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April 29, 2010

Buddy Ratner to deliver University Faculty Lecture

Buddy Ratner, UW professor in the departments of bioengineering and chemical Engineering, has been selected to give the 2010 University Faculty Lecture.

The distinction honors current or emeriti faculty whose research, scholarship or art has been widely recognized by their peers and whose achievements have had a substantial impact on their profession, on the research or performance of others and perhaps on society as a whole.

This year for the first time, the Faculty Lecturer will be honored along with other universitywide award winners at the Awards of Excellence recognition event June 10, and will be invited to sit on the stage at commencement.

Ratner’s research focuses on specially designed materials, called biomaterials, that are used in medical devices and implants. Specific tissue engineering projects in the Ratner lab aim toward heart muscle, esophagus, bone, cartilage, bladder, vagina and cornea. Ratner directs the UW Engineered Biomaterials center.

He has been involved in a number of startups and currently holds the Michael L. & Myrna Darland Endowed Chair in Technology Commercialization.

The University Faculty Lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in fall quarter rather than in winter as has been the custom.