Feb. 11, 2013 –
On November 29, 2012, Eastman Chemical Company representatives Rachel Potter, Wes McConnell, and Elizabeth Guzman-Morales visited campus for the 4th annual Eastman Symposium on Sustainable Biomaterials Chemistry. At this symposium graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from the Sustainable Biomaterials Department, and some of our collaborating groups in other departments, presented their recent research on the chemistry of natural polysaccharides and other sustainable biomaterials. This year we had a record number of presentations, 10 oral and 6 poster presentations. Eastman generously provided cash awards for the best oral and poster presentations. The winners this year were Haoyu Liu (first place Oral, Edgar Lab), Chao Wang (second place Oral (tie), Esker lab), Xueyan Zheng (second place Oral (tie), Edgar lab), and Jeff Dolan (first place poster, Renneckar lab). We greatly appreciate the support for our students from Eastman Chemical Company.