I remember co-chairing as a student my very first session at an SFB meeting in 1990 with Dr. Black - I was terrified! - but we was very encouraging of me to ask questions of the speakers. I also remember a piece of advice - present all your data, not just the good data - we learn as much from data that does not show the answer we may want as from the data that does!
The first time I came to know something called biomaterials was from the biomaterials class that Jonathan Black taught at Clemson back in the early 1990s, so in a way, Jonathan was the one who led me into the wonderful world of biomaterials. Thank you, Dr. Black.
In the formative years of AIMBE, it was a pleasure to interact with Bob Nerem. His infectious enthusiasm and his witty comments were pure joy to experience. He was the epitome of a great man being a wonderful human being.
Blessings, rest in peace for so many irreplaceable Colleagues and Friends of my generation who influenced my career and whom our Community has lost this past year.
I always enjoyed my conversations with Jonathan Black. His sharp intellect and ability to cut through the B.S. were accurate and entertaining!
Bob Nerem was a pioneer and visionary in diverse fields. He studied the effects of blood flow-induced mechanical forces in atherogenesis, and was engaged in mechanobiology, cellular engineering, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. His vision, leadership, and influence extended beyond campus. He co-founded AIMBE and TERMIS, and was a powerful voice in the bioengineering section of the NAE. He was influential in the establishment of the NIBIB of the NIH and served as its Senior Advisor for Bioengineering from 2003-2006. He was a dear friend, role model and mentor.
Bob Nerem will always be for me, indeed for many of us, that special someone who made tissue engineering come alive. His mentorship is being paid forward by those he touched with his passion for science and his list of lifeskills. Thank you, Bob.
I met Jonathan Black when I was just a young whipper snapper scientist, starting to think about biomaterials. Jonathan, Jack Lemons and Sumner Barenberg took me under their wings and ushered me into my life long investigation of how cells interact with materials. I will never forget Jonathan's rants against the nefarious N of 1 at SfB meetings.
Drs. Black, Merrill and Nerem were instrumental in the formation and governance of the Society and I thank them for their service to the SFB community!