Chemistry professor to deliver annual Mylar Giri lecture March 15

'Flex, don’t fail: Toward structure-mechanical property relationships in hydrogels' to be presented virtually

HAZLETON, Pa. — Pamela Cohn, associate professor of chemistry at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey, will deliver the annual Mylar Giri lecture at Penn State Hazleton at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, via Zoom. 

Cohn will lead a lecture on one of her recently published works titled, “Flex, don’t fail: Toward structure-mechanical property relationships in hydrogels.”  

Hydrogels are networks that can absorb large amounts of water and have various real-world applications ranging from tissue engineering to drug delivery. 

Cohn, whose areas of expertise includes organic chemistry, holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Florida. 

Sponsored by the Lectures and Cultural Events Committee, the event honors the late campus physics professor Mylar Giri. His research interests included percolation, phase transitions and polymers. Giri had taught in Hazleton for eight years before he died in 1988 at the age of 37. That year, the Mylar Giri Lecture series was established to honor him by inviting a distinguished speaker in the natural sciences to Penn State Hazleton. 

View the lecture via Zoom.