Anseth to lecture on ‘The Body Shop’

By Staff

Kristi Anseth

Kristi Anseth, distinguished professor of chemical and biological engineering and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, will present “The Body Shop,” a lecture on her work in engineering tissues to improve medical treatments, at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Math Building 100, University of Colorado Boulder.

Anseth was awarded the Distinguished Research Lectureship for 2011, the highest honor the faculty of CU-Boulder can bestow upon a fellow faculty member.

The lecture is open to the general public, especially middle- and high-school students who are interested in science. Anseth will showcase the broad range of her work, from helping broken bones heal faster to replacing diseased heart valves.

“Kristi always gives clear, compelling and captivating lectures, and she is highly skilled at tailoring her talk to the level of the audience,” said colleague Professor Thomas R. Cech.

Anseth is one of the youngest recipients of the award. An alumna of CU-Boulder, she received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1994.

Anseth’s research group has published more than 190 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 170 invited lectures in the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering. She has received numerous national awards for her research activities, and was the first engineer to be named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She received the Alan T. Waterman Award, the highest award of the National Science Foundation for demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research. Most recently, she was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

Anseth also is a dedicated teacher who has received four university awards related to her teaching, as well as the American Society for Engineering Education’s Curtis W. McGraw Award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She serves on the editorial boards or as associate editor of Biomacromolecules, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research — Part A, Acta Biomaterialia and Biotechnology & Bioengineering.