On February 13th, Dr. Laurencin provided the Henry Hill Lecture which took place at the joint meeting of the Northeast Region of National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and Northeast Section of the American Chemical Society. The event was held at Pfizer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting featured a NESACES Board Meeting, followed by dinner and the presentations of the Henry A. Hill award and lecture. The Award for Outstanding Service went to James E. Phillips, while the lecture was facilitated by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin. The title of his presentation was “Regenerative Engineering: A Convergence Approach for Grand Challenges”.
Henry A. Hill Lecture- Dr. Henry Aaron Hill, the renowned chemist was a former Chairman of the American Chemical Society Northeast Section and the first African American President of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Hill’s outstanding contributions to chemistry, particularly industrial chemistry, and to the professional welfare of chemists are legendary. Dr. Hill’s first concern and interest was always in his fellow humans, and this was the driving force behind all that he did both in the chemical community and the world at large. In recognition of his many outstanding achievements NOBCChE identifies an outstanding Scientist or Engineer to be designated as the Henry A. Hill Distinguished Lecturer.