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On behalf of the Symposium Committee and entire Macro program, thanks to those of you who attended and made the 38th Annual Macro Symposium, 'Hybrid Materials', a success!  We hope to see you back next year!


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A Macro View of Global Health Outcomes

Alumna Laura Povlich’s PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, along with two coveted fellowships, have taken her to the heart of global health policy in the making: Washington, D.C. It’s not the typical route for a U-M Macro grad but, for Povlich, a graduate school interest has become an enduring passion. “The programs that I’m involved in are not focused on any one particular disease,” she says, “but on the use of technology or innovative products, processes, or policies to improve global health outcomes.”


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Faculty News: Richard M. Laine

Richard M. Laine has received the Society for Polymer Science Japan International Award for his research on new functional inorganic/organic materials. He thereby becomes an international Fellow of the Society. The award consists of an extinguished calligraphied certificate in Japanese and English and an engraved silver medal. Richard M. Laine was appointed a Lady David Professor in the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion in Haifa, Israel for a period of three months split between 2013 and 2014. 


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Plastic Electronics

The Kim group published in Nature Materials about high performance paint on plastic electronics. “For the first time we demonstrated a thin-layer, conducting, highly aligned conjugated polymer film for high-performance and directly writable plastic electronics,” said Jinsang Kim who led the research published in Nature Materials.It’s a big breakthrough,” Kim said. “We established a complete molecular design principle of semiconducting polymers with directed alignment capability.” It works.The paper is titled “A molecular design principle of lyotropic liquidcrystalling conjugated polymers with directed alignment capability for plastic electronics.” The work was also featured on Discovery News and in the University of Michigan News Service. 


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Alumnus Seungpyo Hong

Seungpyo Hong (Mark Banaszak Holl) received a 2012 AAPS New Investigator Award in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technologies. The award ceremony took place in the McCormick Place in Chicago. This is awarded to one junior faculty of the year who has made significant contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences field. Also, the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research of UIC announces that Dr. Hong was selected as recipient of Researcher of the Year—Rising Star Award in Basic Life Sciences. Here is Seungpyo with Mark Banaszak Holl at the Riverwalk in Singapore.