This is a little late, but it is still definitely worth a post! Last Tuesday, Mark Spears successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Microgel-Based Coatings and their Use as Self-Healing, Dynamic Substrates for Bioapplications”. With a body of research spanning from non-fouling coatings to self-healing materials, Mark has done a ton of work in some very important areas. I expect big things from him in the future. As is tradition, I joined Mark and his family for a celebratory meal, this time at the Barrelhouse in Tech Square. Not a great photo, but they don’t hire the wait staff for their photography skills. Anyway, congratulations to Mark for delivering an outstanding defense summarizing 4 years worth of outstanding work.