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Lecture programs, Oct. 21-22, honor female scientists

Two lecture programs, October 21 and October 22, honor the contributions of female scientists. Kristi Kiick will present the Department of Chemistry's Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture in Materials Chemistry, Thursday, October 21, and the College of Science & Engineering's Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Lecture, Friday, October 22.

Kiick is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware.

Etter lecture, Thursday, October 21

Kiick's Margaret C. Etter Memorial Lecture, Multivalent Polymers in the Design of Hybrid of Hybrid Biomaterials, is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Thursday, October 21, in 331 Smith Hall.

This memorial lecture program honors the legacy of Department of Chemistry Professor Margaret Cairns Etter who died in 1992. Etter's research group made major contributions in the applications of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, the design and properties of organic non-linear optical materials, and most significantly, in the understanding and utilization of hydrogen-bonding interactions in crystals.

Distinguished Women Scientists & Engineers, Friday, October 22

As part of the College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Speakers Program, there will be a pizza luncheon and lecture at noon Friday, October 22, in Room 101 at the Walter Library. Kiick will present her lecture, Engineering Interactions in Materials Science. All female faculty, post-doctorates, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to attend.

Please note that RSVPs for this pizza luncheon and lecture are required. Please send an email to Marilyn Nelson at by noon Thursday, October 21, if interested in attending.

The Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Speakers Program was initiated in 2002 to create greater visibility for distinguished women in their respective fields, and to provide encouragement to female students, postdoctoral associates, and faculty.

About Associate Professor Kristi Kiick
Kiick joined the University of Delaware in August 2001. She earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1989, and a master's degree in chemistry as a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow from the University of Georgia in 1991. She received a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2001, after completing her doctoral research as a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.

Kiick's research focuses on combining biosynthetic techniques, chemical methods, and bio-inspired assembly strategies for the production of novel polymer architectures with advanced multifunctional behaviors.