Lynda Shaw lecture explores soap, students and stem cells

Kimberly Woodhouse, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University will speak at Western University’s 22nd Annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Spencer Engineering Building, Room 3109.

Presented by Western’s Faculty of Engineering, Woodhouse’s talk, titled Soap, Students and Stem Cells – It’s a Wonderful Life, traces her journey from least-likely-to-ever-graduate to supervisor at Procter and Gamble and from mom and graduate student to her current post at Queen’s.

An expert in soft tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, Woodhouse will also share insight into her work developing novel materials, which interact with cells in the body to build three-dimensional structures. These engineered structures can be used to replace damaged tissue body parts like the heart and blood vessels.

The Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished Lecture Series was established in memory of Lynda Shaw, a third year mechanical engineering student at Western who was murdered near Highway 401 in 1990. Shaw was a graduate of Centennial Secondary School in Brampton where she received an Ontario Scholarship and was the winner of the school’s proficiency award in Mathematics and Accounting. She entered Western with an Admission Scholarship in 1987 and served for two years on the Mechanical Engineering Club Executive.

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