Center for Tire Research
An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

CENTIRE PROJECT FACULTY MEMBER INSPIRES COMIC CHARACTER 

Dr. John Jelesko is involved in the CenTiRe funded project “Modulating silica-rubber interface by biorenewable urushiol-derived silanes”, but his broader work and expertise in poison ivy has led him, or at least a character inspired by him, to be included in an online comic series  Partners 5 (http://thepartners5.com/) created by Umar Mycka. 

The comic is about a group of horticulturalists turned heroes who save the day.  One character, J.J. Burkman, uses the knowledge gained from Dr. Jelesko’s extensive research in poison ivy to defeat the villain. 

It’s nice to see our faculty recognized for their accomplishments, even in unconventional ways.  Congratulations!