June 8, 2004
Stanford royalties seed 24 research proposals
With funds gained from the royalties on Stanford licenses and patents, seed grants totaling $625,859 have been awarded to 24 Stanford researchers or research teams, Dean of Research Arthur Bienenstock has announced.
"These seed grants will help our junior faculty to develop their new ideas and compete successfully for [other] research funds," Bienenstock said.
Winners of this year's Office of Technology Licensing (OTL) Research Incentive Fund awards were chosen from among 80 project proposals. Each proposal was evaluated independently by two members of the faculty, most of whom were prior OTL award recipients.
This year, proposals were limited to junior faculty Â that is, assistant professors or associate professors within their first three years at Stanford. Most of these grants went to promising projects in an initial phase, in which researchers test ideas that may later qualify for major grants from other sponsors.
The following projects were selected for seed grants ranging from $23,500 to $40,000:
Jeremy Bailenson, Communication, Digitally Mediated Person Recognition
Sarah Billington, Civil and Environmental Engineering, A Smart Health-Monitoring System for Post-Tensioned Built Infrastructure
James K. Chen, Molecular Pharmacology, Constitutive and Conditional Gene Silencing in Zebrafish
Christopher Contag, Pediatrics, and Sandip Biswal, Radiology, Spatiotemporal Analysis of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Trafficking in Response to Hematopoietic Stress Using a Novel Bone Graft Model
David DeGusta, Anthropological Sciences, Paleoanthropological Research in Ethiopia
Liran Einav, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research/Economics, Estimating Risk Preferences from Deductible Choice
Feryal Erhun, Management Science and Engineering, Risk Analysis in Supply Chains
Zephyr Frank, History, Urban Tapestry: The Transformation of Rio de Janeiro, 1840-1889
J. Christian Gerdes, Mechanical Engineering, A Race-Track Inspired Approach to Self-Stabilized Vehicles
William A. Kennedy, Urology, and Rebecca Fahrig, Radiology, MRI Voiding Cystography in Children: Quality Improvement and Radiation Elimination
Natasha Kirkham, Psychology, The Role of Multiple Perceptual Cues in Early Learning
Albert Koong, Radiation Oncology, Pilot Study to Investigate the Role of Metabolic Imaging in Predicting Tumor Response and Outcome After Chemoradiotherapy in Patients with Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
Gregory T. A. Kovacs, Electrical Engineering, A Novel Method for the In Vitro Study of Cardiac Cell Transplantation
Merritt Maduke, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Probing Conformational Changes in Membrane Proteins Using 19F NMR: Exploratory Studies on a Chloride Transporter
David McKenzie, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research/Economics, Logistical Arrangements and Pilot Study of Wealth and Health Effects of Migration
Nicholas A. Melosh, Materials Science and Engineering, Stochastic Actuation of Correlated Cantilevers
Boris Murmann, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Foundations of Next Generation Analog/Digital Interfaces
Seiji Nishino, Psychiatry, A New Blood Test for the Diagnosis of Narcolepsy
Michael Ramscar, Psychology, Mechanisms for Second Language Learning
Mark Schnitzer, Biological Sciences, Optical Imaging of Cerebellar Neural Dynamics Underlying Classical Conditioning
Gavin Sherlock, Genetics, Genome Plasticity and Evolution in De Novo Yeast Species
Jelena Vuckovic, Ginzton Laboratory/Electrical Engineering, Single Molecules in Photonic Crystals: From Biosensing to Quantum Cryptography
Christine Wijman, Neurology, Selective Cerebral Hypothermia in Acute Stroke
Mylene Yao, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Live-Cell Monitoring of Meiosis for the Mammalian Oocyte