual free comic book and artist day

UA’s annual free comic book day is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Quaker Square General Store & News Stand Comics. Stop by to meet artists, get an autograph or two, pick up some free comic books and observe artist presentations throughout the day. This year’s guest artists include:

  • Mike W. Barr, Batman, Camelot 3000
  • Michael Perzcek, TSM custom comic pencil drawings
  • A.J. Sabino,  independent digital comic artist
  • Dave Wilson, creative comic publisher

For additional information, contact Becky Pete at ext. 8829 or email


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