By Allison McLellan
Dr. Cato Laurencin has been selected to present The American Ceramic Society’s 2016 Frontiers of Science & Society-Rustum Roy Lecture at the Materials Science and Technology Conference and Exposition (MS&T’16). Taking place from October 23 to 27, the conference will be at the Salt Palace Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The lecture will be attended by MS&T’16’s four sponsoring materials societies: The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), a non-profit organization that provides the informational, educational, and professional needs to the ceramic materials community internationally; ASM International, which informs, educates, and connects the materials community to promote problem solving and innovation; the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), comprised of more than 17,500 members from 70 countries working to advance the technical development, production, processing, and application of iron and steel; and, lastly, The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS), an international society fostering the collaboration of knowledge encompassing a full range of materials science and engineering applications.
Dr. Cato Laurencin is a highly distinguished representative for UConn. As a world-renowned surgeon-scientist in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, and materials scientist, he is recognized as a pioneer in materials science and in the discipline of regenerative engineering. He holds the position of University Professor at UConn, the 8th in the university’s history. Additionally, he is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine and a tenured professor in UConn’s School of Engineering. His other titles include Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UConn.
In materials science, Dr. Laurencin was most recently the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecturer and Plenary Speaker for the Materials Research Society Meeting in Phoenix last month. He will receive the Founders Award from the Society for Biomaterials at the World Congress of Biomaterials next month. At the same meeting, the Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travelling Fellowship, a new endowed award given to undergraduate minority students pursuing materials science, will be unveiled.
Dr. Laurencin will be recognized and honored at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at the 118th Annual Meeting on October 24 in Salt Lake City.