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Stanford Report, May 28, 2003

22 research projects win OTL funding

With funds gained from the royalties on Stanford licenses and patents, seed grants totaling $552,000 have been awarded to 22 Stanford researchers or research teams, Dean of Research Charles Kruger announced.

Projects winning this year's OTL (Office of Technology Licensing) Research Incentive Fund awards were chosen from among 47 proposals. Each proposal was evaluated independently by two members of the faculty, most of whom were prior OTL recipients. This year, proposals were limited to junior faculty -- 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.

This is an annual award program; the OTL announcements are electronically mailed out in Winter Quarter with an application deadline usually in March.

The following projects were selected for the Incentive Fund seed grants ranging from $19,200 to $30,000:

John Barry, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Effectiveness of Group Therapy to Treat Patients with Non-Epileptic Events

Alexandria Boehm, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Understanding Nucleic-Acid Fate in Natural Waters: Research to Improve Interpretation of Rapid Gene-Based Pathogen Detection in the Environment

James Brooks, assistant professor of urology, Gene Expression Changes Associated with Prostate Carcinogenesis in the TRAMP Model

William Burkholder, assistant professor of biological sciences, Altering the Specificity of an Inhibitor of Bacterial Development to Generate a Prototype Antibiotic

Ajay Chawla, assistant professor of medicine/endocrinology, PPARs and Macrophage Clearance of Apoptotic Cells

S. Charles Cho, assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, Development of a Novel Strategy for Early Detection of Intraoperative Cerebral Ischemia

David Como, assistant professor of history, Puritanism and the Origins of Democratic Thought

John Desmond, assistant professor of radiology, Neuroimaging Investigations of Cognitive Impairment After Concussion Injury

Shanhui Fan and Olav Solgaard, assistant professors of electrical engineering, Photonic Crystal Sensing of Bio-Molecular Associations

Ian Fisher, assistant professor of applied physics, Field Effect Doping as a Tool for Studying Correlated Electron Materials

Margot Gerritsen, assistant professor of petroleum engineering, Improving Physical Understanding and Computational Analysis of Sail Flows Through Creation of a Unique and High-Quality Experimental Data Set

Miriam B. Goodman, assistant professor of molecular and cellular physiology, and Beth L. Pruitt, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Biomechanics of Sensory Mechanotransduction

Camilla Kao, assistant professor of chemical engineering, Reverse Engineering of Industrial Bacterial Strains That Overproduce Antibiotics

Christoforos Kozyrakis, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Architectural Support for Instruction Supply in High-Performance Processors

Quynh-Thu Le, associate professor of radiation oncology, Development of Proteomic Patterns in Plasma to Identify Head and Neck Cancer

Peter P. Lee, assistant professor of medicine/hematology, Computational Modeling of T-Cell Signal Integration

Mary Beth Mudgett, assistant professor of biological sciences, Molecular Characterization of a Plant Disease Resistance Pathway in Arabidopsis That Defends Against the Bacterial Pathogen Xanthomonas campestris

Deanne R. Perez-Granados, assistant professor of education, Interactive and Non-Interactive Books: Children's Emergent Literacy in Family Contexts

Jennifer Trimble, assistant professor of classics, A New Excavation in the Roman Forum

Jeanne Tsai, assistant professor of psychology, Affect Valuation in Chinese and American Cultures

Paul J. Utz, assistant professor of medicine/immunology and rheumatology, Antigen-Specific DNA Vaccines in New Mouse Model of SLE

Barbara Voss, assistant professor of cultural and social anthropology, Material Practice and Cultural Transformation in Spanish-Colonial California: The Archaeology of El Presidio de San Francisco