In 1993, the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University started a tradition to honor faculty members who had been newly promoted to full professors through a special lecture series named for the school’s fifth dean. The Don P. Giddens Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series this fall features three faculty affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology. Each will take place in different auditoriums on the Homewood campus and begin at 3 p.m. They are free and open to the Hopkins community, but seating in each location is limited. Check it out.
Monday Sept. 15, Mason Hall, 3-5 p.m.
David Gracias, Russell Croft Faculty Scholar, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Big Ideas in a Small World
Nine orders of magnitude separate humans from the nanometer length scale – much of what is hidden from the naked eye. Professor Gracias discusses how engineering three-dimensional devices at these tiny length scales promises revolutionary advances in optics, electronics and medicine.
Tuesday, Oct. 14, Gilman 50, 3-5 p.m.
Hai-Quan Mao, professor of materials science and engineering
Designer Materials for Tissue and Therapeutic Engineering
New materials with tailored structural and functional characteristics can advance the ways medical treatments are delivered to combat diseases and repair damaged tissue. Professor Mao chronicles several case studies about recent innovations in the development of polymeric nanomaterials to enhance stem cell expansion and differentiations and to improve gene medicine delivery.
Thursday, November 6, Hodson Hall 210, 3-5 p.m.
Tza-Huei “Jeff” Wang, professor of mechanical engineering
Discerning Rare Disease Biomarkers by Micro- and Nanotechnologies
Microfluidics, nanoparticles and single molecule spectroscopy hold great promise for advancing the molecular analysis of diseases. Professor Wang will explicate how these highly sensitive tools can enhance the detection of genetic and epigenetic markers for cancer, as well as assist in diagnosing infectious diseases more swiftly and accurately.