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OTL fund awards grants to 31 research teams
STANFORD -- With funds gained from the royalties on Stanford licenses and
patents, seed grants totaling $599,296 have been awarded to 31 Stanford
research teams, Dean of Research Charles Kruger has announced.
Projects winning awards from the Office of Technology Licensing's Research
Incentive Fund were chosen, from a field of 85 proposals, by a committee of
faculty nominated by the deans of the schools. Most of the grants went to
promising projects in the startup phase, allowing researchers to test ideas
that later may qualify for major grants from government or industry.
The OTL Research Incentive Fund is replenished yearly with earnings from
licenses and patents on inventions by Stanford faculty members. Stanford's
Office of Technology Licensing draws 15 percent of university royalties each
year to cover operating expenses. The earnings fluctuate from year to year as
new licenses are added and old ones expire, so each year part of the excess
after operating expenses is deposited to a contingency fund for lean years.
The remainder is given to the Office of the Dean of Research to be
distributed as Research Incentive Funds.
The following projects were selected for the seed grants:
- Dennis Bird, Geological and Environmental Sciences. The Fate of Arsenic
in Mine and Mill Tailings Annually Flooded by Don Pedro Reservoir Mother Lode
Mining District, California, $21,657.
- Francis Blankenberg, Radiology. Assessment of Cytoreduction Therapy in
Childhood Leukemia (ALL) with IH NMR Spectroscopy (MRS), $22,395.
- Craig T. Bowman, Mechanical Engineering. Microelectrochemical Sensors
for Combustion-Generated Pollutants, $10,000.
- Michele P. Calos, Genetics. Novel Vectors for Gene Therapy, $25,000.
- Chris Chafe, CCRMA-Music, and Mark Cutkosky, Mechanical Engineering. A
Haptic User Interface Computer Access for the Blind, $13,250.
- Christos Constantinou, Urology. Compliance Biosensor, $18,875.
- Martha Cyert, Biological Sciences. Examination of Intracellular pH of
Yeast Calcineurin Mutants, $22,243.
- Reinhold H. Dauskardt, Materials Science and Engineering. Interfacial
Fracture Energy and Structural Reliability of Multi- Layer Thin Film Devices,
- Mark Denny, Hopkins Marine Station. Fog Capture in Terrestrial Plants:
How Trees Drink the Air, $2,814.
- Sebastian Doniach, Applied Physics. Stanford-Kyoto Initiative in Protein
- Larry Friedlander, English. Interactive Environments for Character-Based
Narrative Experiences, $24,996.
- Margaret T. Fuller, Developmental Biology. Genetic Control of Stem Cell
Behavior in the Drosophila Germ Line, $25,000.
- Kenneth Goodson, Mechanical Engineering. Photothermal Interface
Microscopy of Composite Substrates for Electronic Systems, $24,844.
- James J. Gross, Psychology. Two Forms of Emotion Regulation, $17,792.
- Sharon Holland, English. Revising Lesbian Studies: New Theoretical
- Jonathan How, Aeronautics and Astronautics. Combined Control
Architectures for Suppressing Vibration and Acoustic Disturbances, $31,779.
- Kennell Jackson, History. Public African-American History: Museums,
Theme Parks and Historic Sites, $6,579.
- Patricia P. Jones, Biological Sciences. A New MHC Gene Controlling
Immune Responsiveness and Disease Susceptibility, $25,000.
- Anne S. Kiremidjian, Civil Engineering, and Teresa Meng, Electrical
Engineering. Assessing Steel Structures, $10,000.
- Laura Lazzeroni, Statistics. Exact Estimation of Genetic Disequilibrium,
- Richard Lewis, Molecular/Cell Physiology. Feedback Control of Depletion
Activated Calcium Channels: A Membrane Fusion Hypothesis, $24,195.
- Robert H.K. Mak, Pediatrics. Molecular Mechanisms of Growth Failure in
- Louie Naumovski, Pediatrics. Identification of New Genes Which Inhibit
Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis), $19,700.
- Garry P. Nolan, Molecular Pharmacology. Rapid Stable Production of High
Titre Retrovirus for Gene Therapy, $15,000.
- John W. Rick, Anthropology. Mapping the Ceremonial Center of Chavin de
- Robert Sapolsky, Biological Sciences. Construction of Inducible Herpes
Simplex Virus (HSV) Vectors for the Transfer of Neuroprotective Genes in the
Central Nervous System, $25,000.
- Kristine Samuelson, Communication. Sea of Tranquillity: Video Essay,
- Tim Stearns, Biological Sciences. Cell Cycle Control of Centrosome
- Douglas Vollrath, Genetics. Identification of Genes by Cross- Species
cDNA Selection, $25,000.
- Shen X. Wang, Electrical Engineering. Application of Optical Emission
Spectroscopy to Novel Deposition and Etching Process, $28,815.
- William I. Weis, Structural Biology. Crystallographic Analysis of the
Human Beta 2 Adrenergic Receptor, $25,000.
The awards committee consisted of faculty nominated by their deans and was
chaired by H. Craig Heller, associate dean of research. Members were Barbara
Barres, assistant professor of neurobiology; Garry Nolan, assistant professor
of molecular pharmacology; Christopher Zarins, professor of surgery; Steve
Boyd, associate professor of electrical engineering; Huajian Gao, assistant
professor of mechanical engineering; Leonid Kazovsky, professor of electrical
engineering; Kincho Law, associate professor of civil engineering; Eric
Shaqfeh, associate professor of chemical engineering; Jonathan Stebbins,
associate professor of geological and environmental sciences; John Griffin,
assistant professor of chemistry; Roger Romani, assistant professor of
physics; John Bender, professor of English; Akhil Gupta, assistant professor
of anthropology; Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, associate professor of psychology;
Mark Tunick, assistant professor of political science; Daria Mochly-Rosen,
associate professor of molecular pharmacology; Sharon Long, professor of
biological sciences; and Raymond Hintz, professor of pediatrics.
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