Professor Iwona Jasiuk and Associate Professor Amy Wagoner Johnson have been named 2017-18 Associates in the Center for Advanced Study (CAS). Only a handful of faculty from across campus are selected each year. CAS Associate appointments provide tenured and untenured faculty with an incentive to pursue the highest level of scholarly achievement.
The highly competitive selection is based on their record of accomplishment, the significance of their research proposals, and the quality of their research plans. Jasiuk and Wagoner Johnson will be released from teaching responsibilities for one semester to pursue their research projects during the academic year.
Jasiuk’s project will address the need for accurate predictions of risk of bone fracture, remodeling, and regeneration as well as more accurate diagnosis of osteoporosis. She hopes to do this through several interrelated topics on bone: computational predictive multi-scale model of bone fracture and strength; multiscale biologically based modeling of bone growth; design of new scaffolds and modeling of bone growth; and design of new bone-inspired biomaterials and composites.
Amy Wagoner Johnson
In an effort to address the rapid decline of coral reefs, Wagoner Johnson proposes to bring a materials science approach to design and fabricate substrate materials to enhance the growth of coral reefs. She plans to develop printable inks and structures that are stable in a simulated marine environment and to evaluate how well these materials support coral reef proliferation. This takes Wagoner Johnson’s research in a new direction, but builds on her previous work on re-growing bone, and has the potential to impact the preservation of coral reefs worldwide.